Americans Abroad recap: Dempsey continues strong play

Clint Dempsey helped Tottenham bag six points last week as Spurs jumped into fourth place
Spurs started out hot on Wednesday as both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon tallied inside the opening 16 minutes, helping Tottenahm to an easy 2-1 victory over Liverpool. Clint Dempsey drew a crucial foul in the 16th minute which allowed Bale to step up and fire in the eventual game-winner.

Dempsey was even better on Saturday as he returned to Craven Cottage to face his former club in a derby match. After a scoreless opening stanza, Spurs came alive, notching three goals to defeat Fulham 3-0. Dempsey was active throughout the contest and had a few chances at goal, but he made his mark in the 77th minute when he fed Jermain Defoe a nice through ball and the striker made no mistake in making the score 3-0.

Everton bags two quality draws

Everton was shell-shocked by Arsenal early on Wednesday as Theo Walcott nipped a shot off defender Tony Hibbert and past Tim Howard inside the opening minute. However, the Toffees rebounded through Marouane Fellaini 27 minutes later to salvage a point. Howard was active late, punching away a few corners while stopping Santi Cazorla’s long-range shot.

On Saturday, Howard made four stops but conceded a Carlos Tevez penalty as Everton drew 1-1 with Manchester City. The visitors nearly took down the defending champions and were up 1-0 early thanks to Fellaini but the midfielder followed up his scoring effort with a controversial foul on Edin Dzeko, who looked to go down a bit easy in the 43rd minute. Tevez then made no mistake against Howard to settle the score line. Outside of the penalty, Howard was sharp, making impressive stops against Tevez and Gareth Barry.

Bradley finding niche

Michael Bradley has begun to find his place at Roma, having started the past six games that he’s appeared in. On Sunday, the midfielder was aggressive and efficient and although he was not involved in any of the goals, his performance was steady. Mattia Destro helped Roma come back from 1-0 down by netting a brace as the visitors prevailed 3-1 over Siena. The victory was the club’s third in a row in Serie A.

Boyd finds net again

Rapid Vienna engaged in a wild affair on Saturday, defeating SV Josko Ried 4-3. Terrence Boyd scored the opener with a powerful header. The 21-year-old now has 12 goals in all competitions.

Cameron, Stoke grab six points

Geoff Cameron started on Wednesday and played well as Stoke made a late comeback to defeat Newcastle 2-1. Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome each scored in the final nine minutes to stun the visitors. Cameron picked up a yellow card during the contest. On Saturday, Stoke grabbed another three points as it defeated West Brom 1-0 courtesy of a late Dean Whitehead winner. Cameron played the full 90 as his squad kept a clean sheet as Stoke moved into the upper half of the table.

Jones has quiet week

Jermaine Jones had a tough go of it on Tuesday, failing to make an impact as Hamburg thrashed Schalke 3-1. The midfielder was beat up a bit, suffering quite a few tackles. On Saturday, Jones rebounded with a solid effort; taking several shots as Schalke battled back to grab a late 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach. The club remains in fourth place in the Bundesliga.

Altidore still in a rut

Jozy Altidore continued his lowly run on Sunday, going scoreless in another start as AZ fell 2-1 to FC Utrecht. The big striker still has just one goal in league play since September.

Villa duo helps grab four points

Aston Villa dominated possession on Tuesday and grabbed a 1-0 win over Reading as Christian Benteke notched a late winner. Brad Guzan started and was sharp once again, keeping a clean sheet as he stopped three shots, notably halting a Jason Roberts attempt with his legs. Eric Lichaj played the final 66 minutes after coming on for the injured Enda Stevens. On Saturday, both Guzan and Lichaj started and played well, stifling and outlasting an aggressive QPR side to earn a 1-1 draw. Guzan was especially bright, stopping seven attempts.

Hoffenheim duo has rough week

Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams each played the entire contest on Wednesday but neither was very effective as Nurnberg easily defeated Hoffenheim 4-2. On Saturday, the duo started once again but Hoffenheim was demolished 4-1 by Werder Bremen. The team remains in the bottom three of the Bundesliga.  

Cherundolo’s ups and downs continue

Steve Cherundolo played great on Tuesday, playing the entire contest as he helped Hamburg earn a 2-0 victory over SpVgg Greuther Fürth. Things weren’t as bright on Saturday as Adám Szalai netted a late winner for Mainz to sink Hannover 2-1. Cherundolo started and played the entire contest but was mostly an afterthought as he wasn’t involved in many meaningful plays.

Onyewu starts in cup affair

Oguchi Onyewu played 90 minutes and helped Malaga progress in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, holding Cacereno to one goal in a 1-0 defeat. Malaga progressed on aggregate 4-4 due to away goals. The defender did not dress on Saturday as Getafe defeated Malaga 1-0.

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