Manhattan Beach's Michael Bradley scored one goal and played a key role in another as Borussia Moenchengladbach's nightmare season in Germany's Bundesliga brightened a little with a 4-0 romp Saturday at FC Cologne, the club's first victory of any kind since Aug. 29.
Bradley, the son of U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley, scored in the 70th minute -- a long-range blast and ricocheted off Cologne's Youssef Mohamad and into the net -- and started the counterattack that led to Igor de Camargo's strike 12 minutes later. Raul Marcelo Bobadilla added two goals for Gladbach (2-6-4), which escaped the cellar with the win, changing places with Cologne (2-8-2).
Irvine's Benny Feilhaber (Northwood HS/UCLA) also scored over the weekend, converting a 90th-minute penalty kick to lift AGF Aarhus (12-0-3), the top team in Denmark's second-tier 1.Division, to a 1-0 triumph over visiting Viborg FF. Feilhaber has seven goals in all competitions for the Dettvie.
BOCANEGRA BACK: Carlos Bocanegra (Alta Loma HS/UCLA) returned to Saint-Etienne's lineup after missing four matches because of a neck injury, but his presence couldn't save Les Verts from elimination in France's Coupe de la Ligue.
Bocanegra went the distance at left back in a 2-0 defeat to Auxerre, both goals on penalty kicks, in the cup quarterfinals. Saint-Etienne, which has slipped from third to 10th place since Bocanegra suffered a sprained neck in an Oct. 17 Ligue 1 loss at Nice, has just one victory in its past seven games, all competitions.
So Cal players fared poorly in last week's midweek cup clashes. Sacha Kljestan (Huntington Beach HS) and RSC Anderlecht was beaten by Westerlo in the Belgian Cup quarterfinals, and Feilhaber's AGF lost to FDC Midtjylland in the Danish Cup quarterfinals. Only Randers, in another Danish Cup clash, pushed through, beating Lyngby -- without Yura Movsisyan (Pasadena HS/Pasadena City College), who was sidelined because of a toe injury. Randers will face FC Nordsjaelland, featuring former New England Revolution defender Michael Parkhurst, in a two-leg set up a semifinal next April and May.
VILLA'S NEAR VICTORY: A fine week for Brad Friedel (UCLA) and Aston Villa could have been better. The ninth-place Villans (4-4-5) pulled out a 3-2 triumph over Blackpool in a midweek clash, then managed a 2-2 draw with mighty Manchester United despite missing nine players through illness or injury.
The Birmingham-based club pulled out Wednesday's victory on James Collins' 89th-minute strike, just two minutes after D.J. Campbell beat Friedel to pull Blackpool even.
The Villans' reserve lineup was impressive Saturday, forging a 2-0 lead on an Ashley Young penalty kick in the 72nd minute and Marc Albrighton's follow-up four minutes later. Man United (6-0-7), which is third in the English Premier League standings, rallied to tie on goals by Federico Macheda in the 81st minute and Nemanja Vidic in the 85th and would have won had Friedel not denied Gabriel Obertan in stoppage.
ETC.: Barcelona's Espanyol FC wants to acquire Movsisyan from Randers, according to El Mundo Deportivo. Movsisyan told an Armenian website that he learned of the interest online. "Other football clubs want to purchase me as well," he told PanARMENIAN.net. "My agent deals with these matters. We will make a statement if there is news." ... Maurice Edu (Etiwanda HS), as planned, skipped Rangers FC's victory over Aberdeen after suffering a knee injury in the midweek Scottish Premier League loss to Hibernian. The SPL leader could bring him back for next weekend's match at Kilmarnock but might hold him out until the critical UEFA Champions League clash next Wednesday against Manchester United at Ibrox. ... Dallas Moore returned to Halesowen Town, of England's Southern League Premier Division, after missing seven weeks because of a hamstring injury. Their league rival Hednesford Town won its third successive game, beating Cirencester Town with two game-changing substitutions: Jay Denny at halftime and former L.A. Galaxy midfielder Kyle Patterson, who set up the third goal. Moore and Denny have Santa Monica roots.
AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE
D CARLOS BOCANEGRA (Alta Loma/UCLA)
Club: Saint-Etienne (France, Ligue 1)
Last week: Returned from neck injury to play the full 90 minutes in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Auxerre in the Coupe de la Ligue quarterfinals; Les Verts (5-4-3) slipped to 10th in Ligue 1 after Saturday's game at Valenciennes was postponed following heavy rains
Season: 1 Coupe de la Ligue game (1 start), 9 games (9 starts) in all competitions
Next: Saturday vs. ninth-place Auxerre (4-3-6)
M MICHAEL BRADLEY (Manhattan Beach)
Club: Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany, Bundesliga)
Last week: 90 minutes with a goal and a pass to set up another score as Die Fohlen (2-6-4) won for the first time since August, swapping spots at the bottom of the table with FC Cologne following a 4-0 away romp
Season: 12 league games (12 starts) with 2 goals; 14 games (14 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday at third-place Mainz 05 (8-4-0)
D JAY DENNY (Santa Monica)
Club: Hednesford Town (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: Halftime substitute Saturday as the fifth-place Pitmen (8-4-4) beat Cirencester Town, 3-1; Tuesday's game at Boldmere St. Michaels in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup was postponed to Nov. 30
Season: 16 games (14 starts) in league play, 19 games (16 starts) with 1 goal in all competitions
Next: Saturday at eighth-place Chesham United (7-4-5)
M MAURICE EDU (Fontana)
Club: Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier Division)
Last week: Started, played 42 minutes in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Hibernian, exiting with a knee injury that turned out not to be as serious as feared; was not on the game roster as the Blues (11-1-1) beat Aberdeen, 2-0, Saturday to remain a point ahead of Celtic in the SPL standings
Season: 12 league games (10 starts) with 1 goal, 17 games (15 starts) with 2 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday at seventh-place Kilmarnock (5-6-2)
M BENNY FEILHABER (Irvine/UCLA)
Club: AGF Aarhus (Denmark, 1.Division)
Last week: 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss Wednesday to FC Midtjylland in the Danish Cup quarterfinals; 90 minutes with a penalty kick in stoppage Sunday to lift the first-place Dettvie (12-0-3) past Viborg, 1-0
Season: 13 league games (13 starts) with 4 goals, 3 Danish Cup games (2 starts) with 3 goals, 16 games (15 starts) overall with 7 goals
Next: Sunday at fifth-place Bronshoj (7-6-2)
G BRAD FRIEDEL (Bay Village, Ohio/UCLA)
Club: Aston Villa (England, Premier Division)
Last week: 90 minutes, making one save, as the Villans (4-4-5) netted a late goal for a 3-2 victory Wednesday over Blackpool; 90 minutes, with two saves, as A.V. held on for a 2-2 draw Saturday against Manchester United to climb to ninth in the EPL
Season: 12 league games (12 starts), 18 goals allowed, 47 saves, 4 shutouts; 14 games (14 starts), 19 goals allowed, 53 saves, 4 shutouts in all competitions
Next: Sunday at 14th-place Blackburn (4-6-3)
M SACHA KLJESTAN (Huntington Beach)
Club: RSC Anderlecht (Belgium, Jupiler League)
Last week: 90 minutes as Les Mauves et Blancs lost, 1-0, Wednesday at Westelo in a Belgian Cup quarterfinal; 89th-minute substitute as RSCA (9-2-4) vaulted over KAA Gent into second place Sunday with a 2-1 road win
Season: 7 league games (5 starts) with 2 goals; 2 Belgian Cup games (2 starts); 13 games (11 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday vs. last-place Royal Charleroi (1-10-4)
D DALLAS MOORE (Santa Monica)
Club: Halesowen Town FC (England, Southern League Premier Division)
Last week: 90 minutes, wearing the captain's armband, in return from hamstring injury as the 19th-place Yeltz (3-8-5) fell, 2-0, Saturday to Bashley
Season: 11 games (11 starts)
Next: Saturday vs. 17th-place Brackley Town (3-7-5)
F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena)
Club: Randers (Denmark, SAS-Ligaen/Superliga)
Last week: Remained sidelined with a toe injury as the Horses routed Lyngby, 3-0, Thursday in a Danish Cup quarterfinal -- setting up a home-and-home semifinal next spring against FC Nordsjaelland -- and Silkeborg, 4-0, Sunday to climb to 10th in Denmark's top league.
Season: 22 games (18 starts) and 14 goals in all competitions
Next: Saturday at fifth-place Lyngby (6-7-3)
F MATT TAYLOR (Irvine/UCLA)
Club: Rot Weiss Ahlen (Germany, 3. Bundesliga)
Last week: Saturday's game vs. VfB Stuttgart II was postponed to Nov. 30
Season: 9 games (9 starts) with 6 goals
Next: Saturday vs. 12th-place VfR Aalen (4-6-6)