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STEVE CHERUNDOLO
Germany Hannover 96 (Bundesliga)
#6 | Defender
Birth Date
Birth Place
Height/Weight
US Caps/Goals
February 19, 1979 (Age: 35)
Rockford, Illinois
5' 6", 148 lbs (1.68 m, 67 kg)
87/2
GP
2
S
1
M
82
G
0
A
0
YC
0
RC
0
OG
0
Club Career

Cherundolo left the University of Portland to sign with Hannover in January of 1999 after his sophomore season, where he was coached by US Soccer legend, the late Clive Charles.

In his first season at the club, Cherundolo saw only limited action, appearing in just eight games, mostly as a midfielder. It was the following season however, in which he established himself as a fixture in the Hannover team.

After making the move to right back, and despite his size disadvantage, Cherundolo played in 30 league games and was rated as one of the top five defenders in the 2 Bundesliga by the notoriously harsh German soccer magazine Kicker. The 2001/02 was also a very successful one for Hannover, as the team was promoted to the 1 Bundesliga.

In May of 2007, the former University of Portland right back signed a two-year contract extension to his current deal, slated to tie him to Hannover 96 until the summer of 2010.

Cherundolo continued to be a mainstay in the Hannover 96 defense until injuries sidelined him for the majority of the 2008-2009 season.

Having recovered from his injuries, Cherundolo has returned to his regular role with Hannover 96 in the 2009-2010 season, even wearing the captains armband for the team on a few occasions.

Cherundolo became a free agent after the '09-'10 season. While there were a number of suitors for his services, he ultimately re-signed with Hannover for another two years and became captain for the first time in his 11 year career with the club.

International Career

Cherundolo made his first appearance in a US jersey for the Under-20s on April 4, 1998 against Iceland. He went on to be co-captain of the US U-20s at the 1999 World Youth Championships in Nigeria in 1999, where the team was eliminated in the second round by eventual champions Spain.

A little over a year later Steve earned his first cap for the full national team in a 2-2 draw with Jamaica in Kingston on September 8, 1999.

He was a late addition to the World Cup 2002 squad after an injury forced Chris Armas to withdraw, as well as Armas' replacement Greg Vanney. In a strange twist of fate, Cherundolo himself missed the entire World Cup 2002 due to an injury he sustained while in South Korea.

The right back played three matches as the US marched to the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown, but suffered a knee injury in the quarterfinal win over Jamaica that ended his tournament.

The Hannover ace scored his first international goal in March 2006 during a loss away to Germany.

Cherundolo was selected to Bruce Arena's 2006 World Cup squad, where he started all three US matches.

After injuries kept Cherundolo away from the national team in 2008, he regained Coach Bradley's confidence following call-ups for the 2009 Gold Cup and a few World Cup qualifiers.

Cherundolo finished the 2009 season on a high, featuring in two of the final five World Cup qualifiers for the United States. He was also used as a 90th minute substitute in the qualifier at Honduras.

Jonathan Spector had established himself as Bob Bradley's right back of choice after the 2009 Confederations Cup, but he soon after endured a long slump, allowing Cherundolo back into the starting lineup. The Hannover veteran went on to start every match in the 2010 World Cup.

A big question for U.S. fans heading into the World Cup is surely on Jozy Altidore and just what is plaguing the young striker at Sunderland.
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