Cherundolo, Hannover register big win 4-2 over Schalke.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, April 15, 2010) -- United States defender Steve Cherundolo wore the captain's armband and went the distance for host Hannover 96, which recorded a satisfying 4-2 home victory over high-flying Schalke 04 in a German Bundesliga match at AWD-Arena Saturday.
Even with the triumph, Hannover is in the relegation zone, in 16th place at 7-17-6 with 27 points, one point from safety. Schalke is in second place at 17-6-7 with 58 points, two behind Bayern Munich (17-4-9).
Hannover wasted a two goal lead and needed tallies from Hanno Balitsch in the 80 th minute and Didier Ya Konan's second striker 10 minutes later to prevail.
Hannover went ahead on an own goal in the 17th minute and made it 2-0 on a goal by Ya Konan in the 29th minute. Schalke pulled even on a tally by Eduardo Goncalves de Oliveira in the 46th minute and a penalty kick by Ivan Rakitic six minutes later.
The Hannover defense played probably its strongest match of the season, holding Schalke to five shots on goal, including the successful penalty kick. Cherundolo was issued a yellow card in the final minute of the match.
A week earlier, Cherundolo also served as captain and played 90 minutes in a 0-0 road draw with Hamurg SV at Nordbank Arena.
Jermaine Jones the German-American Schalke midfielder\defender with hopes of representing the U.S. in the upcoming World Cup, flew to California to be examined by the U.S. Soccer Federation medical staff to try to determine why he continues to struggle with pain in his surgically repaired leg.
Borussia Mönchengladbach, which once was challenged by relegation, has climbed to 11th place with a 2-0 decision over Eintracht Frankfurt.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance and made a key play just before halftime. His keeper, Logan Bailly, missed a cross and Bradley managed to settle the ball with his chest. Opposing striker Halil Altintop was able to trigger a hard left-footed shot, but Bradley blocked it with a leg.
In his prior outing, Bradley, coming off a one-match, yellow-cards suspension, as well as surgery to fix a broken nose,went 87 minutes in the midfield in Mönchengladbach's 2-1 loss to VfB Stuttgart.
Stuttgart dominated and Bradley and the rest of Gladbach was back on their heels for most of the match.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed, but didn't play for Eintracht.
Clark dressed, but did not play in the previous game, a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Bayer Leverkusen, which lost a man to a red card.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra picked up a knock last week and was held out by Stade Rennes for its 1-1 draw at Lorient.
Before that, Bocanegra went the distance for in a narrow 2-1 loss to powerful Lyon.
In Greece, Aris Thessaloniki did not play well after returning from its Easter break to lose to Asteras Tripolis 2-1.
U.S. attacker Freddy Adu played 90 minutes in his second straight start for Aris. American striker Eddie Johnson entered in the 74th minute.
In Denmark, American forward Chris Rolfe played 77 minutes his first start of the season for Aalborg BK, which defeated AGF Aarhus 2-0. U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber, still working his way back to full fitness after missing nearly two months to an ankle injury, played the final 33 minutes for Aarhus.
In the previous game. Rolfe did not play in a 1-1 draw with Silkeborg. Before that, Rolfe came off the bench in the 70th minute and his short cross and give-and-go led to Aalborg's a goal in Aalborg's 1-1 draw with SønderjyskE.
American Michael Parkhurst went the distance at right back for FC Nordsjælland, which came from behind to draw 1-1 with last-place HB Køge.
In Sweden, Ryan Miller went 90 minutes on the right side of defense for Halmstads BK in a 2-1 loss Sunday to newly-promoted Mjällby AIF.
On Monday, Alejandro Bedoya went the distance in Örebro SK's midfield in a 2-0 loss to GAIS at home. He received a yellow card in the 80th minute.
In the prior outing, Bedoya recorded a solid 90 minutes as Örebro defeated league champions AIK Fotboll 1-0 in a snowstorm in Stockholm.
In Norway, the American defensive duo of Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson helped IK Start to a 4-3 win over Brann Sunday in Bergen. Freeman started at his usual right-back position, while Goodson was moved to the left center of the back-line. He had been playing next to Freeman.
On the previous Monday, Freeman and Goodson went the distance in a thrilling 5-3 victory over Valerenga. Freeman picked up his second assist of the season.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu started and went until replaced in the 90th minute for Glasgow Rangers in a 0-0 draw with host Dundee United yesterday.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Rangers.
On April 3, Edu was the hero scoring the only goal of the match of a 1-0 triumph over visiting Hamilton at Ibrox Stadium.
Rangers coach Walter Smith elected to start Edu in the midfield in place of struggling Kevin Thomson and was rewarded with a sterling match. Nine minutes in, Edu hit a laser from 30 yards which hit the right post and deflected out. But, within a minute, he created another chance and converted.
Edu took a cross from Kenny Miller in the area, settled the ball and calmly put it in the net from eight yards away.
Beasley dressed, but did not play.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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