Howard concedes bad PK, goal; Everton still draws 1-1 with Chelsea.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, December 9, 2010) -- United States goalkeeper Tim Howard had a bad moment for Everton Saturday in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea Saturday in the English Premier League.
In the 41st minute, Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka was first to a poor back-pass from Everton defender Phil Neville a moment before Howard got there and Howard took him down in the penalty area. The American keeper dodged a red card, but was given a yellow and Chelsea forward Didier Drogba subsequently converted the resultant penalty kick.
Everton received a late goal from striker Jermaine Beckford in the 86th minute to pull even. Howard ended the match with three saves.
The moved to replace American keeper Marcus Hahnemann with Wayne Hennessey in the Wolverhampton Wanderers' nets appears not to be giving the club the lift that manager Mick McCarthy had hoped for. Hennessey did not have a strong match when Wolves dropped into last place with a 3-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers Saturday.
After the match, McCarthy said he will stick with Hennessey.
American keeper Brad Friedel, whose long tenure at Aston Villa seems to be coming to an end, played well, making eight saves, but Villa was overwhelmed and lost to Liverpool 3-0 Monday in a visit to Anfield.
American keeper Brad Guzan and defender Eric Lichaj were dressed for Villa, but remained on the bench.
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham and had a nice assist on his side's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
U.S> forward Eddie Johnson played the final minute for Fulham.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector was rewarded for the pair of goals he scored in last week's 4-0 Carling Cup victory for West Ham United over Manchester United and started Saturday, going the distance in a 1-0 loss to Sunderland on Sunday.
U.S> midfielder Stuart Holden remains sidelined from a thigh strain and missed Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.
In the second-tier League Championship, American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Norwich City. American defender Zak Whitbread has a strained calf for Norwich City and did not play.
In the third-division League One, all Saturday games involving Americans were postponed because of weather conditions.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu and Glasgow Rangers had the weekend off.
Bocanegra scores in St. Etienne draw
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra was left unmarked in the center of the box and blasted home a header off a free kick to help St. Etienne to a 2-2 draw with Bordeaux on Saturday. The goal, Bocanegra's first league goal since March, gave St. Etienne the lead, but it conceded a late goal to allow Bordeaux to tie the game.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley gave Borussia Moenchengladbach an early lead, but it was Hannover 96 and its American defender Steve Cherundolo who prevailed 2-1 in a rather intense match at Borussia-Park Saturday.
Bradley put Moenchengladbach ahead in the 17th minute when his long free kick curled into the penalty area amid numerous bodies, was touched by no one, bounced once and settled into the net at the far post.
The match turned in the 43rd minute when Gladbach striker Raul Marcelo Bobadilla was shown a red card and ejected. In the second half, the home side tried to hold on, but weakened and gave up goals in the in the 73rd and 75th minutes.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley dressed, but did not play for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark watched from the Eintracht Frankfurt bench a 2-1 win Saturday over 1. FSV Mainz 05.
German-American midfielder Daniel Williams did not dress for SC Freiburg, a 1-0 winner Saturday over Hamburg.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones did not play for the Schalke 04 reserves' in a 1-1 draw Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen II.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper David Yeldell made only one save for MSV Duisburg in its 3-1 loss Friday to FSV Frankfurt.
Another American keeper, Luis Robles had a better match, making six stops for Karlsruhe, which fell 1-0 Sunday Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American striker Kenny Cooper has a bad ankle and remains sidelined for TSV 1860 Munich's 1-0 triumph Sunday over Hertha Berlin, while American defender Amaechi Igwe has a knee injury that keeps him shelved for FC Ingolstadt 04, which drew 1-1 with FC Erzgebirge Aue on Sunday.
In Spain, U.S> striker Jozy Altidore dressed, but did not play for Villarreal in its 1-0 decision Saturday over Sevilla.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for RSC Anderlecht in its 2-1 win Saturday over Zulte-Waregem.
In Denmark's Superliga, American defender Michael Parkhurst went 90 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland, which defeated Horsens 2-1 on Sunday.
Aalborg BK lost 6-0 to Odense Saturday with its two American strikers disabled -- Marcus Tracy, who has an ailing knee and Chris Rolfe, who has a hamstring ailment.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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