The biggest American name on the market finally found a home on Friday as Clint Dempsey moved to Spurs for a reported $9.5 million. Dempsey did not debut on Saturday against Norwich City but should get his first action for Spurs after the international break when Tottenham takes on Reading.
Two other American stalwarts secured deadline-day European moves as well. U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra joined Racing Santander on loan from Rangers to Racing Santander. The defender will certainly face stiffer competition in the Spanish second division and should be in line for ample minutes as Racing aims at a return to La Liga.
Fellow defender Oguchi Onyewu jumped from Sporting CP in Lisbon to Malaga on loan. The 30-year-old central defender has bounced around Europe over the last few years but perhaps he could make his mark in Spain. He'll also get the chance to play in the Champions League.
Boyd cleaning up in Austria
Terrence Boyd continued his impressive run last week as he scored three goals over two games. First, on Thursday, Boyd netted a crucial goal in the club's 3-0 win over PAOK Salonika, sending Rapid Vienna into the next round of the Europa League. Boyd's 48th minute goal gave Vienna a 3-2 aggregate lead which proved to be enough even though teammate Stefan Hoffman added one late for good measure.
On Sunday, the striker netted a brace as Rapid Vienna defeated Mattersburg 3-0. Boyd now has six goals in 10 games in all competitions this season.
Guzan supplants Given at Villa
Brad Guzan received his first start of the season on Tuesday as the Villians defeated Tranmere Rovers 3-0 in a League Cup fixture. The 27-year-old made four saves as the host progressed in the tournament. On Sunday, Guzan got the nod over regular starter Shay Given as Villa drew 1-1 with Newcastle United at Sports Direct Arena. The visitor took an early lead through Ciaran Clark, but Hatem Ben Arfa blasted an unstoppable shot past Guzan in the 59th minute to even the score. Guzan made three saves but nothing outrageous.
With Villa grabbing its first top flight points of the season, and Given's poor form, Guzan could remain the starter going forward. He was called into the U.S. national team on Sunday.
Bradley out of action
Michael Bradley suffered a thigh injury on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next two to three weeks, meaning the explosive midfielder will skip the U.S. World Cup qualifiers in September. Roma defeated Inter 3-1 in his absence.
Cherundolo helps Hannover bag two victories
Steve Cherundolo performed well last week, helping his club progress in the Europa League and earning three points in the Bundesliga. On Thursday, Hannover destroyed Slask Wroclaw in the second leg, 5-1, putting the aggregate victory at 10-4. The 33-year-old defender played 70 minutes. On Sunday, the defender played the entire contest as Hannover blanked Wolfsburg 4-0. He took a couple shots on goal but neither truly tested the keeper.
Jones scores as Schalke 04 wins
Jermaine Jones started and scored for Schalke on Saturday as the club outclassed FC Augsburg 3-1. Jones' goal came just after the restart as he dribbled past a few defenders before putting one in off the woodwork. The win was the first for Schalke this season.
Everton disappoint at the Hawthorns
Tim Howard was beaten twice as Everton lost its first game of the season, against West Brom on Saturday. Shane Long opened the scoring midway through the second half, firing from close range off a great cross from Peter Odemwingie. Gareth McAuley added a strong header 17 minutes later to seal the win. Howard made three saves, including a splendid stop off a Youssuf Mulumbu strike. Earlier in the week, Everton dominated Leyton Orient in League cup action. Howard received the day off, with Jan Mucha stepping in.
Lichaj continues to start
Eric Lichaj started both contest for Aston Villa last week as the squad progressed in the League Cup and got on the board in league play. The defender nearly set up a goal during Tuesday’s contest, playing well as Guzan registered a clean sheet.
Altidore cools down
Jozy Altidore’s cold streak continued last week as Alkmaar dropped two matches. On Thursday, Anzhi Makhachkala beat up on Alkmaar 5-0, knocking the club out of the Europa League. Altidore played 60 uninspired minutes. On Sunday, the club fell 5-1 to PSV Eindhoven as Altidore once again went scoreless.
Spurs give up two points late
Up by a goal with just a few minutes to play, Spurs looked to be on track for a win but Robert Snodgrass tallied in the 85th minute to spoil the mood for the London faithful. Brad Friedel started in goal and made three saves, including the stunning one-handed stop of a Snodgrass attempt. Despite Friedel’s quality and longevity, his starting job may be in jeopardy after Spurs signed French national team goalkeeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon for $12.6 million.
Stoke contingent nets mixed results
Geoff Cameron started both games for Stoke last week. Maurice Edu dressed on Saturday but did not see any field time. On Tuesday, Swindon shocked Stoke in extra time and won 4-3, knocking Stoke out of the League Cup in the process. Both clubs were knotted at 2-2, but Jim Collins bagged his final goal of his hat trick in the 119th minute to stun the host. Cameron played the entire contest but was not involved in any goals. On Saturday, Stoke drew 2-2 with Wigan as Cameron played solidly while Edu watched on.
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