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Americans On The Continent: Captain America

Now fully recovered from his shoulder injury, Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 for Hannover, wearing the captain’s armband in place of Arnold Bruggink, who started on the bench. 

Despite being pinned back in their area for much of the game, and having Jiri Stajner sent off with two yellow cards, Hannover fought tooth and nail to keep a rather listless and wasteful Hamburg off the scoresheet. 

Hamburg’s frustrations after the match were clearly evident as star striker Jose Paulo Guerrero will likely face severe repercussions after throwing a water bottle in the face of a heckling Hamburg fan on his way off the pitch.

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Away to Hamburg, 0-0, 90 minutes 

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Next up: Vs. Schalke, Saturday, April 10

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Vs. Olympique Lyonnais, 1-2, 90 minutes 

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes surrendered a halftime lead to fall 2-1 at home to French giants Lyon thanks to second-half strikes from Michel Bastos and Lisandro Lopez.  Despite having rested French national Jeremy Toulalan, attackers Bafetimbi Gomis and Cesar Delgado and wing-back Anthony Reveillere, the title challengers were able to muscle their way to victory after Asamoah Gyan’s 15th-minute strike.  With the win, Lyon sits on top of the French Ligue 1, although holders and Champions League opponents Bordeaux have two games in hand. 

Next up: Vs. Olympique Lyonnais, Saturday, April 3

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Away to VfB Stuttgart, 1-2, 88 minutes 

Michael Bradley returned from his one-game yellow card suspension to play 88 minutes against Stuttgart on Saturday.  However, he was unable to help his side keep their first-half lead and they eventually succumbed to Stuttgart’s pressure, falling 2-1 away from home.

Next up: Vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, Friday, April 9

Eddie Johnson, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Next Up: Away to Asteras Tripoli, Sunday, April 11

Freddy Adu, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Next Up: Away to Asteras Tripoli, Sunday, April 11

Square Passes

Ricardo Clark sat the bench yet again for Eintracht Frankfurt as they came from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2.

Daniel Williams was on the bench for Freiburg’s 1-1 draw with VfL Bochum.

Jared Jeffrey did not dress for Mainz as they fell 1-2 to Nurnberg, instead playing for the second team in the Regionalliga Sud.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell had three vital saves as TuS Koblenz defeated SC Paderborn 07 2-1.

Jermaine Jones continues to recover, and was not in the squad as Schalke lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich. 

Matt Taylor was not in the matchday squad for Frankfurt as they fell 2-1 to Arminia Bielefeld. 

Luis Robles sat on the bench as Kaiserslautern lost 2-1 to Rot-Weiss Oberhausen.

Michael Parkhurst is not in the starting lineup for FC Nordsjaelland as they face FC Kobenhaven tonight.

Alejandro Bedoya played the full 90 in both matches as Orebro fell 0-2 to Mjallby at home on the 29th and defeated AIK 1-0 away today for their first victory of the season.

Aaron West's feature "Americans On The Continent" appears every Monday on Goal.com.

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