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Johnson strains hamstring with Aris in Greek playoffs.

Beasley bids farewell to Glasgow Rangers after late benching.

For Fulham, Dempsey set to become first U.S. player in European final.

Davies' desire to make World Cup team is dealt a blow.

Cherundolo, Hannover register big win 4-2 over Schalke.

Hahnemann posts another shutout for Wolves in 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Dempsey absent with thigh injury, Fulham makes Europa Cup semifinals.

Back in good graces, Adu makes rare start for victorious Aris.

Friedel, Aston Villa suffer 7-1 rout at hands of Chelsea.

Friedel, Aston Villa fade in English Premier League despite unbeaten streak.

After long layoff, Dempsey scores decisive goal, Fulham edges Juventus in Europa Cup.

Donovan's highly successful Everton tenure ends on quiet note.

Both succeeding in Greece, Johnson gets critical U.S. call, Adu does not.

'Player of Month' Donovan, Howard help Everton stun Chelsea, Man. United.

Friedel streak ends, but Villa draws with Manchester United 1-1.

Altidore goal helps Hull defeat Manchester City 2-1.

Beasley's car is destroyed in Scotland racial incident.

Cherundolo agravates ailing shoulder, will miss at least month for Hannover.

Donovan scores first, sparks Everton past Sunderland in Premier League.

Howard, Donovan go down with Everton, eliminated from FA Cup.

Dempsey avoids surgery, his World Cup hopes remain intact.

Donovan is impressive, helping Everton draw with Arsenal in his debut.

Busy Dempsey continues to make his mark with Fulham.

Adu joins Johnson as loan acquisitions by Aris of Greece.

Friedel posts three more shutouts as Aston Villa climbs in English Premier League.

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

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.

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Americans Abroad

Bocanegra moves across France to Saint Etienne.

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

(Tuesday, July 20, 2010) -- United States men's defender and captain Carlos Bocanegra will be playing for a new team in the French Ligue 1 this coming season. His club for the past three seasons, Stade Rennes has announced that it sold Bocanegra to league rival Saint Etienne for around $650,000.

Bocanegra, 31, among Rennes' most popular players, had been a target of St. Etienne's for more than a year. A deal was almost done during last winter's transfer window, but time ran out on the last day. Rennes needs the money and was able to find a replacement for Bocanegra when he missed playing time last year because of injuries.

Having failed to impress during a half-season loan to Hull City of the English Premier League, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore has returned to Villareal of Spain where he has been put up for sale.

Dutch champion Ajax, which is looking for a forward to partner with Marko Pantelic, has indicated it would be interested in Altidore, but initially only on a one-season loan. Villarreal, however, is sticking to the plan to sell the American and looking for over $6 million to recoup what it paid for Altidore. One club that has expressed interest is Besiktas of Turkey, but it is unclear if it willing to meet the asking price.

German-American defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones, who has declared his allegiance to the U.S. national team, has been absent from the soccer scene for more than a year because of injury. Now, he appears to be fit and ready to contribute and has been making a splash with Schalke 04, his German Bundesliga team during preseason.

Jones has played the second half in Schalke's first two preseason games, including a 1-0 victory over Jagiellonia Bialystok of Poland last weekend. Jones was last seen in May 2009 and spent all of last season trying to recover from a serious leg fracture.

U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein will move to the Mexican first division after the current Major League Soccer season ends. Bornstein has signed an agreement with Tigres and will report in January when the winter transfer window opens.

Bornstein's move will be made easier by the fact that his mother is Mexican, so he will not count as a foreign player.

"I'm excited to join Tigres and ready for all the changes that will come with the move," Bornstein told the Mexican media. "It will be a big moment for me and I'm looking forward to it."

In the meantime, Bornstein will finish the current MLS season with Chivas USA.

Norway's top league is in progress and U.S. defender Clarence Goodson is having a very good season. Back from the World Cup in South Africa, where he did not see action for the U.S., he scored a goal. in each of IK Start's last two matches.

Last weekend, he headed in a cross from fellow American defender Hunter Freeman in a 1-0 triumph over Aalesunds. The prior weekend, Goodson scored in the 33rd minute of a 2-1 loss to Sandefjord.

Oft-injured American attacker Sal Zizzo is returning from Europe and signed with MLS, which will put him in a weighted allocation lottery draft. The 23-year-old has been in the German Bundesliga with Hannover 96, but his contract expired making him a free transfer.

The former UCLA star played on both the U.S. under-20 and under-23 teams. Since signing with Hannover, he has suffered a string of injuries, most recently a torn anterior cruciate ligament in October.

Pachuca of Mexico now has three Americans on its roster. U.S. World Cup teammates, midfielder Francisco Torres and striker Herculez Gomez, are being joined by midfielder\defender Marco Antonio Vida and all three are available to Pachuca as it opens play in the fourth edition of the CONCACAF SuperLiga.

Gomez, who tied for the Mexican league scoring title with 10 goals last spring, is joining Pachuca from Puebla. Vidal is coming from relegated Indios.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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