Bedoya scores one, assists pair, leads Írebro past GAIS 3-1.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, May 25, 2011) -- American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played an important role in all three Írebro SK goals, including scoring his fourth goal of the season, leading the Swedish club to a 3-1 victory Sunday over GAIS in the top-division Allsvenskan.
Bedoya, 24, assisted on the first two goal and scored the third himself, while also receiving a yellow card.
On the first tally, Bedoya slammed a shot that the GAIS keeper could not handle, leaving a juicy rebound for a teammate to convert. Later, he moved across the goal-mouth at full speed before back-heeling a pass to an open mate to put away for a 2-1 lead.
Bedoya, who has started of his team's 10 matches, headed home a cross from the center of the penalty area with an insurance goal. .
Írebro (5-4-1, 16 points) is tied for fourth place with Elfsborg (5-3-1), which has the edge with a game in hand.
Bedoya played two years of college ball at Fairleigh Dickinson before transferring to Boston College for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In May, 2009, he received a bachelor of science degree in marketing. He is also a graduate of the U.S. under-20 and under-23 (Olympic) programs.
Over three years at Írebro, he has eight goals in 61 league appearances and scored one goaql in five Cup matches.
Given how well Bedoya is playing, it is somewhat surprising he was left off the United States men's roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In the English Premier League, Blackburn Rovers defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Sunday in a meeting between two teams employing Americans and desperate to avoid relegation.
German-American Jermaine Jones played 90 minutes for Rovers and made an important contribution to the defensive midfield. Jones' loan from Schalke 04 of the German Bundesliga expired.
American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann watched from Wolves' bench.
As it turned out, both teams survived to play another year in the Premiership with its lucrative TV payouts. Rovers finished in 15th place at 11-17-10 with 43 points. Wolverhampton closed in 17th place at 11-20-7 with 40 points, one point and one position above the drop zone.
West Ham United was not so fortunate, its last-place finish and demotion to the English League Championship secured before the weekend began.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for Sunday's 3-0 loss to Sunderland, which finalized United's record at 7-19-12 with 33 points, six points below Birmingham City and Blackpool, who both lost and were relegated.
Elsewhere in the concluding weekend of the English Premier League, U.S. keeper Tim Howard ended his season on a high note, making five saves while keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 triumph Sunday over Chelsea.
Everton (13-10-15, 54) finished in seventh place and will play in the qualifying rounds for admission to the second-tier Europa League next season.
American keeper Brad Friedel had three saves and posted a shutout Sunday for Aston Villa in its 1-0 win over Liverpool.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played the final minute for Villa. American keeper Brad Guzan did not dress for Villa and likely will move to a new team next season. American defender Eric Lichaj returned to Villa after starting, on loan, 16 games for Leeds United of the League Championship.
Villa (12-14-12, 48) finished in ninth place, a turnaround from the early months of the season when it appeared threatened by relegation.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey went the distance Sunday for Fulham in its 2-2 draw with Arsenal, allowing Fulham to finish eighth at 11-11-16 with 49 points. It is still too early to know if Fulham will get one of the FIFA "Fair Play" berths in Europa League qualifying.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden remained sidelined with a bad knee for Bolton Wanderers, who fell 2-0 Sunday to Manchester City. Bolton (12-16-10) finished as one of three teams with 46 points and in 14th place because of goal differential.
In the Bundesliga, American David Yelldell was in goal for second-division MSV Duisburg, which was no match for Bundesliga power Schalkem which prevailed 5-0 Saturday in the DFB Pokal final
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance Saturday for St. Etienne in its next to last match of the season, a 2-1 loss to Sochaux.
In Turkey's Super Lig, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 68 minutes for Bursaspor in its 1-0 decision over Genclerbirligi on Saturday. The victory allowed Bursaspor to qualify for the Europa League next season.
In the second-division Bank ASYA 1 League, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu will likely be on time for his call-up to the U.S. Gold Cup squad after Caykur Rizespor opened its promotion playoffs with a 4-0 first-leg loss to Orduspor on Monday night.
In Norway's Tippaligaen, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes Sunday for Stabaek IF, a 3-2 winner over Odd Grenland.
American attacker Josh Gatt and defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde FK in its 2-1 triumph Sunday over Fredrikstad. Both had just returned from duty with the U.S. under-20 national team.
In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson went the distance for Brondby IF in a 2-1 decision Friday over Lyngby.
U.S. striker Chris Rolfe went 90 minutes Friday for Aalborg BK, a 4-3 loser to Silkeborg. American forward Marcus Tracy, out with a knee injury, was not available for Aalborg.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjaelland in a 3-2 triumph Sunday over FC Midtjylland in the Landspokal Cup final.
In Sweden, American midfielder\defender Ryan Miller dressed, but did not play for Halmstads BK, a 3-2 loser to Elfsborg on Monday.
American defender Gale Agbossoumonde went the distance for Djurgardens IF and received a yellow card in the 42nd minute in a 3-0 loss Monday to Mjallby.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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