Bocanegra, Edu goals power first-place Rangers past Dunfermline 4-0 in Scotland.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, September 28, 2011) -- United States defender Carlos Bocanegra and midfielder Maurice Edu each scored early in the first half for Glasgow Rangers in a 4-0 victory over host Dunfermline Athletic in the Scottish Premier League.
Both players went the distance, while their U.S. teammate, midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, made his Rangers debut by playing the final 19 minutes. This meant that for the first time since 2006, three Americans were on the field at the same time in a major European league. Bocanegra, striker Brian McBride and midfielder Clint Dempsey played a number of matches together for Fulham in the English Premier League.
Saturday's triumph also marked the first time two Americans scored in the same overseas match since Bocanegra and McBride did it in 2006.
Bocanegra opened the scoring for Rangers in the ninth minute when he drilled home a header from deep in penalty area off a corner kick. Nine minutes later, Edu made it 2-0 hitting on a long-range shot when he was left unmarked outside the box near the center of the field.
Bocanegra and Edu also went 90 minutes last night in a 2-0 victory over visiting Kilmarnock with Bedoya playing the final 15 minutes. Rangers are in first place at 8-0-1 with 25 points, followed by Glasgow Celtic which is 6-2-0 with 18 points while also holding a game in hand.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley made his second start for Chievo Verona of Italy Sunday and set up both goals in its upset 2-1 win over rival Genoa.
Bradley was solid throughout the match. In the 74th minute, Sergio Pellissier tied the score at 1-1 with a header off Bradley's corner kick. In stoppage time, Bradley sent a long pass up the right flank to Gennaro Sardo, who crossed to Davide Moscardelli for the game-winner.
Last Wednesday, Bradley made his first start for Chievo in a 1-0 upset of Napoli. Four weeks into the season, Chievo is tied for third place in Serie A with five other clubs, all 2-1-1 with seven points. Tied for first are Juventus and Udinese, both 2-0-2 with eight points.
Meanwhile, Michael's father Bob Bradley, deposed as coach of the U.S. men two months ago, signed a contract Saturday to coach Egypt's national team for a reported $37,000 per month until after the 2014 World Cup. Egypt's last appearance in the World Cup was in 1990.
In the English Premier League, Dempsey went the distance for Fulham, which suffered a frustrating 0-0 draw Saturday with West Bromwich Albion.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a pair of saves for Tottenham Hotspur in its 2-1 decision Saturday over Wigan Athletic.
Tim Howard, the top keeper with the U.S. men, played extremely well in making five saves, but it was for naught in a 2-0 loss Saturday to Manchester City, which is tied with Manchester United for first place.
In an unexpected bit of news, American keeper Marcus Hahnemann signed a short-term contract with Everton and will compete to become Howard's backup.
Brad Guzan was the backup keeper for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw Sunday with Queens Park Rangers. American defender Eric Lichaj is sidelined for Villa with a hip injury.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, recently returned from a serious knee injury, was held out by Bolton Wanderers from its 3-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.
American defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Norwich City, a 2-1 winner Monday over Sunderland.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. striker Robbie Findley played 73 minutes before being replaced by Nottingham Forest in its 1-0 victory Saturday over Watford.
Last night, Findley came on as a injury replacement and played 63 minutes in a 5-1 road setback at Burnley.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played the first 56 minutes for Birmingham City Saturday in its 1-1 draw with Barnsley.
American forward Conor Doyle was on the bench, but did not play for Derby County in its 3-0 whitewash of Millwall on Saturday.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek continues to be sidelined by a hip injury and missed Carlisle United's 1-0 decision Saturday over Stevenage.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Walsall in its 1-0 loss to Colchester United on Saturday.
American striker Mike Grella did not dress for Brentford in its 2-0 victory Saturday over Oldham Athletic.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American defender Timmy Chandler, who has renewed his pledge to play for the U.S. at the international level, played 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 1-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, being rested for a Europa League match this week, dressed, but did not play for Hannover 96, which drew 0-0 draw with FC Augsburg.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson, out with a neck injury, was not available to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, a 2-0 loser Sunday to FC Cologne.
American defender Daniel Williams dressed, but did not play for Hoffenheim.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin, which lost 2-1 Sunday to Werder Bremen.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones remains a non-person for Schalke 04 and was not in evidence Saturday during a 4-2 victory over SC Freiburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Edson Buddle played the second half for FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 4-1 loss Friday to SC Paderborn 07. American forward Matt Taylor dressed, but did not play for Paderborn.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt in its 4-1 win Monday night over Dynamo Dresden.
American keeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruher SC in a 1-1 draw with Hansa Rostock on Sunday.
American striker Bobby Wood did not dress for TSV 1860 Munich in a 2-0 loss to SpVg Greuther Fürth on Sunday.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the first 69 minutes of AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 victory Sunday over Feyenoord Rotterdam. Alkmaar is in an unaccustomed first place in the Eredivisie with 18 points (6-1-0) through seven games.
In Portugal, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu went the distance and received a yellow card Saturday for Sporting CP in its 3-0 triumph over Vitoria Setubal.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes Sunday for RSC Anderlecht, which edged Germinal Beerschot 3-2.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went the distance for Stabæk IF, which dropped a 1-0 decision Saturday to StrømsgodsetIF.
American defender Josh Gatt went 90 minutes for Molde FK Friday in its 0-0 draw with Viking. American left defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde.
In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes Saturday for Brøndby IF in its 2-1 loss to FC Copenhagen.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjælland in a 1-0 loss Saturday to AGF Aarhus.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien played the first 78 minutes and received a yellow card for SønderjyskE, which drew 0-0 Sunday with HB Køge. American defender Brad Rusin did not dress for Køge.
Chris Rolfe entered in the 68th minute in Aalborg BK's 2-1 loss to Lyngby on Monday. Marcus Tracy did not dress for Aalborg.
In Sweden, defender-midfielder Ryan Miller went the distance for Halmstads BK, a 1-0 loser Saturday to Syrianska FC.
American forward Samuel Petrone dressed, but did not play for Mjallby AIF in its 2-1 victory Saturday over Elfsborg.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played 90 minutes for Puebla, which fell 2-1 to Santos Laguna on Sunday.
American forward Herculez Gomez played the first 64 minutes and scored his team's only goal Saturday in Estudiantes Tecos' 2-1 loss to Pumas.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for San Luis, which tied 1-1 Saturday with Pachuca.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres, out with a foot injury, was not available to Pachuca.
American midfielder Edgar Castillo did not dress Sunday night for Club America in its 1-1 draw with Tijuana.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in a 1-1 draw with Jaguares on Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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