Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

Stuart Holden 3 (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Three days after making his Bolton Wanderers debut, Stuart Holden played in his first Premier League game, and he managed to have a positive performance in a match filled with relegation implications.

Holden started and played 90 minutes in a much-needed 1-0 victory that pushed Bolton out of the relegation zone. According to reports, Holden had a solid effort, and delivered dangerous set pieces that Wolves and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann had trouble defending.

Maurice Edu also had an impact in his match this weekend, and no contribution was bigger than his last-gasp goal which lifted Rangers to a 1-0 win over Celtic. Edu easily slotted home a rebound from close range in the waning moments of the Old Firm derby, and his goal may have assured Rangers a repeat of the Scottish League title by pushing the club 10 points clear of second-place Celtic.

Jemal Johnson and Herculez Gomez also found the back of the net this weekend, extending scoring streaks to two and three games, respectively. Johnson scored the third in Stockport County’s 4-3 win over Wycombe Wanderers, while Gomez hit the equalizer in Puebla’s 3-3 draw with Chiapas with three minutes left to play.

Here is how the Americans Abroad did this weekend:


England

PREMIERSHIP

  • Landon Donovan came off the bench and played 27 minutes in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

  • Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Everton’s 2-1 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.  

  • Clint Dempsey did not dress in Fulham’s 0-0 draw vs. Sunderland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

  • Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made eight saves in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Manchester United in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

  • Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss vs. Manchester United in the Carling Cup final on Sunday.

  • Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss vs. Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

  • Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

    COCA COLA CHAMPIONSHIP

    • Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford’s 2-1 loss vs. Newcastle United on Saturday.

    • Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-0 loss vs. Reading on Saturday.
    • Kenny Cooper dressed but did not play in Plymouth Argyle’s 4-3 loss vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.

    LEAGUE ONE

    • Ian Joyce did not dress in Southend United’s 2-1 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Friday.
    • Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City’s 1-0 win vs. Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
    • Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds United’s 2-2 draw vs. Huddersfield Town on Saturday.
    • Jemal Johnson started, played 77 minutes and scored a GOAL in Stockport County’s 4-3 win vs. Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

    • Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 90 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers’ 4-3 loss vs. Stockport County on Saturday.

    Scotland

    • Maurice Edu came off the bench, played 64 minutes, and scored a GOAL in Rangers’ 1-0 win vs. Celtic on Sunday..

    • DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play Rangers’ 1-0 win vs. Celtic on Sunday. 
    • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic’s 1-0 loss vs. Rangers on Sunday.

    Italy

    • Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan’s 3-1 win vs. Atalanta on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.

    Germany

    BUNDESLIGA

    • Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw vs. SC Freiburg on Saturday.

    • Steve Cherundolo did not dress in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from a shoulder injury.
    • Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96’s 1-0 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
    • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04’s 2-1 win vs. Borussia Dortmund on Friday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
    • Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 2-1 loss vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
    • Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg’s 1-1 draw vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

    BUNDESLIGA 2 

    • Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 3-1 win vs. Karlsruhe on Sunday.
    • Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt’s 0-0 draw vs. Energie Cottbus on Friday.
    • David Yeldell dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz’s 1-0 loss vs. FC Augsburg on Saturday.

    France

    • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes’ 3-1 loss vs. Montpellier on Saturday.
    • Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux’s 1-0 loss vs. Lyorient on Saturday. He is recovering from multiple injuries. 

    Greece

    • Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in Aris Salonika’s 2-0 win vs. Larissa on Sunday.

    • Eddie Johnson dressed but did not play in Aris Salonika’s 2-0 win vs. Larissa on Sunday.

    Mexico

    • Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca’s 3-0 loss vs. Pumas UNAM on Saturday.

    • Edgar Castillo started and played 90 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 3-0 loss vs. Morelia on Saturday.
    • Marco Vidal started and played 90 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarez’s 3-0 loss vs. Toluca on Sunday.
    • Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 64 minutes, scored a GOAL and received a yellow card in Puebla’s 3-3 draw vs. Chiapas on Sunday.


    Argentina

    • Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata’s 1-1 draw vs. Boca Juniors on Friday.

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    What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Holden’s performance? Do you think Edu’s goal has basically gift wrapped the SPL title for Rangers? How long do you see Gomez and Johnson’s scoring streaks lasting?

    Share your thoughts below.

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    105 Responses to Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

    1. ETJ says:

      good weekend for yanks abroad

    2. Citronomics says:

      Anyone in SBI land catch the Rennes match – how did Boca look?

    3. Paul Yzaguirre says:

      unless you played south of the border.

    4. Joe from El Paso says:

      Landon choked big time on a potential equalizer against Tottenham. Hope he is able to rebound…

    5. Jank says:

      Holden had a good game….I’m proud of the former Dynamo man. He is looking like a lock for WC and could push the starting XI, which could be good for USA and allow BB to push Dempsey up front.

      I’m not sure what was up with Everton today. Lineup changes did not work for them. Donovan could have made a huge impact but missed a point blank shot off a deflected shot (albeit, not easy).

    6. Aaron in StL says:

      3-0 was a popular score…as I have no rooting interest in the teams, it’s just good to see all getting substantial minutes.

      What’s the deal with JFT’s younger bro? Isn’t he supposed to be an up and comer? Is he in Mexico as well?

    7. fischy says:

      My thoughts? Rossi and Subotic are no longer on his list. How long should Hoyos stay on it? Until he actually suits up for the Argentine juniors, or do we wait until he gets his first senior cap?

      Otherwise, good stuff from Holden and Edu.

    8. grubbsbl says:

      Donovan’s miss was easy. Any player of his level should score it.

    9. grubbsbl says:

      I guess this sentence would read better than the last: Any player of his level should have finished it.

      Also, is Herculez Gomez the USMNT striker on the best form? Is this good?

    10. afc says:

      Pittman has been awarded the assist in the 3rd goal for Wycombe. His shot was put into the net desperatly by the keeper who was trying to save it from going in.

    11. Slyboy says:

      just because they “should” doesn’t mean they aren’t going to miss sometimes. If you have followed Portugal’s national team you would know about the frustration we have with his inability to finish or produce for the NT.

    12. Slyboy says:

      i was speaking of C.Ronaldo

    13. Donovan 10 shirt says:

      Friedel seemed out of position on Rooney’s winner. It wasn’t hit that hard. Friedel made some nice stops, but maybe that’s why you should have gone with Guzan. Still full credit to Rooney, player of the year.

    14. DC Josh says:

      My virtual pro on FIFA ’10 has been LIGHTING IT UP in League two for Grimsby Town!

      I just got my first call-up from Bob Bradley for an international reserve friendly against The Kiwis and this is how the back line was configured from FIFA:

      Cherundolo—-Beasley—-Heydjuk—–Me (I’m a LWB).

      Kenny Cooper was the captain.

      Oye Vey.

    15. DC Josh says:

      Rooney has been playing the best football of his career, and he’s only 24. I can’t wait to see Gooch lineup against him. It’s going to be one of the individual battles to watch in the opening games.

    16. Tim M. says:

      Should’ve been nothing more then a tap in. From there on he looked horrible throughout the match. He also intercepted a pass intended for vaughn that probably would’ve equalized the game for everton. poor, poor performance. Let’s all pray that this doesn’t sap up all the confidence he was playing with.

    17. OmarVizquel says:

      Donovan’s miss wasn’t the earth-shattering calamity of a lifetime. Bad? Yes. I’ve seen far worse though.

      How many more matches does he have with Everton?

    18. Indigo Montoya says:

      “Donovan misses open goal” – Sky Sports News ticker.

    19. Rageman says:

      Maybe none after that display.

      Mostly kidding but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him getting less and less time as his loan winds down. Not because of today but there are two main schools of thought with his loan.
      1) Use him and get as much as possible out of him while letting your depth get some rest.
      2) Don’t let your team become too used to playing with him since you already know he’s leaving

    20. grubbsbl says:

      I can’t disagree with you. All players miss sitters. It is just the nature of the game. Today Donovan got unlucky. Though, he should not have missed that shot, and it was not in any way a difficult chance.

    21. Lester says:

      Anyone else worried that these miraculous recoveries might turn into coming back too soon? (Davies, Dempsey Onyewu)

    22. Paul Yzaguirre says:

      uhhh i believe he was listed with Longview High School in Texas when he was called up with the U-20 or U-17s, dont recall which one, but idk if thats changed since then

    23. Gringo says:

      Herculez Gomez also had an assist, in addition to his goal.

    24. Dougs says:

      Were three mos from the Wc and each of these players ar e still weeks from starting a game. Too late maybe. Too soon definitely not.

    25. Eric says:

      Off topic but this is the newest post so I figured the most people would be here…a friend of mine volunteers to read to disadvantaged children and has asked for a request for a good soccer book to read to kids. I couldn’t think of anything aimed at this reading level – thought some of you might have some suggestions. Here’s the request.

      “The kid I read with every week, Henry, loves soccer and books about soccer. Specifically — “books about the history of soccer.” He’s in fourth grade, but reads at about a sixth grade level (or, perhaps more helpful, is at the level where he’s reading Narnia on his own for fun)”

      Thanks everyone!

    26. Goalscorer24 says:

      I was going to say last week is Donovan starting to vanish like he did in the old days? This week he follows it up with a poor performance, wonder what’s up? Is he thinking about heading back to the MLS, and losing focus? Hope he can re-focus and finish off his English premiere league stint in style!

    27. grubbsbl says:

      By fad last week, do you mean the smart cut back pass to find Stephen Pienaar in space who crosses it to Dan Gosling for a goal to take a 2-1 lead against Man Utd? Then yes, I guess he has faded a bit.

    28. Michael F. - SBI Mafia Original says:

      That’s 2 sitters Donovan has missed. He missed one against Man U too. I love the kid but come on bro, put them away.

    29. Andrew in tampa says:

      With Benny suffering ankle problems, it opens the door for another midfielder to stake his claim to a spot on the plane to South Africa. Who would get Benny’s spot, if his injuries linger too long?

    30. jts says:

      It is a little more simple:

      Moyes has to put the best team on his field to win each game. If he thinks that is Donovan, Donovan plays.

      Lose games and lose job.

    31. MVK says:

      im convinced Gomez was missing on purpose while in KC

    32. Dakota says:

      Dempsey’s already started running and ball training. He says he should be back mid-march. Onyewu back to training as well. Davies has started strength training, possibly April.

    33. Dakota says:

      Sorry, misread you comment. Thought you where asking when.

    34. BrianK says:

      Ives,

      Can you provide the video of Donovan’s miss? Reports are calling it the miss of the season.

    35. St. Addi says:

      I was at the Everton v Tottenham match and that was really more of a sleeper than a a sitter. I really felt his embarrassment as the whole stadium laughed at him. I hope this doesn’t mess with him too much, as he seems a little fragile. Although his absence in the first half was glaring; there was absolutely nothing happening on the right flank- just endless amounts of space out there. Anyway when it was all over Donovan looked really dejected- it was cold and grey and he just left the field without really talking to anyone; he really looked like he wanted to be back in LA. There was the missed sleeper and he tried to make a play on a ball that was headed for Vaughan, probably screwing up another scoring opportunity. Vaughan was chewing him out for that and it just looked like Donovan was thinking, “I went from being a star to being reamed out by some 21 year old who recently played at Derby!”

      I don’t know, it was all a bit depressing.

    36. lincy says:

      Back when I was in elementary school I loved Matt Christopher books. I mostly read his baseball books, but I believe he wrote books about every sport including soccer. His books are fiction, so they may no be about “the history of soccer” but his books are targeted towards 7-13 year olds so I think he would be a good source.
      Hope this helps

    37. Josh From GA says:

      looked better then the RB on his team and he will get a 90min start next game cuz Rennes RB also got a red so over all boc looked ok not his best though

    38. St. Addi says:

      I don’t know about video but this photo at the bottom of the article shows it pretty well. To be fair, it looks like he slipped.

      link to dailymail.co.uk

    39. Where is the highlight of Donovan’s miss.

      We need to take the good with the bad.

    40. Brad says:

      I don’t think Donovan’s job is on the line after the miss. The player playing in his place, Achiobe (spelling is way off) didn’t do anything to merit a starting position…

    41. Riggis says:

      Donovan better get out of england asap before his confidence is eroded to nothing. we need him firing on all cylinders once the cup begins…

    42. Shark says:

      Wow….will be interesting to see how this plays out…..

      But there was bad news for England manager Fabio Capello after it was revealed that Rooney could miss England’s friendly against Egypt on Wednesday because of a worrying knee injury.

      After securing his 23rd major trophy as United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson said that the 24-year-old striker, whose goal was the eighth with his head out of his last nine, was feeling discomfort.

      Ferguson said: ‘The doctor is assessing it. I don’t know what we are going to do; I don’t know what England are going to do.’

      Rooney’s absence at Wembley on Wednesday would add to a terrible few weeks for Capello. Not only has he stripped John Terry of the captaincy but he has lost Ashley Cole to serious injury, Wayne Bridge to what looks like international retirement and Rio Ferdinand to a chronic back problem.

      But Rooney is the most important member of the England side and anything that threatens his fitness will be regarded as a major setback. Rooney reported for duty last night and will be assessed by England doctors this morning.

      link to dailymail.co.uk

    43. John1 says:

      One liitle miss and Donovan is going to lose his place. Come on guys!HAAAAAAA!

    44. Eric says:

      Thanks Lincy, I’ll pass this along

    45. BigBlueAL says:

      Hilarious how this miss by LD is such huge news. Miss of the season?? Of course he shouldve scored but it was at the far post on a pretty tight angle. I have seen WAY WAY worse misses.

      Cant knock the British press since they have praised LD many times and the fans at Everton have done the same. Actually this is probably the reason it is such big news because LD has become a big name in England because of his good play and standing as the best American player. But please this one miss is not going to all of a sudden stain his time at Everton. Thankfully Moyes is the coach and Im sure LD will be starting for them next Sunday when they host Hull City.

    46. Mark from LA says:

      I really hope that Donovan can bounce back. Sometimes I wonder at the excessive celebration of a goal scorer after a tap in, but then when there’s a miss you realize that every goal can justify a sprint and knee slide.

    47. Fred says:

      Thanks for the first-hand account, even though it’s hard to hear. I watched the video, and it was really rough to watch. The commentator called it the worst EPL miss of the season, if not _ever_. I guess LD’s just got to let some time pass, and he’ll recover.

      In some ways, I think LD will end up being a cautionary tale for young players — spend a few years in MLS and get out, move to Europe and absorb the bumps for a while as you find your place. I think LD is an amazing player and has contributed so much to USMNT, but he just isn’t used to the extreme pressure of playing in huge games day in and day out.

    48. Andy says:

      The MaU miss was NOT a sitter; the ball bounced quickly off Brown’s arm, 3 feet away to between his feet. Even the best strikers aren’t going to score off that one more than half the time.

    49. Warren says:

      In truth that’s half of what did Donovan in while at Bayern Munich – after knocking everything in pre-season friendlies, Donovan missed a couple sitters that would have won games/at least gotten draws, at a time they were desperate for points.

      The other half was the long knives out for Klinsi that had to take out his project, Landon, before going for the kill.

      Anyway, for Landon’s rep and confidence for WC, he needs to put a couple more in the net before he heads back to LA.

    50. Stiggity says:

      Better players have missed easier chances:

      link to youtube.com

      Let’s just hope Landon can shake it off like CR9 did…

    51. For being one of the best US players ever, we sure do worry about his confidence and mental toughness … like he’s fragile or something. Even more reason he needs to be in Europe to play with the best and learn mental toughness. We don’t seem to worry about Dempsey’s mental toughness. He just puts his head down and works hard, even when he was unfairly on the bench those first two years at Fulham.

    52. Brian says:

      Jesus…listen to you people. One bad game and you guys think that Donovan has lost his confidence and will lose his starting job. You guys all sound like single mothers whose only child has gone off to college. He’s a grown ass man. He’ll be fine.

    53. ThaDeuce says:

      that sounds awful!!!

    54. thaDeuce says:

      He has the flu. I think that is all it is. seriously i do.

    55. Goalscorer24 says:

      One pass does not make a complete game. He just seems a little more timid then when he started.

    56. ThaDeuce says:

      maybe he was talking about the sporting game…but last weeks man u game was awesome!! So i don’t think you can say fading from 1 week with the flu. but people will.

    57. seth says:

      did anyone else notice how tired gomez was after his goal?

      also, i don’t think Holden played that well. He was definitely solid and this was a positive sign, but people are getting ahead of themselves.

    58. THaDeuce says:

      that is just the sensationalistic media… I really think it has to be a bigger game, like a rivalry game, with a cup or championship on the line, with possibly older or bigger teams……i doubt this will stand the rest of the season, though it does seem they are out to get him a bit. Then again, look at Terry and Bridge and Cole…The british media are effing scary! They called princess diana!!!

    59. JoWilly says:

      I’m sure…

    60. FareyTale says:

      you are an amazing mind reader..you remind me of this fortune teller i went to once. she had 3 nipples.

    61. ThaDeuce says:

      way to put it in perspective.

    62. grubbsbl says:

      While I have said it was a bad miss, I do not get the worrying about Donovan. The guy has had a great run and shown that he is a top player in the EPL.

      As for Holden, I did not see the game but anytime a player goes 90 minutes in back to back games after 1) just joining an EPL team and 2) not immediately playing is good news. The saga of Holden signing for Bolton, after Coyle switched clubs, and then working his way into the starting 11 after recovering from injury shows how highly rated Holden is. Also, they let him take free kicks right away -another good sign. I predict a bright future for Holden. If Bolton stay up, which I think they will, Coyle will revamp that team into a much more passing team. Holden appears to be at the center of Coyle’s revamped Bolton.

    63. OmarVizquel says:

      The question was, when does his loan officially end?

    64. Don says:

      A typical English attempt to undermine the confidence of a player who will face them in their opening game of the WC. They had to eat crow for most of his time at Everton, but when he makes a mistake common to all, he is held up to public ridicule. “The miss of the Season” they proclaim when Rooney, Gerrard, Lampard and others make similar errors. Welcome to the Big Leagues America. Time to declare our independence once more.

    65. OmarVizquel says:

      Absolutely agree. He should have scored, but the way the press is focusing on this is odd. I watched the BBC afterward, and the interviewer kept bringing it up to all the players and managers. I mean, I’ve seen horrible misses before…..they don’t do that. But Landon’s “exotic” status as the best American player has brought with it an intense scrutiny. It’s strange.

    66. Jao says:

      Some serious Donovan stans here. It was a sitter and he blew it, he knows it, Moyes knows it, and the team knows it. That’s why he apologized for it after the match. It’s all about how he responds after and from the initial look, he seemed dejected and crushed.

      I don’t even care for the US team. I mainly come here to give my opinion on players like Davies, Bocanegra, and Westberg (who doesn’t get that much mention btw) who are plying their trade in France, my home country, and to read about MLS. But it seems like, from reading comments over time, anybody who gives a negative or not-so-good comment about Donovan is quickly labeled a Donovan hater or gets a response from someone who quickly defends him like he needs a babysitter.

    67. OmarVizquel says:

      Dear US soccer fans: Please don’t register on every forum for Premiership teams that sign American players and constantly chime in on your guy’s performance, history, future, etc.

    68. Chris in Belfast says:

      I say wait until he suits up for a senior team.

    69. OmarVizquel says:

      Landon sounds distraught. This is from the Liverpool Echo today: “This is just a really disappointing moment for me personally. I’ve put a lot into my time here and another goal would have been a nice reward. I got myself in a good position at the back post and was hoping Jack was going to put the ball across goal. He did that and it came perfectly for me. It’s hard to understand what went wrong. I felt like everything was right but then I looked up to see the ball had hit the side netting. It’s so frustrating because if we had scored then it’s possible we might have gone on to win the game. It’s tough but we’ve got to put this behind us now and move on. There are still a lot of points to play for.”

    70. DC Josh says:

      Believe its in 2-3 weeks. The MLS season starts in 4, so it has to be at least 2 weeks before then.

    71. DC Josh says:

      Thank you.

      It was one miss out of hours of fantastic play from Donovan.

      Everyone needs to calm down. The British media sensationalism is rubbing off on us. Let’s read less .co.uk’s and more Ives.

    72. Shark says:

      If you haven’t figured out what the English press is doing here is they are trying to demonaize Donovan. He is a very good player who frankly they are afraid of, who up until now has knocked their socks off and given them nothing to go after him for. Wanna know why? Because England plays the United States on June 12. Noticed the trened lately when you watch other Americans play on the TV? Getting little digs in here and there when they can. I lived in England and my mom is English, it is par for the course for their print press and TV. Even my realtives and friends don’t like their press and will tell you to just ignore them and no one takes them serious in England anyway. Makes Sports Center look tame and I ignore them too.

      This is the same press and pundits who have England as a final four team in the World Cup. They will tell you everything that is wrong will the other 31 teams while failing to admit they have serious issues on defense, goal keeping to name a couple and are one bad injury to Rooney from being in huge trouble.

      I wouldn’t read a whole lot into what they are saying. Just go read their tabloid papers like the Mirror and Mail. Donovan’s “miss’ looks tame in comparison.

      The over anyalyization of Donovan (and other Americans) by American fans has to stop too. He has been solid and then some in England. He is not perfect, then again tell me what player is?

    73. Shark says:

      Why is he distraught? A bit dramatic are we not? Just said simply he was disappointed for not scoring. It happens to best of them. I can give you tons of examples….like I said in my othe rpost need to stop the over anyalyization of Donovan and other players. He had a bad moment….so what? It won’t be the first or last…on the flip side his time in England has been very, very solid. One moment doesn’t take the bloom of of that.

    74. Shark says:

      Like you just did below? Nice…take your own advice….:)

    75. Shark says:

      Exactly on Donovan.

      I did see the complete Bolton v Wolves game and Stu, in my opinion. was their best player. He brings them a badly needed play maker, energy +….the guy never stops running on attack or defending. His passing, free kicks and corners were all solid and he had a couple of scoring opportunties to boot. He has a bright future with who ever he plays for. And no he is not prefect and will have those strange days all footballers have on occassion.

    76. Hush says:

      Edu had a great game overall. One of my fav USMNT players

      Holden: Had also a decent game. His D was good and his free kicks were great.

      Donovan: Good game on the Defensive side. One miss and all of a sudden Donovan isn’t good anymore for the EPL!HAHAHAHA That’s hilarious. If it weren’t for Donovan Everton wouldn’t of beaten Chelsea,Man u,Man city, PURE FACT! I’ll take the Tottenham goal miss anyday over 3 wins against powerhouse teams!! People get to carried away. I understand the Brits getting all Donovan hating about it, but that’s natural of them to hate on an American who was involved in the Cole incident. Donovan has been the best player for Everton for a reason.

      ST.Addi: You said Donovan took a scroring

      chance from Vaughan and then gopt chewed out by this moron?BUUAHH! You ever think that maybe Vaughan got in Donovan’s way from scoring?! Who the hell cares about a player like Vaughan, what the hell has this kid done for anyone in the soccer world? If I were Donovan I would of said to him gently,.. shut your ass up, when you have played in important games in your career than you come back and talk to me son.:)

    77. NJ Guy No Longer Stuck in DC says:

      Donovan has really played well until yesterday. He’ll be fine.

      For that miss however, there are no excuses. It was like missing a PK in the 85th to tie it. And not even getting it on net.

    78. Nicole says:

      It’s the worst miss ever, not by a mile. Just cue up C. Ronaldo’s miss while with Man U. He is standing in the middle of an open goal mouth, about 3 feet out and Rooney sends him a nice soft pass, and he skies it at least 10 yards over the net. Now that is embarrassing. Nowhere near as hard a shot to make as Donovan’s. And yes, LD should have scored.

      I think we are projecting our own insecurities on Landon. I don’t see this as eroding his confidence. He’s learned to take loads of criticism before and bounced back strong.

    79. Nicole says:

      I meant to say it’s NOT the worst miss ever.

    80. Nicole says:

      Distraught? For real? I actually think he sounds pretty good. He realizes how he messed up, owned up to it and now is going to press on. We really need to calm down here.

    81. Nicole says:

      Good job, Hush. Especially your words to Vaughn!

      And I love how they are all forgetting: Landon was not responsible for them going down by two goals to begin with.

    82. Charles says:

      Or maybe a miss in penalty kicks to win it all and not getting it on net ?

    83. Lil' Zeke says:

      Unless your tons of examples involve Donovan, nor sure they’re applicable. The consensus has been that the most disappointing stretches in his career were down to his mentality. It would be a revelation if he’s reached a point where he can self-talk himself out of a negative turn in form. Hope so!

    84. Lil' Zeke says:

      I don’t buy the conspiracy theory. The English press will frenzy over any anybody’s blood in the water.

    85. Tony says:

      Best post by fat…touche

    86. Tony says:

      by far that is…

    87. ec says:

      Great feature on Holden in the London Times:

      link to timesonline.co.uk

    88. ThaDeuce says:

      bradley, edu, clark, holden, torres, will be the center midfielders if Feilhaber is not recovered…if he is recovered, one of the 5 may not make it. Also Adu is on the fringe for a spot, though he is left wing. so is beasley. lots to figure out in the midfield.

    89. elduderino says:

      Heh, that poor Jaguares defender… he made a great slide tackle and somehow the ball just popped over his leg to set up Hercules’ goal.

    90. ThaDeuce says:

      I am sure he was crushed….I mean he only scored 40+ goals in a season for United. Geez what an embarrassment.

    91. ThaDeuce says:

      I love comparing Donovan to one of the top 2 best players in the world or even just putting the 2 in the same sentence. I hope Donovan can play like Ronaldo did after his miss or just regain his confidence like he did. Are you kidding? Donovan has always sulked far too long about dumb stuff. He is a mama’s boy….primadonnavan.

    92. ThaDeuce says:

      Back to being primadonovan.

    93. OmarVizquel says:

      Well, I saw video of him right after the miss and right after the game, and he looked like a zombie, swearing at himself. What’s wrong with distraught?

    94. OmarVizquel says:

      Reading a newspaper does not equal registering on a team’s forum and talking about my player every five minutes. C’mon guys.

    95. EA Scott says:

      I agree Lester, that’s what we all should be worried about. I hope I’m wrong, but with all these injuries, I can’t believe everyone is going to be healthy come world cup time. Look at Jermain Jones – he was supposed to be back in October. The good news is Edu looks like he’s back, Holden is doing well, and Dempsey looks like he is close to recovery…

      Another reason why the MLS only squad games were important; it’d be a miracle if our full squad was healthy come June…

    96. OmarVizquel says:

      “This is just a really disappointing moment for me personally.” Does he sound ecstatic??

    97. Bobeto says:

      It was going to happen…I was surprised Moyes even played him in that match. He needs to put it behind him and focus on the Holland friendly. You can tell he was really, really disappointed. That just shows the pressure players are under in Europe.

    98. madmax says:

      I feel sorry for Landon who started well but now looks like he’s got his bags packed. It wasn’t the miss that was so disappointing but the body language of the miss. He was very casual and leaning away, when he should have had his whole body driving forward across goal. Yes that would have created a collision with the sliding defender, but it would have insured a score. Has he packed it in? Moyes can’t afford to put him back on the pitch if so.

    99. EkstraBen says:

      Watch the replay. He was moving right, and the ball went to his left. Think about it – kind of hard to plant your feet and jump back in the direction you came from, especially when it’s high and arcing downward. Everything he did on that goal was fine; not his fault that AV’s defenders can’t mark up.

    100. Ari says:

      Why are Freddy and Eddie not getting playing time in Greece?

    101. derrick says:

      they pay him not to miss those. this ain’t MLS. It matters.

    102. BCC says:

      The greatest athletes in the world are the guys who quickly forget failures. If he is going to play in the EPL or anywhere else, he has to be able to move on.

    103. Nic D "The Texas 2 Stepper" says:

      Dude, they sat one game. Sheesh.

    104. jackie says:

      don’t forget alverez