Bradley scores first goal with Chievo in 3-2 victory over Catania.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, April 10, 2012) -- Fulham, on the River Thames in West London, has this thing about Americans. For a number of years, Brian McBride won such an indelible place in Fulham fan's hearts, so much so that when he retired, the pub in Craven Cottage Stadium was named after him after him.
>(Monday, April 9, 2012) -- United States midfielder Michael Bradley became the first American in to score a goal in Italy's Serie A since Alexi Lalas did it in 1994, finding net in the sixth minute of Chievo Verona's 3-2 victory Saturday over visiting Catania.
Bradley scored with a low shot into a bottom corner off an assist from striker Alberto Paloschi to make it 1-0 with his first goal since joining Chievo this season. Chievo never trailed after that.
With its second straight triumph, Chievo is 3-0-1 in its last four outings, and moved up to ninth place with an 11-11-9 record with 42 points.
Two Americans scored goals in Mexico. Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley notched his third goal in the five games by allowing Pueblo to draw level on its way to a 2-1 win over Toluca.
Mexican-Salvadoran-American midfielder Joe Corona, playing the first 70 minutes, netted the eventual winning tally for a two-goal advantage in the 19th minute of Club Tijuana's 2-1 victory over Atlante.
American midfielder Sonny Guadarrama played the final 11 minutes for Atlante.
American left defender Edgar Castillo went 90 minutes for Tijuana.
No Americans are left playing in the Europa League as the last three teams with active U.S. players were all eliminated after the second legs of quarterfinal series.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore started and played 69 minute for AZ Alkmaar of the Dutch Erdevisie in a 4-0 road loss to Valencia of Spain. After AZ captured the opening home leg 2-1, Valencia advanced 5-2 on aggregate.
Last Thursday, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went the distance for FC Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga, but was eliminated in a 2-2 road draw with Athletic Bilbao of Spain's Primera División. Athletic advanced 6-4 on aggregate.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for the Bundesliga's Hannover 96 in a 2-1 home loss to visiting defending champion Atlético Madrid of Spain. Hannover struck first, but a pair of Spanish goals in the second half eliminated Hannover 4-2 on aggregate.
Going into the semifinals, Portugal's Sporting Lisbon is the only remaining team in Europe's second-tier Europa League with an American, but Oguchi Onyewu is recovering from knee surgery and is doubtful for the semifinal round, though it is possible he could be ready for next month's final should Sporting make it there.
A highly-anticipated match-up of two Americans in the German Bundesliga did not happen. Cherundolo, after a big effort in the Europa League match on Thursday, dressed, but was held out Sunday from Hannover 96's 3-0 loss to Schalke.
Jones was not available to Schalke, sitting out a one-match suspension for yellow card accumulation.
German-American defender-midfielders Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 2-1 victory Saturday over 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
American forward Joe Gyau did not dress for Hoffenheim. German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the final 28 minutes for Kaiserslautern.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler went the distance again in the midfield Saturday for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 2-2 draw with SC Freiburg.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 0-0 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
German-American forward Terrence Boyd did not dress for Borussia Dortmund in its 3-1 road victory over VfL Wolfsburg,
American goalkeeper David Yelldell did not dress for visiting Bayer Leverkusen in a 1-1 draw yesterday with Hamburger SV.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, American forward Matt Taylor played the final 26 minutes for SC Paderborn 07 in its 2-2 draw yesterday with 1860 Munich.
American striker Bobby Wood did not dress for 1860.
Out of favor American keeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruher SC in a 0-0 draw with Bochum on Sunday.
In France, American striker Charlie Davies once again did not dress for Sochaux in a 2-1 loss to Montpellier.
In Belgium, American midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for RSC Anderlecht in a scoreless draw today with Standard de Liège.
U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud saw a long reserve stint, entering in the 19th minute and going the rest of the way today for KAA Gent in a 2-0 loss to Genk.
In Norway, U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark went the distance for Stabæk IF in a 3-0 loss today to Tromsø IL 3-0. Sean Cunningham did not dress for Stabæk.
American defender Josh Gatt went the distance today for Molde FK, which defeated defeated Brann 2-1.
American Steve Clark was in net for Honefoss in a 1-1 today with Fredrikstad.
In Denmark, American defender Michael Parkhurst went 90 minutes for FC Nordsjælland in a 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland yesterday.
American striker Chris Rolfe served a one-match, red-card suspension and missed Aalborg BK's 3-1 win over Silkeborg IF.
Today, American defender Clarence Goodson went the distance and was issued an 83rd-minute yellow card for Brøndby IF in a 1-1 draw with HB Køge.
American defender Brad Rusin dressed, but did not play for Køge.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien went 90 minutes for SønderjyskE in a 1-1 draw with Odense BK.
In Sweden, American striker Samuel Petrone did not dress for Mjallby AIF in a 0-0 draw with Örebro SK.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder José Torres went 90 minutes, received a yellow card and assisted in the match's only goal in Pachuca's 1-0 decision over Pumas on Sunday.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal went 90 minutes for San Luis in a 3-2 loss to Jaguares de Chiapas.
Mexican-American forward Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Jaguares de Chiapas.
American striker Herculez Gomez was rested and did not dress Saturday for Santos Laguna in its 1-1 draw with Estudiantes Tecos. Prior to that, he scored twice in a 6-2 rout of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein is injured and sidelined for Tigres, a 2-0 loser to Monterrey.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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