In the battle of the Americans, Donovan's Everton came up trumps.
Despite going down to the Cottagers early on in the first half thanks to a converted Danny Murphy penalty that beat U.S. international goalkeeper Tim Howard, Everton was able to fight back in the match thanks in large part to Donovan's contributions.
In the 27th minute, Donovan found some space along the flank and put in a deep left-footed cross that was met neatly by the head of Denis Stracqualursi. Directing it home confidently, the Argentine was able to tie the score, a fair result considering how the match was going.
Things stayed that way until midway through the second half in the 73rd minute when Donovan took the ball down the right side of the pitch. Playing in another lofted ball, he was able to reach the outstretched head of Marouane Fellaini who directed his header across goal and past Fulham keeper David Stockdale.
Fulham was unable to level the score in the match's remaining minutes despite the best efforts of Dempsey, who didn't get into the match the way he may have hoped.
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