ANDREW VORCE - Monday, March 5, 2012
Carlos Bocanegra was the only Yank on the field as Rangers fell 2-1 at home to Hearts.
Maurice Edu was suspended alongside Sasa Papac while Alejandro Bedoya was on the bench for the entire affair.
Captain Steven Davis got the opener on the stroke of half time after converting from Andrew Little's cut back. The 45th minute goal gave Rangers the momentum going into half time, and Bocanegra nearly added another straight after the break but his header flashed narrowly wide.
Bocanegra duplicated his heroics from the midweek United States Mens National Team game against Italy moments later, clearing a would be goal off the line, a header from Scott Robinson.
The power shifted to Hearts in the 58th minute after Ian Black capitalized on a Rangers non-clearance. Picking up possession on the edge of the penalty area Black blasted his shot through everyone and into the back of the net.
Dorin Goian was then penalized for bringing down Andy Webster in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Jamie Hamill stepped up to take the spot kick, but while Allan McGregor saved the first shot, Hamill tapped home the rebound to win the game in the 79th minute.
Bocanegra and Goian were booked for dissent in the penalty call, joining Lee McCulloch and Davis in the book. Darren Barr was the only Hearts player booked.
Rangers next face Dundee United.