The American forwards in Europe did swimmingly this weekend, while some of the defenders will be less than thrilled.Dempsey Fires in Winner
Clint Dempsey was clutch on Sunday as he powered Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over Southampton. Gareth Bale opened the scoring for Spurs early but Dempsey did well in the 39th as he pounced on a poor clearance, held off a defender, and fired a goal into the open net.
Dempsey played the final 15 minutes on Wednesday as Tottenham drew 1-1 with NK Maribor in Europa League play.
Everton comes back to nab draw
Tim Howard’s Sunday started out rough but the keeper rebounded along with the rest of the squad as the Toffees came back from 2-0 down to grab a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 14th, sending a strong shot off the Leighton Baines and past Howard. Although the striker wasn’t credited with the goal, he got one just six minutes later with a powerful header. Both Leon Osman and Steven Naismith tallied over the next 15 minutes to even the score as the wild first half came to a close. Howard would go on to make two saves on the afternoon as Everton earned a share of the Merseyside derby spoils.
Friedel gets the win
On Sunday, Friedel was back in action against Southampton. The keeper only made one save and let in a Jay Rodriguez strike, but Spurs prevailed 2-1.
Hannover drops one
Steve Cherundolo played the entire contest on Saturday but Hannover 96 lost 3-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. Despite the loss, Hannover remains in the top six of the Bundesliga.
Jones sharp for Schalke
Jermaine Jones came on at the start of the second half on Wednesday as Schalke upset Arsenal 2-0 at Emirates Stadium. The German club went up 1-0 through Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in the 76th minute before Jones set up the final dagger ten minutes later. The midfielder broke down the right side and his low cross was banged in by Ibrahim Afellay.
On Saturday, the club moved up to second in the Bundesliga table after defeating Nurnberg 1-0. Jones started and played the full 90 but was not involved in Jefferson Farfan’s winning goal in the 77th minute.
Bradley out again
Michael Bradley continued to ride the pine on Sunday as Roma lost to Udinese 3-2. The midfielder has been out of the loop as of late and there’s no telling when he’ll get back in the starting XI.
Cherundolo In and Out of Lineup
Hannover got a dramatic Europa League victory on Thursday, as Didier Konan bagged an injury time winner against Helsingborg. Steve Cherundolo played the full 90 for the visitors. The win keeps Hannover atop of Group L. On Sunday, Cherundolo was an unused substitute as Hannover blew a 2-0 lead late, losing 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach. The visitors scored three goals inside nine minutes late to shock the hosts.
Altidore bags assist in return
Jozy Altidore’s first game back from suspension was a solid one as he set up Johan Gudmundsson’s strike as AZ Alkmaar defeated Vitesse 2-1. Altidore played the full 90 and looks poised going forward.
Boyd ends drought
On Sunday, Terrence Boyd finally found the net after a sustained drought. Boyd netted the second goal for Rapid Vienna just after the restart, giving his club a 2-0 lead over Salzburg. Vienna would ultimately prevail by the same score. The striker played 45 minutes on Thursday and tested the keeper a few times but Rapid Vienna got rocked 4-0 by Bayer Leverkusen in Europa League play.
Villa contingent nabs draw
Brad Guzan played very well on Saturday, stopping three shots including a powerful Grant Holt strike but he was beaten late by Michael Turner as Villa drew 1-1 with Norwich. Eric Lichaj came on for the final 35 minutes after the Villains were reduced to ten men following Joseph Bennett’s second yellow card.
TSG corps blitzed
Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams both started on Saturday but neither could do much to stop Mainz’s
Adam Szalai, who netted a hattrick en route to the 3-0 home victory. TSG’s defense has been poor all season and the club currently sports the worst defensive record in the Bundesliga, having conceded 20 goals in league play thus far.
Stoke gets rocked
Geoff Cameron started and played the entire contest as Stoke drew 0-0 with Sunderland on Saturday. Both clubs struggled to find the net but Stoke certainly proved to be the more aggressive side. Maurice Edu was not included in the squad.
Onyewu makes debut
Oguchi Onyewu came on during injury time Wednesday as Malaga defeated AC Milan 1-0 in Champions League action. The appearance was the defender’s first for Malaga and although Onyewu didn’t get on the pitch during the weekend, he could see further European action going forward.
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