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Weeks ahead of schedule, Onyewu returns from injury and helps Sporting Lisbon win.

Altidore's two goals allow AZ Alkmaar to tie Twente 2-2.

Dempsey scores three goals in Fulham victories; interest from EPL powers grows.

Bradley scores first goal with Chievo in 3-2 victory over Catania.

Lichaj returns to score one, assist another, but Aston Villa loses to Chelsea.

Bocanegra is sent off, but Rangers delay Celtic championship celebration 3-2.

Jones scores winner, adds assist to send Schalke past Twente to Europa quarterfinals.

Howard wins faceoff with Friedel; Everton edges Spurs 1-0.

Heavy workload doesn't slow Dempsey; he scores two more goals for Fulham.

Donovan misses Everton farewell game with illness, returns to California.

Onyewu tears ligament, meniscus in right knee, will be lost to Sporting for two months.

Donovan misses Everton farewell game with illness, returns to California.

Davies restarts his comeback with late relief role for Sochaux.

Dempsey provides another key goal, helps Fulham tie West Brom 1-1.

Onyewu nods home two goals, leading Sporting Lisbon past Beira-Mar 2-0 in Portugal.

Dempsey records another hat trick to lead Fulham past Newcastle 5-2.

Friedel's eighth shutout leads Spurs to 2-0 decision over Everton.

Dempsey hat trick sparks Fulham to advance to FA Cup fourth round.

Donovan joins Everton, sees Howard score from his penalty area.

Dempsey scores again for Fulham in draw with Chelsea.

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Americans Abroad

Friedel, Spurs must quickly reverse trend for chance at Champions League.

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

(Friday, April 27, 2012) -- Goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the only American playing in England whose club has a major accomplishment left in the offing.

With four matches remaining, Tottenham Hotspur stands in fifth place in the English Premier League after two consecutive losses at 17-9-8 with 59 points, four points behind hot Newcastle United (18-8-8), which has won six straight to climb to fourth. Spurs were 1-2-3 in that span.

While the three positions in the Premier League earn automatic entrance into the European Champions League. The fourth-place finisher goes into a Champions League play-in tournament. At worst, Tottenham will garner a spot in Europe's second-tier Europa League.

Tottenham's pursuit of the FA Cup ended Sunday with a 5-1 home loss to North London rival Chelsea in the semifinals. As was the case this season, Friedel did not play in the Cup game.

In a league match Saturday, Friedel made five saves, but Spurs fell 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers, whose offense has disappeared lately.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton also had their FA Cup run end in the semifinals Saturday with a 2-1 road loss to arch-rival Liverpool. Howard made four saves.

In English Premier League play, Howard made four saves in a strange 4-4 draw with league-leading Manchester United with Everton managing a pair of late goals. Howard could only be faulted on one of the Man. U. goals.

Everton is seventh in the EPL at 13-12-9 with 48 points.

Fulham (12-12-10, 46 points) is in ninth place, two points behind seventh, which brings the last EPL Europa League berth.

U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey helped the Cottagers' cause Saturday, assisting on a goal in a 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic.

U.S. defender Eric Lichaj continues to get first-team minutes at Aston Villa, going 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Lichaj earned a yellow card in a 2-1 loss to visiting Bolton Wanderers for interfering with a throw-in in stoppage time.

American defender Tim Ream, playing for Bolton, also drew a yellow card in the match.

At one point late in the heated game, Bolton manager Owen Coyle and Villa manager Kevin MacDonald almost came to blows after a hard foul on Bolton's Ryo Miyaichi by Lichaj.

American Brad Guzan continues to dress as the backup keeper for Villa as he ponders his future with the club. He has been offered a new multi-year pact.

Ream went the distance Saturday for Bolton in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City.

American defender Zak Whitbread recovered from a hamstring injury, but is now out with a calf strain and has missed several more Norwich City matches, including a 2-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

Tennessee-born Welsh defender Adam Henley did not dress for Blackburn.

In the second-division English League Championship, American striker Robbie Findley played the final 49 minutes for Nottingham Forest in its 2-1 loss to Hull City.

Several injured Americans continue to miss matches. Defender Jonathan Spector (thigh) for Birmingham City, forward Conor Doyle (hamstring) for Derby County, midfielder Robbie Rogers (ankle) for Leeds United all appear out for the remainder of the season.

Rogers was hurt last week after missing several weeks with a concussion.

In the third-tier League One, American striker Mike Grella is hot at Bury. After scoring the match winner a week earlier, he found net twice in a 4-2 win over Notts County on Saturday

American defender Frank Simek received a yellow card as he went the distance Saturday for Carlisle United in a 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.

American midfielder Anton Peterlin continues not to dress for Walsall.

In Scotland, although out of contention following a 10-point penalty, Rangers bounced back with a 3-0 whitewash of Heart of Midlothian.

U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Carlos Bocanegra each went 90 minutes, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya again dressed, but did not play for Rangers.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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