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Moreno Honored, Friedel Wins

D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno, who scored two goals and offered an elegant overall performance during Saturday's comeback victory over Dallas, was named MLS player of the week. It's the seventh time he has been so honored during his career and first time in almost three years.

Meantime in Europe.....

USA goalkeeper Brad Friedel recorded the shutout in Aston Villa's 1-0 victory over visiting Hull City, a result that lifted Villa past Everton for fifth place in the English Premier League. Hull remains three points above the relegation zone with three matches remaining. American Brad Guzan served in his usual role as Friedel's back-up.

In Denmark, USA midfielder Jeremiah White played 65 minutes before being replaced by compatriot Benny Feilhaber during Aarhus' 6-1 collapse at Odense.

By Steve Goff  |  May 4, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , England , MLS , U.S. men's national team  
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I remember an Insider colleague saying he thought Friedel would give Aston Villa at least 10 more points as a result of his arrival and performance -- and that Blackburn would suffer as a result of lettinghim go.

Has that proven true for Villa? Or has he been even better than that?

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 4, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

One American subbed for another in a Euro league? This is historic, right?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 4, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

who's benny feilhaber?

Posted by: you-dont | May 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"who's benny feilhaber?"

The Great White Hope, of sorts.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | May 4, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse


I remember an Insider colleague saying he thought Friedel would give Aston Villa at least 10 more points as a result of his arrival and performance -- and that Blackburn would suffer as a result of lettinghim go.

Has that proven true for Villa? Or has he been even better than that?

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 4, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Last season Aston Villa finished 6th with 60 points. Currently they are in 5th with
58 points. They still have three games to play so potentially they could finish with 70 points. Their remaining schedule is Fulham, Middlesborogh, and Newcastle so it is possible that they will take maximum points and finish with 70.

On the flip side Blackburn last year finished 7th with 58 points. They right now sit 6 points clear of the relegation zone with 37 points.

A few side factors to help you make your judgement: Aston Villa also signed Steve Sidwell, James Millner in the summer and brought in Emile Heskey in January. (all proven EPL players)

Blackburn on the other hand hired a young inexperienced coach in Paul Ince this summer who was eventually fired. On top of losing Brad Friedel they also lost David Bently (6 goals and 11 assist in final yr with Blackburn) and signed Paul Robinson as GK.

So JoeDoc you do the math. Personally, I would say Brad Friedel was an outstanding signing for a team with top four aspirations. One of the only things that held them back this yr was a small roster.

Posted by: grubbsbl | May 4, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

grubbsbl wrote:
Last season Aston Villa finished 6th with 60 points. Currently they are in 5th with
58 points. They still have three games to play so potentially they could finish with 70 points.
===========================================

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 58 points + three victories (9pts) = 67 points.

Looks like the Villans have no way of reaching 70 points.

Posted by: Figgy | May 4, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Jaime Moreno also up for goal of the week. Leading at the moment....

Posted by: fedssocr | May 4, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Is there any reports and incidence where people get injured or burned from those fire? I don't hear much. If some of them don't get thrown on the field it should be allowed because it's great.

Posted by: DCUnitedFootball | May 4, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the point totals - Friedel has been excellent and contributed greatly to another successful team. Legend

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

rubbsbl wrote:
Last season Aston Villa finished 6th with 60 points. Currently they are in 5th with
58 points. They still have three games to play so potentially they could finish with 70 points.
===========================================

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 58 points + three victories (9pts) = 67 points.

Looks like the Villans have no way of reaching 70 points.

Posted by: Figgy | May 4, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse


no no your right. thats why i am a political science major and not a student of economics

Posted by: grubbsbl | May 4, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

DCUnitedFootball: I'm guessing you're talking about the final in Greece? People do get burned with those things. In fact some kids were recently arrested up in Toronto for injuring people with flares and also consequently damaging their turf field when the flare(s?) were thrown on the pitch.
I know, I know this wouldn't happen with grass, but yes those stupid flares are hella dangerous.

Good for Jaime, I was lucky enough to get to watch a replay of United's win. Anyone else amazed with Emilio's fitness these days? He's got some wheels this season. His acceleration isn't the highest but his top speed is much higher than i remember him attaining last year. Then again, it could just be the hair...;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | May 4, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the point totals - Friedel has been excellent and contributed greatly to another successful team. Legend

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2009 8:45 PM ---------------------------------------------

While I am a huge Brad Friedel fan, he had a few stinkers this year. Of course, he was a plus overall for Villa. Much more so than Guzan could have been -- I would say Friedel was worth 15 more points than Guzan, as a rough guess. But, he was ably replaced by Robinson. Blackburn has problems, but the goalkeeping is not one of them.

Posted by: fischy | May 5, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

We have been so lucky to have Jaime here for the past thirteen years. He is DC United and he is the primary reason there are four banners hanging at RFK. Vamos United and ROCK THE RED!

Posted by: croftonpost | May 5, 2009 2:37 AM | Report abuse

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