Deuce got his goal tally up to 21 for the season, while General Bradley notched his first with Chievo Verona.Dempsey bags a double
On Saturday, Clint Dempsey tallied twice as Fulham trounced Bolton 3-0. The Texan scored a fabulous free kick and added a header to bring his season total up to 21 goals. He nearly opened the scoring in the 24th but he was ruled offside. However, just six minutes later Dempsey scored off a free kick which rocketed into the top corner of the net. Just before halftime Damien Duff set up Dempsey, who powered in a header to make it 2-0. The Cottagers added a third in the 80th to solidify the victory.
Michael Bradley becomes the first American international to score in Serie A in 17 years
Michael Bradley started for Chievo Verona, playing the full 90 and scoring as it bested fellow mid-tablers Catania 3-2. Bradley coolly stroked home the opening goal after just six minutes, latching onto Alberto Paloschi’s cross at the top of the box. With the goal, Bradley became the first American international to score in Serie A since Alexi Lalas with Padova in 1994-95.
Howard shaky against Norwich
Tim Howard made four saves on Saturday but it was not enough as Norwich fought back from 2-1 down to grab a late equalizer. Nikica Jelavic notched a double for the Toffees but an early Jonathan Howson strike combined with a late Grant Holt goal left both squads with a share of the spoils. Howard made a notable stop on a Holt attempt early but was partially responsible for his equalizer. The keeper failed to hold onto an Aaron Wilbraham shot, allowing Holt the opportunity to tally from close range. The draw keeps Everton in seventh place, one spot up from rival Liverpool.
Jozy Altidore and AZ dumped unceremoniously from Europa League
Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar midweek as it traveled to Valencia for the second leg of its Europa League tie, up 2-1 on aggregate. The trip went south very quickly, as a brace from French center back Adil Rami after just 17 minutes turned AZ's plans upside down. Roberto Soldado made it 3-0 after 56 minutes, and Altidore was brought off for Charlison Benshop in the 68th minute to try and spark a comeback. It proved to no avail, as midfielder Pablo Hernandez made it 4-0 after 80 minutes to assure Los Che progressed to the Europa League semis.
Spurs frustrated during draw
Despite dominating possession, Spurs could not get things going on Saturday, ultimately drawing 0-0 with Sunderland. Brad Friedel made three stops, notably halting shots from Nicklas Bendtner and Craig Gardner. Spurs definitely proved to be the more aggressive side but could only produce one shot on goal.
Johnson and Williams play 90 as Hoffenheim continues to push for European qualification
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams both played 90 minutes for Hoffenheim as it traveled to Rhineland to take on relegation candidate Kaiserslautern, winning 2-1. Sejad Salihovic scored a 26th-minute penalty and Boris Vukcevic struck in the 71st minute before Alexander Bugera netted a consolation in the 86th for the home side. With the win, Hoffenheim sits four points away from a possible Europa League spot.
Bolton falls at home
Bolton was embarrassed on Saturday, losing 3-0 to Fulham at home. Tim Ream started and played the entire contest, however, the defense was porous as Clint Dempsey tore up the back four en route to a double. Despite the loss, Bolton remains out of the relegation zone.
Chandler and Nurnberg allow Freiburg to fight back to a draw
Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for Nurnberg as it allowed Freiburg to come back from two goals down and draw 2-2. Nurnberg raced out to an early lead with Daniel Didavi’s long-distance blast after eight minutes, ending a 269-minute goalless streak. Czech striker Tomas Pekhart doubled the lead just before the break, pouncing on a Timmy Simons corner to strike from inside the box. Just after the break, Nurnberg defender Per Nilsson caught Daniel Caligiuri in the area, and the midfielder stepped up to slot home the penalty and halve the visitors’ lead. Midfielder Cedric Makiadi was the hero for the home side, smashing home the equalizer in the 79th minute from the edge of the box. With the draw, Nurnberg sits just three points away from the relegation zone.
Lichaj makes another start
Eric Lichaj earned another start on Saturday against Liverpool, playing the full 90. The Villains went up 1-0 early through Chris Herd but the Reds dominated possession and scoring chances for the rest of the match. The home side finally made the breakthrough in the 82nd through Luis Suarez. Lichaj played well enough and, along with the rest of the back four, was able to keep Liverpool at bay for most of the match.
Rangers continue strong play
Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra both started and saw the match through as Rangers bested St. Mirren 3-1. Lee McCulloch scored in the opening minute to get Rangers off to a good start, sparking an impressive afternoon for the Glasgow club. The score could have been 5-1 but Rangers missed two penalty kicks. Edu drew one of those penalties in the 14th when he was tripped inside the box. Despite the tenacious play, Edu and Bocanegra weren’t heavily involved in the three scoring sequences.
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