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Bradley scores tying goal in Gladbach's 1-1 draw at Bremen.

McBride, Beasley stay put as transfer window closes.

McBride could return to Fulham of EPL, Altidore moves.

Friedel posts two shutouts for Aston Villa which defeats Portsmouth, ties Doncaster.

Beasley, Edu struggle for playing time for Glasgow Rangers.

Donovan scores, looks strong in pair of Bayern Munich exhibition wins.

Altidore's effort at Villareal has Everton eyeing a loan deal.

Rovers' loss is gain for Aston Villa as Friedel leads upward EPL surge.

Onyewu's future with Standard is up in the air as club ponders transfer.

Dempsey finds net twice, late header for Fulham stuns Chelsea in 2-2 draw.

U.S. under-20s Bernardo, Nazzani refine their trade in Italy.

Adu gets first start for Monaco in Cup loss to PSG.

With Friedel in net, Aston Villa couples UEFA Cup advancement with EPL success.

Howard, Onyewu face off: Standard, Everton draw in UEFA Cup.

U.S. players have seen their numbers dwindle in English Premier League.

Beasley helps Rangers get off to good start.

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Foul tackle leaves Beasley bruised, but apparently not sidelined.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Friday, February 20, 2009) -- United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley received a scare, but the apparently escaped serious injury in Glasgow Rangers' 4-0 victory over Forfar Athletic in a Scottish Cup Round of 16 road match at Station Park.

Beasley, who is trying to gain more playing time for the Premier League's Rangers, limped off the field after what was described as a "clamorous" tackle in the 70th minute against the third-division foe. Forfar defender Elliot Smith lunged at Beasley, came over the ball and was instantly issued a red card for what the BBC described as "a shocking tackle."

The injury apparently is not serious. "If I can say that it's encouraging, the good thing is that DaMarcus has only taken a kick when it might have been a lot worse," Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist told reporters. "Granted, it's a nasty one and he now has a couple of rather unattractive stud marks on his left shin."

Beasley missed morethan four months of the 2007-08 season when he damaged knee ligaments in a collision with an opposing goalkeeper in a European Champions League game in Stuttgart, Germany. Now in his second season with Rangers, Beasley also has been nagged with groin strains.

Beasley's U.S. teammate Maurice Edu went the distance for Rangers and, according to the Glasgow Evening Times, "The young American put in a good shift in the middle of the park and will have been happy to be involved after struggling to find his feet this season."


Onyewi, Standard face daunting UEFA Cup task

In the third round of the UEFA Cup, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu and Standard de Liège suffered a 3-0 road setback to Braga of Portugal. Standard faces an unlikely task if it hopes to advance in the second leg of the series at home in two weeks.

Things also did not go as well as hoped for Aston Villa of the English Premier League, which drew 1-1 in its home leg match with CSKA Moscow, despite solid play by American Brad Guzan in goal. Villa faces a tough assignment in Moscow in the return leg.

In the English Premier League, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey played 90 minutes on the right flank for Fulham (7-8-9, 30 points), which was pounded 3-0 at league-leading Manchester United (18-2-5, 59).

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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