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Americans On The Continent: Davies Double

By Aaron West 

Defending Ligue 1 champions Girondins de Bordeaux started the match strongly, having the better of play in the first half, and going up 2-0 courtesy of a powerful header from Arsenal and West Ham target Marouane Chamakh and a fortunate cross-turned-goal from Brazilian Wendel just before the break.  Looking for a spark, Sochaux manager Francis Gillot inserted Charlie Davies into the match at halftime and the change quickly proved to be a brilliant one.

On 61 minutes, Marvin Martin’s cross found its way to Davies’ feet, and he adroitly turned and fired past his defender and Bordeaux’s goalkeeper Cedric Carasso to bring the home team within one.  However, the ever-present Chamakh rose once again to head his side two clear in the 80st minute following a cross from Zinedine Zidane’s heir apparent Yohann Gourcuff.  Not to be outdone, Davies popped up once again with a poacher’s finish in the 90th minute, toe-poking a bouncing ball crossed from the right side to make the last minute of the match a bit stressful for the Bordelais side.

Despite the valiant efforts of Charlie Davies and his teammates, they were unable to rescue a point from the powerhouse visitors of Bordeaux.  With the 3-2 loss, Sochaux now sits comfortably dead middle of the table on 3 points with a +/- goal differential of 0. 

Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)

Vs. Bordeaux, 2-3, 45 minutes, Two Goals

See above.

Next up: Away to Montpellier, August 22

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Away to Nice, 1-1, 90 minutes

In a hard-fought battle away to Nice, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes walked away with a 1-1 draw.  Both goals were scored within the space of a minute in a largely uneventful match.  In the 45th minute, Chaouki Ben Saada was afforded a criminal amount of space, running straight through onto the Rennes goal, leaving goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez with no chance to stop his left-footed strike.  In added time, just a few seconds after, Gregory Paisley’s handball led to Asamoah Gyan’s equalizing penalty.  Former Fulham standout Junichi Inamoto was sent off in the 77th minute with two yellow cards, but the match remained deadlocked at 1-1.

Next up: vs. Marseille, Saturday, August 22 

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Vs. Hertha Berlin, 2-1, Did Not Play

Michael Bradley and international teammate Steve Cherundolo were placed on mandatory rest by their respective clubs due to swine flu precautions.

Next up: Away to Werder Bremen, Sunday, August 23

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Vs. FSV Mainz, 1-1, Did Not Play

See above.

Next up: Away to Nurnberg, Sunday, August 23 

Sal Zizzo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Vs. FSV Mainz, 1-2, 13 minutes

Despite compatriots Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo’s midweek exposure to swine flu against Mexico, Sal Zizzo was able to make a short appearance against FSV Mainz in a late attempt to garner all three points at home.  Despite his introduction, Hannover was unable to break the 1-1 deadlock against minnows Mainz, dropping two valuable points.

Next up: Away to Nurnberg, Sunday, August 23

Kenny Cooper, 1860 Munich (Germany)

Away to Hansa Rostock, 1-2, 72 minutes

Despite playing 72 minutes yet again, Kenny Cooper was unable to recreate his goalscoring form against Hansa Rostock as 1860 fell 2-1 away.  Cooper was twice foiled in his attempts at goal by the efforts of Rostock ‘keeper Alexander Walke, and was ultimately substituted in the 72nd minute.

Next up: vs. Karlsruhe SC, Monday, August 24

Square Passes

Jermaine Jones is on the recovery from a broken leg as his Schalke 04 side marches on with VfL Bochum their latest victim.  Schalke continues undefeated after two matches with the 3-0 victory.

David Yelldell
conceded two goals, but his TuS Koblenz side was able to make a remarkable comeback in the final 10 minutes to beat Arminia Bielefeld 3-2. 

Matt Taylor was an unused substitute for FSV Frankfurt in their heavy 4-0 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth.

Jeremiah White
started for surprise league leaders Aarhus, while Benny Feilhaber made a late appearance, replacing White in the 71st minute in their unexpected 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen.

Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 in FC Nordsjælland’s disappointing 1-1 draw with HG Koge. 

Jamil Fearrington
made his league debut for Roskilde as a sub as they were smashed 4-0 by AC Horsens.

Marcus Tracy was left out of the matchday squad for Aalborg’s 1-0 victory over Sonderjyske. 

Hunter Freeman
and Clarence Goodson started and played the full 90 in the center of defense for Norwegian side Start as they beat Fredrikstad 1-0.

Troy Perkins
was unable to keep his side from falling 1-0 to Lillestrom as he played the full 90 in goal for Valerenga. 

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