BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Monday, August 3, 2009
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover were the upset victims of the first round, falling to Trier while Michael Bradley and Gladbach moved on as the German Cup got underway this weekend.

FSV Frankfurt 1 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Michael Bradley went the full 90 minutes for Borussia as Matt Taylor's Frankfurt debut ended in an early shower and a loss at the Frankfurter Volksbank-Stadion Saturday.

Bradley had the chance to give the guests an early lead but his eighth minute penalty kick was parried away by Frankfurt keeper Patric Klandt.

Juan Fernando Arango started off his Gladbach career in sterling fashion, putting the guests ahead after 27 minutes with a left footed shot across the grain after a nice layoff from Oliver Neuville.

Taylor started up top for the hosts, but was taken off in the 51st minute for midfielder Christian Müller, a tactical consequence of Dajan Simac's 47th minute red card for ungentlmanly behavior.

With a man advantage the Foals pushed forward and Roberto Colalutti doubled the lead after 59 minutes when the Venezuelen Arango set him up for an easy tap-in with an inch perfect pass from the left.

Despite being down a man and two goals the hosts drew inspiration from the home crowd and made it a contest once again in the 72nd minute when the Peruvian substitute Junior Ross took the ball off the Gladbach centerback pairing of Roel Brauwers and Dante, played a quick one-two with Matias Cenci and fired past stranded keeper Christofer Heimeroth.

The hosts had one more chance to push the game into extra time in the 90th minute but Cenci couldn't finish off of former Gladbach man Soumaila Couibaly's corner and the Foals progressed to the second round.

Eintracht Trier - Hannover 96

Steve Cherundolo and Hannover were booted out of the German Cup just as they were getting going by a strong second half from Mario Basler's Trier.

The 96ers pulled in front after 40 minutes when a Arnold Jan Bruggnick pass sent Jan Rosenthal alone on Trier's new American-born keeper Kenneth Kronholm and the midfielder made no mistake slotting the ball home with his left foot.

Coming out of the halftime break the hosts looked likely to draw level with their Bundesliga guests and they didn't have to wait too long to pull themselves ahead.

Martin Wagner evened the scoreline after 15 minutes into the second half before Josef Cinar gave Trier the lead five minutes later, both off of assists by Wilko Risser.

With Hannover pushing forward desperately searching for the equalizer that would give them a lifeline, Sahr Senesie added an insurance tally in second half added time.

Cherundolo went the distance from his normal right back position for die Roten as they fell victim to the Regionalliga team.

Concordia Hamburg 0 - 4 TuS Koblenz

David Yelldell picked up the clean sheet as Koblenz made the second round with a comprehensive victory over Oberliga club Concordia Hamburg led by the Finnish Kuqi brothers strikeforce.

Older brother Shefki Kuqi started the scoring in the 13th minute with a header from a Zoltan Stieber cross.

Not to be outdone, younger brother Njazi Kuqi produced a cross from the right side two minutes later that Tom Geißler was able to head home to double the lead.

Benjamin Lense got in on the act after 26 minutes taking a Stieber pass from the right side, beating defender Albrecht and cashing in from close range.

After brother Njazi was subbed out at halftime, Shefki made sure to restore the family's honor converting a accidental Geißler flick to the far post off of a long freekick in the 68th minute.


Luis Robles watched from the bench as third-string keeper Kevin Trapp helped lead 1. FC Kaiserslautern past Eintracht Braunschweig 1-0 on Friday night.

Jermaine Jones is recovering from a broken leg and so missed FC Schalke's 4-0 demolition of fifth-tier club Germania Dattenfeld on Saturday.

Bryan Arguez did not take part Saturday as Hertha Berlin needed extra time to get past Regionalliga club Preußen Münster 3-1 at a sold-out Preußenstadion.

Kenny Cooper was not yet with the team as 1860 München slipped by Paderborn 1-0 on a goal by Tunisian defender Radhouene Felhi Saturday.

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