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Dempsey, injured in England, will miss at least one U.S. qualifier.

Injury problems continue for DeMerit who hurts eye in accident.

Bradley spends time on bench for Mönchengladbach, but plays in Cup match.

Altidore gets start up top, but Hull City is blanked by visiting Birmingham.

Dempsey excels in Fulham's 2-1 triumph over Everton and Howard.

Benfica sends Adu to Lisbon rival Belenenses on loan.

Davies scores twice in his first three games with Sochaux.

Altidore impresses in his first two outings with Hull City.

Howard stunned in goal, his Everton falls 6-1 to Arsenal.

Bradley goes distance, Mönchengladbach saves Bundesliga future with draw.

Bradley, Mönchengladbach again face relegation worries after 5-0 loss.

Fulham fans fete Dempsey; Reading says farewell to Hahnemann.

Hahnemann, Reading come up short to Burnley in promotion playoffs.

Bocanegra scores, but Rennes is upset by Guingamp 2-1 in Cup final.

Hahnemann, Reading fall short of Premier League promotion, get second chance.

Hahnemann posts two shutouts, Reading has Sunday shot for promotion to Premier League.

Howard saves in tiebreaker lead Everton past Manchester United in FA Cup semifinals.

Howard saves in tiebreaker lead Everton past Manchester United in FA Cup semifinals.

Reading finally scores, but Hahnemann concedes lead in 2-2 draw with Blackpool.

Dempsey scores twice, adds assist to spark Fulham past Manchester City.

Edu scores first goal, Beasley injures rib in Rangers victory.

Friedel is sent off from Villa's 5-0 rout at hands of Liverpool.

Howard, Everton are on the upswing in English Premier League.

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Americans Abroad

Davies improves, but faces several surgeries, long road back.

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

(Thursday, October 22, 2009) -- United State striker Charlie Davies is out of intensive care and improving after being critically injured in a car accident in suburban Washington D.C. before the U.S.-Costa Rica October 14 World Cup qualifier.

At Washington Hospital Center, Davies' condition has been upgraded to "serious" and he is now able to have visitors and can speak to them. He faces a long operation to repair his badly broken left elbow and still faces multiple surgeries to fix facial fractures. His long term overall prognosis is considered good, but his future in soccer is unknown and a long way off.

Davies was in his first season with Sochaux of France.

U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, who torn a knee tendon in the Costa Rica qualifier, wwas scheduled for surgery this week in California to be performed by U.S. national-team orthopedic surgeon Bert Mandelbaum. He will then remain on the West Coast to begin physical therapy and rehabilitation under U.S. Soccer Federation supervision and probably will not return AC Milan of Italy before the New Year.

U.S. defender Jay DeMerit, who captains Watford in England's second-tier League Championship, has been suffering from a serious eye infection resulting from a contact-lens accident and had surgery Saturday to replace the cornea in his left eye. It will be several weeks before it can be determined how long he will need to recover, but it is likely he will be sidelined until 2010.

In Germany, FC Schalke 04 midfielder Jermaine Jones who has dual German-U.S. citizenship and has declared to play for the U.S., has undergone further surgery on his damaged left leg. He suffered a fracture in his left tibia in training camp in June and had a metal plate inserted to stabilize the fracture. He has been experiencing quite a bit of pain during rehabilitation, so another operation was necessary to stabilize the plate and he will miss another six-to-eight weeks.

Also in Germany, American midfielder Sal Zizzo who has been playing on the Hannover 96 reserve\youth team, injured his knee last week in a training session and will need extensive surgery, causing him to miss the rest of the season.

During a training drill, Zizzo ruptured the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. He will undergo surgery in several weeks after the swelling has gone down.

Friedel excels, Aston Villa edges Chelsea

In the English Premier League Saturday, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel started his league-record 199th consecutive match and was rarely better, helping Aston Villa (5-2-1, 16 points) score a huge 2-1 victory over visiting Chelsea to the delight of a standing room only crowd of 39,047 at Villa Park. Friedel made six saves, three of them special, while Richard Dunne and James Collins scored of corner kicks to beat Chelsea (7-2, 21).

American Brad Guzan was Friedel's back-up, as usual.

U.S. keeper Tim Howard was sharp for Everton in a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Howard made three saves, including a gem on Kevin Doyle in the first half and one on Sylvan Ebanks-Blake midway through the second half, but could not stop a Doyle drive in the 75th minute. Everton received the equalizer from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in the 88th minute and then things got nasty.

Wolverhampton's Austrian midfielder Stefan Maierhofer was issued a yellow card for his reaction to the goal and then tangled with Howard in stoppage time. Maierhofer was shown a second yellow card and ejected for a foul on Howard, while Howard was booked for retaliating. Afterward, Wolves coach Mick McCarthy was incensed, saying that Howard should also have been sent off.

American Marcus Hahnemann was in his role as backup keeper and didn't play for Wolves.

On Monday, Hull City traveled south to London and defeated Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage on a chilly night. Hull played extremely defensively in the first half, then tried to push the game after intermission, but to no avail.

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey, sufficiently recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the last two U.S. qualifiers, started for Fulham on the right side. As usual, he played all over the front, at times drifting all the way to left wing, but more often resembling a central striker. He came close in the second half, but did not score. He has now gone 14 league matches without a goal, but continues to do a lot of heavy lifting in the midfield.

American forward Eddie Johnson did not play for Fulham.

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore came on for Hull in the 69th minute, but did little until the 90th minute when he missed inches high on a header, one of Hull's few chances on the night.

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector dressed, but didn't play in West Ham United's 2-1 loss at Stoke City.

In the League Championship, American defender Frank Simek was on the bench, but didn't play for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-0 decision over Coventry City.

In the third-tier League One Monday, American forward Mike Grella was in uniform, but never left the Leeds United bench in a 2-1 win over Norwich City.

American forward Jemal Johnson played the final 15 minutes for MK Dons' 2-0 triumph over Gillingham.

Bradley returns to starting role

In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley has won back his starting role for Borussia Mönchengladbach. On Saturday, he went the distance and scored a goal in a 2-1 road loss to Wolfsburg at Volkswagen Arena.

Bradley had a strong match, scoring from 18 yards four minutes into stoppage time, but it was too little, too late.

Before the international break for qualifiers , Mönchengladbach coach Michael Frontzeck bundled his whole team and took it for a three-day training retreat in the rural Nethherlands. It appeared to do some good with the team playing better on its return. Still, the club fell 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on its return.

Bradley apparently benefited from the time away, winning back his job as a starter for the first time in more than a month, going the distance in the disappointing loss.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in a 2-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt. Two weeks earlier, Hannover won its first home match of the year in convincing fashion, 5 - 2 over SC Freiburg at the AWD-Arena.

In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Kenny Cooper played the final 11 minutes of 1860 Munich's 3-1 victory over Duisburg.

American David Yelldell was strong in goal for TuS Koblenz in a 1-1 tie with Rot Weiss Ahlen.

American forward Matt Taylor dressed, but didn't play for FSV Frankfurt in a 4-1 setback at Fortuna Düsseldorf. American Luis Robles was the backup keeper for Kaiserslautern in a 2-1 decision at Energie Cottbus.

Bocanegra commits costly foul, sees red

U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra was responsible for pulling down Auxerre striker Dennie Oliech in the 16th minute and Benoît Pedretti scored on the resulting free kick, sending Auxerre to a 1-0 win over Stade Rennes in the French Ligue 1

Referee Wilfried Bien also decisively issued a red card to Bocanegra for the foul, which left him suspended for Saturday's 0-0 draw Saturday at Lille. In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu has begun light training, but is still weeks away from returning to Glasgow Rangers' lineup from his knee injury.

On Saturday, American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Rangers' 2-1 triumph at St. Johnstone.

In Portugal, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu made his first Portugese Liga start October 12 for his Belenenses, but his new club went down 1-0 to visiting Nacional at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon in a special make-up match played during the international break.

Adu started as a striker for coach João Carlos Pereira in a 4-4-2 formation. He had one good chance, but did not make much of an impact and was lifted at halftime in favor of Andre Almeida.

Two weeks earlier, Adu made his first appearance in a league match in an unexpected 0-0 draw with host Sporting Lisbon at Jose Alvalade stadium. Adu came on in the 66th minute for Yontcha and while he did not provide an offensive spark, he was able to help keep Sporting off the score sheet and earn Belenenses a point in the standings for the 1-3-3 club.

In the Danish SAS-Ligaen, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber went the distance for AGF Aarhus in a 1-0 loss at Sonderjylland. American forward Jeremiah White did not play.

Two weeks earlier, Feilhaber had a big hand in stopping Aarhus's three-match skid and his side defeating visiting SønderjyskE 2-1.

In the ninth minute, Feilhaber opened the scoring with a shot that ricocheted off several defenders before landing in the net.. Feilhaber then forced keeper David Ousted into a fine save before assisting Peter Graulund, who scored to make it 2-0.

SønderjyskE scored late. White played the final six minutes substituting for a tiring Feilhaber.

American defender Michael Parkhurst did not play for Nordsjaelland's in a 2-0 loss to Odense.

American defender Danny Califf has not dressed for Midtjylland's last two matches, this week a 1-1 draw at Brøndby, and is back in coach Allan Kuhn's doghouse.

In Norway's Tippeligaen, U.S. keeper Troy Perkins made several good saves in Valerenga IF Oslo's 2-1 victory at SK Brann Bergen. He also was strong in his previous outing, a 3-1 win over visiting Viking Stavangerat at Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo. Four victories in a row have Valerenga in sixth place at 12-12-4 with 40 points..

American defender Hunter Freeman went the distance for IK Start Kristiansand in a 1-0 loss to Aalesunds FK. Fellow American back Clarence Goodson was on the Start bench, but did not play.

In the previous match, both went the distance in Start's surprise 3-2 decision at Rosenborg BK in a controversy-filled game.

In stoppage time, Goodson exchanged words with Rosenborg's Rade Prica in the Rosenborg penalty area. Prica first shoved Goodson, then threw him to the ground. In an unusual decision, referee Tom Øvrebø showed a red card to Prica and awarded Start a penalty kick, which was subsequently converted.

Rosenborg (19-1-8, 65), the runaway league winner, suffered its first loss as the Norwegian season nears its end. Start (9-9-10, 37) is in a three-way tie for seventh place in a 16-team league.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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