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After skipping U.S.-Mexico, Edu scores goal for Rangers in victory.

'Injured' Chandler, not available to U.S, sees action for FC Nürnberg.

U.S. players head overseas to ply their trade.

Friedel moves to Tottenham Hostpur after three seasons at Villa.

Rovers intent on getting Jones to return.

Bedoya scores one, assists pair, leads Örebro past GAIS 3-1.

Edu helps Rangers blast Kilmarnock, take another Scottish crown.

Adu tally sparks Rizespor victory, hopes of promotion in Turkey.

Jones helps Rovers snap lengthy winless streak, put distance on relegation zone.

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Americans Abroad

Bocanegra, Bedoya join Edu for U.S. trio on Glasgow Rangers.

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

(Thursday, August 18, 2011) -- Glasgow Rangers surprisingly have acquired United States defender and captain Carlos Bocanegra, while also completing the expected transfer of midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, giving the two-time Scottish Premier League potentially three American starters.

Bocanegra and Bedoya join incumbent U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu in Glasgow.

Rangers have flirted with Bedoya all summer. They thought they had a deal to obtain him, but his Swedish club Örebro held out for a steep transfer fee. Rangers eventually reached an agreement with Bedoya for a January move after his contract with Örebro expired, but then the two clubs agreed on an immediate transfer, so Bedoya packed his bags.

The transfer of Bocanegra from St. Etienne in France was unexpected. He was extremely popular with the local fans, but St. Etienne, worried about losing him after this season as a free transfer, moved him now to collect a fee.

Rangers now become the second foreign top-division club to potentially have three Americans on the field at the same time, following Fulham of the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, American striker Eddie Johnson is not moving to Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer, at least for now.

MLS and Johnson's agent had reached an agreement for a contract covering the remainder of this season and the next two. Johnson had orally agreed to its terms, but while the potential contract was being put into formal written form, Johnson apparently changed his mind and refused to sign.

It would appear Johnson, who last played for England's Preston North End, thought he should be paid more, perhaps matching the reported contract given by MLS's Philadelphia Union to U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu.

Adu, who was loaned by Portugal's Benfica to Çaykur Rizespor of Turkey's second division, was impressive in two recent appearances with the U.S. men in the Gold Cup.

So, at least for now, Johnson remains a player without a club.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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