Howard sharp as Everton has productive week
Tim Howard started off the week on a positive note as he made four saves while keeping a clean sheet as Everton drew 0-0 with Southampton. For his part, Howard made some fine blocks, notably halting attempts from Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert. On Saturday, Howard made five saves as Everton disposed of Bolton 2-1 in FA Cup action. John Heitinga blasted in the dagger in stoppage time to send the Toffees through to the next round.
Dempsey scores as Spurs fall
Tottenham bowed out of the FA Cup on Sunday as Leeds surprisingly defeated the London club 2-1. After going down 2-0 early, Clint Dempsey was able to pull one back for Tottenham in the 58th minute when he headed in a Gareth Bale cross. Brad Friedel started the contest and made five saves but was beaten by Luke Varney and Ross McCormack.
Bradley plays well as Roma piles in the goals
Michael Bradley started on Wednesday and played a solid game, helping Roma defeat Inter 2-1 in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinal. On Sunday, Roma engaged in a shootout in Bologna as both sides split six goals during a thrilling 3-3 draw. Bradley started and played the entire contest and although he wasn’t heavily involved in the buildup to Roma’s goals, he was aggressively attacking and came close to scoring on one occasion.
Holden returns to the Reebok
Stuart Holden made his first appearance at Reebok Stadium since March 2011 on Saturday, coming on for the final 10 minutes as Bolton lost to Everton 2-1. The midfielder was rather quiet but he’s still getting his bearings back after a long injury absence.
Stoke falls without Cameron
Geoff Cameron was not dressed for Saturday’s contest as Stoke fell 1-0 at home against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Villains drop out of both cups
Despite prevailing 2-1 on Tuesday, Aston Villa dropped out of the Capital One Cup by an aggregate score of 4-3 as Bradford City became the first fourth-tier club in 51 years to make a cup final. Both Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj dressed but did not get on. On Friday, the tired Villains went up against a feisty Millwall club in FA Cup action. Despite going up 1-0 early, the Birmingham outfit ultimately fell 2-1. Lichaj started and played the entire contest while Guzan was given another night off.
Hoffenheim duo sits out
Both Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams did not play on Saturday as Hoffenheim fell to Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1. Johnson is nursing a knee injury, which is less-than-ideal timing ahead of the USA's Hexagonal opener at Honduras on Feb. 6.
Cherundolo still out
Steve Cherundolo remains out with a nagging knee injury. In his absence, Hannover 96 defeated Vfl Wolfsburg 2-1.
Edu starts for Bursaspor
Maurice Edu started on Saturday and played the entire contest but his side fell 4-1 to Istanbul BB. The midfielder put in one of the better performances for his club but the opposition was clearly better on all fronts.