U.S. Abroad Weekend (April 27-29)

Gregg Berhalter saw action for Crystal Palace for the first time since February, but his coach Alan Smith, saw a pink slip after his team's loss to Wolverhampton put them perilously close to relegation. Brad Friedel helped Blackburn, meanwhile, get one step closer to promotion to the English Premier League. Denmark Will Orben, Viborg (SL) DNP vs. Lyngby (3-0). England Gregg Berhalter, Crystal Palace (D1) Entered as a substitute (58th min.) vs. Wolverhampton (0-2). Palace coach Alan Smith was fired after the match. Berhalter came on after both goals were scored in just his third appearance since signing in February. The club has two games left to stave off relegation -- Wednesday against Portsmouth and Sunday against Stockport. Ian Feuer, Wimbledon (D1) DNP vs. Fulham (1-1). Has not made substitutes bench in several weeks. Brad Friedel, Blackburn (D1) Started (90 min.) vs. Portsmouth (3-1). A late surge by Rovers earned them a much-needed victory over a team hovering near the relegation zone. The pressure was on after Bolton defeated Barnsley on Saturday. The win leaves Blackburn four points ahead of Bolton in the race for promotion to the Premier League with two games remaining. A win Wednesday at Preston North End could clinch Blackburn's move up. Marcus Hahnemann, Fulham (D1) DNP vs. Wimbeldon (1-1). Eddie Lewis, Fulham (D1) DNP vs. Wimbeldon (1-1). Joe-Max Moore, Everton (PL) DNP vs. Bradford (2-1). France David Regis, Metz (D1) Started (90 min.) vs. Marseille (1-0) Germany Steve Cherundolo, Hannover (D2) DNP vs. Alem. Aachen (0-0). Joe Enochs, Osnabrueck (D2) DNP vs. Mannheim, (0-2). Frankie Hejduk, Bayer Leverkusen (D1) DNP (red-card suspension) vs. Kaiserslautern (1-0). Tony Sanneh, Hertha Berlin (D1) DNP vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0). (Note: FC Nuremburg, which has acquired Sanneh's rights for next season, defeated Oberhausen, 2-1, to maintain its spot atop the second division.) Ireland Matthew Nelson, Kilkenny City (PL) DNP vs. St. Patrick's Athletic (0-3). His club already relegated, Nelson was spared this mismatch against the league leaders. Israel Hamisi Amani-Dove, Hapoel Tsafririm Holon (D1) Netherlands John O'Brien, Ajax (HD) DNP vs. NAC (1-0). Earnie Stewart, NAC (HD) Started (68 min.) vs. Ajax (0-1). Portugal Jovan Kirovski, Sporting Lisbon (D1) DNP vs. Benfica (3-0). Scotland Claudio Reyna, Rangers (PL) DNP vs. Celtic (0-3). Four days after helping the U.S. team defeat Costa Rica, Reyna did not make the substututes list for this all-important Glasgow rivalry. It was Celtic's first win in seven years at Ibrox. Coupled with Hibernian's 2-0 win over Dundee, Rangers have yet to clinch Scotland's second berth in the Champions League behind league champion Celtic. Three games remain in the season. Spain Kasey Keller, Rayo Vallecano (D1) Started (90 min.) vs. Racing Santander (1-1). Ante Razov, Racing Ferrol (D2) Started (63 min.) vs. Sevilla (1-1). Racing surrendered a goal in stoppage time and had to settle for a draw against the Second Division leaders. Racing sits three points above the relegation zone with seven games to play, the next being a road match against last-place Lleida May 5. Sweden Andrew Mittendorf, Vartans IK (D2) game info n/a. Switzerland Melchior Arnold, Lucerne (D1) Entered as a substitute (46th min.) vs. Yverdon (4-3).
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