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Americans On The Continent: Impregnable Defense

By Aaron West

Left to cope without starting goalkeeper Robert Enke who was recovering from a virus, Hannover 96 faced a Werder Bremen side that had scored five goals in their last two games.  Thanks to his back four’s dogged determination, Enke’s replacement, Germany U-21 goalkeeper Florian Fromlowitz was able to keep a clean sheet and carry a point home to Hannover.

After a frenzied start for both sides in the first ten minutes, the action slowed down to a crawl, with neither side really sniffing goal for the rest of the half.  Just after the break, Bremen looked to have gone ahead as towering centre-back Per Mertesacker headed German starlet Mesut Ozil’s corner past Fromlowitz.  However, Steve Cherundolo was on hand to rescue the young goalkeeper and clear the headed attempt off the line.  Despite Hannover rarely seeing the ball in the second half, the visitors held on for dear life, happy to maintain the 0-0 scoreline.

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)
Away to Werder Bremen, 0-0, 90 minutes

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Next up: vs. Borussia Dortmund, Saturday, September 19

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Away to Nurnberg, 0-1, Did not play

Michael Bradley was again consigned to the bench against Nurnberg and did not see any action.
Next up: vs. TSG Hoffenheim, Saturday, September 19

Kenny Cooper, 1860 Munich (Germany)
vs. Greuther Furth, 3-1, 45 minutes

Kenny Cooper only managed 45 minutes in 1860’s 3-1 victory over Greuther Furth in the German 2. Bundesliga.  After a scoreless first half, Cooper was withdrawn in favor of 18-year-old midfielder Tarik Camdal who made his first-team debut for Munich.  Just six minutes after the break, the hosts opened the scoring from a corner, and went on to secure a 3-1 victory.
Next up: vs. Greuther Furth, Saturday, September 12

Charlie Davies, Sochaux (France)
Away to Lille, 0-1, 59 minutes

Charlie Davies started the match for Sochaux, but was unable to score in his 59 minutes of play.  It was a disappointing outing for Sochaux as they fell 1-0 courtesy of a 71st minute Pierre-Alan Frau strike. 
Next up: vs. Valencienne, Saturday, September 19

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. St. Etienne, 1-0, 9 minutes