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Americans On The Continent: Stingy Defense

By Aaron West

Rennes completely dominated an overmatched Lorient side on Saturday, holding the visitors to just nine shots and preventing them from putting any of their attempts on target.  Despite 25 shots on the day, Moussa Sow’s 3rd minute goal from a corner kick was all Rennes could muster.

Carlos Bocanegra played the full 90 minutes in his customary left back spot, but will serve a one-match suspension in Rennes’ next fixture against AS Nancy Lorraine due to the accumulation of yellow cards.

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Vs. Lorient, 1-0, 90 minutes

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Next up: Away to AS Nancy, Saturday, December 12

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to Bayern Munich, 1-2, 79 minutes, Yellow Card

Although Michael Bradley was partially at fault for Bayern’s first goal as he was caught ball-watching for Mario Gomez’s opening strike, he atoned for his mistake with his one-touch ball into Roel Brouwers to level the match. 

Despite their efforts however, the Prussian visitors were overmatched and fell behind to an inch-perfect Holger Badstuber free kick in the 75th minute.  Bradley picked up a yellow card in the 53rd minute and was substituted in the 79th minute for Raul Bobadilla to provide more attacking menace.
Next up: Vs. Hannover 96, Saturday, December 12

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 0-0, 90 minutes

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover gladly shared the spoils with league leaders Bayer Leverkusen Saturday as they drew 0-0.  Cherundolo returned from injury to play 90 minutes in his normal right back slot.
Next up: Away to Borussia Monchengladbach, Saturday, December 12

Freddy Adu, Beleneses (Portugal)
Away to Rio Ave, 0-0, Did Not Play

Freddy Adu found himself confined to the bench as Belenenses drew 0-0 with Rio Ave.
Next up: Vs. Guimaraes, Monday, December 14

Square Passes

Schalke’s Jermaine Jones has returned to training, but did not feature in Schalke’s 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

Kenny Cooper was in the stands with an injury as 1860 Munich beat Oberhausen 1-0.

Despite having a solid game, David Yelldell conceded five goals as TuS Koblenz were shellacked 5-1 against St. Pauli.

Matt Taylor made an 85th minute appearance as FSV Frankfurt fell 2-0 to FC Augsburg.

Marcus Tracy played 77 minutes but was unable to get on the scoresheet as Aalborg fell 2-0 to Sonderjyske.  

Benny Feilhaber and Jeremiah White are in action again tonight as Aarhus faces Esbjerg at home.

Michael Parkhurst played the entire 90 minutes as FC Nordsjaelland beat FC Midtjylland 3-0.  Danny Califf did not see the pitch for Midtjylland and is apparently on his way to the Philadelphia Union of MLS.

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