Holden's scores first EPL goal, adds assist in Bolton triumph.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, November 18, 2010) -- United States midfielder Stuart Holden had his best match for Bolton Wanderers, scoring his first English Premier League goal and assisting on another in a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and their American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann.
In the 67th minute, Holden scored to give Bolton a 3-0 lead. Moments after Hahnemann made a good save on him, Lee Chung-Yong came down the right side and Hahnemann moved to protect his near post. Lee pulled the ball back to Holden who used his first touch to find an open net.
Seven minutes earlier, Holden had carried into the penalty area and sent a square pass to John Elmanders who, despite being surrounded by no fewer than five defenders, turned and blasted the ball into a lower corner of the net for a 2-0 advantage.
Hahnemann ended with four saves.
On November 10, Wolves put up a valiant fight but ended up losing 2-0 to Arsenal on a pair of goals by Marouane Chamakh, who scored in the first minute and again in stoppage time.
Hahnemann made three saves.
A pair of timely saves by American keeper Brad Friedel allowed Aston Villa to escape with a 2-2 draw with Manchester United in a tight match at Villa Park.
Villa opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 72nd minute and made it 2-0 before United came storming back, leveling the match in the 85th minute. Friedel preserved the tie when he stopped a drive from Gabriel Obertan in stoppage time.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj saw action for the second match in a row for Villa, playing the final three minutes plus stoppage time.
On November 10, Friedel made a single save and a late goal by James Collins gave Villa a 3-2 triumph over Blackpool at Villa Park. U.S. keeper Brad Guzan was in his usual spot was on the bench as Friedel's backup, while Lichaj made his league debut, entering in the 89th minute.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey played 90 minutes for Fulham in a 0-0 draw with host Newcastle United St. James' Park. Newcastle keeper Tim Krul saved three efforts from Dempsey, who was Villa's main offensive threat playing in a somewhat withdrawn midfield position.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson played the final minute for Fulham.
On November 10, Dempsey went the distance and Fulham made quite an effort, but fell short 1-0 to league-leading host Chelsea. Johnson was on the bench.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard was beaten on goals by Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas which allowed Arsenal to defeat Everton 2-1 Sunday.
The first goal came after Howard made a excellent save on Samir Nasri, but when his defense could not clear the ball it was sent back to Sagna, who put it into the open net. Howard ended with four saves in the close match.
On November 10, Howard made a pair of saves when Everton, reduced to 10 players, battled back with a stoppage-time goal to draw 1-1 with Bolton.
Marouane Fellaini was sent off in the 86th minute for Everton, but Jermaine Beckford hit a rocket in stoppage time to pull out the draw.
Holden almost put the match out of reach for Bolton early in the second half when he hit an nearly perfect header off a corner kick, but he was denied by Howard's best effort of the day.
Jonathan Spector remained on the bench for West Ham United, which played to a 0-0 draw Saturday with Blackpool. On November 10, he was on the bench in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich.
In the second-division English League Championship, American forward Conor Doyle played the final five minutes for Derby County in its 2-0 loss Saturday to Leicester City.
Americad defender Zak Whitbread has a calf injury and was not available to Norwich City for its 3-3 draw with Reading on Saturday.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek and striker Mike Grella played 90 minutes for Carlisle United, a 3-2 winner Saturday over Southampton.
American attacker Jemal Johnson was on the bench for Milton Keynes Dons in a 2-0 decision Saturday over Brentford.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin did not dress for Plymouth Argyle, which fell 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers Saturday.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu was held out as a precautionary measure by Glasgow Rangers from its 2-0 win Saturday over Aberdeen. The previous Wednesday night, he took a serious blow to his left knee against Hibernian, in the first half of what proved to be a 3-1 loss,
Edu went down after a wild lunging tackle by John Rankin and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher in the 43rd minute. It was the same knee that required surgery last year and kept Edu off the field for almost seven months.
Edu was reportedly in intense pain and team doctors feared the worst, but an MRI exam showed no damage and the injury is described only as a bad bruise. Edu will return soon.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley netted his second goal of the season for Borussia Moenchengladbach, an easy 4-0 winner over FC Cologne. Bradley's second-half tally came when he picked up a ball outside the penalty area and his blast deflected off two defenders and caught the Cologne goalkeeper heading in the wrong direction.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo was ejected after receiving a second yellow card for Hannover 96 in its 1-0 victory at Mainz.
Cherundolo was sent off in the 68th minute to become the fifth Hannover player ejected in 12 matches this season. Many observers believed the second yellow, giving for blocking out Andre Schurrle, was unusually harsh given it was unlikely he could get out of the Mainz forward's way and the collision took place in a harmless position of the field.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley dressed, but did not play for Hannover.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, still not fully fit after recovering from an ankle injury, played 62 minutes for Schalke 04, which drew 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark was on the bench for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 0-0 draw with Werder Bremen.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper David Yeldell had five saves for MSV Duisburg which tied 2-2 with Alemania Aachen Sunday.
American keeper Luis Robles made four saves for Karlsruhe, which drew 1-1 Friday with FC Erzgebirge Aue.
In the French Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra and St. Etienne had their Saturday match with Valenciennes postponed.
In Spain on November 10, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore notched a goal for Villarreal in the final minute of a 2-0 triumph over Ejido in a Copa del Rey match. The two-goal edge gave Villarreal a 3-1 aggregate victory.
On Saturday, Altidore remained on the bench during a 3-1 loss to Barcelona.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan came off the bench to play the final minute-plus for RSC Anderlecht in its 2-1 win Sunday over Gent. The short stint provided enough time for him to be given a yellow card.
On November 10, Kljestan played 90 minutes in Anderlecht's 1-0 loss to Westerlo in a Belgian Cup match.
In Denmark's Superliga, American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjaelland in a 2-1 decision Sunday over Lyngby.
Marcus Tracy has an injured knee and fellow American forward Chris Rolfe has an ailing hamstring, rendering them to the sideline for Aalborg BK, which drew 2-2 Saturday with Midtjylland.
In the second tier Viasat Division, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber went the distance and scored the only goal on a penalty kick in AGF Aarhus' 1-0 victory Sunday over Viborg. Prior to that, he went 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Midtjylland in the Danish Cup.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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