Dempsey strike helps Fulham to another draw, 1-1 with West Ham.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, October 6, 2010) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey scored in the first half, allowing Fulham to draw 1-1 with host West Ham United Saturday at Upton Park Stadium, extending the Cottagers season-opening unbeaten streak to seven. Because six of its results were draws, Fulham is only 10th in the 20-team English Premier League.
Dempsey, who plays as a striker for Fulham, scored his second goal of the season in the 33rd minute on a lovely give-and-go executed in the box with Simon Davies. Dempsey gave the ball to Davies, who chipped it over a defender for Dempsey to run onto. Dempsey beat goalkeeper Robert Green with a sharp volley.
Dempsey's goal against Green came 112 days after Green embarrassingly bobbled a weak shot from Dempsey into the net in the World Cup and allowed the U.S. to come away with a 1-1 draw with England in South Africa.
It was a physical afternoon for Dempsey, who was taken down in the box with no penalty given and was knocked down near midfield, coming away with a swollen face.
Dempsey went the distance, while his American teammate Eddie Johnson received his first start of the season and played 77 minutes on the front line.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham.
On Saturday, U.S. keeper Tim Howard and visiting Everton managed something they had yet to do this season: they finally won a match. Howard was not called on for a save in a 2-0 whitewash of Birmingham City at St. Andrews Stadium.
Everton climbed to a tie for 17th place at 1-3-3 with six points. It was Howard's second clean sheet of the season.
U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann encountered more frustration Saturday. He put in a strong effort, making eight saves, but his punch-less Wolverhampton Wanderers dropped a 2-0 decision at Wigan Athletic.
American keeper Brad Friedel made a pair of saves for Aston Villa, which fell Saturday to Tottenham Hotspur 2-1. U.S. keeper Brad Guzan was on the bench as Friedel's backup, while American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden went 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion Saturday. Earlier in the week, he signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Bolton through the 2013-14 season.
In the second-tier English League Championship, American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County, which drew 0-0 Saturday with Swansea City.
American striker Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds United in its 2-1 loss Saturday to Ipswich Town.
American defender Zak Whitbread continues to rehab a calf injury and is sidelined for Norwich City, which registered a 3-0 victory Saturday over Bristol City.
In the third-division League One Saturday, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United in its 1-0 loss to Peterborough United Saturday. On Tuesday, he converted the clinching tiebreaking penalty kick in Carlisle's victory over Port Vale in the Football League Trophy tournament in a match that ended 2-2 after overtime.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu went 90 minutes for Glasgow Rangers, who downed Heart of Midlothian 2-1 on Saturday. Prior to that in European competition, Edu played 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Bursaspor of Turkey.
In the German Bundesliga last weekend, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance and received a yellow card for Borussia Mönchengladbach in a 1-1 draw Saturday with VfL Wolfsburg.
German-American Jermaine Jones was ejected with two yellow cards in the 53rd minute, leaving Schalke 04 short in its 2-1 setback Saturday to 1. FC Nürnberg
In his prior outing, Jones played 24 minutes and notched an assist in Schalke's 2-0 decision over Benfica of Portugal in the European Champions League.
In the Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96, which fell to St Pauli 1-0 on Friday. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley dressed, but did not play for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt, a 2-1 winner Sunday over VfB Stuttgart.
In the 2.Bundesliaga, American keeper Luis Robles had a weekend to remember, earning his first start for his new club, Karlsruhe. Robles helped Karlsruhe avoid defeat while also improving his chances of getting more playing time with five saves in the club's 1-1 draw against FC Ingolstadt 04.
As usual, American keeper David Yelldell went the distance, making a pair of saves to earn a clean sheet in MSV Duisburg's 3-0 triumph Friday over RW Oberhausen..
In France's Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes for St Etienne in its 1-1 draw with Marseille on Saturday.
Also, Sochaux announced it does not think U.S. striker Charlie Davies, seriously injured in a grievous car accident a year ago, will be ready to play again until after the holiday break in January.
In Spain, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore dressed, but did not play for Villarreal, which recorded a 2-0 victory Sunday over Racing Santander. In the Champions League, he went 86 minutes in a 2-1 win over Club Brugge of Portugal.
In Italy, Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for AC Milan, which edged Parma 1-0 Saturday.
In Greece, Freddy Adu did not dress for Aris Thessaloniki in its 1-0 triumph Sunday over PAOK FC.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestandid not dress for RSC Anderlecht, which dropped a 5-1 decision Sunday to Standard de Liège.
In Denmark's Superliga, American Michael Parkhurst started at right back and played 90 minutes for FC Nordsjaelland in its 1-1 draw Sunday with Esbjerg.
American forwards Chris Rolfe and Marcus Tracy are both injured and sat out Aalborg's 2-1 loss at home Monday against Odense.
In the second-tier Viasat Divisionen, U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber played 90 minutes for AGF Aarhus in its 0-0 draw with Naestved Saturday.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya served a red-card suspension and missed Orebro SK's 2-1 loss to Hacken Sunday.
Ryan Miller played 90 minutes for Halmstads BK, which defeated Brommapojkarna 2-0 on Sunday.
In Norway, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman both went the distance for IK Start's, which drew 1-1 with Tromso on Sunday.
American defender Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes for Stabaek IF in its 2-1 victory Sunday over Aalesunds.
American keeper Steve Clark dressed, but watched from the Honefoss BK's bench in the club's 3-2 loss Saturday to Brann.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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