Edu helps Rangers blast Kilmarnock, take another Scottish crown.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, May 19, 2011) -- United States midfielder Mausrice Edu turned in a 90-minute performance, helping Glasgow Rangers to drub host Kilmarnock 5-1 Sunday and claim its third straight Scottish Premier League and record 54th overall.
"Amazing game today!" Edu transmitted via Twitter. "That's y we're champions, that's y we're champions! 3 in a row Glasgow Rangers! Time to celebrate!"
Rangers entered the final weekend with a one-point lead over crosstown rival Glasgow Celtic, knowing a victory would clinch the title. It took Rangers seven minutes to assume a three-goal lead and erase any doubt it would stay ahead of Celtic, which won 4-0 over Motherwell at home Sunday.
En route to three goals, striker Kyle Lafferty struck in the first and seventh minutes, sandwiching a tally by forward Steven John Naismith in the fifth minute. Midfielder Nikica Jelavic scored in the 49th minute and Lafferty four minutes later for a 5-0 advantage.
Rangers finished with 93 points, one head of Celtic. Both teams went 4-0-1 in the season-closing six-team championship round.
U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu assisted the first goal for Caykur Rizespor in a 2-1 victory over Samsunspor that earned fourth place in 1. Lig and entrance into a four-team promotion playoff for a third spot in the Super Lig.
Rizespor first faces fifth-place Orduspor home-and-away in the playoff semifinals. Adu played an important role in his club's late-season surge, scoring four goals in the closing 11 matches.
In the Netherlands, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, sidelined for Twente Enschede by an abdominal strain suffered in training, watched host Ajax Amsterdam win the Eredivisie championship by defeating Twente 3-1 on Sunday.
Twente led by a point heading into the final weekend, but Ajax finished first at 22-5-7 with 73 points, two ahead of Twente (21-5-8).
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel made five saves and was instrumental in Aston Villa's hard-fought 2-1 triumph over Arsenal Saturday, assuring Villa will remain in the English Premier League next season.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley, who hadn't played for Villa since February, came off the bench for the final 10 minutes to help preserve the lead. American keeper Brad Guzan did not dress for Villa.
Two Americans based in Europe saw their teams relegated from first divisions.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played the first 61 minutes for West Ham United, which lost a lead Sunday and fell 3-2 to Wigan Athletic, insuring a last-place finish and relegation from the English Premier League.
The team immediately sacked manager Avram Grant. At 7-18-12 with 33 points, West Ham trails Birmingham City, Blackpool and Wigan by six points with one match left.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark sat out with a calf injury for Eintracht Frankfurt, a 3-1 loser Saturday to Borussia Dortmund.
In other English Premier League games, U.S. keeper Tim Howard made three saves, but Everton still lost 1-0 Saturday to West Bromwich Albion.
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey played 89 minutes and received a yellow card for Fulham in its 2-0 win Sunday over Birmingham City.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann watched from the Wolverhampton Wanderers' bench a huge 3-1 decision over host Sunderland on Saturday.
The three standings points moved Wolves one point clear and two positions above of the relegation zone at 11-19-7 with 40 points. Wolves are even with Blackburn Rovers (10-17-10), but trail by five in goal differential and sit in 16th place.
Wolves can secure its spot in the Premiership Sunday with a victory at home over Blackburn Rovers. With five teams within one point of each other and the bottom two demoted, the possibility exists, depending on weekend results, that Wolves can avoid relegation with a draw or even a loss.
Hahneman's ability to earn a new contract from Wolves might depend on his club's ability to remain in the EPL.
Also a candidate for relegation, Blackburn will present a formidable task for Wolves, especially after a sharp effort Saturday in drawing 1-1 with visiting Manchester United. German-American Jermaine Jones was a force in midfield for Rovers, but was pulled in the 74th minute after receiving a yellow card, possibly to assure his availability against Wolves Sunday.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden remains in the U.S. after knee surgery and was not available to Bolton Wanderers, who lost 4-3 to Blackpool on Saturday.
The regular season has ended both in the second-tier League Championship and the third-division League One in England.
The only American whose team saw postseason play was U.S. striker Robbie Findley, who did not dress for Nottingham Forest in the League Championship promotion playoffs. Forest was eliminated 3-1 (and 3-1 on aggregate) by Swansea City on Monday in the second leg of the promotion playoffs. The first match had ended 0-0.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance and received a yellow card for Hannover 96 in a 3-1 victory Saturday over 1. FC Nürnberg.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover, while American defender Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for Nürnberg.
American midfielder Daniel Williams did not dress for SC Freiburg in its 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, American keeper David Yelldell had three saves for MSV Duisburg in a 3-1 loss Sunday to VfL Bochum.
American Luis Robles was the backup keeper for Karlsruhe in its 3-2 win Sunday over FC Union Berlin.
American forward Edson Buddle, recovering from a calf injury, and defender Amaechi Igwe, out with a bad knee, remain sidelined for FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-0 loss Sunday to VfL Osnabruck.
American striker Bobby Wood, out with a knee injury, missed TSV 1860 Munich's 3-2 loss to SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin in its 2-1 triumph Sunday over FC Augsburg.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance and received a yellow card for St, Etienne in a 2-1 loss Sunday at his former team, Stade Rennes.
In Belgium, U.S> midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Standard de Liège.
In Turkey, Jozy Altidore played the final 16 minutes for Bursaspor, a 3-0 winner over Kasimpasa Sunday in the Super Lig..
In Denmark, American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjaelland in its 3-2 decision Sunday over Silkeborg IF.
American defender Clarence Goodson went 90 minutes for Brondby IF, a 1-0 winner Sunday over FC Midtjylland.
American striker Chris Rolfe dressed, but did not play for Aalborg BK in a 0-0 draw Sunday with Esbjerg on Sunday. American midfielder Marcus Tracy is out with a knee injury for Aalborg.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance Monday for Stabaek IF, which lost 1-0 to last place Sogndal.
American attacker Josh Gatt and defender Sean Cunningham dressed for Molde FK, but did not play in a 3-0 victory Monday over Lillestrom 3-0. Gatt is with the U.S. under-20 men in France for a pair of international friendlies.
In Sweden, American defender Gale Agbossoumonde went 90 minutes for Djurgardens IF in its 0-0 Sunday with Gefle.
American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya went the distance and received a yellow card for Orebro SK in a 2-1 loss Sunday to Malmo FF.
American midfielder\defender Ryan Miller played the final eight minutes for Halmstads BK in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Mjallby.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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