Edu tally helps Rangers to easy 4-0 victory over Hamilton.
By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, January 20, 2011) -- United States midfielder Maurice Edu scored his second goal of the season for Glasgow Rangers in their easy 4-0 victory over Hamilton Academical Saturday in the Scottish Premier League.
Edu is still trying to regain match fitness after a month-long absence after taking a blow to his surgically-repaired left knee. He again did not start against Hamilton, but came off the bench in the 64th minute. Twenty minutes later, he controlled a long throw-in just outside the right side of the penalty area. Edu cut sharply to his left to get clear of a defender and fired a hard shot just inside the near post for Rangers final goal.
Yesterday, Edu came off the bench for a short 10-minute appearance in Rangers' 1-0 triumph over Inverness. The match was a make-up of a match previously postponed because of poor field conditions.
Yesterday, the Durch Eredivisie season resumed and U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu played in his first league match for his new club FC Twente. He went the 90 minutes on the left side of central defense and his team moved within one point of first place PSV Eindhoven with an easy 5-0 thrashing of visiting Heracles Almelo.
Marc Janko scored four times for Twente.
Last weekend, Onyewu made his presence immediately felt when he scored the tying goal with a header off a corner kick in a 2-2 draw in a friendly against Sportfreunde Lotte, which competes in Germany's third-division Regionalliga West.
Onyewu, who joined Twente on loan from Italian power AC Milan, played 90 minutes as he seeks to regain match fitness. Reportedly, under the terms of Twente's agreement with Milan, the Dutch club has the option of buying Onyewu's contract after the season.
In the English Premier League Sunday, U.S goalkeeper Tim Howard was having a terrific match before making the mistake that coast his team a victory in an eventual 2-2 draw with host Liverpool.
In the 68th minute with Everton ahead 2-1, Howard took down Maxi Rodriguez during a scramble in the box and a penalty kick was awarded. Dirk Kuyt converted giving Liverpool the tie.
Howard ended the day with nine saves.
American keeper Brad Friedel was again sharp, making two saves for visiting Aston Villa, which drew 1-1 Sunday with Birmingham City.
American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
American Clint Dempsey went the distance as the lone striker for Fulham Saturday and assisted on the Cottagers' only goal late in a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.
In the 85th minute, Dempsey found second-half substitute Andrew Johnson, whose strike took a deflection off Steven Caldwell and goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi's hand before bouncing into the net. Earlier Dempsey looked to have scored, but the goal was disallowed with Dempsey ruled to have handled the ball before the shot. In addition, he had a scissors-kick diverted just wide.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went the distance for West Ham United in its 3-0 loss Saturday to Arsenal.
The setback looks to have cost manager Avram Grant his job and, according to media reports, Martin O'Neill is ready to step in. Grant had been using Spector in the midfield and it's unclear how he will fare under O'Neill.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden started and played 84 minutes for Bolton Wanderers, who dropped a 2-0 decision to Stoke City on Saturday.
American Marcus Hahnemann was back in goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers for a 5-0 win over Doncaster Rovers of the second-tier Leaguer Championship in a third-round FA Cup match on Tuesday. On Saturday, Hahnemann was on the bench as his replacement, Wayne Hennessey, looked anything but sharp in a 4-3 loss to Manchester City in a Premier League match.
In the second-division League Championship, American Brad Guzan was in goal for Hull City and earned a clean sheet with three saves in a 2-0 victory Saturday over Barnsley.
American defender Zak Whitbread played 90 minutes for Norwich City in its 1-1 draw Saturday with Cardiff City.
U.S. striker Robbie Findley did not dress for Nottingham Forest in a 2-1 win over Portsmouth on Saturday. His move to the Championship from Major League Soccer is now official after Forest won a work permit for him from an appeal panel.
Forest coach Billy Davies says he will target American soccer players for future signings after inking Findley.
"Americans have an excellent attitude and great athleticism," Davies told the Nottingham Post. "It is a very good market place for players. The ones I have dealt with have been top class. I just think the Americans are a vastly improving nation, when it comes to (soccer). I believe it is a good marketplace for players."
American forward Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County, which fell 3-0 Saturday to Watford.
American striker Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United which blanked Scunthorpe United 4-0 Saturday> Grella was in transit joining Motherwell of Scotland on loan.
Grella's contract belongs to Leeds, but he was on loan to Carlisle United, where he scored three goals in 11 appearances. He returned to Leeds when the Carlisle loan expired and was immediately sent to Motherwell.
In the third tier League One, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United, a 4-0 winner over Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Midweek, he played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 4-0 decision over Huddersfield Town in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy match.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Plymouth Argyle, which fell 2-0 to Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
American striker Jemal Johnson and Milton Keynes Dons have parted company. He did not dress for a 2-0 victory Saturday over Tranmere Rovers. It was then announced his contract has been cancelled by mutual agreement.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark made his second Bundesliga start for Eintracht Frankfurt, which lost 3-0 to Hannover 96, employer of American defender Steve Cherundolo.
Clark filled in as a center back for Frankfurt. Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover, which did not dress U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley came off the bench and played 19 minutes for Borussia Moenchengladbach, which edged 1. FC Nürnberg 1-0 Saturday.
It well might be the final match Bradley plays for Moenchengladbach. Sunderland of the English Premier League has made an offer for Bradley and the two sides are said to be negotiating a transfer fee. Bradley is one of Sunderland's replacement targets for captain Lee Cattermole, who is suffering from a back injury.
Bradley joined Gladbach from Heerenveen of the Netherlands in the summer of 2008, signing a four-year contract.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones' move from Schalke 04 is now official. Jones has completed a loan deal to Blackburn Rovers of the EPL.
American keeper Daniel Williams did not dress for SC Freiburg, which drew 2-2 Saturday with St Pauli.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper David Yeldell had two saves for MSV Duisburg in its 4-1 victory Sunday over VfL Osnabruck.
American keeper Luis Robles also had a pair of saves for Karlsruhe, which drew 1-1 with SpVgg Greuther Furth on Friday.
American forward Edson Buddle's move to FC Ingolstadt 04 is now official, but he did not arrive in time for a 2-0 loss to FC Augsburg on Sunday.
American defender Amaechi Igwe, recovering from a knee injury, also was not available for Ingolstadt
American striker Kenny Cooper is on his way back to MLS from 1860 Munich. He signed with the expansion Portland Timbers yesterday.
In the meantime, Cooper's place on 1860's first team has been taken by another young American, U.S. under-20 men's forward Bobby Wood, who has been playing for 1860's reserves.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for St. Etienne in its 2-1 loss to Lens on Saturday.
American striker Charlie Davies is back training with the first team, but he did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss Saturday to Paris Saint-Germain.
In Spain, Jozy Altidore received a rare start yesterday for Spanish power Villarreal, which was eliminated from the Copa Del Rey quarterfinals after a 3-0 loss to Sevilla. Altidore played 62 minutes as the left forward in a 4-3-3 attack, but made little impact in the match.
On Saturday, he dressed, but did not play in a 4-2 win over Osasuna.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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