Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind
By FRANCO PANIZO
If you are a U.S. national team fan who still isn't convinced that Clint Dempsey can fill in at forward in this summer's World Cup, you might want to see his latest goal.
Playing up top in Fulham's 3-2 win against West Ham United, Dempsey scored the opener, chesting down a long ball to teammate Simon Davies, who returned a pass that Dempsey slotted to the near post. The goal marked the American international's seventh of the Premiership campaign, tying his career best from last season.
DaMarcus Beasley didn't score this weekend, but he did make his first appearance for Rangers since March 24. Beasley came off the bench in the 28th minute and helped Rangers to a 2-1 victory over Dundee United.
Beasley wasn't the only player making an appearance after a long spell on the bench. Luis Robles started in his first match of the season for the already-promoted Kaiserslautern in a 2-2 draw against TUS Koblenz. Robles made two saves in the tie.
Here is how the Americans Abroad fared this weekend:
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Everton's 0-0 draw vs. Stoke City on Saturday.
- Clint Dempsey started, played 86 minutes and scored a GOAL in Fulham's 3-2 win vs. West Ham United on Sunday.
- Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United's 3-2 loss vs. Fulham on Sunday.
- Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.
Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villa's 3-1 loss vs. Manchester City on Saturday.
Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 3-1 loss vs. Portsmouth on Saturday.
Stuart Holden did not dress in Bolton Wanderers' 1-0 loss vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
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- Jay DeMerit did not dress in Watford's 4-0 win vs. Coventry City on Sunday. He is recovering from a stomache injury.
- Frank Simek did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-2 draw vs. Crystal Palace on Sunday.
- Kenny Cooper did not dress in Plymouth Argyle's 2-1 loss vs. Peterborough United on Sunday.
- Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Leyton Orient's 2-0 win vs. Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.
- Jemal Johnson did not dress in Stockport County's 2-1 loss vs. Southend United on Saturday.
- Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 70 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers' 2-0 loss vs. Leyton Orient on Saturday.
- Mike Grella came off the bench and played 6 minutes in Leeds United's 1-0 loss vs. Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 3-0 win vs. Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
- Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
- DaMarcus Beasley came off the bench and played 62 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 win vs. Dundee United on Saturday.
- Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 4-0 win vs. Motherwell on Saturday.
- Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 1-0 win vs. Fiorentina on Saturday.
- Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 6-1 loss to Hannover 96 on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 6-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
- Sal Zizzo did not dress in Hannover 96's 6-1 win vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 loss vs. Werder Bremen on Saturday. He is recovering from a leg injury.
- Ricardo Clark started and played 90 minutes in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 loss vs. TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday.
- Daniel Williams did not dress in SC Freiburg's 2-2 draw vs. FC Cologne on Saturday.
- Jared Jeffrey did not dress in Mainz 05's 2-2 draw vs. VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
- Luis Robles started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Kaiserslautern's 2-2 draw vs. TUS Koblenz on Sunday.
- Matt Taylor did not dress in FSV Frankfurt's 0-0 draw vs. Ahlen on Sunday.
- David Yeldell did not dress in TUS Koblenz's 2-2 draw vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
- Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Stade Rennes' 2-1 loss vs. Sochaux on Sunday.
- Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 win vs. Stade Rennes on Sunday.
- Gale Agbossoumonde did not dress in Sporting Braga's 1-0 win vs. Pacos de Ferreira on Sunday.
- Freddy Adu started and played 67 minutes in Aris Salonika's 2-0 loss vs. PAOK Salonika in the Greek play-offs on Saturday.
- Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Aris Salonika's 2-0 loss vs. PAOK Salonika in the Greek play-offs on Saturday.
- Benny Feilhaber started and played 71 minutes in AGF Aarhus' 4-1 win vs. Silkeborg IF on Saturday.
- Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw vs. Randers FC on Sunday.
- Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-2 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Chris Rolfe did not dress in Aalborg BK's 3-2 win vs. FC Midtjylland on Sunday.
- Alejandro Bedoya did not dress in Orebro BK's 2-0 win vs. Hacken on Sunday. He was serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
- Ryan Miller started and played 90 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Brommapojkarna on Sunday.
- Michael Thomas came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Halmstads BK's 1-0 loss vs. Brommapojkarna on Sunday.
- Clarence Goodson and IK Start play Aalesunds on Monday.
- Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Aalesunds on Monday.
- Mikkel Diskerud started and played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 0-0 draw vs. Haugesund on Sunday.
- Steve Clark dressed but did not play in Honefoss BK's 1-1 draw vs. Molde on Sunday.
- Jose Francisco Torres started and played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 1-0 win vs. Monterrey in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Clausura on Saturday.
- Michael Hoyos did not dress in Estudiantes La Plata's 2-1 win vs. Chacarita Juniors on Sunday.
What do you think of these performances? Impressed by Dempsey's goal? Think he should play along side Jozy Altidore in the World Cup? Does Beasley have a shot to make the U.S. World Cup team? Think Robles should come to MLS?
Share your thoughts below.
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