Dempsey fails on penalty kick, Fulham can only tie Chelsea 0-0.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
>(Thursday, February 17, 2011) -- In a dramatic finish, United States midfielder Clint Dempsey saw his penalty kick saved deep in stoppage time and Fulham had to settle for a 0-0 draw yesterday with visiting Chelsea at Craven Cottage.
Chelsea (13-7-6, 45 points), which is in fifth place, trailing English Premier League-leading Manchester United (16-1-9) by 12 points, dominated the match, but strong defending and a bit of luck for Fulham kept the match scoreless going into four minutes of stoppage time.
With about a minute left, Dempsey took a long pass on the right side and advanced alone into the penalty area. He was taken down by defender David Luiz and was awarded the penalty. He shot hard and low to Petr Cech's right, but the tall goalkeeper got down and blocked it. Dempsey could not connect as he tried to convert a rebound.
Dempsey had three other shots on goal.
Fulham manager Mark Hughes felt Dempsey should have been awarded another kick because of Chelsea encroachment. "(Chelsea striker Didier) Drogba was encroaching in the box," he said. "(Referee) Mike Dean saw it. He was alongside Clint as he kicked it. Mike Dean saw that, so it should have been retaken."
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden plays a more important role for Bolton Wanderers each week and he made key contributions in a 3-0 defeat Sunday of Everton.
In the 10th minute, Holden took a left-side free kick and put it perfectly onto the head of defender Gary Cahill who drilled a shot past Everton's American keeper Tim Howard.
Bolton made it 2-0 in the 68th minute. Twelve minutes later, Holden beat Howard, but the apparent goal was disallowed when it was ruled the ball had crossed the end-line before the cross.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley made his English soccer debut, coming off the bench in the final 17 minutes for Aston Villa in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Blackpool in the English Premier League.
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel was called on to make just a single save for Villa, which played a man down for the final 20-plus minutes.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went 90 minutes and had a strong match for Blackburn Rovers in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Newcastle United.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came off the bench Saturday and played the final 12 minutes for West Ham United and received a yellow card in a 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
American Marcus Hahnemann was again the backup keeper for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who dropped a 2-0 decision to Arsenal Saturday.
In the second-tier League Championship, U.S. keeper Brad Guzan had a good four-save effort in keeping a clean sheet for Hull City in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Preston North End.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson went the distance for North End and triggered one strong shot on Guzan.
Newly-arrived American defender Eric Lichaj, on loan from Fulham, played 90 minutes for Leeds United in a 2-0 win Saturday over Bristol City. American forward Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds.
American defender Zak Whitbread came off the bench and played 12 minutes for Norwich City, a 2-1 winner Saturday over Reading.
American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but remained on the bench for Derby County, which dropped a 2-0 decision to Leicester City Saturday.
American forward Robbie Findley continued to rehab an injured thigh and was not available for Nottingham Forest, which drew 1-1 Sunday with Queens Park Rangers.
In the third-division League One, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 1-0 loss Saturday to Southampton.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Plymouth Argyle in a 3-1 loss Saturday to Transmere Rovers.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu came off the bench and played the final 20 minutes for Glasgow Rangers in an easy 6-0 triumph over Motherwell Saturday.
In Turkey, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore made his debut with his new club Bursaspor Sunday and made a positive impression in the 77 minutes he played, aiding his club's goal in a 1-1 draw with Eskisehirspor.
In the 22nd minute, Altidore carried through much of the opposing defense on a dazzling run before laying the ball off to Scottish Kenny Miller. Miller's shot was deflected, but the rebound was put away.
In Turkey's second division, Bank Asya 1. Lig, American midfielder Freddy Adu has a calf injury and was not available to Rizespor, which drew 0-0 Sunday with Kayseri Erciyesspor.
In the French Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra scored his second goal of the season for St. Etienne, but it was not nearly enough in a 4-1 setback Saturday to Lyon.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 in a 1-1 draw Sunday with Werder Bremen. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover.
German-American forward Timothy Chandler, 20, went 75 minutes, scoring a goal and getting an assist in 1. FC Nürnberg 4-1 win Saturday over VfB Stuttgart.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark has a fractured cheek bone and is not available to Eintracht Frankfurt, while American keeper Daniel Williams has a bad knee and is sidelined for SC Freiburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, American keeper David Yeldell had three saves for MSV Duisburg, which played a 0-0 draw Friday with FC Augsburg.
American keeper Luis Robles had a long day. He made two saves for Karlsruhe, which was overwhelmed 6-2 loss by Hertha Berlin on Sunday. German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
U.S. striker Edson Buddle started and played 65 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 3-1 loss Sunday to Fortuna Dusseldorf. American defender Amaechi Igwe was not available for Ingolstadt, recovering from a knee injury.
For the second week in a row, American forward Bobby Wood came off TSV 1860 Munich's bench in the final minute, this time in a 1-0 loss Monday to FC Erzgebirge Aue.
In the Netherlands, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, has recovered from a back strain injury, played 90 minutes for Twente Enschede in its 1-0 victory Saturday over Vitesse Arnhem.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played the final minute for RSC Anderlecht in a 1-0 decision over Cercle Brugge on Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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