Demspey begins to excel for Spurs while Friedel loses his job in goal.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, November 28, 2012) -- At a time when United States midfielder Clint Dempsey seems to have regained the faith of manager Andre Villas-Boas' confidence, American Brad Friedel appears to have lost his job in the Tottenham Hotspur goal.
Frenchman Hugo Lloris, who began the English Premier League season as Spurs' starter, but lost his job to Friedel, is now apparently the first choice again. He has started the last three Premier League matches, but the game that cemented his status was a 0-0 draw in a November 22 Europa League match against host Lazio of Italy.
Lloris, the French national-team keeper, was simply sensational, saving two one-on-one attempts from Libor Kozak, while also making another two point-blank stops, foiling breakaways.
Tottenham advances to the Round of 32 with a victory or draw December 6 at home against Panathinaikos of Greece.
Lloris was also in net for tonight's 2-1 victory over visiting Liverpool.
Dempsey finally seems to be fitting into Spurs and he played 63 solid minutes against Lazio, then played 90 minutes on Sunday, turning in probably his best performance, including an assist for his new team in a 3-1 league victory over West Ham United.
Dempsey had two shots hit the woodwork and assisted on Spurs second goal.
Dempsey played the first 64 minutes against Liverpool.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder José Torres made the long rumored move from Pachuca to Tigres UANL. In his six years at Pachuca, which he joined at age 19, Torres played in nearly 200 games. He joins his former U.S. teammate. defender Jonathan Bornstein at Tigres.
Former U.S. under-20 men's striker Bobby Wood is back in action, playing in his first match in more than a year, going the final 16 minutes of his 2. Bundesliga team 1860 Munich in a 2-2 draw with FC Union Berlin.
Wood suffered a severe knee injury that could have ended his career, but now is back in full training.
In England's Premier League, American Brad Guzan made a single save, but preserved a clean sheet for Aston Villa in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.
American defender Eric Lichaj played the final 39 minutes for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard made three saves for Everton in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron went 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Stoke City. As has been the case, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
In the second-division English League Championship, American defender Jonathan Spector went the distance and also received a yellow card for Birmingham City in a 3-2 loss to Derby County.
American defender Will Packwood did not dress for City. Irish-American forward Conor Doyle (appendix surgery) did not dress for Derby County
American defender Tim Ream played the first 78 minutes for Bolton Wanderers in a 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden continues his long rehabilitation from knee surgery for Bolton.
American defender Zak Whitbread received a yellow card in a 90-minute effort for Leicester City in it s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
American striker Robbie Findley did not dress for Nottingham Forest in the past week.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in its 3-1 decision over Yeovil Town.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers dressed, but did not play for Stevenage over the weekend, while American forward Mike Grella dressed, but did not play for Scunthorpe United.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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