Stuart Holden is looking to solidify a starting role for Bolton this season

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AMSTERDAM — It was a busy Saturday for Americans in Europe, with top-flight leagues opening in England and Scotland, plus domestic cup action in Germany and Norway.

The Premier League season kicked off with Brad Friedel backstopping a 3-0 home win over West Ham United to end opening day in third place in the table. The 2002 World Cup hero had a light day at the office, but was at his best to stop Luís Boa Morte just before the break.

Villa defender Eric Lichaj dressed for the first time, but did not appear, while Friedel back-up Brad Guzan and West Ham defender Jonathan Spector were also reduced to playing spectator. 

Elsewhere in the Prem, Marcus Hahnemann stood tall as Wolverhampton began with a 2-1 win over Stoke City.

Everton No. 1 Tim Howard was not so fortunate, as his early fumble of an easy cross allowed Blackburn's Nikola Kalinić to slot the 1-0 winner.

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden came closest to a winner by rattling the post 12 minutes from time, but the home side had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Fulham, who got an active 15 minutes from sub Clint Dempsey.

In England's Championship, Derby County forward Conor Doyle made his pro debut with 20 minutes in a hard-luck 2-1 loss to visiting Cardiff City. Another flight down in League One, Anton Peterlin's Plymouth rescued a share of the points in a 1-1 draw with Frank Simek's Carlisle; each Yank worked a full shift.

The lone American goal-scorer on the day did the business in Germany, as Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley bagged the icebreaker at the end of a give-and-go to spark a 3-1 German Cup win at second flight Erzgebirge Aue.

Also in DfB Pokal play, Hannover 96 captain Steve Cherundolo went the distance as his side suffered a penalty-kicks ouster at fourth division Elversberg after a scoreless 120 minutes.

In Belgium's Jupiler League, Sacha Kljestan went the full route as second-place Anderlecht strolled past guests Germinal Beerschot 4-0.

On Scotland's Premier League opening day, Maurice Edu worked a solid 90 as Rangers started their title defense with a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock, while Dominic Cervi sat as back-up keeper for Celtic's 1-0 victory at Inverness.

Finally, over in Denmark's SAS Liga, Michael Parkhurst went the distance as FC Nordsjælland gamely fell 2-0 away to first-place FC Copenhagen.