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Behind Friedel, Villa shuts out Newcastle, creates distance on relegation zone.

Friedel now appears to be staying at Aston Villa for multiple years.

Fulham's Dempsey first American to reach 10 goals in EPL season.

Holden suffers serious knee wound, could miss six months.

Holden helps Bolton edge Birmingham, advance to FA Cup semifinals.

Adu thrives in new home, scores winner for Rizespor of Turkey.

Jones goes the distance for Blackburn, which drops Fulham 3-2.

Edu scores key goal, Glasgow Rangers advance in Europa League.

Dempsey fails on penalty kick, Fulham can only tie Chelsea 0-0.

Edu helps Rangers draw with Celtic, forcing Scottish Cup replay.

Dempsey beats Friedel, allowing Fulham to draw 2-2 with Villa.

Findley, Clark go down for weeks with injuries during training.

Bradley joins Aston Villa from Germany after transfer odyssey.

Onyewu strains back muscle, Twente awaits test results.

Edu tally helps Rangers to easy 4-0 victory over Hamilton.

Spector scores again, helps West Ham blank Barnsley 2-0 in FA Cup.

Onyewu appears headed to Dutch champ FC Twente from AC Milan.

Strange own goal undoes Howard, Everton in 1-1 draw with West Ham.

Clark, Cooper return to action for their clubs in Germany.

Holden drills home winner, lifting Bolton to 2-1 decision over Rovers.

Friedel's future is unclear as Villa searches for replacement.

Howard concedes bad PK, goal; Everton still draws 1-1 with Chelsea.

Friedel considers return to Columbus Crew as player-coach.

Spector's first two goals in six years lead West Ham to shocking rout of Man. U.

Dempsey assumes Fulham lead in goals, provides draw with Birmingham.

Riding the bench in Greece, Adu tries to find home in Denmark.

Holden's scores first EPL goal, adds assist in Bolton triumph.

Edu's goal before early exit gives Rangers 1-1 draw with Inverness.

With Edu in midfield, Rangers down Celtic to stay atop Premier League.

Neck injury to disable Bocanegra for at least three weeks.

Dempsey strike helps Fulham to another draw, 1-1 with West Ham.

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Americans Abroad

Feilhaber leaves Denmark and joins New England of MLS.

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

(Wednesday, April 20, 2011) -- United States midfielder Benny Feilhaber has left Denmark's second-division AGF Aarhus and is returning to the United States to play for the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer.

When Aarhus was relegated at the end of last season, Feilhaber attempted to find another club somewhere in Europe, but he was not successful and reportedly has not been happy.

According to reports, MLS has paid Aarhus a small transfer fee and agreed to pay Feilhaber in the $325,000 range in the single-entity operation in which the league holds all player contracts.

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was sharp, making four saves for Aston Villa, which continued its late ascent in the English Premier League standings with a 2-1 road victory over West Ham United at Upton Park.

The margin of victory was a goal in stoppage time by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Villa, which recently was challenged to stay out of the relegation zone, won its second straight and is undefeated in its last three outings, to climb into a ninth-place tie with Newcastle United. Both teams are tied at 10-13-10 with 40 points, but Newcastle owns the tiebreaker with a goal differential 13 better than Villa.

West Ham (7-15-11, 32 points), on the other hand, dug itself deeper into the drop zone, tied on points with Wolverhampton Wanderers (9-18-5) for 19th place and the basement. West Ham's goal differential is one better, but Wolverhampton owns a game in hand. Both teams are only two points away from escaping the relegation zone

Fellow American keeper Brad Guzan, whose three-month emergency loan to Hull City of the second-tier League Championship ended, returned to Villa, but did not dress for the West Ham match. Andy Marshall, the 36-year-old veteran who is signed through next season, was on the bench as the backup. Guzan, whose contract is up after this season, appears not to have a future with Villa.

U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley also did not dress for Villa, while he and Guzan also sat out the most recent reserve match against West Ham.

U.S defender did not dress for West Ham's "A" game against Villa..

U.S. keeper Tim Howard posted an easy clean sheet with only a single save Saturday for Everton, which blanked Backburn Rovers 2-0.

German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went the distance for Rovers.

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey and Fulham were idle last weekend, as were American keeper Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton.

U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden is recovering from knee surgery and unavailable for Bolton Wanderers, who lost 5-0 to Stoke City Sunday in the FA Cup semifinals.

In the second-division League Championship, American defender Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Leeds United in its 2-2 draw Saturday with Watford. American striker Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds.

American forward Eddie Johnson played the first 72 minutes for Preston North End in a 3-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

American defender Zak Whitbread went the distance for Norwich City in its 2-1 decision Friday over Nottingham Forest.

Teenaged American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but remained on the bench for Derby County, which played a 0-0 draw Monday with Queens Park Rangers.

U.S. striker Robbie Findley is still out with a thigh strain and unavailable to Nottingham Forest, a 2-1 loss loser to Norwich City on Friday.

In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in its 4-1 win Saturday over Colchester United.

American midfielder Anton Peterlin received a start and played 87 minutes for Plymouth Argyle, which fell 2-1 Saturday to Peterborough United.

In Scotland's Premier League, American Maurice Edu went 90 minutes in the midfield for Glasgow Rangers, who defeated St. Mirren 2-1 Saturday. The victory kept Rangers a point ahead of arch-rival Glasgow Celtic atop the league standings.

In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance and played solid defense for Hannover 96 in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Hamburg SV. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, as usual, did not dress for Hannover.

American Timmy Chandler, usually a defender, went 90 minutes and contributed an assist as a midfielder for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over Kaiserslautern.

In the 34th minute, Chandler put a cross from the right side directly on the head of Christian Eigler for a header and a 1-0 lead. A stoppage-time tally insured the victory and left Nürnberg (13-10-7, 46) in sixth place and only two points below fifth and a spot in European competition next season.

U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed, but did not play for Eintracht Frankfurt' in its 1-0 loss Saturday to TSG Hoffenheim.

American defender Daniel Williams stayed on the bench for SC Freiburg in its 3-0 loss Sunday to Borussia Dortmund.

In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, American keeper David Yelldell made only a single save for MSV Duisburg in a 3-1 loss to Energie Cottbus on Saturday.

American keeper Luis Robles conceded one goal, but Karlsruhe could not generate much on offense and lost to FC Augsburg 1-0 on Monday.

American striker Edson Buddle was on the bench for FC Ingolstadt 04 in its 3-0 decision Friday over VfL Bochum. American defender Amaechi Igwe, who is recovering from a knee injury, was not available for Ingolstadt.

American forward Bobby Wood did not dress for TSV 1860 Munich in a 2-1 loss Friday to FSV Frankfurt.

American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin, a 4-0 winner over Osnabruck on Saturday.

In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan received his first start in a while and assisted on RSC Anderlecht's second goal in a 2-0 victory over Genk in the Belgian's complicated playoff scheme. Anderlecht is now in first place in the playoff standings.

In the Netherlands, somewhat surprisingly, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu stayed on the bench for Twente Enschede in a 1-1 draw Sunday with De Graafschap. With four matches left in the Dutch Eredivisie season, Twente could have used the full three points as it remains in a first-place tie with PSV Eindhoven, both one point ahead of Ajax.

In the Dutch second division, Charles Kazlauskas a defender from Milwaukee, received his first start in several months for injury-ridden Helmond Sport, which clinched a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over MVV Maastricht.

Kazlauskas went the distance at right back.

In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes for St. Etienne, which managed a much-needed 2-1 triumph over AS Nancy Lorraine on Saturday.

In Turkey, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the final 24 minutes of Bursaspor's 1-0 loss Sunday to Trabzonspor.

In the second division, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu dressed, but remained on the bench for Caykur Rizespor in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Boluspor.

In the Danish Superliga, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson has mostly recovered from a broken toe and came off the bench to play 59 minutes for Brondby IF in a 2-1 loss Sunday to Aalborg BK.

American striker Chris Rolfe dressed, but did not play for Aalborg. American attacker Marcus Tracy is still recovering from a knee injury and was not available to Aalborg.

American defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress for FC Nordsjaelland in its 3-1 loss to FC Copenhagen on Sunday.

In Sweden, American defender Gale Agbossoumonde, perhaps benefiting from his stint with the U.S. under-20s, was given his first start of the season and played the full 90 minutes for Djurgardens IF in its 1-0 loss Friday to Malmo FF. Djurgardens played a man down for the second half and surrendered a late goal.

American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played the first 74 minutes and scored a goal for Orebro SK, a 3-2 loser Monday to Gefle. Bedoya scored in the 74th minute to give Orebro a 2-1 lead and was immediately removed in favor of an additional defender, a strategy that failed when his side gave up a pair of late goals.

American midfielder\defender Ryan Miller dressed, but did not play for Halmstads BK in a 2-0 loss Saturday to GAIS.

In Norway, Norwegian-American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes for Stabaek IF in a 3-2 loss Sunday to Molde FK.

American attacker Josh Gatt, 19, came off the bench to play the final 18 minutes for Molde. Eighteen-year-old American defender Sean Cunningham has been promoted to the first team and dressed for Molde, but did not play.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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