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Americans In The UK: Dempsey Continues Assault

By Matthew Braine

Clint Dempsey scored his second goal in as many games on Saturday as Fulham rolled on to a 3-1 win over Liverpool at Craven Cottage. Bobby Zamora put the hosts ahead in the 24th minute before Fernando Torres equalized 18 minutes later. Erik Nevland regained the lead for the Whites in the 73rd when he slid the ball in from close range. After two Reds, Philipp Degen and Jamie Carragher, saw red late, it was Dempsey’s turn to shine. The gritty winger played a little give-and-go with Nevland, cutting down the middle to score the easy tap in.

Dempsey now has three goals on the season and has been especially aggressive in his last two contests, taking seven shots compared to just five in his previous three. The Texas native looks to be hitting his stride after getting off to a quiet start.

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Tim Howard, Everton

Vs. Tottenham, 2-0, (90 minutes, 7 saves, 2 goals conceded)
Vs. Aston Villa, 1-1, (90 minutes, 3 saves, 1 goal conceded)


Everton got knocked out of the Carling Cup Tuesday, falling 2-0 at White Hart Lane. Tom Huddlestone opened the scoring with an impressive volley in the 31st minute. Robbie Keane approached the penalty spot in the 57th minute, but Howard saved his effort. He blocked efforts from David Bentley and Keane another time before Keane finally put one past Howard into the top corner. The Toffees did have chances but could not convert and were ultimately eliminated. On Saturday, Everton continued their season of mediocrity as they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa. Howard a made a few saves but couldn’t stop John Carew’s 46th minute effort, which wound up being the final goal of the match. The Toffees got a goal in injury time of the first half from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov who was later sent off. Despite efforts from Tim Cahill and Ayegbeni Yakubu, the hosts had to settle for the draw.
Up Next: Thursday, home against Benfica (Europa), and Sunday, away to West Ham.

Anton Peterlin and Cody Arnoux, Everton.

Up Next: Tuesday, November 3, home to Liverpool Reserves.  

Brad Friedel, Aston Villa
Vs. Everton, 1-1, (90 minutes, 1 save, 1 goal conceded)

Friedel, making his 200th consecutive league appearance, held Everton to a 1-1 draw Saturday. Friedel didn’t make too many stops on the day but managed to easily handle a strong effort from Marouane Fellaini in the first half.  Diniyar Bilyaletdinov stuck one past Friedel just before half, but John Carew gave the Villains an equalizer early into the second stanza to settle the score line.
Up Next: Wednesday, away to West Ham, and Saturday, home against Bolton.