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Location: New York, New York

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Know Your Yanks: Steve Cherundolo

Okay, so we're a little late tonight, but we here on 116th street were busy watching Gilbert Arenas do his thing (sorry, Wiz fans). But here we are, at last, ready to give the lowdown on the underrated right-back gangsta, Steve Cherundolo.

Steve Cherundolo was a member of the historic 2002 USA team that made the quarterfinals of the World Cup, but didn't see any action during the tournament. Barring injury, that won't be the case this year, as he is expected to be a regular starter on the right side of defense. Cherundolo began his pro career in Germany with Hannover 96, and has remained at the club ever since. He has come into his own over the years, and has eventually come to wear Hannover's captain's armband.
Cherundolo is a quick right-back who rarely makes bad decisions, and who also passes the ball well. He has had some injury problems in the past, but makes the U.S. team a more cohesive unit when he is in the lineup. He is also useful in taking free kicks when called upon, and is a consistent hard-worker and defender. His leadership abilities could make him a future U.S. captain.

Career Highlights:

1998: Makes pro debut for Hannover 96 (Germany, 2. Bundesliga).

1999: Makes U.S. Men's National Team debut.

2002: Gains promotion to 1. Bundesliga with Hannover. Reaches quarterfinals of World Cup with USA, before being eliminated by Germany.

2004: Named Vice-Captain of Hannover.


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