AMSTERDAM — A few Americans took the field overseas on Sunday, with Maurice Edu celebrating his return to the Rangers line-up with a cracking goal in their 2-1 Scottish League Cup semifinal win over Motherwell.
The former Toronto FC man unleashed an unstoppable lefty curler from 25 yards on 20 minutes to break the ice, and later was denied a second near the break only by a fine close range save.
In England's FA Cup, Clint Dempsey put on another star show, winning a spot kick for the home icebreaker as Fulham bounced London rivals Tottenham from the draw with a 4-0 humbling. The man known as Deuce was tripped up in the area by Alan Hutton on 11 minutes, allowing Danny Murphy to open the scoring from the spot.
Dempsey later went close from distance on two other occasions, with one being cruelly stopped by Spurs keeper Gomes and the other sailing just over the bar.
Wolverhampton netminder Marcus Hahnemann made a small bushel of fine saves, but he and his side were done in by a Robert Huth free kick header in a 1-0 home defeat to Stoke City. The US international rang up six saves to keep the outperformed hosts in until the end, including a pair of top shelf rejections against John Carew.
Finally, in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan was an unused sub as Anderlecht slumped to a 0-0 draw at Mechelen.