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Americans On The Continent: In Our Hearts

By Aaron West

In one of the darker moments in U.S. Soccer history, striker Charlie Davies was seriously injured in a car accident in the early hours of October 13th.

The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old woman was killed and Davies suffered a fractured right tibia and femur, lacerated bladder, a fractured elbow and facial injuries.  The Sochaux striker remains hospital at the time of writing but has been moved out of the ICU and has reportedly been strong enough to receive and speak to guests.

Michael Bradley played the full 90 for M’Gladbach as they traveled to defending champions VfL Wolfsburg.  After a solid first half, the visitors had a momentary lapse in the 45th minute to allow Alexander Madlung to rise unmarked and head home the first goal of the match.

Despite continuing to battle valiantly, Borussia went two down in the 90th minute when Christian Gentner collected a pass on the left side of the box and uncorked a searing daisycutter past the helpless Logan Bailly in goal.

Just moments later however, Bradley gave the visiting support reason to cheer as he collected a defender’s header at the top of the box and squeezed his shot past Diego Benaglio from just under 20 yards.
Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to VfL Wolfsburg 1-2, 90 minutes, 1 Goal

See above.
Next up: vs. FC Cologne, Saturday, October 24
Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Away to Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2, 90 minutes

After their demolition of SC Freiburg last week, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, becoming the first team to lose in Frankfurt this season.
Next up: vs. VfB Stuttgart, Saturday, October 24
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Lille: Did Not Play

Carlos Bocanegra was not in the matchday squad for Rennes as they drew 0-0 with Lille.
Next up: vs. Marseille, Saturday, October 24
Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)
Away to Olympique Lyonnais, 2-0: Did Not Play

See above.
Injured: Out for season
Freddy Adu, Belenenses (Portugal)
Vs. CD Nacional de Madeira, 45 minutes, Injured

Freddy Adu was handed the start for Belenenses in their 1-0 loss to Nacional on October 12, but could only manage 45 minutes as he picked up an ankle injury just before half.  From his Twitter account, Adu allayed worried supporters fears with the following message: “picked up an ankle injury before half. should be ok in a couple days. im a quick healer.”
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Oguchi Onyewu
suffered a torn patella tendon in the USA's match against Costa Rica and will be out between 3-4 months.
Schalke’s Jermaine Jones is still struggling with injury and was unavailable for his side as they beat Stuttgart 2-1.

Kenny Cooper was rested for 1860 Munich’s 3-1 victory over MSV Duisburg, making a late appearance as a 79th minute substitute.

David Yelldell
played the full 90 in goal as TuS Koblenz drew 1-1 with Rot-Weiss Ahlen.

Matt Taylor did not play in FSV Frankfurt’s 4-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Troy Perkins and Valerenga ended the season in style as they beat Brann 2-1.

Alejandro Bedoya was injured for Orebro SK as they fell to Brommapojkarna.

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