Brad Friedel's work at goal snuffs out a potent Wolves attack
Two weeks of rest must have done Spurs some good as the club looked sharp on Saturday, topping Wolves 2-0 behind goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe. Friedel's work at goal ensured that the side kept a clean sheet.
Friedel was active early on, halting a strong attempt from former Spurs man Jamie O’Hara before deflecting a swirling strike from Karl Henry. Soon thereafter the keeper held onto a Michael Kightly header, capping a busy first half.
Finally, in the 67th minute, Tottenham took the lead after Scott Parker fed Adebayor for the close range goal. 13 minutes later, Defoe sealed the win by powering in a low effort after playing a nice one-two with Niko Kranjcar.
The London club finally got out of the bottom with the win, its first points of the season, while Friedel's effort helped in getting some much needed confidence going forward.
Team America squeaks past Dundee United
The Glasgow American tag team of Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra played well over the weekend, aiding Rangers as it defeated Dundee United 1-0. Edu was aggressive early, nearly setting up a Steven Naismith goal but the attempt was off target.
Dundee saw Johnny Russell sent off in the 30th minute, giving the visitors a distinct advantage, however, Rangers did not make the breakthrough until the 61st minute. Striker Kyle Lafferty scored after a nice ball from Greg Wylde.
Bocanegra and Edu both did well keeping possession for Rangers while the defender especially excelled in maintaining a clean sheet for keeper Allan McGregor.
Fellow U.S. national winger Alejandro Bedoya was an unused subsitute in the match.
Timothy Chandler plays in a tightly contested 2-1 win over Cologne
Timothy Chandler played the full 90 minutes for Nuremberg as it squeaked to a narrow 2-1
victory away to FC Cologne.
Belgian veteran Timmy Simons netted twice in less than five minutes from the penalty spot before Adil Chihi pulled one back for the hosts in the first half. Nuremberg striker Tomas Pekhart was sent off with two yellow cards just three minutes before the break.
Despite being down a man, Nuremberg looked the better of the two sides after halftime. With just fifteen minutes left, Cologne defender Miso Brecko compounded his side’s problems as he picked up a red card to effectively ending the team's hopes of a comeback.
Clint Dempsey and Fulham continue winless start
Fulham nabbed an another uninspired draw on Sunday against Blackburn as both teams struggled to find the net in the second half. Dempsey had an average performance, completing 28 passes while winning eight tackles and earning two free kicks.
Rovers opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a fabulous strike from Ruben Rochina. The Spain native powered in a pretty left-footed shot that clanged in off the underside of the
The Cottagers climbed back in six minutes later when Bobby Zamora snuck in and put one past Paul Robinson. Dempsey nearly found a few chances to win late but Paul Robinson and defender Gael Givet denied the former Revs star.
Other Americans in Europe:
Michael Bradley - Chievo Verona
Bradley was on the bench for Chievo but wasn't called into the duty as the side drew 2-2 with Novara.
Jozy Altidore - AZ Alkmaar
Altidore played well for AZ in its 4-0 annihilation of Vitesse, starting and going a full 90 minutes. AZ continues its strong start to the season and is only a point behind league leaders Ajax.
Steve Cherundolo - Hannover 96
Cherundolo couldn't add much in a start as his side suffered a crushing 3-0 loss against Stuttgart.
Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson– TSG Hoffenheim
A yet uncapped USMNT prospect, Williams came on in the 57th minute for
Hoffenheim and assisted on a goal as the club crushed Mainz 4-0 away in Bundesliga action.
His teammate, Johnson, is already in the national team picture awaiting his paperwork. He started and played the full 90 minutes.
Oguchi Onyewu – Sporting Lisbon
Oguchi Onyewu finally made his debut for Sporting over the weekend, playing well
in a start and getting 90 minutes as the Lions scored three goals in the last 15 minutes to beat Pacos Ferreira 3-2 in the Portuguese Super Liga.