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Howard stops penalty kick, rallies slumping Everton to victory, draw.

Dempsey finds net twice, Fulham blanks Blackburn 3-0 in EPL.

Setback in recovery from shin injury casts doubt on Jones joining U.S. team.

Dempsey runs his EPL scoring streak to three games, helping Fulham tie Wigan 1-1.

Mönchengladbach, Bradley experience improved play in Bundesliga.

Dempsey regains scoring touch, helps Fulham drop Liverpool.

Davies improves, but faces several surgeries, long road back.

Dempsey, injured in England, will miss at least one U.S. qualifier.

Injury problems continue for DeMerit who hurts eye in accident.

Bradley spends time on bench for Mönchengladbach, but plays in Cup match.

Altidore gets start up top, but Hull City is blanked by visiting Birmingham.

Dempsey excels in Fulham's 2-1 triumph over Everton and Howard.

Benfica sends Adu to Lisbon rival Belenenses on loan.

Davies scores twice in his first three games with Sochaux.

Altidore impresses in his first two outings with Hull City.

Howard stunned in goal, his Everton falls 6-1 to Arsenal.

Bradley goes distance, Mönchengladbach saves Bundesliga future with draw.

Bradley, Mönchengladbach again face relegation worries after 5-0 loss.

Fulham fans fete Dempsey; Reading says farewell to Hahnemann.

Hahnemann, Reading come up short to Burnley in promotion playoffs.

Bocanegra scores, but Rennes is upset by Guingamp 2-1 in Cup final.

Hahnemann, Reading fall short of Premier League promotion, get second chance.

Hahnemann posts two shutouts, Reading has Sunday shot for promotion to Premier League.

Howard saves in tiebreaker lead Everton past Manchester United in FA Cup semifinals.

Howard saves in tiebreaker lead Everton past Manchester United in FA Cup semifinals.

Reading finally scores, but Hahnemann concedes lead in 2-2 draw with Blackpool.

Dempsey scores twice, adds assist to spark Fulham past Manchester City.

Edu scores first goal, Beasley injures rib in Rangers victory.

Friedel is sent off from Villa's 5-0 rout at hands of Liverpool.

Howard, Everton are on the upswing in English Premier League.

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Americans Abroad

Beasley finally gets starts and he responds for Rangers in big way.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday. December 22, 2009) -- Suddenly, Damarcus Beasley is back in action.

After spending most of the Scottish Premier League season watching from the sidelines, the former United States midfielder has started three straight games -- his first starts of the season -- for Glasgow Rangers, scoring two goals and contributing three assists. On Saturday, he registered his second goal in as many matches in an easy 6-1 rout of Motherwell.

"The gaffer (manager Walter Smith) and I had a talk," Beasley told the Rangers' web site. "I just needed playing time and he understood that. It was a man-to-man talk. Now he's giving me a chance to play."

Beasley was a problem for Motherwell throughout the match and scored his team's fourth goal in the 84th minute when he took a Kenny Miller pass and beat goalkeeper John Ruddy.

Last Wednesday, Beasley notched his first goal for Rangers in a match in more than in a 3-0 whitewash of host Dundee United in a makeup match. He was robbed of what should have been a goal in the 10th minute by a fine save from Nicky Weaver. Ten minutes later, however, he found net from almost the same spot, 15 yards out on the left with a drive Weaver could not reach.

Late in the first half, Beasley required treatment after being taken down hard, but be came back to assist on Kenny Miller's 75th-minute goal. Beasley came out in the 83rd to applause from the Rangers fans who had made the trip.

Prior to that, Beasley got his first start of the season in a 3-0 handling of St. Johnstone. He assisted on both on two Rangers goals before a penalty kick ended the scoring. Beasley also had several excellent chances, only to be denied by the keeper before tiring and coming out in the 73rd minute.

Beasley hopes the form he has shown over the past couple weeks would put him in line for an opportunity to earn his way back onto the U.S. side as the 2010 World Cup approaches. As a bench-warmer, Beasley's desire to leave Rangers was widely publicized, prime among his concerns being his inability to attain World Cup form while riding the pine.

"Obviously the World Cup is something I think about a lot, I can't lie about that," Beasley told the club's web site. "But I am just enjoying playing for Rangers again and my aim is to help the team retain the title. Obviously my first objective has to be to play well for Rangers and if a call-up to the national team comes around, that would be a huge bonus. But right now I am just delighted to be back playing again and hopefully my injuries are now behind me.

Rangers are in first place at 11-1-4 (37 points), four ahead of arch-rival Glasgow Celtic (10-3-3).


Bradley scores for Mönchengladbach in odd match

The German Bundesliga has headed into its winter break after an eventful two weeks for a pair of Americans.

On December 12, Borussia Mönchengladbach, with U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley recorded a 5-3 decision over Hannover 96, employer of American defender Steve Cherundolo, in a match some commentators termed one of the worst played matches in the German top division in recent memory.

The game featured three Hannover own-goals, two so odd they had to be seen to be believed; some goalkeeping that bordered on the comical, a Hannover red card and a goal by Bradley as weird as any he is ever likely to score.

Karim Haggui twice found his own net for Hannover and teammate Constant Djakpa added another own goal as Mönchengladbach built a 5-1 lead.

The fourth of Gladbach's goals came in the 68th minute on a Bradley free kick from 18 yards. As Bradley approached the ball, for some unknown reason, the Hannover wall split in the middle and Bradley's low shot went unimpaired through the center near ground level and into the net.

Gladbach followed that with a 3-2 road loss to Bayer Leverkusen though the visitors put up a decent effort. Gladbach took a 2-1 lead, but could not hold it, allowing a pair of goals in a nine-minute stretch on the hour.

Gladbach went 4-2-2 heading into the break, in 11th place at 6-8-3 with 21 points, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Hannover continued to falter, unable to hold a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 setback to visiting VfL Bochum at home after Christian Fuchs scored in the 86th minute. Cherundolo received a yellow card in stoppage time.

Hannover is only a point above the drop zone, in 14th place at 4-8-5 with 17 points


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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