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Bocanegra moves across France to Saint Etienne.

Johnson strains hamstring with Aris in Greek playoffs.

Beasley bids farewell to Glasgow Rangers after late benching.

For Fulham, Dempsey set to become first U.S. player in European final.

Davies' desire to make World Cup team is dealt a blow.

Cherundolo, Hannover register big win 4-2 over Schalke.

Hahnemann posts another shutout for Wolves in 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Dempsey absent with thigh injury, Fulham makes Europa Cup semifinals.

Back in good graces, Adu makes rare start for victorious Aris.

Friedel, Aston Villa suffer 7-1 rout at hands of Chelsea.

Friedel, Aston Villa fade in English Premier League despite unbeaten streak.

After long layoff, Dempsey scores decisive goal, Fulham edges Juventus in Europa Cup.

Donovan's highly successful Everton tenure ends on quiet note.

Both succeeding in Greece, Johnson gets critical U.S. call, Adu does not.

'Player of Month' Donovan, Howard help Everton stun Chelsea, Man. United.

Friedel streak ends, but Villa draws with Manchester United 1-1.

Altidore goal helps Hull defeat Manchester City 2-1.

Beasley's car is destroyed in Scotland racial incident.

Cherundolo agravates ailing shoulder, will miss at least month for Hannover.

Donovan scores first, sparks Everton past Sunderland in Premier League.

Howard, Donovan go down with Everton, eliminated from FA Cup.

Dempsey avoids surgery, his World Cup hopes remain intact.

Donovan is impressive, helping Everton draw with Arsenal in his debut.

Busy Dempsey continues to make his mark with Fulham.

Adu joins Johnson as loan acquisitions by Aris of Greece.

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Americans Abroad

Adu is looking for team after Benfica cuts him loose.

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

(Thursday, August 5, 2010) -- With the start of a new European season less than a month away, a number of Americans are still searching for new clubs.

Chief among them is midfielder Freddy Adu He is under contract on contract to Benfica of Portugal and technically currently on loan to Aris Thessaloniki of Greece. However, Aris has said he does not fit into their plans for the coming season and Benfica has told him they will release him from his contract making him a free transfer if he can find a club that wants him.

The latest team to say no is Sion of Switzerland. After a week's trial at the second-division club, which is stockpiling players ahead of a transfer ban by European governing body UEFA, Sion said it will pass on Adu.

Given his history of failure in Europe, Adu's only hope might be to return to Major League Soccer in the hope he can re-launch his career.

Another player whose immediate future is up in the air is striker Jozy Altidore. After failing with Hull City in the English Premier League last season Altidore is set to return to Spain's Villarreal which owns his contract and lent him to Hull last season.

Altidore says he wants to remain with the Spanish team and new coach Juan Carlos Garrido says he would like to work with Altidore, but admits Villarreal's somewhat precarious financial situation could make it mandatory that it dump Altidore's salary through another loan arrangement if there are any takers.

United States defender Jay DeMerit was one of a number of players off-loaded by Watford for financial reasons after a season. He has said he wants to stay in England, but with only a couple of weeks to the new season, he has not landed on a team yet.

A player who could run afoul of the Premier League's new 25-player limit on the active roster is Fulham striker Eddie Johnson. Loaned last year to Aris Thessaloniki, he is back with Fulham but not likely to make its roster. That makes another loan likely.

American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley also might be in peril.. He is not in Scottish club Rangers plans though Heracles of the Netherlands and Nice of France have shown interest.

U.S. forward Charlie Davies is back in full-time training with his French club Sochaux after an almost miraculous recovery from a horrific car accident that nearly ended both his career and his life last October. Not only is Davies again practicing, but his coach Francis Gillot has given him playing time in each of Sochaux's seven preseason friendlies before the Ligue 1 season opener Saturday against AC Arles-Avignon. Davies also served as captain for the reserve team in a match in which he scored his only preseason goal.

Gillot says he is amazed at Davies recovery, but at the same time issued a word of caution. "It will be difficult to count on him as he still has some physical limitations and has had to relearn everything," Gillot said. "For him, it is also hard but it's clear he is not at the level he was when he joined us."

After five seasons at second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, American defender Frank Simek has a new home after signing with English League One (third-tier) club Carlisle United.

In Europe, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones scored his first goal in over a year, the winner in Schalke 04's 2-1 preseason victory over Hamburg SV in the Liga total! Cup semifinal. Jones took an ambitious shot from around 35 yards out with goalkeeper Frank Rost misreading it and allowing to bounce over his glove into the net.

In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played the final 53 minutes in Anderlecht's 4-1 win over Eupen.

In Denmark;s Superliga, American defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 2-0 triumph over Randers FC.

American attackers Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe dressed, but did not play for Aalborg BK in a 1-1 draw with host København Saturday. Rolfe is recovering from a hamstring injury.

In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had to leave Örebro SK's 2-0 victory over host match Monday with Åtvidaberg FF with a sore heel. The injury is not considered serious. .

In Norway, both of IK Start's American defenders -- Hunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson -- were suspended for Monday's 8-1 loss to Vålerenga because of yellow-card accumulation.

American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes in Stabæk's 3-0 loss Sunday to Tromsø.

In the oddest match of the week, American-born forward Jon-Paul Pittman scored a hat trick for Wycombe Wanderers in a friendly against what amounted to a Chelsea reserve\youth team.

Pittman entered the match in the 74th minute and by the 78th had collected three goals.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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