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Friedel posts two shutouts for Aston Villa which defeats Portsmouth, ties Doncaster.

Friedel posts two shutouts for Aston Villa which defeats Portsmouth, ties Doncaster.

Beasley, Edu struggle for playing time for Glasgow Rangers.

Donovan scores, looks strong in pair of Bayern Munich exhibition wins.

Altidore's effort at Villareal has Everton eyeing a loan deal.

Rovers' loss is gain for Aston Villa as Friedel leads upward EPL surge.

Onyewu's future with Standard is up in the air as club ponders transfer.

Dempsey finds net twice, late header for Fulham stuns Chelsea in 2-2 draw.

U.S. under-20s Bernardo, Nazzani refine their trade in Italy.

Adu gets first start for Monaco in Cup loss to PSG.

With Friedel in net, Aston Villa couples UEFA Cup advancement with EPL success.

Howard, Onyewu face off: Standard, Everton draw in UEFA Cup.

U.S. players have seen their numbers dwindle in English Premier League.

Beasley helps Rangers get off to good start.

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Americans Abroad

McBride, Beasley stay put as transfer window closes.

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

(Tuesday, February 3, 2009) -- The transfer window has closed in Europe and last-minute attempts to send American striker Brian McBride from Major League Soccer back to Fulham in England and to move his former United States teammate, midfielder DaMarcus Beasley, from Scotland to the German Bundesliga both fell short.

Discussions between Fulham manager Roy Hodgson and MLS to arrange a loan for McBride for the remainder of the English Premier League season proved fruitless. In fact, there is some question how serious Hodgson was and whether Fulham was prepared to offer much more then a token fee for McBride's return to Craven Cottage.

More serious was the attempt by Beasley's agents to push Glasgow Rangers, where he is out of favor, to the Bundesliga's FC Schalke 04. The German club was not successful in obtaining attacking help and became interested in Beasley late in the transfer period. In the end, the negotiations simply ran out of time, so Beasley likely will stay put in Scotland, although he could move to MLS, where the transfer window remains open until April 15. Reportedly, the Los Angles Galaxy has high interest in Beasley.

Speaking of Schalke, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo did not play in Hannover 96's 1-0 victory over Schalke, reportedly sidelined with a minor hip flexor. It's not clear if Cherundolo will be ready for the U.S.'s February 11 World Cup qualifier against Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. That might be the reason Frankie Hejduk was brought into the current U.S. training camp in California.

In other Bundesliga action, U.S. attacker Landon Donovan came on in the 77th minute in Bayern Munich's unexpected 1-0 loss at Hamburg

U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 2-0 setback to Stuttgart.

In the 2Bundesliga, American defender Gregg Berhalter played 90 minutes for 1860 Munich, which dropped a 2-0 decision to Freiburg

U.S. defender Heath Pearce was not in the lineup for Hansa Rostock's 1-0 loss to Duisburg.


In English Premier League, heavy snowfall has eliminated the mid-week schedule of all teams. On the weekend, most of the top teams faced each other in a scheduling quirk.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton had the difficult mission of traveling to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, which had lost only once at home this season, early to Russia's Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Super Cup. Now, United raised its streak to 11 consecutive clean sheets in league play by defeating Everton 1-0.

Howard was terrific, making seven saves, including one on a point-blank Carlos Tevez blast, but Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty kick just before the half made the difference

Wigan Athletic, sitting in seventh place, is one of the surprises of the EPL this season. U.S. keeper Brad Friedel and Aston Villa, the biggest surprise of the league, had a chance to move into second place, but tied Wigan 0-0 at home in a match with brilliant defensive play and goalkeeping on both ends.

Friedel made only three saves, but two were gems -- on a 28th minute blast from Daniel de Ridder and on a stoppage-time point-blank header from Maynor Figueroa, which Friedel somehow managed to tip over the crossbar while backpedaling and leaping backward.

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey was strong for 89 minutes in Fulham's 3-1 triumph over Portsmouth. He assisted on Fulham's first goal by Andrew Johnson in the 14th minute and was involved in the offense all day.

U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not play in West Ham' United's 0-0 road draw at Arsenal.


Hahnemann, Convey, DeMerit on sidelines

In the English League Championship, U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann is still not ready to return to the Reading lineup with an injury that has kept him sidelined for seven weeks, but he is back training. American midfielder Bobby Convey did not dressed for Reading's 0-0 draw at Queen's Park Rangers.

American defender Jay DeMerit did not play in Watford's 3-1 loss at Wolverhampton.

U.S. forward Eddie Johnson came on in stoppage time in Cardiff City's 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

American defender Frank Simek remains injured as was not dressed for Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.

In the third-tier League One, American striker Jemal Johnson scored a pair of goals in MK Dons' 5-3 decision over Cheltenham.

In Scotland, midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu did not dress for Glasgow Rangers' 2-0 victory over Dundee.

In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance at left back for Stade Rennais in a 0-0 draw with Toulouse.

U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu was on the bench for AS Monaco, which topped Grenoble 1-0.

In Belgium, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu went the distance in Standard de Liège's 3-0 win over Roeselare.

In Italy, American midlielder Danny Szetela played 90 minutes in Brescia's 3-2 loss at Treviso.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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