FC Krasnodar, which features Pasadena's Yura Movsisyan on its frontline, heads into the Russian Premier League's summer break sitting in ninth place, among 16 clubs, with a .500 record and hopes that it can make a move when the games resume in another month.
Movsisyan, who has three goals in 11 league appearances since arriving from Danish club Randers last winter, started his fourth and fifth successive games over the past week. Krasnodar (5-5-6) lost Wednesday to Terek Grozny -- the Chechens were victorious in their first game after Ruud Gullit's dismissal -- and tied Sunday with Anzhi Makhachkala.
BRADLEY'S RETURN: U.S. national team midfielder Michael Bradley, whose family is based in Manhattan Beach, is back with Borussia Moenchengladbach after new Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish decided to let his loan deal expire.
Bradley joined the English Premier League club on loan at the end of January but played in just three games in nearly four months while in Birmingham.
'Gladbach limped to 16th of 18 clubs in the Bundesliga last season, going 10-18-6, then won a promotion/relegation playoff to remain in the top tier.
"I've got a year left on my contract there, so we’ll see what happens," Bradley told media last week. "If something comes up that’s good for 'Gladbach and good for me, I’ll look at it. Otherwise, it's another year at 'Gladbach."
AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE
F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena/Pasadena City College)
Club: FC Krasnodar (Russia, Russian Premier League)
Last week: Started, played 90 minutes, with a 28th-minute yellow card, as the ninth-place Bulls (5-5-6) were beaten, 2-0, Wednesday by Terek Grozny; started, played 88 minutes in a 2-2 draw Sunday vs. Anzhi Makhachkala
Season: 11 league games (6 starts) with 3 goals, 12 games (6 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: July 24 at 15th-place Spartak Nalchik (2-8-6)