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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

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

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

(Wednesday, September 23, 2009) -- United States midfielder Michael Bradley appears firmly in Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Michael Frontzeck's doghouse. Again, Bradley was on the bench when as Mönchengladbach faced Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga.

Gladbach, which seemed to be coasting to a comfortable victory, was stunned for three goals in the final five minutes to end up losing 4-2.

Bradley was in the lineup Tuesday, and played 90 minutes when Gladbach was ousted from the DFB (German) Cup 1-0 by Duisburg on a late goal.

On Saturday, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in a 1-1 draw with visiting Borussia Dortmund at AWD-Arena. American midfielder Sal Zizzo dressed, but did not play.

In the second-division 2.Bundesliga, American goalkeeper David Yelldell had a strong match in TuS Koblenz's 1-1 draw with league leader Union Berlin. On Tuesday, Koblenz faced free-falling Energie Cottbus in the German Cup and Yelldell went 120 minutes in a hard-earned 4-2 overtime win.

U.S. striker Kenny Cooper went 81 minutes before coming off in 1860 Munich's 2-0 loss at Aachen.

American forward Matt Taylor played the final 18 minutes in FSV Frankfurt's 2-0 loss at Karlsruhe.

American keeper Luis Robles was on the bench as the backup keeper for Kaiserslautern, which defeated host St. Pauli 2-1.


Bocanegra, Stade Rennes win easily

In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in Stade Rennes easy 4-0 triumph at Grenoble.

U.S. striker Charlie Davies played 90 minutes in a losing cause as Sochaux's fell 5-2 to Valenciennes.

In Scotland, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley made the trip, but did not play in Glasgow Rangers' 1-1 tie at Stuttgart in the European Champions League Group G. He did not dress Sunday when Rangers drew 0-0 at Kilmarnock.

In Italy, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu still is not getting playing time for AC Milan. This past week, he did not play in a 1-0 league decision over Bologna and did not dress for a 2-1 Champions League win at Marseille.

In Spain, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu was not dressed for Belenenses' 1-1 draw at Academica. "Not in the 18 against Academica, BUT don't worry," Adu wrote on his web site. "Spoke with the coach and all is good. Wants to take it slow for first couple games. Step by step."

In Denmark, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber was on a yellow-card suspension and did not play in AGF Aarhus' 4-2 home loss to Midtjylland. American forward Jeremiah White came on in the final 24 minutes.

U.S. defender Danny Califf was on the bench, but did not play for Midtjylland. He did, however, go 90 minutes in Midtjylland's 3-1 Danish Cup victory over Bronshoj.

American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance in Nordsjaelland's 4-0 loss to Esbjerg.

American attacker Marcus Tracy got in for the final six minutes in Aalborg's 1-0 setback to Silkeborg.

In Norway, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman played 90 minutes in IK Start Kristiansand 's 1-1 draw with Viking Stavanger . It was Start's second 1-1 draw in a row.

U.S. keeper Troy Perkins played well in Valerenga IF Oslo's 4-1 win over FC Lyn Oslo.

U.S. defender Heath Pearce returned from Europe and signed with Major League Soccer's FC Dallas. After traveling to Turkey on the last day of the summer transfer window to sign Turkish club Bursaspor in the Turkcell Super Lig, Pearce passed a physical and was introduced to the local Turkish media. But the final contract talks hit a snag that could not be worked out.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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