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Guzan, Villa Ousted

USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Aston Villa were bumped from the UEFA Cup today with a 2-0 loss at CSKA Moscow (3-1 on aggregate). With Tim Howard on a yellow card suspension, Guzan is slated to start for the USA in the World Cup qualifier March 28 at El Salvador. USA defender Eric Lichaj, 20, a native of Illinois who played at UNC, was on Villa's game-day roster but did not play.

UEFA Cup updates on Oguchi Onyewu/Standard Liege and Marcus Tracy/Aalborg later.....

D Oguchi Onyewu plays 90 in Standard Liege's 1-1 tie (4-1 aggregate defeat) against Braga

F Marcus Tracy not in the 18 for Aalborg's 3-1 victory (and 6-1 aggregate triumph) at Deportivo de Coruna

Meantime, David Beckham goes 90 but AC Milan blows a two-goal lead at home and settles for a 2-2 tie with Werder Bremen, sending the Germans through on away goals. Okay, Becks, you can come back to L.A. now.

By Steve Goff  |  February 26, 2009; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  England , U.S. men's national team  
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Gotta think that this is near the front of the Danish phone book.

Posted by: joedoc1 | February 26, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Didn't see the second goal, but on the first one, Guzan was completely unsighted and was beaten by a great shot.

Posted by: mmathai1 | February 26, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Is the USA vs ES on ESPN?
Predictions Anyone?

Posted by: RM27 | February 26, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The what?

Posted by: Reignking | February 26, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

RM: I would assume either the Deuce or Classic.

Posted by: joshuaostevens | February 26, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Guzan is learning and he'll get his feet under him in no time. I mean this is not the first time that he had a useless backline infront of him. Remember his rookie season in MLS? Remember all those 5-nil routes, and Ronnie O'Brien's insatiable taste for blasting long bombs on the kid? Man, I thought the kid was going to either have a heart attack or quit. But he took his lumps and look where he is now? He'll be OK.

When one looks at the sides that Marty O'Niel has benn putting out for the UEFA Cup, you just know that he is saving his A-team (all 11 of them - I say that because they are paper thin, not that they lack quality) for their historic Prem run. So I can't say that Marty will be too ticked by the result. If anything it has helped him discover what his back-ups are made of, and I think El Guzano has shown quite well for season 1.

Posted by: Kosh2 | February 26, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's scheduled to be on ESPN2 and Telfutura. 9pm Eastern.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 26, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Way to tell em' Goff! Poor little Beckham...

Posted by: DadRyan | February 26, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse


Gotta think that this is near the front of the Danish phone book."

Actually, it's not. It's near the end. "Aa" is an older spelling of the letter Å, which is the last letter in the Danish alphabet.

Posted by: WFU03 | February 27, 2009 4:31 AM | Report abuse

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