Edu's goal before early exit gives Rangers 1-1 draw with Inverness.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, November 3, 2010) -- Several Americans scored key goals and performed well in goal in Europe this past weekend.
In Scotland, United States midfielder Maurice Edu came up with a beauty of a goal before getting knocked out at halftime of Glasgow Rangers' 1-1 draw Saturday with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Rangers were on the attack from the start. In the early going, Madjid Bougherra sent a cross from the right to Edu standing about six yards front the front of the net. He and defender Ross Tokely went for the ball and Tokely managed to head it to safety. But in the 11th minute, Edu took control of a long pass from Steven Davis and lashed a blistering shot into a top corner past Inverness keeper Ryan Esson.
Before halftime, Edu was the subject of a crunching tackle from Richie Foran, who received a yellow card. After receiving treatment, Edu continued in the match but was replaced at the break as a precaution.
On Tuesday, Edu was able to start, but visiting Rangers bowed 3-0 to Valencia in the Estadio Mestalla in Spain in Group C of the European Champions League, a group led by England's Manchester United.
Edu came out in the 84th minute.
In England's Premier League, U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey came up with a pair of first half goals for Fulham in a 2-0 victory Saturday over Wigan Athletic.
In the 30th minute, Dempsey got his head on a cross from left back Carlos Salcido, a Mexico international, in the left side of the box and sent a sharply-angled header in off the far post to give Fulham a 1-0 lead.
Just before halftime, Dempsey took a pass from Chris Baird and sent a hard shot into the Wigan net.
Dempsey, who started the match as one of two strikers, now has five goals on the season.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
Marcus Hahnemann was one of three American goalkeepers who had good matches over the weekend. He only had to make one save, but controlled his area for 90 minutes, helping his Wolverhampton Wanderers used a goal midway through the second half to upset Manchester City 2-1 on Saturday.
Hahnemann only gave up a 23rd-minute penalty kick to Emmanuel Adebayor. His one save was a beauty, deflecting a drive by David Silva.
Tim Howard was credited with a clean sheet for Everton, which defeated Stoke 1-0 Saturday. Everton dominated the match and Howard enjoyed one of his easiest afternoons of the season.
Brad Friedel also recorded a shutout, blanking local rival Birmingham City in a hard-fought 0-0 draw Sunday at Villa Park. Friedel had four saves, his best on a curving drive from Keith Fahey.
Last week, Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier praised the 39-year-old Friedel and said he hopes the American will stay with Villa for the rest of his career. Friedel is in the last year of his current contract and Houllier hinted he will be offered a new multi-year deal before season's end.
"I think it's too early to speak about that (a new contract), but definitely yes (in terms of his staying)," Houllier told reporters. "At the moment, he's doing a good job, a very good job. He's very professional. With a player after the age of 30, you need to sometimes take into consideration certain things. When you have the opportunity to rest them, do it. But he's a good professional. He has always been like that. Everywhere he went I have never heard anything against him in terms of dedication, commitment, preparation. The boys like him as well."
That is probably not good news for American Brad Guzan, who again watched from the bench as Friedel's backup. American defender Eric Lichaj was also on the bench for Villa.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, working under a new three-year contract extension, went the distance for Bolton Wanderers, 1-0 losers Sunday to Liverpool.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham United, which fell 1-0 loss Saturday to Arsenal.
In the second-tier League Championship, American forward Conor Doyle was on the Derby County bench for a 4-1 win Saturday over Watford.
American defender Zak Whitbread remains sidelined with a calf injury for Norwich City, which dropped a 3-1 decision Saturday to Cardiff City.
In the third-division League One, American striker Mike Grella started and scored a goal for a second consecutive game, his late equalizer giving Carlisle United a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers. Earlier, he was taken down in the penalty area for a penalty kick a teammate missed.
American Frank Simek played 90 minutes on defense for Carlisle.
In Spain, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played the final 19 minutes for Villarreal in a 1-1 draw Sunday with Sporting Gijon.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes for Hannover 96, which fell 4-0 Sunday to TSG Hoffenheim. U.S midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the final 13 minutes for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach, which lost 3-0 Saturday to Kaiserslautern.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is still recovering from an ankle injury and was absent for Schalke 04 in its 1-0 loss Saturday to Bayer Leverkusen.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark played the final minute and stoppage time for Eintracht Frankfurt, a 3-1 winner Saturday over St. Pauli.
German-American midfielder Daniel Williams played the final eight minutes for SC Freiburg in its 4-2 setback Friday to Bayern Munich.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper Luis Robles made four saves for Karlsruhe in a 4-2 loss to TSV 1860 Munich on Saturday.
American forward Kenny Cooper is injured for 1860.
American keeper David Yeldell made one save for MSV Duisburg, which fell 1-0 Monday to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American defender Amaechi Igwe is out with an injured knee for FC Ingolstadt 04, which lost 3-1 Saturday to Hertha Berlin.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan notched a goal for a second straight match, opening the scoring for RSC Anderlecht in its 2-1 victory Sunday over Racing Genk. He also received a yellow card.
In France, U.S> striker Charlie Davies scored a game-winning penalty kick for the Sochaux reserves, who defeated Dijon FCO 2-1.
Davies is clearly making progress in his continued attempt to fully recover from his near-fatal car accident in October 2009. He seems on schedule to rejoin Sochaux's first team some time after the holiday break.
U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra has a strained neck and is not available to St. Etienne, which lost 2-0 Saturday to Brest.
In Greece, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for Aris Thessaloniki's in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over Atromitos.
In Italy, U.S. defencer Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for AC Milan's, which dropped a 2-1 decision Saturday to Juventus.
In the Danish Superliga, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played the last 35 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland, which lost 4-1 Monday to Odense.
American strikers Marcus Tracy has a bad knee and Chris Rolfe an ailing hamstring for Aalborg BK, which drew 0-0 Saturday with Randers FC in their absence.
In the second-tier Viasat Division, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber started and played 88 minutes for AGF Aarhus, which prevailed 4-3 over AB Copenhagen on Sunday.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya went 90 minutes for Orebro SK, which won 2-1 Monday over IFK.
American defender Ryan Miller played the first half for Halmstads BK in a 4-2 loss to Helsingborg on Sunday.
In Norway, American defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for IK Start, a 2-1 loser Sunday to Odd Grenland. Injured American defender Hunter Freeman is not available to Start.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for Stabaek IF, a 2-1 winner over Sandefjord on Sunday.
American keeper Steve Clark sat on the Honefoss BK bench and watched a 3-1 decision Sunday over Valerenga.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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