Hahnemann, Howard meet; Everton, Wolves draw 1-1.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, August 25, 2010) -- Americans goalkeepers faced off Saturday when Marcus Hahnemann and Wolverhampton Wanderers visited Everton, employer of Tim Howard, for a match that ended in a 1-1 draw before 37,767 witnessing an English Premier League match at Goodison Park.
Hahnemann was the much busier of the two with Everton dominating possession and attacking from the opening whistle. Hahnemann made an amazing save when he acrobatically tipped over the crossbar John Heitinga's smash from 25 yards.
In the 43rd minute, Everton argued for a penalty kick, but was awarded a free kick inches above the penalty area when Everton midfielder Tim Cahill was taken down. The ball was driven into the defensive wall where Cahill pulled down a defender to get to the ball and pushed it past Hahnemann.
Everton maintained its edge until the 75th minute when Wolves went on a quick three-on-two counter attack. Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the unmarked man and he beat Howard with a tally against the run of play for a 1-1 tie.
Everton outshot Wolves 14-10 with each side managing only two shots on frame.
On August 14, Hahnemann was sharp in making three saves, helping Wolves to a 2-1 home win over Stoke City.
Three days later, Hahnemann did not play for Wolves, who opened their Carling Cup campaign with a 2-1 victory over Southend United of the fourth-tier League Two.
On August 14, Howard saw his season start with a horrible error in a 1-0 loss to host Blackburn Rovers. The only goal of the match came in the 14th minute when Howard raced out his goal to snag a long ball into his box. He brushed against a teammate and lost control of the ball and Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic quickly poked it inside the far left post of the unattended net.
Last Thursday, Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Rapid Vienna at Gerhard Hanappi Stadium in Vienna, picking up an important away goal in the two-match play-in series in Europes's third-tier Europa League.
Villa interim coach Kevin MacDonald started a number of reserves, including Americans Brad Guzan in goal and 21-year-old Eric Lichaj at right back. Both played well and after he made several saves in a row in the second half, disgruntled Rapid fans began throwing things at Guzan. This caused referee Alain Hamer to stop play and threaten a forfeit if the crowd did not behave.
"A few lighters, a couple of coins and obviously some beverages,'' Guzan joked. ''It's one of those situations where you come into to a hostile environment and you know the fans."
On Sunday, Villa traveled to Newcastle United for a 6-0 humiliation by the host, newly promoted to the Premier League. American Brad Friedel was back in goal with the starters in from of him.
In the 12th minute, United midfielder Joey Barton beat Friedel with a rocket from distance and the Villa defense proceeded to take the night off. The result would have been worse had Friedel not made a half dozen saves.
On August 14, Villa opened its league season with a 3-0 shutout of visiting West Ham United. Friedel needed to make only one save.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham.
Friedel has been rumored to be heading to Fulham to rejoin his old manager Martin O'Neill, but the American keeper insists there is nothing to the rumor.
U.S. forward midfielder Clint Dempsey started and played 61 minutes Sunday in Fulham's 2-2 home draw with Manchester United.
At times he, teamed well with fellow striker Bobby Zamora and helped push the Fulham attack. He was obviously not happy when he was removed just after the hour in favor of newly arrived forward Moussa Dembele, a $6 million acquisition.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson did not dress for Fulham.
On August 14, Dempsey somewhat surprisingly started the season opener on the bench and only played the final 15 minutes. Johnson, who looks like he might not make the final 25-man roster, again did not dress.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden went the distance for Bolton Wanderers in a 3-1 decision Saturday over West Ham United.
Holden, who is clearly a Bolton starter, previously played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Fulham.
Yesterday, he finished up the final 22 minutes in Bolton's 1-0 first-round Carling Cup triumph at Southampton.
Also yesterday, Spector, the American defender, finally saw action for West Ham, going the distance in a 1-0 victory over Oxford United of League Two.
In the second-tier English League Championship, 18-year-old Texan forward Conor Doyle started and played 72 minutes for injury riddled Derby County in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Coventry City.
Doyle, who was set to begin college this year at Creighton, instead followed a summer training stint by signing with Derby. His starting job came in large part because of injuries to five strikers and midfielders.
American striker Mike Grella dressed, but did not play in Leeds United's 3-1 victory Saturday over Millwall. Today, he did not play in when Leeds fell 2-1 to Leicester City in the Carling Cup.
On August 15, he dressed, but did not play in a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.
American defender Zak Whitbread continues to rehab a calf injury and did not dress for Norwich City in its 2-0 victory Saturday over Swansea City.
In League One, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 4-1 triumph over Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. In his previous outing, he played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin did not dress for Plymouth Argyle in its 2-1 loss Saturday to Walsall. On August 14, he went the distance in the draw with visiting Carlisle.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan appeared out of favor when he remained on Anderledcht's bench Tuesday in a European Champions League play-in match.
After sitting out a league match, he was back in the lineup Saturday and scored the first goal in Anderlecht's 3-0 victory over KSC Lokeren.
In Germany, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones did something that he had not done in more than a year. He started and played 90 minutes in a Bundesliga match for the first time since May 2009 in FC Schalke 04's season-opening 2-1 loss to Hamburg SV.
This was the second match in a row Jones went the distance. Last week, he played 90 minutes in a German Cup match
U.S> defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed, but did not play for Eintracht in the match.
In his prior game, Cherundolo went 120 minutes in Hanover's loss in tie-breaking, penalty-kicks loss to fourth-division Elversberg after a 0-0 tie in the DFB Pokal (German Cup).
Clark dressed, but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-0 victory over SV Wilhelmshaven in the first round of the Cup.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia M÷nchengladbach in a 1-1 draw with FC Nurnberg Saturday.
Prior to that, he played 89 minutes and scored the first goal in M÷nchengladbach's 3-1 opening round victory over second-division FC Erzgebirge Aue in the German Cup.
German-American Daniel Williams came off the bench and played the second half of SC Freiburg's 3-1 loss to St Pauli Saturday.
Williams has come up through the Freiburg reserve system. In his prior match, Williams played the final 17 minutes in Freiburg's 1-0 decision over FC Oberneuland also in the first round of the German Cup.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American goalkeeper David Yelldell made four saves in MSV Duisburg's 3-1 win over VfL Osnabruck Sunday. That was after he kept a clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over VfB Lubeck in the first round of the German Cup.
American Luis Robles, a backup keeper, was on the bench in Karlsruhe's 4-1 loss Sunday to SpVgg Greuther Furth.
Striker Kenny Cooper (1860 Munich), forward Matt Taylor (FSV Frankfurt's) and injured defender Amaechi Igwe (FC Ingolstadt 04) did not dress for weekend matches.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra now plays for St. Etienne's and returned to Stade Rennes , where he had played the past two seasons and was a fan favorite, for a 0-0 draw Saturday in which he played 90 minutes.
Prior to that, after playing for the U.S. men in a 2-0 loss to Brazil, he was given a seat in the stands as coach Christophe Galtier's benched him as Saint-Etienne won its home opener over Sochaux 3-2. As it was, Galtier was said to be unhappy with Bocanegra's defense in the previous weekend's 3-2 loss to Paris St. Germain in Paris and he was said to be not pleased that Bocanegra made the trip back to the U.S.
U.S> striker Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 0-0 draw with Lille Sunday. He has not dressed yet this season.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 90 minutes in Glasgow Rangers' 3-0 victory over Hibernian Sunday. Before that, he went 90 minutes in a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock.
Dominic Cervi was the backup keeper as Glasgow Celtic which defeated St Mirren 4-0 Sunday.
In Norway, American defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman went the distance for IK Start in a 2-2 draw with Viking Sunday. Goodson was charged with a own goal after heading an attempted clearance into his own net.
American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played the first 77 minutes for Stabaek IF in a 4-0 triumph Sunday over Honefoss BK.
American keeper Steve Clark dressed, but did not play for H°nefoss BK's 4-0 loss Sunday to StabŠk IF.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes for Írebro SK which used a goal three minutes into stoppage time Monday to defeat AIK 1-0. In his previous outing, he went the distance ina 1-0 loss to Mjńllby.
American defender Ryan Miller went 90 minutes at left back for Halmstads BK, which fell 2-0 to Malmo FF Monday. It was his third consecutive start.
In his prior outing, he went 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with ┼tvidaberg. Miller received his first yellow of the season in the 22nd minute.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played only 20 minutes at center back before coming out of a match in which his FC Nordsjaelland was outclassed by FC Midtjylland 4-0 Monday. Parkhurst went down after a heavy tackle and tried to continue, but could not. He was initially diagnosed with an apparent dislocated shoulder.
In his previous appearance, he played 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 2-0 loss to FC Copenhagen.
U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber went the distance for AGF Aarhus, picking up his second yellow card in two matches in a 2-0 triumph over host Roskilde, thanks to a pair of second-half goals.
A week earlier, he made his first start for Aarhus and played 81 minutes in a 3-1 defeat of Br°nsh°j in its home opener.
American strikers Marcus Tracy and Chris Rolfe, both recovering from injuries, did not dress for Aalborg BK's 2-0 loss to Esbjerg Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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