EUROPE: Kljestan, Friedel on Europa duty

September, 14, 2011
9/14/11
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UEFA's Europa League starts group play Thursday, and a couple of local players are involved.

Huntington Beach's Sacha Kljestan (Huntington Beach HS) is expected to be in Belgian power RSC Anderlecht's midfield for a Group L home game against AEK Athens.

Former UCLA star goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who is Tottenham's starter in league games, figures to back up Carlo Cudicini or Heurelho Gomes as Spurs head to Greece to take on PAOK Salonika in Group A of Europe's No. 2 club competition.

Kljestan's influence is growing at Anderlecht, where he had a roller-coaster first season but nailed down a starting job, with some very good reviews, last spring.

The Mauves met AEK in Europa group play last year, too, winning at home, 3-0, without Kljestan.

TWO DEBUTS?: Van Nuys' Tristan Bowen made his debut for his new club, but Michael Bradley will have to wait another week.

Bowen, on loan from Chivas USA to Belgian second-division side KSV Roeselare, went the the full 90 up front in a scoreless tie Sunday with Standaard Wetteren.

Bradley, whose family lives in the South Bay, was on the 18-man game roster but did not play for Italy's Chievo Verona in a 2-2 tie against Novara in its Italian Serie A opener. The Flying Donkeys play this weekend at Parma.

WORTH NOTING: Pasadena's Yura Movsisyan scored his fifth goal of the season for Krasnodar, converting an eighth-minute penalty kick to start the Bulls toward a 3-1 Russian Premier League victory over Rubin Kazan. ... Friedel posted his first shutout of the season, a 2-0 English Premier League win over at Wolves. ... Rangers, with Alta Loma's Carlos Bocanegra and Fontana's Maurice Edu, takes on Old Firm archrival Celtic for the first time this season on Sunday. They sit, of course, 1-2 in the Scottish Premier League standings.
  • AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE
D CARLOS BOCANEGRA (Alta Loma/UCLA)
Club:
Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier Division)
Last week: 90 minutes, with a second-half yellow card, as the first-place Blues (5-0-1) won, 1-0, at Dundee United
Season: 2 league game (2 starts); 4 games (4 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions for Rangers; 5 games (5 starts) with 1 goal for all clubs
Next: Sunday vs. second-place Celtic (5-1-0); Wednesday, June 21, at Falkirk in the third round of the Scottish League Cup

F TRISTAN BOWEN (Van Nuys)
Club:
KSV Roeselare (Belgium, Tweedeklasse)
Last week: 90 minutes as eighth-place KSVR (1-1-2) drew, 0-0, Sunday vs. Standaard Wetteren
Season: 1 league game (1 start)
Next: Saturday vs. second-place KAS Eupen (4-0-0)

M MICHAEL BRADLEY (Manhattan Beach)
Club:
Chievo Verona (Italy, Serie A)
Last week: Was in the 18 but did not play as the seventh-place Flying Donkeys (0-0-1) drew, 2-2, Sunday vs. Novara
Season: 0 games
Next: Sunday at 19th-place Parma (0-1-0)

M MAURICE EDU (Fontana)
Club:
Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier League)
Last week: Started, played 74 minutes, as the first-place Blues (5-0-1) won, 1-0, at Dundee United
Season: 5 league games (5 starts) with 1 goal; 9 games (9 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Sunday vs. second-place Celtic (5-1-0); Wednesday, June 21, at Falkirk in the third round of the Scottish League Cup

G BRAD FRIEDEL (UCLA)
Club:
Tottenham (England, Premier League)
Last week: 90 minutes, with 6 saves, as 15th-place Spurs (1-2-0) won, 2-0, Saturday at Wolverhampton
Season: 3 league games (3 starts) with 8 goals against, 21 saves and 1 shutout
Next: Thursday at PAOK Salonika (Greece) in a Group A opener in the UEFA Europa League; Sunday vs. sixth-place Liverpool (2-1-1); Tuesday at fifth-place Stoke City (2-0-2)

M SACHA KLJESTAN (Huntington Beach)
Club:
RSC Anderlecht (Belgium, Jupiler League)
Last week: Started, played 90 minutes, with a second-half yellow card as the fourth-place Mauves (3-1-2) won, 2-0, Sunday vs. KV Kortrijk (2-1-2)
Season: 5 league games (5 starts) with 1 goal; 7 games (7 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Thursday vs. AEK Athens (Greece) in a Group L opener in the UEFA Europa League; Sunday at first-place KAA Gent 4-1-1)

F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena/Pasadena City College)
Club:
FC Krasnodar (Russia, Russian Premier League)
Last week: Started, played 79 minutes, converted eighth-minute penalty kick as the ninth-place Bulls (7-8-8) won, 3-1, Saturday vs. Rubin Kazan
Season: 18 league games (13 starts) with 5 goals, 19 games (13 starts) with 5 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday at 14th-place FK Tom' Tomsk (4-11-8)

D BRAD RUSIN (UCLA)
Club:
HB Køge (Denmark, SAS-Ligaen)
Last week: Was not in the 18 for the last-place Swans (1-7-0) in a 5-0 loss Sunday at Brondby
Season: 5 league games (5 starts) with 2 goals
Next: Saturday vs. sixth-place AGF Aarhus (3-2-3)

F MATT TAYLOR (Irvine/UCLA)
Club:
SC Paderborn 07 (Germany, 2.Bundesliga)
Last week: Started, played 66 minutes as ninth-place Paderborn (2-3-2) drew, 0-0, Friday vs. Alemannia Aachen
Season: 5 league games (2 starts) with 1 goal; 6 games (4 starts) with 4 goals in all competitions
Next: Sunday at 17th-place VfL Bochum (1-5-1)

F BOBBY WOOD (Irvine)
Club:
TSV 1860 Munich (Germany, 2.Bundesliga)
Last week: Was not in the 18 for the seventh-place Lions (4-3-0) in a 4-2 loss Sunday at St. Pauli
Season: 0 games
Next: Sunday vs. 11th-place FSV Frankfurt (1-2-4)

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