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Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Playing time has been hard to come by this season for Jonathan Spector, but after his Carling Cup heroics, he might just see the field for West Ham for a second straight game.

Spector made a strong case for more minutes with his brace in the 4-0 win over Manchester United in the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup on Wednesday, and that performance could bear fruit when the Hammers visit Sunderland.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Four Americans and their clubs are eyeing a place in next season's Champions League, and winning their matches this weekend could prove vital in their hunt to reach that competition.

Hannover 96 is just three points shy of third place in the Bundesliga standings, and the Champions League qualifying spot that comes with it.

Report: Adu to play in Randers reserve match with hope of landing contract

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Freddy Adu could soon land at a new club, but not for its first team.

According to Danish outlet Sporten, Adu will play for Randers in a reserve tournament game tonight and could end up with a contract with the club should he impress. He is expected to play in the last three games of the tournament for Randers, who he has been training with in order to stay in shape.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

St Etienne may have only tied AJ Auxerre, but it received good news before the match with the return of Carlos Bocanegra to its starting eleven.

Having not played in a match since Oct. 17 due to a neck injury, Bocanegra started and went the distance in the 1-1 draw with Auxerre.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Michael Bradley and Borussia Moenchengladbach escaped the Bundesliga's dungeon with their 4-0 rout of FC Cologne last weekend, and now they'll turn their sights towards escaping the relegation zone altogether.

Moenchengladbach hosts Mainz, and despite sitting pretty in third place, the O-Fives are reeling, having lost their last three games all by way of shutout.

Donovan postpones loan decision

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If you think the Los Angeles Galaxy's season ending means Landon Donovan is ready for an offseason loan out to Europe, think again. He hasn't made up his mind yet.

Donovan told Sky Sports News on Thursday he wanted to enjoy his vacation before making a decision on whether he'll go out on loan from the Galaxy for a third consecutive year.

Afternoon Ticker: FIFA bans two from World Cup voting, Gerrard hurt and more

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And then there were 22.

FIFA suspended two of the 24 executive committee members from voting on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosts on Tuesday after finishing their corruption investigation.

Nigeria's Amos Adamu was suspended from all soccer activity for three years after admitting to taking bribes from undercover reporters who acted as lobbyisted trying to buy votes.

USA 1, South Africa 0: The Highlights

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Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Pachuca's season may not have gone as well as expected, but for Jose Torres, Herculez Gomez and Marco Vidal, that doesn't matter anymore as the club reached the Apertura playoffs.

Facing a must-win situation, Pachuca reached the Apertura Liguilla with a 2-1 road victory over Necaxa in the clubs' season finale.

Holden, Bradley score in respective victories

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Stuart Holden scored his first goal abroad while Michael Bradley netted his second of the season in their clubs respective wins on Saturday.

Holden scored the winner in Bolton Wanderers' 3-2 triumph over Wolves, hitting a one-timed shot into the open net after American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was forced out of position.

Holden, Bradley score in respective victories

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Stuart Holden scored his first goal abroad while Michael Bradley netted his second of the season in their clubs respective wins on Saturday.

Holden scored the winner in Bolton Wanderers' 3-2 triumph over Wolves, hitting a one-timed shot into the open net after American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was forced out of position.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Tim Howard and Everton have not lost in their last seven games, and if they are to extend that streak, they'll have to do so against a team they haven't defeated in league play since 2007.

Everton hosts Arsenal in a game the Gunners need in order to keep within striking distance of first place.

Americans Abroad: Wednesday Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

It may have been a brief, but Eric Lichaj's performance on Wednesday is surely one he'll never forget.

Lichaj made his Premiership debut in Aston Villa's match against Blackpool, coming off the bench in the 90th minute to help the Villans preserve a 3-2 victory.

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Bolton Wanderers' run at a potential place in Europe received a boost this weekend, and Stuart Holden once again played a role in making that happen.

Facing a midfield that included the likes of Wilson Palacios and Gareth Bale, Holden helped Bolton to a big 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur with a 90-minute performance.

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Fresh off a two-goal performance, Clint Dempsey will look to add to his season tally as Fulham attempts to win its third game of the season.Â

There's only one problem, though. He'll be facing typically-solid Brad Friedel and Aston Villa.

Goodson signs with Brondby IF

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Clarence Goodson's time with IK Start will come to a close this weekend after the club's season finale as he has signed a deal to join Brondby IF.

Goodson agreed to a three-year deal with Brondby on Tuesday, and will join the Danish club on a free transfer in January when it prepares for the spring season.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Call this weekend goals galore.

Five goals from four different Americans were scored this weekend as Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella found the back of the net for their respective clubs.

Edu scores as Rangers draw Inverness

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Maurice Edu netted his first goal of the season on Saturday, scoring in Rangers' 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Edu finished a nice passing sequence in the first half by blasting a left-footed volley to the far post.The goal was not enough to keep Rangers' unblemished SPL record intact as the club surrendered an equalizer in the 81st minute.

Dempsey braces Fulham to victory

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Fulham snapped its five-game winless streak on Saturday, and Clint Dempsey was the player to lift the club to victory.

Fulham defeated Wigan Athletic, 2-0, through two first-half goals from Dempsey. The U.S. international, who played all 90 minutes in the win, headed home a Carlos Salcido cross in the 30th minute before knocking another in with a one-time finish just before halftime.

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Villarreal is one point shy of first place in La Liga, and Jozy Altidore may be able to help the club surpass Real Madrid for the top spot this weekend.

Having scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday, Altidore could see time when Villarreal travels to take on Sporting Gijon.

Americans Abroad: Midweek Rewind

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Jozy Altidore received a rare 90-minute outing with Villarreal on Wednesday, but perhaps more importantly, he found the back of the net.

Altidore netted Villarreal's lone goal (his first across all competitions this season) in a 1-1 draw with Club Polideportivo Ejido in the first leg of the fourth round fixture in Copa del Rey.

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It took two months, but Sacha Kljestan once again found playing time for RSC Anderlecht.

Kljestan earned his first start in a league match since Aug. 21, starting and going the distance in Anderlecht's 2-0 victory against KVC Westerlo on Sunday.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Maurice Edu may have had an up-and-down Champions League game against Valencia, but he'll need to quickly put that past him as Rangers take on Celtic in a battle of unbeatens this weekend.

Both teams enter the Old Firm derby with eight wins in as many matches, and the winner will take an early lead in the race for supremacy in the SPL.

Americans Abroad: A Look Ahead

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Maurice Edu may have had an up-and-down Champions League game against Valencia, but he'll need to quickly put that past him as Rangers take on Celtic in a battle of unbeatens this weekend.

Both teams enter the Old Firm derby with eight wins in as many matches, and the winner will take an early lead in the race for supremacy in the SPL.

Brown to retire after 13 years with Fire

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When the Chicago Fire's season comes to a close following this weekend's match against Chivas USA, so too will the career of one of the club's most recognizable faces.

And his name isn't Brian McBride.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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A pair of American goalkeepers enjoyed strong performances this weekend, helping pave the way for results in two of the weekend's biggest matches.

Brad Friedel and Tim Howard helped Aston Villa and Everton, respectively, in matches against two of the top teams in the Premier League.

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Several American players are playing in key European club match-ups this weekend, but none are taking part in as important a clash as Tim Howard is in the Merseyside Derby.

Everton and Liverpool are enduring poor starts to the season and neither can afford a loss when the teams meet on Sunday at Goodison Park.

USA and Colombia play to scoreless draw

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Three days after settling for a 2-2 result versus Poland, the U.S. men's national team was held to scoreless draw against Colombia at PPL Park in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Head coach Bob Bradley deployed a 4-3-3 formation to start the match, but it proved ineffective against a Colombian team that enjoyed much of the possession.

Euro 2012 Qualifying: England held, Spain squeaks by Scotland and more

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England suffered a setback in its quest to qualify for the 2012 Euro Cup, getting held scoreless for the first time at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium by Montenegro on Tuesday.

England couldn't get one passed goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic despite having a 12-5 advantage in shots taken.

Mid-Day Ticker: Davies fined, Wondo named Player of the Week and more

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Charlie Davies has received his punishment.

Davies has been fined $1,040 and his license has been suspended for his involvement in a speeding incident with Sochaux teammate Jacques Faty. Davies was with Faty on Oct. 3 when the two were pulled over for speeding at 125mph.

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Tim Howard and Everton did something this weekend that they had yet to do this season.Â

The Toffees finally won.

Howard and Everton earned their first three points of the Premiership campaign as they defeated Birmingham, 2-0, at St Andrews Stadium.

Dempsey scores in 1-1 draw with West Ham

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Fulham extended its unbeaten run in the Premier League on Saturday, and it was Clint Dempsey that came through with the Cottagers' lone goal in a 1-1 draw against West Ham United.

Dempsey scored his second goal of the season in the first half of the match, beating goalkeeper Robert Green with a volley 112 days after scoring on him in embarrassing fashion at the World Cup.

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Maurice Edu is coming off a strong midweek performance in the Champions League, and he'll be looking to build on that as Rangers aims to stay atop the Scottish Premier League.

Having played 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 win against Bursaspor on Wednesday, Edu will hope to help Rangers win its seventh consecutive league match when the club faces Heart of Midlothian.