Injury problems continue for DeMerit who hurts eye in accident.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, September 30, 2009) - United States defender Jay DeMerit has been dealing with a large dose of bad luck recently.
The captain of Watford in England suffered a minor groin injury just before heading out for the last two U.S. World Cup qualifiers and had to sit out matches against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. When he returned to Watford, he missed the next two games in the second-tier English League Championship while he rehabbed the groin strain. Now he will miss an undetermined number of matches because of a freak accident.
In Watford's hotel before a September 15 game with Plymouth, DeMerit was putting in a contact lens when he inadvertently scratched his cornea. The cut became infected and now DeMerit is sidelined indefinitely with a serious eye infection.
DeMerit did not dress for Watford's 1-1 draw Saturday at Reading.
In the English Premier League, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard and Everton are back on track after a slow start in league play. On Saturday, Howard made three critical saves to keep a clean sheet on the way to a 1-0 victory at Portsmouth.
Howard's best stop came midway through the first half when he denied Aruna Dindane and he saved the triumph for Everton when, four minutes into final stoppage time, he stopped a hard-hit shot by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
After winning two straight, Everton is 3-3 with nine points in a three-way tie for ninth place.
Two young Americans have signed with Everton. Both played collegiately and in the amateur, fourth-division Premier Development League
Midfielder Anton Peterlin, 22, who played at California Poly and was on the Ventura County Fusion, and striker Cody Arnoux, who played at Wake Forest, and with the Carolina Dynamo, were spotted by Everton during summer tryouts.
Both are being carried on the first team roster, but Everton manager David Moyes said both will appear with only the reserve squad for now.
American keeper Brad Friedel conceded a penalty kick to David Dunn two minutes from the end of Aston Villa's 2-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers. Dunn was awarded the PK after a hand-ball in the box.
American Brad Guzan was in his usual spot on the bench as Friedel's backup.
It was back to the bench for U.S. striker Jozy Altidore when Hull City traveled to Liverpool and were embarrassed in a 6-1 setback.
Fernando Torres had scored three goals by the 47th minute when the Reds had safely put the match out of reach. Altidore came on for the final seven minutes and Liverpool added two more goals in the final two minutes.
Hull is a paltry 1-5-1 with four points after finishing one point above the relegation zone in 2008-09.
Fulham is also off to a bad start. U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey went the distance as the Cottagers fell 1-0 to host Arsenal to drop 17th place at 2-4 with six points. Fulham played perhaps its best match of the young season, but could not create many chances.
U.S. forward Eddie Johnson did not dress for the match.
Johnson played 91 minutes last Wednesday when Fulham was eliminated from the fourth round of the Carling Cup 2-1 by host Manchester City. Dempsey did not dress.
Yesterday, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector was again on the bench for West Ham United, which fell 3-1 to Manchester City 3-1.
In the League Championship, American Marcus Hahnemann was not in goal for Wolverhampton, which was shelled 5-2 by host Sunderland.
American defender Frank Simek was dressed, but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday's 3-1 win over Cardiff.
In the third-tier League One, two Americans faced off. American striker Mike Grella went the distance for Leeds, which edged MK Dons 1-0. Forward Jemal Johnson played 90 minutes for MK Dons.
Bradley gets Bundesliga playing time
For the first time in almost a month, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley saw action in the German Bundesliga, playing the second half of Borussia Mönchengladbach's 3-0 road loss Sunday at Freiburg. Bradley, who has seen his starting role taken over by Thorben Marx, came on with the match scoreless, but Mönchengladbach was able to create few chances.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 did not have much of a day and fell 4-2 at Wolfsburg 4-2. American attacker Sal Zizzo did not dress for Hannover.
In the 2.Bundesliga, U.S. striker Kenny Cooper played 90 minutes for 1860 Munich in a 0-0 draw with Paderborn.
American David Yelldell went the distance in goal for TuS Koblenz in a 1-1 tie draw at Augsburg.
American forward Matt Taylor played the final 17 minutes of FSV Frankfurt's 3-0 loss at Energie Cottbus.
Luis Robles was again the backup keeper in 1. FC Kaiserslautern's 2-0 victory over Karlsruhe.
In France, two Americans saw their teams suffer one-goal losses. Striker Charlie Davies went 90 minutes for Sochaux in a 2-1 setback at Nancy. Defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance in Rennes' 1-0 loss at Bordeaux.
In Italy, Oguchi Onyewu was dressed, but again didn not play for AC Milan in a 0-0 draw with Bari.
In Scotland, DaMarcus Beasley was dressed, but did not play in Glasgow Rangers' 0-0 draw with Aberdeen. Fellow American midfielder Maurice Edu continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee for Rangers.
American keeper Dominic Cervi was not dressed for Glasgow Celtic's 2-0 triumph at St. Mirren.
In Denmark, U.S. midfieldder Benny Feilhaber went the distance and striker Jeremiah White came on eight minutes from the end of Aarhus' 3-2 loss at Esbjerg.
Three Americans watched their matches from the bench. Forward Marcus Tracy didn't play in Aalborg's 2-1 loss to FC Copenhagen, defender Danny Califf saw Midtjylland's lose 2-0 at home to SønderjyskE and defender Michael Parkhurst sat through Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss Sunday at Odense.
In Norway, U.S. keeper Troy Perkins kept a clean sheet in Valerenga's 2-0 win at Bodo/Glimt.
American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman played 90 minutes went the full 90 in IK Start Kristiansand's 1-0 loss at Sanderfjord.
In Spain, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu and Belenenses had the weekend off.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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