Americans On The Continent: Settling Right In

Sochaux snatched a 1-0 victory over AS Monaco as former Boston College forward Charlie Davies continues to impress for his new club. Winning a penalty and generally terrorizing the Monaco defense, Davies endeared himself to the home crowd with his all-action performance.
By Aaron West

After a less-than-impressive showing against Montpellier last weekend, Charlie Davies and Sochaux put in an inspired performance at home against AS Monaco. Despite the final scoreline of 1-0, the match was fairly one-sided with Sochaux having more quality chances than the visitors. 

On 19 minutes, Charlie Davies turned his marker Sebastien Puygrenier and was scythed down in the box to win a penalty for Sochaux.  His strike partner Vaclav Sverkos stepped up to stroke the spot kick home for the only goal of the match. However, Sochaux continued to press for a second, and France U-21 international Ryad Boudebouz saw his powerful strike cannon back off the crossbar on 25 minutes.  Davies had a chance to get on the scoresheet on 53 minutes, but sliced his attempt just wide from inside the area.

After 85 minutes, Davies was substituted for striker Édouard Butin. Up next, he will head back to the U.S. for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, then return to France for his side’s match against Lille Olympique.   

Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)

vs. AS Monaco, 1-0, 85 minutes

See above.
Next up: Away to Lille, Saturday, September 12
 

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Lens, 2-2, 90 minutes

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes battled to a 2-2 draw away to Lens, their third on the trot in Ligue 1. Despite enjoying a fantastic start with Ismael Bangoura’s 4th minute strike, Rennes allowed Lens to level the match 16 minutes later as Petter Hansson fouled Issam Jemaa in the area. Yohan Demont stepped up to convert the penalty, and the match was once again on even terms. Within the span of 20 minutes, both Lens and Rennes went down a man as Marco Ramos was given his second yellow in the 51st minute for Lens, and midfielder Yann M’Vila was shown a straight red in the 70th for Rennes. Just two minutes later Lens sailed into the lead as Demont’s pinpoint cross found Jemaa’s head. Not to be outdone, Asamoah Gyan sent the home crowd away disappointed with his 90th minute header from a corner to finally level the match 2-2.  Carlos Bocanegra played the full 90, and will now travel to the U.S. with fellow France-based compatriot Charlie Davies for the World Cup Qualifiers. 
Next up: vs. St. Etienne, Saturday, September 12



Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
vs. TSG Hoffenheim, 0-1, 90 minutes


Despite playing the full 90 for Hannover, Steve Cherundolo was unable to prevent his side from falling 1-0 to the young, exciting visitors from Hoffenheim. Despite looking in control of the match from the start, Hannover was stunned by a quick counter involving Sejad Salihovic and ending with Carlos Eduardo’s finish. After the break, the match was bogged down in midfield, and neither side was really able to create any clear-cut chances, keeping the scoreline at 1-0. 
Next up: Away to Werder Bremen, Sunday, September 13
 

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

vs. FSV Mainz, 2-0, Did not play

Michael Bradley did not dress for Monchengladbach’s 2-0 win over Mainz. 
Next up: Away to Nurnberg, Saturday, September 12 

Kenny Cooper, 1860 Munich (Germany)
vs. Karlsruher SC, 1-3, 74 minutes, 1 Goal; Away to Ahlen, 0-0, 90 minutes

Despite Kenny Cooper’s 18th minute goal against Karlsruher on Monday night, 1860 Munich was unable to secure victory. Christian Timm leveled the match just one minute after Cooper’s strike, and Benjamin Lauth missed a penalty for Munich in the 41st minute as the home side fell 3-1. Cooper was withdrawn after 74 minutes for the home side after they had already fallen behind thanks to goals from Gaetan Krebs and Sebastian Langkamp, respectively. Traveling away to Rott-Weiss Ahlen, Cooper played his first full 90 for Die Lowen. The big American was unable to break the deadlock despite looking lively, and 1860 ended the match without securing three points yet again. 
Next up: vs. Greuther Furth, Saturday, September 12 

Square Passes


Jermaine Jones
is still on the injured list as he recovers from a broken leg.

David Yelldell again made several saves against Energie Cottbus, but was unable to keep his TuS Koblenz side from falling 2-0 at home.

Matt Taylor made a cameo appearance in Frankfurt’s 3-0 loss to Alemania Aachen, playing two minutes after his return from a muscle injury. 

Jeremiah White and Benny Feilhaber both started Aarhus’ 2-0 win over Michael Parkhurst’s Nordsjaelland, lifting their side back to the top of the league for the moment. White was deployed at right back for the match, playing 61 minutes. Feilhaber enjoyed his customary midfield spot and was substituted nine minutes after White, while Parkhurst played the full 90 for his unfortunate Nordsjaelland side.

Jamil Fearrington scored an 80th minute equalizer for FC Roskilde as they came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Brabrand IF. 

Danny Califf did not play in FC Midtjylland’s 1-0 loss to Aalborg due to a bike crash injury. Marcus Tracy watched the match from the bench.

Troy Perkins’ Valerenga side beat Molde 2-1, breaking their seven game losing streak in the Norwegian Tippeligaen.   

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