Edu helps Rangers draw with Celtic, forcing Scottish Cup replay.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Friday, February 11, 2011) -- United States midfielder Maurice Edu went the distance for Glasgow Rangers, who drew 2-2 with crosstown rival Celtic in the Scottish Cup Round of 16 Sunday, setting up a replay.
It was an afternoon of high drama and physical contact with eight yellow cards handed out and each side having a player ejected. Twice, Celtic came back from one goal-deficits.
On February 2, Edu also played 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 victory over Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premier League.
On January 30, Edu nailed the winning goal in a 2-1 decision over Motherwell in a Co-operative Insurance Cup semifinal match.
In the 20th minute, Edu took a pass from Kyle Lafferty about 25 yards away from goal. Edi cut into the middle and clearing a defender, unleashed a left-footed drive that beat goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
Rangers (17-3-2, 53 points) moved to within five points of league-leading Celtic (18-2-4), but with two games in hand. With the Scottish Cup replay coming up, the two Scottish giants will meet three more times this season, including the CIC final and the second Old Firm league match.
In the German Bundesliga Saturday, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo made major contributions to a stout Hannover 96 defense, going the distance in a 1-0 defeat of VfL Wolfsburg. Hannover (12-8-1, 37) is currently tied for third place, within two points of second place and the European Champions League berth that comes with it.
On January 28, Cherundolo again played 90 minutes, but Hannover went down 2-0 to Bayer Leverkusen.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover in either match.
Timothy Chandler, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, who holds dual U.S.-German citizenship is starting to see playing time for 1. FC Nürnberg. On Saturday, he came off the bench and played 18 minutes in a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
A week earlier, he played the final half hour of a 2-0 win over Hamburg SV.
Two injured Americans, midfielder Ricardo Clark, who has a facial fracture, and goalkeeper Daniel Williams, with a bad knee, have not been available to Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg, respectively.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper David Yeldell made four saves in MSV Duisburg's 3-1 triumph over FC Erzgebirge on Sunday. On January 29, he made a pair of saves in a 1-1 draw with TSV 1860 Munich.
American striker Bobby Wood, a member of the U.S. under-20 men, has been promoted to Munich's first team. He made his professional debut playing the final10 minutes against Duisberg. On Monday, he played the final two minutes of regulation, plus stoppage time, in a 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American keeper Luis Robles played well in a losing effort, making five saves in Karlsruhe's 3-0 setback Saturday to SC Paderborn 07. On January 30, he also had five saves, but posted a clean sheet 1-0 over Energie Cottbus.
Newly arrived American forward Edson Buddle started and played 80 minutes, assisting on FC Ingolstadt 04's goal in a 1-0 decision Sunday over Arminia Bielefeld. On January 28, Buddle came off the bench and played 29 minutes, receiving a yellow card, in Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw with RW Oberhausen.
American defender Amaechi Igwe, recovering from a knee injury, has not been available to Ingolstadt.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales has been dressing, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 2-1 loss to FC Union Berlin or 3-1 victory over Arminia Bielefeld.
In France's Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for St. Etienne in a 2-1 win over Montpellier and 2-1 triumph over Toulouse, receiving yellow cards in each outing.
In the Eredivisie of the Netherlands, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu continues to nurse a strained back and is unavailable to Twente Enschede, which is tied for first place with PSV Eindhoven, both 14-3-5 with 47 points.
In Belgium's Pro League, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan came off the bench and played the final six minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 2-0 decision Sunday over St. Truiden. In the previous match, Kljestan stayed on the bench in a 0-0 draw with Mechelen.
Anderlecht is in first place at 17-2-6 with 57 points, three ahead of Genk (16-3-6).
In Turkey, U.S. forward Jozy Altidore arrived at Bursaspor of the first-division Super Lig and midfielder Freddy Adu at Rizespor of the second-tier 1.Lig. Neither played as Bursaspor defeated Sivasspor 2-1 on Friday and Rizespor fell 1-0 loss to Denizlispor.
Bursaspor is tied with Trabzonspor for the Super Lig lead, both at 13-2-5 with 44 points.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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