Goodson's first goal sends Brøndby past FC Copenhagen.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, November 22, 2011) -- United States defender Clarence Goodson returned from duty with the U.S. men to score his first goal of the season, helping Brøndby deal a 2-1 setback to league-leading FC Copenhagen (11-3-2, 35 points) Sunday in Demark's Superliga.
Goodson scored the opening goal for 10th-place Brøndby (4-7-5, 17) with a header off a free kick. He also produced a strong effort on defense.
Central defender Oguchi Onyewu, who was held out of the recent two U.S. friendlies with a minor groin strain, was ready to go Sunday night and he played 90 minutes for Sporting Lisbon, which defeated Sporting Braga 2-0 in a fourth-round Taca de Portugal (Portuguese Cup) match.
In the English Premier League last night, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel posted a clean sheet, needing only one save for Tottenham Hotspur, which ran over visiting Aston Villa 2-0 at White Hart Lane.
A pair of first-half goals from Emmanuel Adebayor was more than enough for Spurs, who outshot Villa 22-3. Friedel's only save was a good one, denying Emile Heskey just after the halftime break.
American Brad Guzan was on the bench as Villa's backup keeper. American defender Eric Lichaj, out with a hip injury, did not dress for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard had an even easier match on Saturday when he was not required to make a single save for Everton in a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
American Marcus Hahnemann has so far lost the competition to be Everton's backup keeper and did not dress.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey went 90 minutes before being replaced in stoppage time for Fulham in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Sunderland.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden has a knee injury and is not available for Bolton Wanderers, while American defender Zak Whitbread has an ailing hamstring and is sidelined for Norwich City.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. striker Robbie Findley played 81 minutes of and scored Nottingham Forest's first goal in a 3-2 win Saturday over Ipswich Town.
Findley scored from close range, converting a headed pass for his second league goal of the season and fifth in all competitions.
U.S> defender Jonathan Spector went 90 minutes for Birmingham City' in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Peterborough United.
In the third tier League One, American forward Mike Grella played the final 12 minutes for Brentford in its 1-0 loss Saturday to Charlton Athletic. In his short time, he received a yellow card.
American defender Frank Simek has an injured hip and was not available to Carlisle United.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin did not dress for Walsall.
In Scotland, all three of Glasgow Rangers' Americans started in a 0-0 draw Saturday with St. Johnstone. Midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played 76 minutes.
In the German Bundesliga, in a clash of American midfielders, Jermaine Jones again for FC Schalke 04 and went 73 minutes in a 4-0 triumph over 1. FC Nürnberg on Saturday. Defender Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for Nürnberg.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 2-0 loss to Hamburg on Sunday. German-born American defender\midfielder Danny Williams was on the bench for Hoffenheim.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo is out-of-favor and remained on the bench for Hannover 96 in its 4-1 loss Saturday to VfL Wolfsburg. He has not played in a league match in almost a month, but part of that was because of a league suspension.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-0 decision Friday over Kaiserslautern.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin.
American forward Terrence Boyd did not dress for Borussia Dortmund.
In the 2. Bundesliga, a noticeably weary Edson Buddle, returned from duty with the U.S. men, played the final 25 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 in its 1-0 loss Friday to TSV 1860 Munich. American striker Bobby Wood is sidelined for 1860 with a bad knee.
American Luis Robles was in goal for Karlsruher in a 2-1 loss to SC Paderborn 07 on Friday. American attacker Matt Taylor played the final 12 minutes for Paderborn.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark was not dressed for Eintracht Frankfurt Sunday in a 4-3 victory over Alemannia Aachen.
In the Netherlands on Sunday, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar's in a match against Eredivisie opponent Excelsior, abandoned at halftime because of dense fog.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley had a good match over 90 minutes for Chievo Verona Sunday in a 2-1 triumph over Catania 2-1.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht Sunday in a 3-1 win over St. Truiden.
In Denmark, U.S. forward Chris Rolfe went 84 minutes for Aalborg BK in its 3-1 victory Sunday over FC Midtjylland.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went 90 minutes Sunday for FC Nordsjælland in a 2-0 decision over SønderjyskE. American midfielder Conor O'Brien dressed, but remained on the bench for SønderjyskE.
American defender Brad Rusin went the distance for HB Køge Sunday in a 2-2 draw with Lyngby.
In Norway, with the Tippeligaen season winding down, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes for Stabæk IF in its final home game Sunday, a 2-1 loss to Haugesund.
American defender Josh Gatt has an ailing hamstring, while American defender Sean Cunningham dressed, but did not play for Molde FK in a 3-1 victory over Sarpsborg 08 on Sunday.
In Mexico, three Americans remain in the Apertura Liguilla, which saw the first leg of the quarterfinal two-match series played on Sunday. None played.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres has an injured foot and did not dress for Pachuca's 1-0 loss to Tigres.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein has yet to recover from an injured ankle and was not available to Tigres.
Mexican-American forward Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Jaguares de Chiapas in a 2-2 draw with Santos Laguna.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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