Dempsey sets American EPL mark with 37th goal; Fulham edges Liverpool 1-0.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, December 8, 2011) -- On Monday night, in his 199th appearance for Fulham, United States midfielder Clint Dempsey's 85th-minute goal allowed Fulham to defeat visiting Liverpool 1-0 in an English Premier League match before an ecstatic sold-out crowd at Craven Cottage.
Dempsey set a new record for an American playing in the Premier League with 37 to pass Brian McBride's 36.
Dempsey's goal was deceptively simple. He simply put back a rebound of a shot Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina could not hold. But saying that, he was a threat to beat Reina throughout the match.
Moments before he scored, he put a bending shot off the crossbar. In the 36th minute, he shot another bending effort that Reina was lucky to knock down with his trailing arm as he dove toward a corner. Dempsey also received a yellow card for going toe-to-toe with Craig Bellamy after being roughly tackled.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan, who sees little action as a reserve, was called on to replace injured starter Shay Given in the 38th minute and did not allow a goal in a 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
With a bad hip, U.S. defender Eric Lichaj was unavailable to Aston Villa.
American keeper Brad Friedel produced another clean sheet with four saves for Tottenham Hotspur in 3-0 victory Saturday over Bolton Wanderers.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, recovering from knee surgery, is sidelined for Bolton.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard was called on to make only a single save for Everton, which was blanked 1-0 Sunday by Stoke City.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
American defender Zak Whitbread was dressed, but stayed on the bench for Norwich City, a 5-1 loser Saturday to league-leading Manchester City.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played the first 75 minutes for Birmingham City Sunday in a 1-0 loss to Cardiff City.
U.S. striker Robbie Findley did not dress for Nottingham Forest.
American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County. American defender Daniel Potts did not dress for West Ham United.
In the third-tier League One, American striker Mike Grella played the first half for Brentford in a 1-0 loss Saturday to Wrexham.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Walsall in a 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.
American defender Frank Simek has an injured hip and is not available to Carlisle United.
In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers returned to their winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Dunfermline Athletic on Friday. U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu went the full 90 minutes for Rangers, while U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra strained hamstring again kept him out of the lineup and U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya was dressed, but remained on the bench.
In the German Bundesliga, after staying on the bench for a month, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes for Hannover 96 for the second match in a row, Saturday in a 1-1 draw with SC Freiburg.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes and received a yellow card for 1. FC Nürnberg Sunday in a 2-0 loss to Hamburg SV.
U.S. middielder Jermaine Jones was suspended for Schalke 04's 3-1 triumph over FC Augsburg on Sunday. He had received a yellow card in each of the four matches he has started for Schalke after emerging from the doghouse, where he started the season.
U.S. defender-midfielder Danny Williams went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 2-0 loss Friday to Bayer Leverkusen. U.S. midfielder Fabian Johnson played the first 59 minutes for Hoffenheim, while American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Leverkusen.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin and American striker Terrence Boyd did not dress for Borussia Dortmund.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Edson Buddle went 90 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 Friday in a 1-0 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
American keeper Luis Robles went 90 minutes for Karlsruher SC's in a 2-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Frankfurt.
American forward Matt Taylor dressed, but did not play for SC Paderborn 07 Friday in a 1-1 draw with St. Pauli.
American striker Bobby Wood has an injured knee and is sidelined for 1860 Munich.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley started and had a strong defensive match for Chievo Verona in its 0-0 draw with Atalanta on Sunday.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore was solid and scored a goal for AZ Alkmaar, which suffered a dismal 5-1 loss Sunday to Heerenveen.
Altidore's goal was a beauty as he scored from close range after beating a defender with a wonderful first touch. It was his fifth goal in Eredivisie competition and his ninth across all competitions this season.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance and received a yellow card Sunday for RSC Anderlecht in a 0-0 draw with Leuven.
In Portugal, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu and Sporting Lisbon had the week off.
In Denmark, the only Scandinavian country still playing, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson went the distance for Brøndby IF Sunday in its 1-1 draw with HB Køge.
American defender Brad Rusin played the final 17 minutes, plus stoppage time for Køge.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjælland in a 0-0 draw Sunday with FC Midtjylland.
U.S. striker Chris Rolfe went 90 minutes for Aalborg BK Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Silkeborg IF.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien came on in the 75th minute for SønderjyskE in a 4-0 loss to Odense BK on Monday night.
In Mexico, U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein is injured and not available to Tigres UANL.
In Colombia, American Diego Restrepo, who plays as backup keeper for America de Cali, got a rare chance on Saturday. With the regular keeper suspended, Restrepo kept a clean sheet, making three saves in a 0-0 draw with Once Caldas in the first leg of Colombia's Categoria Primera A quarterfinals.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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