Defender Carlos Bocanegra
, who has started every French Ligue 1 game since joining Rennes last summer, celebrated a win as Rennes
moved within two points of first place. For a wrapup of U.S. players in Europe last weekend. ... FRANCE. Carlos Bocanegra
, making his 20th start of
the season, enjoyed a 1-0 win with Rennes over Grenoble. The win extended Rennes' undefeated streak to 18 games - its only loss of the season was at Grenoble Aug. 18. Rennes is in second
place, just two points behind defending champ Lyon. ENGLAND.
Goalkeeper Brad Friedel
helped Aston Villa to a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion that
keeps Aston Villa in fourth place. Everton remained in sixth place as keeper Tim Howard
had an easy day during a 2-0 win over Hull City. Clint Dempsey
couldn't play Blackburn because of a frozen field. The game was postponed until Monday. In the second division, Reading played without injured keeper Marcus Hahnemann
and midfielder Bobby Convey
as it beat Watford, 4-0. Center back Jay DeMerit
went the full 90 for Watford. Reading is in second place. SPAIN.
did not see action for Villarreal in its thrilling 3-3 tie at Valencia, but New Jersey product Giuseppe Rossi
, who plays for Italy, buried the 88th minute
penalty kick that earned the Yellow Submarine the tie.