Dempsey finds net twice, Fulham blanks Blackburn 3-0 in EPL.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, November 25, 2009) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey scored twice to help Fulham secure a 3-0 home victory over Blackburn Rovers today in the English Premier League.
After a lackluster first half that saw Fulham take a 1-0 lead on Erik Nevland's goal in the 43rd minute, Fulham came alive after intermission with Dempsey leading the way. Moments after the restart, he headed a shot inches wide. Then, in the 67th minute, left midfielder Damien Duff curled in a cross, splitting the Blackburn defense, allowing Dempsey to run onto it and deliver a shot past goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
Dempsey scored again in the 88th minute when he collected a left-side cross from reserve midfielder Simon Davies cross at the near post, held off a defender and shot past Robinson.
American striker Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
On a rainy Saturday, Dempsey played well, but visiting Fulham fell 1-0 to Birmingham City after going 2-0-3 in its previous five outing..
Fulham's best chance came in the 70th minute on a hard header from Dempsey, but Birmingham keeper Joe Hart managed to get a hand on it and deflect over the crossbar.
Johnson dressed for Fulham, but did not play.
In a match tonight between teams employing U.S. national-team starters, Hull City edged Everton 3-2.
Striker Jozy Altidore helped Hull take a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute when he controlled a cross and sent a blast toward net, but his U.S. teammate, keeper Tim Howard made an amazing reaction save. Howard, however, could not control the rebound and Steve Hunt put it away.
Hull then added goals by Andy Dawson the the 20th minute and Dean Marney eight minutes later to make it 3-0, more than Everton could overcome with a second-half rally.
Everton and Howard also had a wet Saturday to forget in a 3-0 setback on a visit to Manchester United.
Howard managed to keep Everton in the match and to a one-goal deficit at halftime with good saves on Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs. Michael Carrick found net for United in the 67th minute and Antonio Valencia increased the margin to 3-0 in the 76th minute.
Jozy Altidore played the first 74 minutes for Hull in a 3-3 home draw with West Ham United. U.S. defender Jonathan Spector dressed, but did not play for West Ham.
The match got off to a frantic start with West Ham scoring in the fifth minute and Hull almost tying the score, only to see his shot cleared off the goal-line moments later.
West Ham made it 2-0 in the 11th minute, only to see Hull score three goals before halftime for a 3-2 advantage. West Ham pulled even in the 69th minute.
American keeper Brad Friedel made three saves for Aston Villa, which needed a late striker to draw 1-1 at Burnley. U.S. keeper Brad Guzan was in his usual role as Friedel's backup.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann had a good view (from the bench) of a bad day for Wolverhampton, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of host Chelsea.
In the second-tier League Championship, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday in a 0-0 tie at Ipswich Town.
In the third-tier League One, American attacker Mike Grella dressed, but did not play for Leeds United, which went on the road an won 3-0 at Brighton.
American forward Jemal Johnson played the final eight minutes of MK Dons' 2-1 loss to Southend United Friday night.
Bradley goes distance in Mönchengladbach victory
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach, which earned a hard fought 2-1 win at Eintracht Frankfurt. It was Mönchengladbach's second road triumph of the season and it was a bit fortunate, given it was outshot 20-8, though only five Frankfurt's attempts were on frame.
at 4-6-3 with 15 points, Gladbach moved into 12th place, only a point below 10th -- a lofty placement for a team that has fought relegation over the past two seasons. Still, the club is only four points above the drop zone.
Hannover 96 is one of two teams in 10th place at 4-5-4 after falling 2-0 to Schalke 04. Hannover was completely flat in its first match since the suicide death of its captain and goalkeeper Robert Enke.
Defender Steve Cherundolo, who was slightly banged up while playing in a recent friendly for the U.S., was held out by Hannover.
In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Kenny Cooper is expected to miss three matches with a bruised knee and was not dressed for 1860 Munich, which defeated Arminia Bielefeld 1-0.
American keeper David Yelldell kept a clean sheet for TuS Koblenz in a 1-0 win over Alemannia Aachen.
American forward Matt Taylor dressed, but did not play for FSV Frankfurt's 3-1 victory at Rot-Weiß Oberhausen
Luis Robles was on the bench as Kaiserslautern defeated Union Berlin 2-0 on Monday.
In France's Ligue 1, Stade Rennes also wanted to hold out defender Carlos Bocanegra after his recent U.S. duty, but he was rushed onto the field when Senegalese defender Kader Mangane was injured in the 20th minute of a 2-1 decision over Le Mans.
Bocanegra received a yellow card for a violent tackle on Mathieu Dossevi in the 40th minute.
In Scotland, American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Glasgow Rangers' 3-0 decision over Kilmarnock. Rangers also announced that U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu is coming back more slowly then expected from his knee surgery and probably won't be fit to play until sometime in 2010.
American Dom Cervi was the backup keeper, but didn't play in Glasgow Celtic's 2-1 loss at Dundee United.
In Portugal, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu was in uniform, but didn't play in for Belenenses in its 1-0 triumph at Velenciano.
In Denmark, American defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes for Nordsjaelland in a 2-1 victory at Koge.
U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber went the distance, but American striker Jeremiah White did not play for AGF Aarhus in a 0-0 draw at Aalborg BK Monday night.
American attacker Marcus Tracy went the distance for Aalborg.
U.S. defender Danny Califf has apparently fallen out of favor at Midtjylland, which defeated Esbjerg 3-0.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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