Goalkeeper Tim Howard
helped Everton reach the FA Cup final by saving two penalty kicks against his former club, Manchester United. Defender
scored twice for Belgium's Standard Liege. In Scotland, Maurice Edu
scored the gamewinner for Glasgow Rangers. But it didn't go so well for Michael Bradley
Germany. ENGLISH FA CUP. Tim Howard
, who moved to England to play for Manchester United in 2003 and was then sold to Everton, saved two shootout penalty kicks in the FA
Cup semifinal against Man U after a scoreless tie to earn Everton a spot in the final against Chelsea.
Howard saved shots from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand. The American credited
his saves to studying the shooters' tendencies on video. He thwarted Berbatov by staying put instead of guessing early the shot's direction.
"I tried to be patient, which is really
hard in that position because the goal is gaping," Howard said. "I thought he likes to go right. Did I put him off? I'm not sure, but I know he's one of the shooters who likes to wait
[for the goalkeeper to move]."
Howard told AP that, in the days preceding the encounter, he watched Man U PKs from as far as eight years back.
crazy," Howard said. "Obviously it wasn't perfect. I mean, I went the wrong way on two of them, but it helps."
The final takes place May 30. ENGLISH PREMIER
LEAGUE. Brad Friedel
made several saves for Aston Villa in its 1-1 tie with West Ham, whose Jonathan Spector
was out, recovering from a concussion. Clint Dempsey
full 90 for Fulham in its scoreless tie with Middlesbrough. BELGIUM. Oguchi Onyewu
scored the first and final goal for Standard Liege in a 3-0 win over Royal Excelsior
that keeps his defending champion club in a tie for first place with Anderlecht. SCOTLAND.
Glasgow Rangers remains within a point of leader Celtic thanks to midfielder Maurice
's gamewinner in a 3-2 win at Hibernian. It was Edu's second league goal since joining Rangers last summer. GERMANY.
Borussia Moenchengladbach squandered another chance to
move out of the Bundesliga relegation zone when it fell 4-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt as Michael Bradley
's penalty kick was stopped by Frankfurt keeper Markus Proll. Hannover's Steve
is out for the season with a hip injury, but 22-year-old Sal Zizzo
made his fourth appearance of the season in its 2-1 loss to Hamburg SV when he came on with five minutes
Defender Carlos Bocanegra
went the full 90 for Rennes in a 3-1 loss to Monaco, whose Freddy Adu
dressed but didn't play. DENMARK. Danny
went the full 90 in FC Midtjylland's 2-0 loss to Randers FC. Jeremiah White
played 79 minutes for AGF Aarhus in a 1-0 win against FC Copenhagen. Benny Feilhaber
minutes of action for Aarhus. Michael Parkhurst
went the distance in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-0 loss to Odense. NORWAY.
Keeper Troy Perkins
and Valarenga tied 1-1 with
Brann. Hunter Freeman
played the final eight minutes minutes in IK Start's 1-1 tie with Aalesunds MEXICO. Jose Francisco Torres
sat out Pachuca's 2-0 loss against
Morelia. San Luis' Michael Orozco
played 88 minutes in its1-0 loss to Monterrey. Marco Vidal
started went the distance for Indios in a scoreless tie with Pumas. Daniel
helped Necaxa, for which he's been starting since late March, to 1-0 win over Tigres. Edgar Castillo
played the first 77 minutes of Club America's clasico loss to Chivas.