EUROPE: Still no sign of Maurice Edu

January, 3, 2011
1/03/11
12:31
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Rangers FC twice has said Maurice Edu is on the verge of returning to action from a knee injury suffered in November, even listing target games for his comeback. The second date passed Sunday, and still no Edu.


When will he be ready to play? No clue. Turns out the midfielder from Fontana hasn't returned yet to full training. “He's doing his workouts in the gym,” a club spokesman told Major League Soccer last week.

Edu was hurt during a 3-0 loss to Hibernian on Nov. 10 and has missed seven games. Another five matches have been pushed back by poor weather.

Rangers lost, 2-0, in Sunday'sshowdown with archrival Celtic FC and finds itself four points behind the Bhoys-- but with two games in hand.

FEILHABER ON THE MOVE?: Benny Feilhaber'sDanish team doesn't return to action until late March, but he could be on the field well before then. The U.S. national-teamer's agent says he is considering three offers.

“There's a few different things on the table,” Lyle Yorks, the agent, told Major League Soccer's Web site last week. “There's a European club, a team in Mexico and one in South America.”

Mexican media have reported that Cruz Azul is interested in the 25-year-old midfielder from Irvine, and the SouthAmerican team is understood to be from Brazil, where the former UCLA standout was born. Yorkshas said there has been contact with clubs in Denmark, Netherlands and Spain.

“It's tough to gauge [how quickly a deal might be done],” Yorks said. “It could be done in 24 hours or it could be one or two weeks. It's just a matter of sorting through the options.”

Feilhaber has scored seven goals in 17 games, all competitions, for AGF Aarhus, which is in first place in Denmark's second-tier 1.Division.

KEEPERS AT VILLA: Former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan has joined Hull City, of England'ssecond-tier championship, on a one-monthloan from Aston Villa. He lost, 1-0, to Leicester City in his club debut Saturday and notched his first win Monday in a 3-2 decision over Portsmouth.

Guzan has seen little time as Brad Friedel's backup since joining Aston Villa in August 2008, and he's among the candidates to take over the starting job next season if Friedel's contract is not renewed.

“We are looking at several goalkeepers -- and we've told Brad,” Villans manager Gerard Houllier told the BBC last month. “We're looking for a keeper for the future. If Brad is fine in February, then we will keep him. We've told him that.”

It's been a disappointing campaign for Villa, which is 15th with a 5-9-6 record after last week's4-0 loss at second-place Manchester City (with Mario Balotelli scoring a hat trick) and Sunday's 3-3 thriller at fourth-place Chelsea.

Friedel, a former UCLA All-American and U.S. national team standout, parried a Frank Lampard volley over the crossbar and made a big save on Florent Malouda as the Birmingham club rallied for the draw on Ciaran Clark's stoppage-time strike.

“We’ve been in such a bad run of form, we needed something ...,” Friedel told reporters. “We showed today we’ve got a lot of fight in us, and we’re going to have a lot of fight in us for the rest of the season.”

ETC: Former Chivas USA captain Sacha Kljestan was out of Belgian leader RSC Anderlecht's lineup for the first time in eight games and didn't play for the first time since early October in Wednesday's 2-0 Jupiler League victory over KV Kortrijk, Les Mauves' fifth straight shutout. The league is on winter break until Jan. 22, and the players head to Spain next weekend for winter training. … Hednesford Town, with Santa Monica's Jay Denny, finally got its Birmingham Senior Cup match with Boldmere St. Michael's in -- after four weather-related postponements. The Pitmen prevailed, 1-0, on former Galaxy reserve Kyle Patterson's overtime goal. … American defender Oguchi Onyewu has been linked to a loan deal or transfer from AC Milan to FC Zurich, Italian sports daily il Corriere dello Sport reported. He has made just one appearance for Milan since arriving in July 2009 from Belgium's Standard Liege.
  • AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE


D CARLOS BOCANEGRA (Alta Loma/UCLA)
Club:
Saint-Etienne (France, Ligue 1)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 15 league games (15 starts) with 1 goal, 16 games (16 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Saturday vs. Clermontin the ninth round of the Coupe de France

M MICHAEL BRADLEY (Manhattan Beach)
Club:
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany, Bundesliga)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 3 German Cup games (3 starts) with 1 goal; 20 games (20 starts) with 4 goals in all competitions
Next: Jan. 15 at 11th-place Nurembeg (6-7-4)

D JAY DENNY (Santa Monica)
Club:
Hednesford Town (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: 120 minutes in a 1-0 overtime victory Friday over Boldmere St. Michaels in the Birmingham Senior Cup; Monday at Leamington, no report
Season: 19 league games (17 starts), 23 games (20 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Saturday at second-place Salisbury City (12-1-5)

M MAURICE EDU (Fontana)
Club:
Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier Division)
Last week: Wednesday's game at St. Johnston was postponed because of poor weather; did not suit up for as Blues (13-2-2) fell to second with a 2-0 loss Sunday vs. Celtic
Season: 12 league games (10 starts) with 1 goal, 17 games (15 starts) with 2 goals in all competitions
Next: Monday vs. Kilmarnock in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup

M BENNY FEILHABER (Irvine/UCLA)
Club:
AGF Aarhus (Denmark, 1.Division)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 14 league games (14 starts) with 4 goals, 17 games (16 starts) overall with 7 goals
Next: March 20 vs. Hobro (5-7-3)

G BRAD FRIEDEL (Bay Village, Ohio/UCLA)
Club:
Aston Villa (England, Premier Division)
Last week: 90 minutes, with two saves, as the 15th-place Villans (5-9-5) lost Tuesday, 4-0, at Manchester City; 90 minutes, with four saves, in a 3-3 draw Sunday at Chelsea
Season: 20 league games (20 starts), 37 goals allowed, 64 saves, 4 shutouts; 22 games (22 starts), 40 goals allowed, 71 saves, 4 shutouts in all competitions
Next: Wednesday vs. sixth-place Sunderland (7-5-9), Saturday at Sheffield United in the third round of the F.A. Cup

M SACHA KLJESTAN (Huntington Beach)
Club:
RSC Anderlecht (Belgium, Jupiler League)
Last week: Did not play as first-place Mauves et Blancs (15-2-5) won, 2-0, at KV Kortrijk
Season: 13 league games (10 starts) with 2 goals, 21 games (18 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Jan. 22 at sixth-place Standard Liege (10-8-3)

D DALLAS MOORE (Santa Monica)
Club:
Halesowen Town FC (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: Monday vs. Stourbridge, no report
Season: 13 league games (13 starts) with 1 goal
Next: Saturday vs. fourth-place Windsor & Eton (7-3-10)

F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena/Pasadena City College)
Club:
Randers (Denmark, SAS-Ligaen/Superliga)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 17 league games (15 starts) with 5 goals, 25 games (20 starts) with 14 goals in all competitions
Next: March 6 vs. ninth-place Nordsjaelland (6-9-4)

F MATT TAYLOR (Irvine/UCLA)
Club:
Rot Weiss Ahlen (Germany, 3. Bundesliga)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 11 league games (11 starts) with 7 goals, 1 cup game (1 start), 12 games (12 starts) with 7 goals in all competitions
Next: Jan. 22 at last-place Werder Bremen II (3-9-7)

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