Goal.com rounds up the play of Americans in Europe this last week, highlighted by Kljestan and Dempsey goals and a Donovan assist.
Kljestan scores free kick in high-scoring win
Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for Anderlecht as it beat Racing Genk 4-2 at home to remain seven points clear at the top of the Belgian Jupiler League table. Christian Benteke opened the scoring for Genk in the eighth minute, before Matias Suarez equalized one minute later. In the 37th minute, Sacha Kljestan stepped up to knuckle home a free kick from 30 meters out after a teammate ran over the ball to dummy. Dieumerci Mbokani doubled the Anderlecht lead in the 61st minute, but substitute Elyaniv Barda put the visitors right back into contention just three minutes later, making it 3-2. A nervy 15 minutes followed before Mbokani completed his brace in the 80th minute, assuring the victory for Anderlecht. - Aaron West
Donovan assist undoes City
Donovan started his solid week on Tuesday as he assisted on the winning goal against Manchester City. With the score deadlocked at 0-0, Donovan laid off a crisp ball to an onrushing Darron Gibson who fired it off Gareth Barry and into the back of the net. The creative midfielder nearly scored both before and after Gibson’s strike and was clearly one of the best players on the pitch during the contest.
Come Saturday, Donovan was efficient but not as effective. He put in a few nice balls but a dreadful error by Tim Howard allowed Wigan Athletic to go up a goal midway through the second half. Victor Anichebe equalized shortly thereafter to settle the score but the Merseyside outfit should have done better against the league’s bottom-dweller. - Matthew Braine
Howard holds on for a win and a draw
First, on Tuesday, Howard kept his sixth clean sheet of the season as Everton shutout Manchester City 1-0. The American stalwart kept out three shots, notably halting a Edin Dzeko header before Gibson scored the winner.
On Saturday Tim Howard made a few saves but let in an own goal as Everton drew 1-1 with Wigan. Howard who inexplicably let an attempted Phil Neville clearance bounce and spin into the net. It was a ghastly error on Howard’s part and he was lucky to see Anichebe equalize 10 minutes later. - Braine
Fulham buried by Manchester City
On Wednesday, the resourceful Dempsey tried time and again to put Fulham past West Brom, and eventually his efforts paid off as he converted his 17th goal of the season in the 69th minute. The Cottagers continued to play well, but Somen Tchoyi equalized in the 82nd to knot the score. A late Dempsey header nearly put the hosts on top, but the shot went just over the crossbar.
Dempsey couldn’t get anything going on Saturday as City blasted Fulham 3-0 at Etihad Stadium. The usually creative attacker could only muster four shots, none of which came close. Despite his 32 successful passes, a goal-scoring opportunity was not in the cards. Although the Cottagers held a good portion of possession, the hosts simply converted more and got lucky as well. A Manchester penalty strike, an own goal, and an easy tap-in late made the 3-0 victory look a lot worse than it actually was. - Braine
Gooch concedes penalty and sent off in cup action
Following his towering performance last week, Oguchi Onyewu had a match to forget, conceding a penalty and earning a sending-off in a 1-0 loss to Gil Vicente in the Portuguese Taca de Liga (League Cup). After picking up a first-half yellow card, Onyewu gave away a 54th minute penalty, thereby earning himself an early bath, and condemning his side to a 1-0 loss from the ensuing spot-kick. - West
Rangers crash out of Scottish Cup
Rangers' 2-0 loss to Dundee United on Sunday leaves the Glasgow outfit with just one trophy option left: The Scottish Premier League title. Forceful striker Nikica Jelavic’s departure made it tough on the home team’s attack as it only mustered halfhearted goal-scoring efforts. After Gavin Gunning opened the scoring for Dundee in the 16th, Rangers tried in vain to respond but Johnny Russell doubled the lead just 20 minutes later. Both Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra went the full 90 but failed to make a huge impact. - Braine
Hoffenheim duo go the distance in 2-2 draw
Fabian Johnson and Daniel Williams started and played 90 minutes for Hoffenheim as they drew 2-2 against FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga. Sascha Molders opened the scoring for Augsburg in the 31st minute before Peniel Kokou Miapa leveled for the home side seven minutes later. Sejad Salihovi put Hoffenheim up 2-1 with a 51st minute penalty, before Sebastian Langkamp equalized with the final goal of the day on 72 minutes. - West
Americans square off in Germany
Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 for Hannover as his side beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 away from home, thanks to a 68th minute Mohammed Abdellaoue strike. U.S. U-20 international, Peruvian-German-American Alfredo Morales played the full 90 for Hertha Berlin. - West
Altidore off the bench in cup win
Jozy Altidore came off the bench in the 77th minute for Alkmaar as it beat GVVV Veenend 2-0 to move to the next stage in the Netherlands Cup. Two goals from Maarten Martens secured the victory for the home side on the day. - West
General Bradley downed by the Atomic Ant
Michael Bradley went 90 minutes for Chievo as a brace from pocket-sized Parma striker Sebastian Giovinco sank the home side 2-1. - West