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Americans On The Continent: Two In A Row for Bocanegra

Carlos Bocanegra again played the full 90 minutes for Rennes as they recorded their second shutout in a row away to Valenciennes.  Despite being under heavy pressure in the opening minutes, Sylvain Marveaux had no problem putting his side ahead in the 26th minute as he found himself free in the box following a high ball from Jimmy Briand.  Stunned, the home side found themselves on the back foot as Rennes added another just 13 minutes later, with Fabian Lemoine assisting Asamoah Gyan after a well executed one-two just outside the box.  Just after halftime it was nearly 3-0 to Rennes, but Nicolas Penneteau made a good save from Alexander Tettey following a smart backheel from Jimmy Briand. 

Siaka Tiene was sent off in the 78th minute with two yellow cards after foolishly hacking down Yann M’Vila from behind.  Carlos Bocanegra nearly assisted on Rennes’ third goal, skipping past his marker and cutting it back for Marveaux, but he couldn’t put his attempt on target from 12 yards.

With the win, Rennes moves to 8th place.

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

Away to Valenciennes, 2-0, 90 minutes

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Next up: Vs. Toulouse, Saturday, March 20

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

Vs. VfL Wolfsburg, 0-4, 90 minutes 

Michael Bradley and his Borussia Monchengladbach teammates were again crushed  by multiple goals, falling 4-0 at home to a rampant VfL Wolfsburg side.  Bradley’s handball in the box led to Edin Dzeko’s goal from the penalty spot to double Wolfsburg’s lead following Zvjezdan Misimovic’s 41st minute strike.   Just nine minutes after Dzeko’s penalty, in the 58th minute, Christian Gentner made it three following Misimovic’s free kick.  Dzeko completed the scoring in the 80th minute, adding his second goal on the day after beating two M’Gladbach defenders and slotting past the hapless Logan Bailly.

Next up: Away to Cologne, Friday, March 19

Steve Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany)

Vs. Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-1, 35 minutes, 1 Assist

Steve Cherundolo came off the bench again against Frankfurt as he slowly works back up to match fitness following his injury.  Entering the match in the 55th minute for the injured Constant Djakpa, Cherundolo made his presence felt immediately, gathering a deflected save in the box and squaring it for Sergio Pinto to score what would prove to be the winning goal in the 57th minute.  Cherundolo picked up his sixth yellow card of the season in the 90th minute as the game died down.  Ricardo Clark was on the bench but did not make an appearance for Frankfurt.

Next up: Away to VfB Stuttgart, Saturday, March 20

Daniel Williams, SC Freiburg (Germany)

Away to FC Bayern, 1-2, 16 minutes

Daniel Williams made a 74th minute appearance for Freiburg to help preserve their 1-0 lead, but just after his introduction Arjen Robben scored a freekick to level the match for Bayern.  Bayern continued their pressure on the visitors and it paid off as Ivica Banovic fouled Thomas Muller in the box, giving Arjen Robben the opportunity to slot home the winner from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute.

Next up: Vs. Mainz, Saturday, March 20

Eddie Johnson, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Vs. PAOK Salonika, 2-0, 3 Minutes

Eddie Johnson made a cameo appearance for Aris, coming on in the 87th minute for 2-goal hero Javier Campora.  Freddy Adu was on the bench but did not see any action for the third match running.

Next Up: Away to Panionios, Sunday, March 21

Freddy Adu, Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)

Vs. PAOK Salonika, 2-0, Did Not Play

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Next Up: Away to Panionios, Sunday, March 21

Square Passes

Jermaine Jones did not take part as Schalke beat Stuttgart 2-1.

Jared Jeffrey played for the Mainz Under-23s again as the first team beat Cologne 1-0.

Goalkeeper David Yelldell kept a clean sheet for TuS Koblenz as they beat Rot Weiss Ahlen 2-0.

Luis Robles was on the bench as Kaiserslautern spanked Energie Cottbus 4-1.

Matt Taylor was not in the matchday squad for Frankfurt’s 2-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Alejandro Bedoya is expected to start for Orebro tonight as they face Atvidabergs FF.  Additionally, his younger brother Santiago, a 21-year-old left back at Northeastern University, will join his brother at Orebro on trial in the coming months. 

Clay Goodson and Hunter Freeman helped Start keep a clean sheet as they beat Sandefjord 2-0 in the opening match of the Eliteserian.  Freeman was substituted in the 82nd minute, but was able to grab an assist on Start’s second goal.

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