Dempsey, injured in England, will miss at least one U.S. qualifier.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, October 7, 2009) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey was injured in the final minutes of Fulham's 2-2 draw at West Ham United Sunday in the English Premier League.
In the 83rd minute, he fell heavily and sprained a shoulder, earning a free kick. The injury is not considered serious, but will cause him to miss the U.S. World Cup qualifier Saturday in Honduras.
Whether he will be available for the final qualifier against Costa Rica next Wednesday at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
The Fulham-West Ham match was physical. In the 40th minute, Fulham lost Kagisho Dikgacoi to a red card after he tangled with West Ham's Scott Parker in midfield. Despite playing a man down, Fulham grabbed a 2-1 lead which it held until two minutes into stoppage time. West Ham tied the match when when defender Aaron Hughes redirected a shot from Junior Stanislas past goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
American striker Eddie Johnson came on for Fulham in the 80th minute and almost pulled out a victory in the dying seconds, but he scuffed a shot inches wide.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector never left the West Ham bench.
Three days earlier, Dempsey went 90 minutes in Fulham's 1-0 Europa Cup triumph over visiting Basel of Switzerland at Craven Cottage.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard put in a solid effort for Everton in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City. He had four saves, his most difficult on a sharply hit downward header by Ricardo Fuller early in the first half.
Last Tursday, Howard made three saves as Everton traveled to Borisov Gradski Stadium in Belarus and defeated BATE Borisov 2-1 in the Europa Cup. After falling behind early, Everton won on second-half goals from Marouane Fellaini in the 68th minute and Tim Cahill nine minutes later.
On Monday night, American keeper Brad Friedel made three saves for Aston Villa, which hosted Manchester City and came away from a key matchup with a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.
The Villa defense was heroic, blocking shot after shot with Friedel doing his part by denying hard-hit headers from Emmanuel Adebayor in the sixth and 41st minutes.
Villa grabbed an early lead, but Craig Bellamy beat Friedel with a first-touch blast from the center of penalty area for a 67th-minute equalizer.
It was back to the Hull City bench for U.S. forward Jozy Altidore, who watched from the bench a 2-1 decision over Wigan Athletic Saturday.
Hull manager Phil Brown opted for a more physical attack and went with the hard-nosed style of veteran Dutch striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and not Altidore. Vennegoor of Hesselink responded with a beautifully headed goal and several near misses and was a constant problem for the Wigan defense.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann served as the backup for Wolverhampton in a 1-0 loss to Portsmouth.
In the second-tier League Championship, U.S. defender Jay DeMerit continues to nurse an eye infection and did not dress for Watford's dreadful 4-0 setback to Cardiff City.
American defender Frank Simek was again in the bench for Sheffield Wednesday in a 3-0 loss at Derby County..
In the third-division League One, American forward Mike Grella played the final 11 minutes for Leeds United in a 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic.
American forward Jemal Johnson went 89 minutes for MK Dons in a 1-0 victory at Brighton.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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