Americans On The Continent: Oh Captain

US Men’s National team veteran Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover to a massively important 4-2 win over Schalke over the weekend.
Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 for Hannover, wearing the captain’s armband as they defeated title hopefuls Schalke 4-2 at home. 

Schalke, still without injured Jermaine Jones, gifted Hannover their first goal on 17 minutes when Manuel Schmiedebach’s cross caromed off Schalke defender Heiko Westermann’s knee into his own net.  Didier Ya Konan was then overjoyed to see his tame shot go through Schalke ‘keeper Manuel Neuer’s legs for a 2-0 lead on 29 minutes. 

However, Schalke tactician Felix Magath wasted no time in making his adjustments, bringing on Brazilian striker Edu for midfielder Joel Matip after just a half hour.  Just one minute after halftime, his move paid off as Edu put himself on the scoresheet to make it 2-1.  Five minutes later the match was level as Ivan Rakitic converted a penalty after Mario Eggiman dragged down Jefferson Farfan in the box.

However Hannover was not to be denied, with Hanno Balitsch’s wonder-strike sending the hosts ahead with just 10 minutes left in the match.  Ya Konan again bested Neuer, this time with a long strike that left him helpless, effectively wrapping the game up for Hannover.  With the win, Hannover now sits one point away from safety with four games left in the season.

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Vs. Schalke, 4-2, 90 minutes 

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Next up: Away to Bayern Munich, Saturday, April 17

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-0, 90 minutes, 1 Assist

Michael Bradley assisted on M’Gladbach’s opening goal as they beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 at home.  With Bundesliga safety assured and a European spot out of question, Die Fohlen were purely playing for pride and did not disappoint their home support.  Ricardo Clark has yet to make his debut for Frankfurt as he sat the bench yet again.

Next up: Away to Schalke, Sunday, April 17

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Away to Lorient, 1-1, Did Not Play

Carlos Bocanegra was not in the matchday squad as Rennes struggled to a 1-1 draw away to Lorient.

Next up: Vs. AS Nancy Lorraine, Saturday, April 17

Freddy Adu, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Away to Asteras Tripoli, 1-2, 90 minutes

Freddy Adu played the entire match for Aris in their attacking trident, picking up a yellow card in the process.  However, he was unable to prevent his side from falling 2-1 away to Asteras Tripoli in Greek Super Leage play.

Next Up: Away to Olympiakos, Sunday, April 18

Eddie Johnson, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Away to Asteras Tripoli, 1-2, Did Not Play

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Next Up: Away to Olympiakos, Sunday, April 18

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 as Werder Bremen dismantled his Freiburg side 4-0.

Jared Jeffrey scored for Mainz’s U-23 team in their road win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell battled well in TuS Koblenz’s 1-1 draw with Alemannia Aachen but suffered a devastating season-ending ankle ligament injury in the 55th minute.

Matt Taylor was not in the matchday squad for Frankfurt as they beat Rot-Weiss Oberhausen 1-0.   

Luis Robles watched from the bench as Kaiserslautern drew 1-1 with Union Berlin.

Aalborg’s Chris Rolfe and AGF Aarhus’ Benny Feilhaber met as their respective sides clashed in Danish league play, with Aalborg coming out on top 2-0 on the day.

Michael Parkhurst made his second start of the spring for FC Nordsjaelland, playing the full 90 as they drew 1-1 with HB Koge.  

Alejandro Bedoya played the full 90 as Orebro fell 0-2 to GAIS.

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