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Edu and Onyewu clinch titles
by Paul Kennedy, May 26th, 2009 7AM



It was a big weekend for Americans abroad as Maurice Edu and Oguchi Onyewu, both U.S. national team players of Nigerian descent, both European league titles, while Texan Jose Francisco Torres moved closer to winning the Mexican Clausura championship.

Edu played the entire 90 minutes for Rangers in its 3-0 win over Dundee United that gave it the Scottish Premier League title, its first since 2005. The start was the eighth in a row for Edu, who had arrived from Toronto FC last year and endured a long spell on the bench before finally earning a starting job.

He was taken down outside the area for the free kick that led to the second goal. Fellow American DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for the game.

In Belgium, Onyewu's Standard Liege defended its Juliper League title by beating Anderlecht, 1-0, to win their playoff, 2-1 in aggregate.

The game was probably the last for Onyewu with Standard since he is a free agent.

In Mexico, Torres' Pachuca lost to Indios, 3-2, but went through, 4-3, on aggregate and will meet UNAM in the Mexican championship series. Torres and fellow Texan Marco Antonio Vidal started both games of the series for Pachuca and Indios, respectively.

In England, Tim Howard finished his Premier League season with his 20th shutout as Everton beat Fulham, 2-0, and finished fifth. Next up for Howard: a chance to win the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.

Brad Friedel picked up his 14th shutout of the season for Aston Villa in a 1-0 win over Newcastle that doomed the Magpies to relegation. Aston Villa finished in sixth place to qualify for the Europa League next season.

Clint Dempsey, shut out by Friedel, finished tied with Andy Johnson for the Fulham lead with seven EPL goals. Fulham finished seventh to claim the other Europa League berth.

Elsewhere in England, Jonathan Spector played the entire game for West Ham for the second time this season in a 2-1 win that sent Middlesbrough down.

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