Americans Abroad notes: Hannover sporting director hints at Cherundolo extension, Simek set for free agency and more

Americans Abroad notes: Hannover sporting director hints at Cherundolo extension, Simek set for free agency and more

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Americans Abroad notes: Hannover sporting director hints at Cherundolo extension, Simek set for free agency and more

Steve Cherundolo Hannover (Bundesliga.com)

By FRANCO PANIZO

It is looking more and more like Steve Cherundolo will close out his career with the same club he started with.

New Hannover 96 sporting director Dirk Dufner told German outlet Kicker on Wednesday that Cherundolo will soon sign an extension with the club. Cherundolo’s current three-year deal is set to expire at season’s end, but Hannover are keen on re-signing their captain and defensive stalwart.

The 34-year-old Cherundolo has been with Hannover since the latter half of the 1998-1999 season and recently tied the club’s record for league appearances with 298. Cherundolo, who was benched for Hannover’s road win this past weekend, will break that record at home this Saturday against Mainz if he plays.

Here are more Americans Abroad notes:

SIMEK SET TO BE FREE AGENT

Frank Simek’s time with Carlisle United has come to an end. Carlisle United announced on Wednesday that it would not be offering a new deal to Simek, who will become a free agent when his current contract expires in a few weeks. The 28-year-old defender had spent the last three seasons with the League One club, making 109 appearances in league play.

SPAN, DJURGARDEN ADVANCE TO SWEDISH CUP FINAL

Brian Cobi Span and Djurgarden IF could soon be celebrating a championship. Djurgarden defeated Orgryte, 1-0, at home on Wednesday in the Svenska Cupen semifinals and Span came off the bench and played 33 minutes in the match. Djurgarden will face IFK Goteborg in the tournament finale on May 25.

ADU DOES NOT FEATURE AS BAHIA BEAT JUAZEIRO BA

Bahia moved one step closer to the Baiano final on Wednesday, but Freddy Adu did not help his new team do so. Bahia defeated Juazeiro BA, 2-0, in the first leg of their Baiano semifinals series but Adu did see the field for his club. Bahia will travel to take on Juazeiro in the decisive leg on Saturday, and the the team that advances from there will face either Vitoria or Juazeirense in the final.

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