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Keller records shutout, Mönchengladbach opens by defeating Cottbus 2-0.

Turned ankle is not expected to delay DeMerit's Premier League debut.

White explodes for hat trick, Gueugnon drops Montpellier 3-0.

Onyewu, staying at Standard, misses first two games with ankle injury.

Healthy Reyna sparks Manchester City to exhibition victory.

Russell signs to be second American at Denmark's Viborg FF.

Arena is hired by Red Bulls to revive flagging fortunes.

Whitbread signs two-year contract with Millwall.

West Ham acquires Spector from Man. U. on $926,000 transfer.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 Munich.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 Munich.

DeMerit goal sparks Watford past Leeds 3-0 to join Premier League.

DeMerit, Lewis meet with life in Premier League at stake.

McBride voted Fulham's best player; Convey, Hahnemann rated best at their positions.

Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

Berhalter, Cottbus clinch promotion with 3-1 win over München.

Everton gains Howard, making loan deal with Manchester United.

DeMerit stands out; Watford advances to promotion final.

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Americans Abroad

Johnson joins Wolves with 2-year contract; Onyewu might dress for Standard.

Jemal Johnson
Newly-acquired Jemal Johnson could be in the starting lineup soon for Wolves.
-- Wolverhampton web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Friday, August 18, 2006) -- Wolverhampton, of the second-tier English League Championship, has acquired striker Jemal Johnson from the Premier League's Blackburn Rovers and signed the American to a two-year contract.

The fee for the transfer was not disclosed, nor were the contract terms.

"He's a good young player and I'm delighted to have him in," Wolves manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Sport.

Johnson, 21, who made 11 appearances for Rovers in the 2005-06 season, 10 as a reserve, apparently impressed Wolves manager Mick McCarthy with his 90-minute performance Tuesday in a preseason match against Northampton

Wolverhampton is "a great club and coming here is a great opportunity for me," Johnson told his new team's web site. "There's a few players that have been brought into Blackburn and so it was going to be difficult for me to play first-team football there, so I felt this would be a good move and hopefully I can be involved on a regular basis.

"I played on Tuesday and I enjoyed that. I needed to get my head down and work in the hope of impressing the manager, and that is what I have come here for -- to work hard and help the club's push to move up the league. I am fit and I have played a good amount of games over the past few weeks, so I feel ready to be involved, as soon as the manager calls on me."

Johnson might see action soon with Wolves forward Jay Bothroyd hampered by a calf strain. Wolverhampton is 1-1-1 in the young League Championship season and visits Burnley tomorrow.

"I have played on the left hand side a few times, as well as down the right and through the middle. I can play pretty much anywhere along the front line," Johnson said. "I know Jay Bothroyd from when he was at Blackburn, although we didn't really play together a great deal, other than in training. (Wolverhampton) is a big club and there's a lot of attractions for me to want to come here. Plus, there's a lot of confidence about the place at the moment and that is very important. Hopefully, if we all keep our heads down, it should be a successful season for us."

Onyewu expected to suit up

United States defender Oguchi Onyewu is expected to be in a Standard de Liège uniform for the first time this season Saturday when his club looks for its first Belgian Jupiler League victory with a visit to Racing Genk. Whether he will play is another question.

Onyewu injured an ankle in a preseason exhibition match.

Standard, which finished second in the league last season, has opened the season with two losses while Genk is one of five teams that is 2-0.

Rogers leaves Maryland for Heerenveen

Robbie Rogers
Newly-acquired Jemal Johnson could be in the starting lineup soon for Wolves.
-- University of Maryland web site photo --
American midfielder Robbie Rogers passed up his three remaining seasons of eligibility at University of Maryland by signing a multi-year contract with SC Heerenveen, one of the top teams in the Dutch Eredivisie.

"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came suddenly," Rogers, 19, said Monday "The past seven days have been the toughest of my life in terms of making an educated decision about my future. However, I feel that I am ready to make soccer my career and this was an opportunity I could not pass up."

Heerenveen is also home to another promising 19-year-old American, midfielder Michael Bradley, who is in his second season with the club.

As a freshman, Rogers, who earned honorable mention on the SoccerTimes.com Men's All-American team, played in a key role in helping the Terps capture the NCAA Division I championship.

Rogers joined his new club Tuesday. "This is a substantial contract with a club in the top league in Holland," Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Although losing Robbie at this point in time is significant for us because of his special qualities as a player and as a person, I am extremely happy to see him fulfill his boyhood dream. . .

"Robbie's impact with us, though short, has been tremendous. He was a vital component in us winning the national championship last season. Robbie will always be a part of the Maryland soccer family. All of us will miss him. He leaves with our best wishes."

Rogers, a two-time Parade High School All-American from Huntington Beach, Calif, had seven goals and five assists in 20 games for the Terps.

"My experience at Maryland is one I will treasure for the rest of my life," Rogers said. "It is the best program in the country and I feel blessed to have been a part of it. Sasho has elevated my game to the highest level and I want to thank him."

Rogers spent a year in residence with the U.S. under-17 men and has represented his particpated in the under-16, U-18 and now under-20 player pools.

Ailing Thompson returns to Portland

Scot Thompson
Scot Thompson hopes to return to his trial at Coventry City after the Portland Timbers' season.
-- Portland Timbers web site photo --
American Scot Thompson, 25, a defender with the Portland Timbers, had his trial with Coventry City of England's Coca-Cola Championship cut short by a thigh strain. He returned to his United Soccer Leagues First Division club in Oregon, where he is expected to be sidelined for at least two weeks.

Thompson's contract with the Timbers runs through the 2007 season, so a transfer fee would be required should Coventry sign him. Born in New York City and now a resident of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Thompson's father Ancel is English so Scot should not face any problems obtaining a work permit.

The Timbers hope Thompson, a UCLA product who has one goal in 21 outings in 2006, will return to action with the August 31 home game with the Montreal Impact. The regular season concludes September 7. The Timbers, 10th in their 12-team league, are four positions and five points below a playoff berth with four matches remaining.

Thompson is expected to return to Coventry when the season is over. In his four years at UCLA (1999-2002), he started 70 of his 79 games, contributing eight goals and three assists.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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