2. U.S. ABROAD: Friedel's Blackburn wins UEFA Cup group
American Brad Friedel was in
goal as Blackburn Rovers shut out French club Nancy, 1-0, on Wednesday
to win its UEFA Cup group.
The win in Europe was a welcome relief for Blackburn, which has
struggled in the English Premier League with one win, one tie and six
losses in its last eight games. Nancy had the better of play, but
Blackburn won on Australian Lucas
Neill's goal in stoppage time. Friedel made two big saves on
shots by Nancy's Benjamin Gavanon
-- one on Gavanon's chip from near the midfield
line. Shortly before halftime, Friedel was spared when Brazilian
striker Kim hit the crossbar.
By winning its group, Blackburn avoids the eight third-place Champions
League teams that drop into the UEFA Cup when the draw for the round of
32 takes place on Friday.
Elsewhere in England on Wednesday, former U.S. U-17 resident Andrew Giallombardo made his debut
for Southampton's U-18 team in a 3-2 victory over Ipswich.
The 5-foot-8 midfielder from Manalapan, N.J., played after receiving
clearance from Britain's Home Office to join the Southampton academy
program. The U-18s' coach, veteran Frenchman Georges Prost, said Giallombardo
would be a "good boost for the team."
No comments yet.
|Recent Soccer America Daily Matheus and Beckham sign with Dayton Dutch Lions March 7, 4:36 p.m. |
[USL PRO 2014 COUNTDOWN] The Dayton Dutch Lions have signed three Brazilians -- defender Matheus and ... What They're Saying March 7, 4:20 p.m.
"One of the neat things about soccer is how infectious it is. The more you learn ... USA wins under-23 women's tournament March 7, 4:09 p.m.
[SIX NATIONS TOURNAMENT] The USA won the the Six Nations Tournament for under-23 women's teams in ... PREVIEW: Defending champ Sporting KC is still potent March 7, 3:55 p.m.
[MLS 2014: Eastern Conference] Along with the glory and euphoria of Sporting Kansas City's second MLS ... Replacement refs bring varying experience March 7, 3:18 p.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The replacement referees hired for MLS's weekend openers to replace the PSRA referees PRO ... Sweden snaps U.S. unbeaten streak at 43 games March 7, 1:56 p.m.
[ALGARVE CUP] The USA's unbeaten streak of 43 international women's matches ended on Friday as it ... A hat trick of major misses March 7, 1:39 a.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Let's start the weekend off with a three clips of embarrassing ... What They're Saying March 7, 12:48 a.m.
"Well, then, let me ask you a question: Does it work in Germany with a female ... PREVIEW: Edu is just one element in Union's upgrade March 6, 11:08 p.m.
[MLS 2014: Eastern Conference] The acquisition of U.S. international Maurice Edu signals a serious effort to ... Big test for Tijuana's U.S. contingent March 6, 10:42 p.m.
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Four days ahead of its Concacaf Champions League match at the LA Galaxy, the ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives