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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.

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

Bradley scores tying goal in Gladbach's 1-1 draw at Bremen.

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

(Tuesday, February 17, 2009) -- United States midfielder Michael Bradley, following his strong performance for the United States in World Cup qualifying, netted the tying goal in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 1-1 draw with host Werder Bremen at Weserstadion Saturday.

Three minutes after Claudio Pizarro's goal in the 76th minute, Mönchengladbach midfielder Marko Marin, who had entered in the 75th minute, sent a left-side free kick evading everyone into the penalty area. Bradley, who has earned his way into the starting lineup, used his chest to guide the ball past goalkeeper Tim Wiese from two yards to equalize at 1-1 in the 79th minute.

Three days before, Bradley scored both goals for the U.S. men in defeating Mexico 2-0 to open CONCACAF final-round World Cup qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.

Werder outshot Gladbach 35-12, 13-2 on frame. Bradley picked up a yellow card in the 56th minute.

Gladbach, which drew 1-1 with visiting TSG Hoffenheim a week earlier, is in last place at 3-13-4 with 13 points, four points from safety.


Howard bests Friedel in FA Cup

In a meeting of American goalkeepers, Tim Howard and Everton continued their hot play, defeating Aston Villa and Brad Friedel 3-1 in a fifth-round FA Cup clash Sunday.

Howard, who was in goal for the U.S. shutout of Mexico, made seven saves, conceding only a penalty kick goal to James Milner in the eighth minute, despite getting a hand on the shot.

Friedel also gave up a penalty kick goal against Everton. He had three saves, but could not stop 17-year old prodigy Jack Rodwell's rebound in the fourth minute or Tim Cahill's sharp angle goal in the 76th minute.

Before joining the U.S,. Howard posted a pair of clean sheets in important wins for surging Everton.

On February 4, Howard and his defense kept Liverpool at bay for 120 minutes to prevail 1-0 in overtime in a bitterly-fought FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Howard's best save came when he made a smothering save after Xabi Alonso's pass sent Albert Riera into the box alone.

With Liverpool playing a man short since midfielder Lucas was ejected in the 76th minute, Everton defender Dan Gosling scored the winner in the 118th minute.

On February 7, Howard made three saves in Everton's 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the English Premier League.

Friedel recorded a pair of saves in Aston Villa's 2-0 victory February 7 at Blackburn Rovers.

U.S. keeper Brad Guzan, Friedel's backup, was in net for a 3-1 FA Cup fourth-round triumph over Doncaster Rovers of the second-tier English League Championship.

Villa has two big home matches this week, Wednesday against CSKA Moscow in the UEFA Cup and on Saturday against Chelsea in the Premier League.

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey provided a pair of solid performances. On Saturday, he played the final half hour in Fulham's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Swansea City of the League Championship.

On the prior Saturday, Dempsey went 89 minutes in Fulham's 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic.

In between the games, Dempsey was in Columbus, Ohio, representing the U.S.

American defender Jonathan Spector was on the bench, but did not play in either of West Ham United's last two matches, a 1-1 tie FA Cup draw with Middlesbrough and a 1-0 loss to Manchester United in the EPL.

U.S. striker Eddie Johnson was dressed, but did not play for Cardiff City, which fell 4-0 at Arsenal Monday in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.


Hahnemann nearing Reading return

In the League Championship, U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann still is not recovered from his leg injury, but could return as soon as Saturday. He lost his American teammate when midfielder Bobby Convey was released from his contract, so he could sign with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer.

American defender Frank Simek, recovering from a hamstring injury, was not dressed for Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Doncaster or its 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

American defender Jay DeMerit, in and out of Watford's lineup the past couple of months, went the full 90 in a 3-1 FA Cup loss to Chelsea.

In Scotland, U.S. midfielders DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu did not play in Glasgow Ranger's 0-0 Old Firm draw with rival Celtic on Sunday.

A week earlier, Beasley might have done himself a lot of good by opening the scoring in Rangers' dramatic 2-2 friendly draw with visiting AC Milan before a packed house at Ibrox.

Beasley came on at halftime and, in the 64th minute, took a long pass from Edu, caused confusion in the Milan defense and slid home a shot into the corner from about 12 yards. Edu played 75 minutes in the match.

David Beckham played the first half for Milan and did not accomplish much.


Bocanegra is fixture for Rennes

In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in Rennes' 1-1 draw with Nancy. Previously, he also played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss at Le Havre.

U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for Monaco's last two matches, a 1-0 loss to Marseille and a 1-1 draw at Lorient.

In Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu went 67 minutes in Standard de Liège's 4-0 rout of Tubizealso. He went the distance the week before in Standard's 2-0 win at Kortrijk.

U.S. striker Landon Donovan played the final 55 minutes in Bayern Munich's 2-1 loss at Hertha Berlin, coming on in the 35th minute when Luca Toni injured his ankle.

The previous week, Donovan played 18 minutes as a reserve in Bayern's 3-1 victory over Dortmund.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, still out with a leg injury, did not play in Hanover 96's 3-3 draw with Stuttgart or its 3-1 loss to Energie Cottbus.

In Spain, recently loaned U.S. forward Jozy Altidore did not dress for Xerez's 2-1 decision over Salamanca in the second division.

In 2.Bundesliga action, American defender Gregg Berhalter did not play in 1860 Munich's 2-2 triumph over Ahlen. A week earlier, he came on in the final half hour of Munich's 2-2 draw at Mainz.

U.S. defender Heath Pearce was on the bench when Hansa Rostock lost to Freiburg 3-1 on Monday. He did not dress for a 3-3 draw at Aachen.

In Italy, U.S. midfielder Danny Szetela did not play in Brescia's 1-0 loss at Ascoli.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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