Americans in the UK: Donovan’s Finale Ends on Sour Note

Landon Donovan came on as a substitute in his last game for Everton on Saturday but the club drew with Birmingham after blowing an early 2-0 lead.
On Saturday, Everton grabbed a disappointing point in Birmingham after giving up two unanswered goals. Howard was hopeless to stop the host’s first goal as Cameron Jerome got a faint touch on a good cross to halve the lead.  Just six minutes into the second half the lead was gone as Craig Gardner powered in a low shot past Howard, leveling the score line. Donovan, likely making his final appearance for the Toffees, came on midway through the second stanza but could not make the breakthrough.

The Los Angeles Galaxy star is back in Los Angeles after a successful loan spell with Everton. During his time, Donovan played well, scoring twice while doling out three assists. Although an extended loan move is still a possibility, Donovan will likely be suiting again up in MLS before the EPL.



Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, Everton.

Vs. Birmingham, 2-2, (Howard: 90 minutes, 2 goals conceded, 2 saves. Donovan: 23 minutes)

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Up Next: Saturday, home for Bolton.


Brad Friedel and Brad Guzan, Aston Villa

Vs. Stoke City, 0-0, (Friedel: 90 minutes, 0 goals conceded, 3 saves)

 The Britannia Stadium produced a rather dull affair on Saturday, hosting a 0-0 draw between Stoke and Villa. Friedel made a few saves neither side produced much of anything in the quality department. Still, Friedel can chalk up his 12th clean sheet of the campaign.

Up Next: Tuesday, away to Wigan Athletic, and Saturday, home for Wolverhampton.


Clint Dempsey, Fulham

Vs. Juventus, 3-1, (30 minutes)

Vs. Manchester United, 3-0, (72 minutes)

Dempsey made his long-awaited return on Thursday, coming on in the second half during Fulham’s 3-1 loss at Juventus.  On Sunday, Dempsey started but the Cottagers were simply overmatched, losing 3-0 at Old Trafford. Although anything is possible, Fulham’s European dreams will likely be dashed on Thursday during the second leg of their Europa fixture with Juventus.

Up Next: Thursday, home for Juventus (Europa), and Sunday, home for Manchester City.


Jonathan Spector, West Ham

Vs. Chelsea, 4-1, (90 minutes)

The Hammers fell to Chelsea on Saturday despite playing marginally well during the first half. Scott Parker leveled the score in the 30th minute after Alex’s opener. West Ham opened the second 45 poorly, conceding to Drogba just 11 minutes in and eventually losing 4-1. Spector was a part of the dreadful second half defending that allowed two unmarked goals from Drogba.

Up Next: Saturday, away to Arsenal.


Marcus Hahnemann, Wolverhampton

Vs. Burnley, 1-2 (90 minutes, 1 goal conceded, 6 saves)

Wolves grabbed a lifeline on Saturday, narrowly defeating Burnley on the road. Hahnemann produced a handful of fine saves, denying Robbie Blake twice late to ensure the visitors lead. With the win, Wolves climbed out of the relegation cellar, three points clear of the 18th position.

Up Next: Saturday, away to Aston Villa.


Jozy Altidore, Hull City

Vs. Arsenal, 1-2, (83 minutes)

Altidore started up front on Saturday but did not do much as the Tigers lost a heartbreaker against Arsenal. Jimmy Bullard tied the score at 1-1 midway through the first half but Nicklas Bendtner scored during injury time, winning all three points for the Gunners.

Up Next: Saturday, away to Portsmouth.


Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers

Vs. Sunderland, 4-0, (DNP)

Vs. Wigan Athletic, 4-0, (DNP)


Holden, out with a broken leg, watched a see-saw side last week as Bolton lost 4-0 at Sunderland and won 4-0 at home against Wigan.

Up Next: Saturday, away to Everton.  


Championship Round-Up:

Jay DeMerit, Watford

On Tuesday, DeMerit nearly scored twice, but nearly was not enough as Watford fell to Swansea City 0-1. Watford faced a tough defeat on Saturday when Liam Dickinson fired from 35-yards out to give Peterborough United a 0-1 victory. They have now dropped four straight and are in a relegation battle.

Up Next: Tuesday, home for Ipswich Town, and Saturday, away to Cardiff City.


Frank Simek, Sheffield Wednesday

Simek did not get on Tuesday as the Owls fell 1-0 at WBA. It was the same story on Saturday, as Wednesday drew 0-0 with Swansea City.

Up Next: Tuesday, away to Preston North End, and Saturday, home for Derby County.


Kenny Cooper, Plymouth

Plymouth lost 2-0 at QPR Tuesday, but Cooper did not get off the bench. Come Saturday, Plymouth was able to grab a point, drawing 1-1 with Coventry.

Up Next: Tuesday, home for Bristol City, and Saturday, away to Scunthorpe United.


League One:

Jemal Johnson, Stockport County

Johnson was out with a hamstring injury and did not participate on Saturday when Stockport drew 0-0 with Gillingham.

Up Next: Saturday, home for Oldham Athletic, and Saturday, home for Brentford.


Mike Grella, Leeds United

Grella, sidelined with a hamstring injury, did not play last week as Leeds defeated Tranmere Rovers 4-1 and lost to Southampton 1-0.

Up Next: Next Monday, home for Millwall.


Jon-Paul Pittman, Wycombe Wanderers


Pittman came on in the waning moments of Saturday’s game as Wycombe gave up a late penalty, drawing 2-2 with Oldham Athletic.

Up Next: Saturday, home for Exeter City.


Zak Whitbread, Norwich City

Whitbread, still out with a calf injury, did not feature as Norwich defeated Huddersfield Town 1-3.

Up Next: Saturday, away to Swindon Town.


Meanwhile Up In Scotland…

DaMarcus Beasley and Maurice Edu, Rangers

Both Americans were involved in Tuesday away win over Kilmarnock. Beasley played the entire contest while Edu came on for the final 20 minutes as Rangers won 0-2. Beasley and Edu both came on in the second half on Sunday but Rangers struggled against Dundee United, drawing 3-3 in the Scottish Cup quarter-final round, forcing a replay.

Up Next: Sunday, away to St. Mirren (CIS Insurance Cup).

 Matthew Braine writes the Americans in the UK piece every Monday. Contact him with your questions or comments at or follow him on Twitter @MatthewBraine