American Exports

Cherundolo’s Reds are safe; Johnson nets for Aris


While Chelsea were stamping their name into the EPL trophy, American Exports were quietly wrapping up their seasons in comparatively less emphatic fashion throughout Europe.

In the final round of the Bundesliga, Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover, who secured their top-flight future with 3-0 victory at Bochum. Cherundolo and his teammates dedicated the clinching win to their former goalkeeper Robert Enke, who committed suicide in November.

Meanwhile, Ricardo Clark played his third straight 90-minute match for Eintracht Frankfurt, who were defeated by last year's champions Wolfsburg, 3-1.

Eintracht finish 10th in the standings, which is two places above Michael Bradley's Borussia Moenchengladbach, who ended Bayer Leverkusen's Champions League hopes by holding them to a 1-1- tie. Bradley played the full 90 minutes.

Down in Greece, Eddie Johnson scored for Aris, who fell 4-2 to AEK in the third round of the Champions League playoff series. It was the God of War's second straight loss in the six-round postseason tournament, dropping them to last place in the four-team round-robin with three games remaining.

Back in England, Stuart Holden entered as a 65th minute sub for Bolton to complete his comeback from a broken leg suffered on March 3.

"Felt really good to get back on the field today and a great way to end the season!!" Holden wrote on his Twiiter page.

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa, who are already scheduled to play in next year's Europa League after finishing sixth, ended their season with a 1-0 home defeat to Friedel's former club, Blackburn.

Tim Howard's Everton will miss out on European soccer next season despite a 1-0 victory over relegated Portsmouth. Meanwhile, Fulham—who face Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the Europa League final—fielded a "weakened" side that lost 4-0 to Arsenal on Sunday. Clint Dempsey started and went 67 minutes in the defeat.

Finally, Marcus Hahnemann made a string of key saves to help Wolves complete their EPL return in style by defeating nine-man Sunderland, 2-1. They finish in 15th place in the table.

North of the border, Maurice Edu went 72 minutes in Rangers' season closer at home to Motherwell, which ended in a 3-3 tie. DaMarcus Beasley was absent from the roster as the Scottish champions collected their SPL trophy.

In Denmark, Yura Movsisyan and Randers continue their remarkable fight against relegation. The former RSL forward netted his sixth goal of the season in Randers' 3-1 road victory over OB. With one game left, Randers sit two points clear of the drop zone. They have not lost since November of last year, when they were 12 points adrift at the foot of the table.

Facing possible relegation, however, is Benny Feilhaber's AGF, who remain two points below Randers despite beating Michael Parkhurst's Nordsjælland, 1-0, on Sunday. Feilhaber did not play in the match, while Parkhurst went the full 90.

Chris Rolfe didn't see action in AaB's 2-0 loss to Brondby, which was their second straight defeat. With a game remaining, AaB sit two points out of a Europa League berth.

In nearby Sweden, Alejandro Bedoya earned 90 minutes and a yellow card in Örebro's 1-0 victory over Djurgården. The result moves Örebro into third place after 12 rounds. Meanwhile, fellow American Ryan Miller went 90 minutes in Halmstad's backline as they dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Häcken.

And finally to Norway, where Start lost their third straight game with a 1-0 loss to Tromsø. Defensive duoHunter Freeman and Clarence Goodson both went the full 90 for Start