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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

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

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

(Thursday, February 3, 2011) -- United States striker Robbie Findley and midfielder Ricardo Clark have been injured and both might be out for an extended period of time.

Findley, who just joined Nottingham Forest of the second tier English League Championship, sustained a potentially serious thigh injury and a early evaluation said he could be out of action for up to 12 weeks, which is almost all of the remaining season.

Findley, who left Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer as a free transfer, signed a two-and-one-half-year contract with Forest last week after his transfer was finalized, began training at Forest's City Ground. In one of his first sessions, he strained or tore a thigh muscle. While the initial injury evaluation was serious, he will be reevaluated after an MRI exam is done once the swelling in the muscle decreases..

Clark also sustained his injury during training for Eintracht Frankfurt of the German Bundesliga. He suffered a broken cheekbone after being hit by an elbow and has undergone surgery in Frankfurt. He is expected to miss at least a month.

The ailment could not have come at a worse time for Clark. He has been relegated to Eintracht's bench for most of the season, but recently had been moved from midfield to central defense by coach Michael Skibbe, leading to regular playing time for Eintracht, injury depleted since returning from its winter break.

In a move made before the January transfer window closed, U.S. forward Jozy Altidore was sent on a six-month loan by Villarreal of Spain to Bursaspor, the Turkish Super Lig champion. This is Altidore's third loan as he has had difficulty getting playing time with resurgent Villarreal, which currently holds down third place in La Liga.

Bursaspor, meanwhile, is fighting for the top of the Turkish Super League, sitting in second place, two points behind Trabzonspor. Bursaspor is trying to remake its offense with Altidore and recently added striker Kenny Miller from Glasgow Rangers.

Altidore is not the only American to end up in Turkey after the recent transfer period. American midfielder Freddy Adu once again was loaned out by Portugal's Benfica, which still holds his contract, this time to Caykur Rizespor of Turkey's second division.

This is the fourth time Adu was loaned out by Benfica. He was previously sent to Monaco (France), Beleneses (Portugal) and Aris Thessaloniki (Greece). He had tryouts with Randers of the Netherlands and FC Ingolstadt of Germany's second-dovision 2.Bundesliga, but neither was interested. Eddie Johnson was loaned by Fulham of the English Premier League for the remainder of the season to Preston North End of the League Championshiop. The loan is the third since Johnson was under contract to Fulham, following stints with Cardiff City of the League Championship and Greece's Aris.

While Johnson has been playing more for Fulham this season than in previous years, he is not going to dislodge fellow American attacker Clint Dempsey, the Cottagers' leading scorer. He will get more playing time with North End and with his contract expiring this summer, could wind up with Preston long-term.

"I am looking forward to being a part of their tremendous comeback to get themselves up the table where they should be," Johnson told the North End web site. "When I heard that Preston were interested in me, I contacted my agent to make sure it was something that could happen and now I am looking forward to it."

North End has had prior success with Americans with midfielder Eddie Lewis and striker Brian McBride playing for it in the past.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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