CHAD WINGER - Sunday, August 19, 2007
Berhalter scored two on Sunday
Americans had a hand in all three 1860 goals in a Munich victory while Preston Zimmerman opened his account in a losing Hamburg SV II cause.
Karlsruhe 1 - 2 Hannover 96
Steve Cherundolo started and went the distance for the 96ers who evened their record after coming from behind to defeat newly-promoted Karlsruhe.
KSC defender Maik Franz deservedly put the hosts on the board after 37 minutes when his header beat Robert Enke after a Tamas Hajnal serve.
Offseason buy Mike Hanke went a little ways towards repaying the €4 million that Hannover gave Wolfsburg this summer in the 55th when he beat goalscorer Franz to an Arnold Jan Bruggink cross. Hanke powered the offering past Markus Miller in the home net for his first strike for his new team.
Twenty minutes later Hanke turned provider for Hanno Balitsch with a probing ball from the right that the once-capped Germany converted for the eventual game-winner.
Sal Zizzo took no part in the match for the victorious Reds.
After playing facing Sweden midweek, Cherundolo and Zizzo travel to Munich to battle early league leaders Bayern at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Hansa Rostock 1 - 2 FC Nurnberg
Heath Pearce's rude introduction to Germany soccer continued as Tony Sanneh's former club ruined Hansa Rostock's home opener.
Ex-Ajax midfielder Tomas Galasek put the guests up in the 16th minute with a long-distance right-footer, and just nine minutes later Rostock was down two when keeper Stefan Wächter gifted Peer Kluge a tally by allowing his slow, bouncing attempt to make it home.
Orestes finally gave the Bundesliga newbies their first goal of the season when he converted a cross from Stefan Beinlich, and the hosts still had a chance to to scrape a point from the contest and it was Pearce who nearly knotted the match.
In the 81st minute the American struck with aplomb from the left corner of the box, but his strong blast grazed the post and out for a goal kick.
Pearce and Hansa will look for their first point of the season next weekend at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Greuther Fürth 3 - 0 Mainz
After opening the season with a resounding victory, Neven Subotic and Mainz crashed back to earth when they were drubbed by Greuther Fürth.
Subotic started and went the distance for the Mardi Gras boys, but was faultless as the guests scored three.
Striker Bernd Nehrig put Fürth in the lead in the 32nd minute after defender Nikolce Noveski fell asleep at the wheel and allowed the 20-year old to latch on to a Thorsten Burkhardt through-ball from just five yards.
Mainz goalkeeper Dimo Wache picked two Stefan Reisinger shots from his net in the 74th and 90th minutes respectively as the guests continued their streak of having never won in Fürth.
Subotic and his mates return to XX to host Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday.
1860 Munich 3 - 1 Kaiserslautern
Gregg Berhalter scored twice and Josh Wolff grabbed another assist to help 1860 complete a comeback win over former Bundesliga giants Kaiserslautern.
One-time Fiorentina striker Björn Runström put the away team ahead in the 13th minute after a fine assist from Erik Jendrisek led to a right-footed drive past Philipp Tschauner.
Berhalter levelled matters for the Lions ten minutes after the break, heading a Danny Schwarz free kick back across the face of goal with precision.
1860's other American had a hand in the game-winner after grabbing his third assist in the past two matches. The former Kansas City Wizard threaded a kind ball to Berkant Göktan from t he right channel and the young Turk made no mistake.
Daniel Bierofka seemingly had a target in his back, and in the 76th minute was brutally hacked down by Canadian Patrice Bernier, who was duly sent off. Eleven minutes later Moussa Ouattara also took his frustrations out on the former Germany international, giving up a penalty in the process.
Captain Berhalter stepped up and converted for second of the match and sealed the Lions' three points.
Next weekend first place 1860 travel to Hoffenheim.
VfB Lubeck 3 - 1 Hamburg SV II
Preston Zimmerman started and went 76 minutes for the Hamburg SV second team, but despite a 47th minute equalizer, was unable to prevent a rivalry defeat.
Jan Hoffmann sandwiched two goals around the American's first strike of the season, tallying in the 40th and 72nd minutes.
Daniel Cartus stuck the proverbial fork in the young Rothosen with a stellar strike from inside the area following an excellent assist from Deniz Kadah.
Zimmerman and the young HSV team travel Dynamo Dresden next Saturday.
1860 Munich II - Karlsruhe II
Steve Purdy went the distance as 1860's second team defeated their Karlsruhe counterparts in injury time.
Lukasz Szukala got the younger Lions off to a good start, converting an 18th minute header in spectacular fashion after a strong buildup.
Lars Stindl brought the visitor back with a goal seven minutes after the break, but KSC had their hearts broken in the dying moments when 1860 captain Manuel Duhnke struck.
1860 jump up to 11th in the standings ahead of their trip to SV Sandhausen on Friday.
Stuttgart Kickers 1 - 1 Sportfreunde Siegen
David Yelldell went his customary 90 minutes for Stuttgart's second team, settling for a draw with Sportfreunde Siegen.
Daniel Bogusz put the visitors ahead in the 17th minute when he converted a Enrico Gaede assist, but Gerrit Müller could duplicate the feat in the 37th when he was denied from short range by the American keeper.
Sokol Kacani gave Yelldell and his mates the deserved draw just after the break when halftime substitute Bashiru Gambo provided the vital equalizing assist.
Kickers move up to sixth in the standings and travel to battle Bayern Munich II next Saturday.
Kamani Hill did not suit up for either of VfL Wolfsburg's teams this weekend. The Bundesliga group defeated Duisburg 3-1, while the Regionalliga version fell 3-0 to RW Erfurt.
Josh Grenier did not make the bench ast TuS Koblenz defeated FC Augsburg 2-1 at home.
Joe Enoch made his season debut as an injury-time sub, but his 30 seconds of action were noteless as SV Wehen were held by VfL Osnabruck at one apiece.
FC. St. Pauli earned the first win of the season with Ian Joy on the bench. The American saw no action as the Pirates defeated Carl Zeiss Jena behind a single Rene Schnitzler goal.
Tim Merritt and Oggersheim seem headed for a long season after the American was withheld from participation in the Regionalliga newbies' 5-0 defeat at VfR Aalen.