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Sunday, January 16, 2011
EUROPE: Maurice Edu caps Rangers' win

By Scott French

Fontana's Maurice Edu made it clear he's back, scoring a sizzling finale as Rangers FC kept pace with Celtic atop the Scottish Premier League standings with a 4-0 romp over Hamilton.

Edu (Etiwanda HS), who missed two months with a knee injury, was again a second-half substitute, coming on in the 62nd minute for Steven Davis. He scored in the 82nd -- his third goal of the season -- taking a throw-in from Steven Whitaker, then half-volleying it from the top of the box into the lower-left corner.

Edu returned to action last Monday, playing the final 24 minutes in a Scottish Cup triumph over Kilmarnock, then was in the starting lineup for a friendly Tuesday against Carlisle, a 2-0 victory. The Blues (14-2-2) are five points behind hated rival Celtic (15-2-4) but has three games in hand.

"I'm hoping to play a lot more now that I'm back ...," Edu told Rangers' club Web site. "I want to ease my way back into things and get into the team every week again. Things have dragged on quite a bit, but I'm back now, and that's the main thing."

Edu said he knew he was back after a tough challenge by Kilmarnock's Garry Hay left him prone on the field -- but able to play on.

"Those are the kind of tackles you don't want, but when you get through them and realize you are OK, it does a lot for your confidence," Edu said. "To get through that tackle was good for me, and it gives me a lift in terms of working through the next few weeks."

ETC.: Edson Buddle did not play in FC Ingolstadt's first game since acquiring the former Galaxy striker, a 2-0 2.Bundesliga victory over FC Augsburg. ... Michael Bradley was out of Borussia Moenchengladbach's lineup for the first time all season, coming off the bench Saturday to help secure a 1-0 victory at Nuremberg -- just Die Fohlen's second win since August. ... Brad Friedel and Aston Villa rallied for a 1-1 draw against crosstown rival Birmingham City, pulling out of the English Premier League's relegation zone to 17th. ... The Belgian Jupiler League (RSC Anderlecht's Sacha Kljestan) and the German third division (Rot Weiss Ahlen's Matt Taylor) return next weekend from winter break. ... American defender Oguchi Onyewu has moved from AC Milan to Dutch club FC Twente on loan.

D CARLOS BOCANEGRA (Alta Loma/UCLA)
Club:
Saint-Etienne (France, Ligue 1)
Last week: 90 minutes as eighth-place Les Verts (7-5-8) were beaten, 2-1, Saturday at Lens
Season: 16 league games (16 starts) with 1 goal, 18 games (18 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Jan. 29 vs. fifth-place Toulouse (9-8-3)

M MICHAEL BRADLEY (Manhattan Beach)
Club:
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany, Bundesliga)
Last week: 71st-minute substitute as Die Fohlen (3-11-4) won, 1-0, Saturday at FC Nuremberg
Season: 18 league games (17 starts) with 3 goals; 21 games (20 starts) with 4 goals in all competitions
Next: Sunday vs. third-place Bayer Leverkusen (9-3-6)

D JAY DENNY (Santa Monica)
Club:
Hednesford Town (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: 90 minutes as captain for the eighth-place Pitmen (10-8-4) in a 1-0 victory Thursday at Leamington in the Southern League Cup; 90 minutes in a 1-0 win Saturday over first-place Truro City
Season: 22 league games (20 starts), 6 cup games (5 starts) with 1 goal, 28 games (25 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Tuesday vs. Bedworth United in the Birmingham County Senior Cup; Saturday vs. 12th-place Banbury United (7-11-6)

M MAURICE EDU (Fontana)
Club:
Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier Division)
Last week: 62nd-minute substitute, with a goal in the 82nd minute, as the Blues (14-2-2) routed Hamilton, 4-0, on Saturday
Season: 13 league games (10 starts) with 2 goals, 19 games (15 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Tuesday vs. fifth-place Inverness Caledonian Thistle (7-7-7), Saturday at third-place Hearts (12-4-3)

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 Aston Villa rallied for a 1-1 draw Sunday against Birmingham City
Season: 22 league games (22 starts), 39 goals allowed, 68 saves, 4 shutouts; 25 games (25 starts), 45 goals allowed, 78 saves, 4 shutouts in all competitions
Next: Saturday vs. second-place Manchester City (13-4-6)

M SACHA KLJESTAN (Huntington Beach)
Club:
RSC Anderlecht (Belgium, Jupiler League)
Last week: League is on winter break
Season: 13 league games (10 starts) with 2 goals, 21 games (18 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday at sixth-place Standard Liege (10-8-3)

D DALLAS MOORE (Santa Monica)
Club:
Halesowen Town FC (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: Did not play, because of injury, as the 20th-place Yeltz fell to 4-12-6 with a 3-0 loss Wednesday at Swindon Supermarine and a 1-0 loss Saturday at Hemel Hempstead Town
Season: 13 league games (13 starts) with 1 goal
Next: Saturday vs. 17th-place Bedford Town (6-12-5)

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: Saturday at last-place Werder Bremen II (3-9-7)