Donovan scores, looks strong in pair of Bayern Munich exhibition wins.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Chris Courtney (in Naples, Italy)
(Tuesday, January 13, 2009) -- United States midfielder Landon Donovan scored a goal for Bayern Munich in a 3-1 exhibition victory over Al Wheda in the Saudi Arabia capital of Jeddah last night.
Donovan, who is on loan to the German Bundesliga club through March from Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, played 45 minutes as planned.
Bayern coach Jürgen Klinsmann used completely different team in each half
A capacity crowd of 12,000 at the Prince Abdullah Alfaisal Bin Abdulaziz Stadium saw Franck Ribéry score in the 31st minute, Tim Borowski strike in the 35th minute and Donovan find net in stoppage time for Bayern.
In the 91st minute, Donovan controlled the ball in the penalty area with his back to goal, turned on his defender and fired a low shot into a corner of the net.
"It was a good goal and it'll give him a boost," Klinsmann said.
Bayern is on a 10-day mid-winter break. On Saturday, Donovan contributed to two goals during a 90-minute performance in a 3-2 victory over Al Jazeera Sports Club in Abu Dhabi.
The local fans were cheered when Fernando Baiano established a lead in the fourth minute for Al Jazeera. Donovan had a hand in the build-up to the first Bayern goal, when Bastian Schweinsteiger struck in the 31st minute.
When Donovan was taken down for a free-kick in the second half, Daniel van Buyten converted the dead-ball opportunity for a 2-1 lead for Bayern.
In Italy, Donovan's Galaxy teammate David Beckham went 89 minutes in his AC Milan loan debut during a 2-2 draw at Roma.
Howard, Friedel shine
With a number of European leagues on break and bad weather affecting some scheduled matches, a reduced slate of Americans saw action in Europe this past weekend.
In England, two American keepers had fine days. Tim Howard kept a clean sheet in Everton's 2-0 victory over English Premier League newcomer Hull City. Brad Friedel was sharp in Aston Villa's 2-1 decision over West Bromwich Albion.
United States defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham United's 2-2 tie at Newcastle United. U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey and Fulham were postponed at home against Blackburn Rovers. Likewise, American striker Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City were postponed against Derby.
In the second-tier English League Championship, Reading drubbed Watford 4-0.
American Jay DeMerit went 90 minutes on Watford's back line. Neither goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann nor midfielder Bobby Convey were in Reading's lineup.
Hahnemann continues to rehab a calf injury and has missed several weeks. Convey has been out of favor and there is speculation that he might move to another team during the transfer period that ends at the end of January.
American defender Frank Simek did not dress for Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in Rennes' 1-0 triumph over Grenoble.
American attacker Freddy Adu did not dress for Monaco, which fell 2-1 to Nantes.
In Spain, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore did not dress for Villareal's 3-3 draw with Valencia.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Chris Courtney writes the blog Letters From Vagabondia.
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