Howard, Friedel, Dempsey participate in bitter English rivalries.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, October 6, 2011) -- Over last weekend, three Americans, two of them goalkeepers, were involved in three of the bitterest traditional rivalries in the English Premier League.
On Saturday, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard was in goal for Everton which traveled to neighbor Liverpool in the 216th installment -- 185th in league -- of the Merseyside derby . On Sunday, Arsenal went down the road to White Hart Lane where Tottenham Hotspur with Brad Friedel in goal awaited another renewal of the North London derby.
Also on Sunday, Queens Park Rangers ventured to Craven Cottage where Fulham and its attacker Clint Dempsey awaited them in a renewal of a London derby put on hold for years while QPR languished in the second-division League Championship.
In the most important meeting of the weekend, Liverpool blanked Everton 2-0. The match started evenly, but that changed in the 23rd minute when Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell was handed a red card for a seemingly innocuous tackle on Liverpool striker Luis Suárez. From that point on, it seemed that it was up to Howard to keep Everton in the match.
He almost did, first stopping Dirk Kuyt's penalty-kick attempt in the 44th minute. He then made four other saves before finally being beaten by Andrew Carroll in the 71st minute and Suárez 10 minutes later.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
Friedel fared better on Sunday, making four saves in a 2-1 Spurs victory over Arsenal.
Dempsey and Fulham proved inhospitable hosts by thrashing newly-promoted QPR 6-0. Dempsey scored Fulham's fifth goal of the afternoon and was involved in two others, helping Fulham (1-2-4, seven points) become the last EPL club to win its first league match of the season.
Dempsey was also on top of his game last Thursday when Fulham secured three standings points in the Europa League with a 2-0 road victory at Odense of Denmark.
Andrew Johnson scored both goals for Fulham, which won for the first time in nine matches in all competitions this season. Dempsey had a header off a corner kick cleared off the goal-line by Eric Djemba-Djemba. Dempsey was close on two other shots.
No other American played in Premier League over the weekend. Neither keeper Brad Guzan nor the injured Eric Lichaj played for Aston Villa in its 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic. Midfielder Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers in its 5-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, while injured defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Norwich City Saturday in a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.
In the second-tier League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector limped off after just 13 minutes with a minor ankle injury for Birmingham City in its 3-1 triumph Sunday over Nottingham Forest. The injury appears to be a sprain and not serious.
Last Thursday, Spector went the distance in an unexpected 2-1 Europa League road victory at NK Maribor of Slovenia. The match was marred by Spector's poor back-pass, intercepted and converted into Maribor's only goal of the night.
U.S. forward Robbie Findley played the final 25 minutes for Forest.
American striker Conor Doyle finished up the final minutes for Derby County, a 4-0 loser to Leicester City on Saturday.
In the third-division League One, American midfielder Anton Peterlin played the final 17 minutes for Walsall in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Carlisle United. With an ailing hip, American defender Frank Simek did not dress for Carlisle.
American forward Mike Grella was on the bench for Brentford in its 4-0 loss Saturday to Huddersfield Town.
In Scotland's Premier League, Glasgow Rangers' three Americans all say action in a 1-0 decision Saturday over Hibernian. Both midfielder Maurice Edu and defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played the first half.
In the German Bundesliga, Schalke 04's forgotten man, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones finally saw action Sunday, coming off the bench and playing the final half hour-plus in a 2-1 triumph over Hamburg SV.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance and received a yellow card for Hannover 96, which edged Werder Bremen 3-2 on Sunday.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler set up two goals in a 90-minute appearance Saturday for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 3-3 draw with 1. FSV Mainz.05.
American defender Daniel Williams started and played 69 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Bayern Munich.
Injured American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson has a neck injury and is sidelined for Hoffenheim.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in its 3-1 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales was on the bench for Hertha Berlin in its 3-0 victory Saturday over FC Cologne.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Edson Buddle had a big day, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another, all in vain Saturday because FC Ingolstadt 04 suffered a 5-3 loss to VfL Bochum
American forward Matt Taylor played the final minutes of SC Paderborn 07's 1-0 decision over Duisburg on Sunday.
American Luis Robles was the backup keeper Sunday in Karlsruher SC's 2-2 draw with SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 3-1 loss Driday to FC Union Berlin.
American striker Bobby Wood did not dress for TSV 1860 Munich Sunday in its 4-2 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went 90 minutes for Chievo Verona in its 0-0 draw Sunday with Cesena.
In Portugal, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu went the distance for Sporting CP, a 1-0 winner over Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the first hour Sunday of AZ Alkmaar's 3-1 victory over VVV Venlo.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes for Aderlecht, which scraped by Racing Genk 1-0 on Sunday.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 90 minutes for Stabæk IF in its 2-0 triumph Sunday over Sarpsborg.
American defender Josh Gatt went the distance for Molde FK, which shut out Tromsø 2-0 on Sunday.
American defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde.
In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brondby IF Sunday in its 1-0 decision over Lyngby.
American forward Chris Rolfe went the distance for Aalborg BK in a 1-1 draw with Silkeborg IF on Saturday. American attacker Marcus Tracy has a injured knee and was not available for Aalborg.
Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjælland in a 1-0 win over SønderjyskE on Sunday. American midfielder Conor O'Brien, dressed but did not play for SønderjyskE.
American defender Brad Rusin played the final five minutes for HB Køge 's 2-1 loss Sunday to Odense BK.
In Sweden, American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller played the final half hour for Halmstads BK in a 1-0 loss to Örebro SK on Sunday.
In Mexico, American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played 90 minutes and scored a goal for Puebla Saturday in its 2-1 loss to San Luis. American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal went the distance for San Luis.
U.S. midfielder José Torres has an injured foot and missed Pachuca's 1-0 victory Saturday over Atlante. American forward Herculez Gomez has an ailing hamstring and was not available to Estudiantes Tecos, a 2-0 winner over Morelia.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL in its 1-1 draw with Club Tijuana on Sunday.
American defender Edgar Castillo did not dress for Club America Saturday in its 1-0 loss to Pumas.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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