After skipping U.S.-Mexico, Edu scores goal for Rangers in victory.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, August 16, 2011) -- Probably the most interesting news concerning Americans in Europe came out of Scotland with the Glasgow Rangers this past weekend.
United States midfielder Maurice Edu was recovered enough from the minor calf strain that kept him from playing for the U.S. against Mexico Wednesday to score a goal in Rangers' 2-0 Premier League victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Moments after his strike, Edu was sent off after receiving his second yellow card of the match.
Meanwhile, in an unexpected turn of events, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya might be joining Rangers as early as this week.
Rangers made an offer to Bedoya's current club, Örebro of Sweden, for his immediate transfer, but it was turned down as insufficient. So Rangers entered into what is technically a "pre-contract" agreement with Bedoya that would have had him moving to Glasgow during the January transfer window after his current contract expires.
Now, based on this agreement, Rangers have applied for and been granted a United Kingdom work permit for Bedoya and Rangers' manager Ally McCoist says he will go back to the club's board to ask for the money to acquire the American immediately.
"It would be ideal if we could have Bedoya registered for next week's Europa League match in Maribor," McCoist told his team's web site.
Meanwhile, Bedoya went the distance in Örebro's 2-0 victory Sunday over Djurgardens IF.
American striker Eddie Johnson, who left Major League Soccer for a career in Englandm has returned to MLS and Sporting Kansas City. Last season, Johnson, who played little for Fulham, was loaned out to Preston North End.
U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu, who has been impressive recently with the U.S. men, has left Greece for MLS and the Philadelphia Union.
On Saturday in Germany, a number of the Americans who traveled to Philadelphia to play for the U.S. against Mexico were rested by their clubs: midfielder Jermaine Jones watched Schalke 04 drub FC Cologne 5-1, defender Steve Cherundolo rested for Hannover 96 in its 2-1 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg and midfielder Michael Bradley sat out in Borussia Mönchengladbach's 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, although Bradley is out of the picture at Mönchengladbach an wouldn't have played under any circumstances.
American defender Timmy Chandler recorded an assist in a 90 minute effort for Nürnberg's only goal in the setback to Hannover. He also received a yellow card.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra, who went to Philly, was held out by St. Etienne in its 1-0 triumph over AS Nancy.
In the English Premier League, U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey and Fulham got off to a bit of a disappointing start, failing to score at home in a 0-0 season-opening draw with Aston Villa. Dempsey went 90 minutes and ended up battered with three separate Villa players receiving yellow cards while fouling Dempsey.
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan was the backup for Villa, while defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for the team.
Villa was kept in the match by the play of newly-arrived keeper Shay Given, who essentially replaced American Brad Friedel replacement. Friedel left Villa for a two-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur. It's not clear if he will be the starter there and the answer will have to wait a week because Spurs' home opener with Everton was postponed because of area rioting. This meant that Everton keeper Tim Howard had the weekend off also.
American defender Zak Whitbread made his Premiership debut, playing 71 minutes for Norwich City in a 1-1 season-opening draw Saturday with Wigan Athletic.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, just back to training after knee surgery, was not available to Bolton Wanderers in a 4-0 win Saturday over newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. striker Robbie Findley went 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest, a 2-0 loser Saturday to Millwall.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector dressed, but did not play for Birmingham City in its 1-0 decision Saturday over Coventry City.
American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Watford.
American striker Mike Grella did not dress Saturday for Leeds United, which fell 1-0 to Middlesbrough.
In the third-division League One, Anton Peterlin played 82 minutes for Walsall in its s 1-1 draw Saturday with Hartlepool United.
American defender Frank Simek, recovering from a hip injury, did not dress for Carlisle United, which defeated Bury 2-0 on Saturday.
In the German Bundesliga, American midfielder Alfredo Morales is seeing playing time, coming off the bench for the final 23 minutes for Hertha Berlin's in a 2-2 draw Saturday with Hamburg SV.
American David Yelldell had hoped he had won the starting goalkeepers job for Bayer Leverkusen, but he was the backup in a 1-0 win decision Sunday over Werder Bremen.
American keeper Daniel Williams did not dress for SC Freiburg in a 2-1 loss Saturday to 1. FSV Mainz 05.
In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker, Edson Buddle just back from the U.S.-Mexico friendly, came off the bench for the final 18 minutes to score the tying goal for FC Ingolstadt 04 in its 1-1 draw Sunday with FSV Frankfurt.
American forward Matt Taylor played the final 23 minutes Saturday for SC Paderborn 07's in a 1-0 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed, but did not play for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 1-1 draw tonight with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American keeper Luis Robles was on the bench as a backup for Karlsruher SC's in its 3-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
American striker Bobby Wood was on the bench for TSV 1860 Munich in its 4-0 triumph Sunday over FC Erzgebirge.
In Portugal, Oguchi Onyewu, who thought he would likely start based on his preseason play, was not on Sporting Lisbon's game-day squad for its 1-1 draw with Olhanense.
In France, American keeper Quentin Westberg received a big start and made three saves for Evian Thonon Gaillard in a 1-0 win Sunday over Nice.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the final 25 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-0 loss Saturday to Twente Enschede.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for RSC Anderlecht in 1-0 decision Sunday over Lokeren.
In Denmark, American defender Michael Parkhurst went 90 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland in a 2-0 shutout Sunday of HB Koge.
U.S. forward Chris Rolfe played 83 minutes and scored a goal for Aalborg BK, which edged Odense BK 2-1 on Saturday.
American midfielder Marcus Tracy, recovering from a knee injury, was not available to Aalborg.
American defender Brad Rusin went the distance and received a yellow card for HB Køge 's 2-0 loss to FC Nordsjaelland Sunday.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played the final 26 minutes for SonderjyskE in its 2-2 tie Sunday with Brondby IF.
American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller did not dress for Halmstads BK, a 1-0 loser Saturday to Hacken.
American forward Samuel Petrone did not dress for Mjallby AIF in its 3-0 win Saturday over Syrianska FC.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes and recorded an assist for Stabaek IF in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over Stromsgodset.
American defender Josh Gatt played the full 120 minutes and received a yellow card for Molde FK in a loss to Fredrikstad in a penalty kicks tiebreaker following a 2-2 draw Sunday in the quarterfinals of the NM Cupen.
American defender Sean Cunningham dressed, but did not play for Molde.
In Mexico, American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went 89 minutes for Puebla in a 1-1 draw Sunday with Club Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres played the first 69 minutes for Pachuca's 3-0 victory Saturday over Toluca.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in a 2-2 draw Saturday with Club America.
Mexican-American outside defender Edgar Castillo went the distance for Club America.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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