Altidore goal helps Hull defeat Manchester City 2-1.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Sunday, February 7, 2010) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore scored the opening goal in the first half, helping relegation-challenged Hull City follow its 2-2 draw Tuesday with English Premier League-leading Chelsea with a 2-1 decision over visiting Manchester City Saturday at KC Stadium.
Hull (5-11-9, 24 points) climbed out of the drop zone to 14th place in the 20-team Premier League by defeating Manchester, tied for sixth place at 11-4-8 with 41 points.
After narrowly missing on an early free kick, Altodore put Hull ahead for good in the 31st minute. Midfielder George Boateng fed forward Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink just inside the penalty area and he curled a pass around goal Shay Given to Altidore who put away his Premier League goal.
Boateng made it 2-0 in the 54th minute, but City reduced its deficit to a goal when striker Emmanuel Adebayor scored five minutes later.
Altidore was replaced in the 64th minute by a defensive midfielder.
U.S. attacker Landon Donovan was introduced to the Merseyside derby when he traveled with Everton to nearby Liverpool for the 213th renewal of one of the EPL's most bitter rivalries. Liverpool won 1-0, capitalizing on a misplay by Everton's U.S. keeper Tim Howard.
The match turned in the 54th minute when veteran Liverpool Dirk Kuyt lined up shoulder-to-shoulder with Howard and was able to shield him from a corner kick while flicking a header into the net for the 1-0 lead.
The fiercely-contested match-up featured non-stop action and clamorous tackle after clamorous tackle with Liverpool's Sotirios Kyrgiakos sent off in the 34th minute, but Everton was never able to take advantage of being a man up.
Donovan, who started, was tightly marked and could do little when he did get control of the ball. On one occasion, he carried deep into the penalty area and crossed well to the far post, but no teammate could reach the ball. In the72nd minute, Everton manager David Moyes replaced both his strikers and moved Donovan from the right midfield to the left and allowed him to roam into the middle. Despite two late chances, Everton could not pull level.
U.S. keeper Brad Friedel lowered his league-leading goals-allowed percentage by posting his fourth straight league clean sheet and eighth in 10 outings in a 0-0 draw with host Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
Friedel recorded five saves, twice denying what looked like sure goals by Ledley King and stopping a fierce 25-yard drive from Tom Huddlestone. Friedel has now allowed 18 goals in 24 matches.
U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann made six saves, but they were not enough for Wolverhampton, which dropped a 2-1 decision to Birmingham City Sunday. Kevin Phillips scored in the 80th and 85th minutes to erase a deficit for Birmingham.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went the distance for West Ham United which dominated Burnley, but lost 2-1.
Injured U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers in a 0-0 draw with Fulham and 2-0 setback Tuesday at Manchester City.
In second tier English League Championship action American forward Kenny Cooper began his rest-of-the-season loan from 2Bundesliga side 1860 Munich loan to Plymouth Argyle by playing the final half hour plus of a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion.
Jay DeMerit went the distance in Watford's 1-0 loss at Barnsley. On Tuesday, Demerit also played 90 minutes for Watford which scored twice in the opening 34 minutes to defeat visiting Bristol City 2-0.
Frank Simek went the full 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 2-1 loss away at Nottingham Forest.
Simek also went the distance for Wednesday, which downed visiting Blackpool 2-0 at Hillsborough.
American striker Kenny Cooper played the second half for Plymouth in a 2-1 setback to host Reading 2-1 at Madejski Stadium. Cooper had a scoring chance in the 84th minute, but it was negated when he was called for a hand ball.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Zak Whitbread played the final 13 minutes in Norwich City's 2-1 loss at Millwall.
American forward Mike Grella was on the bench, but didn't play in Leed United's 2-2 draw at Hartlepool.
In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy semifinals, Grella came off the bench to score the goal that forced penalty kicks, and he also scored in the tiebreaker, but Leeds fell 6-5 in the PKs in the two-match, aggregate series. Shane Lowry's missed penalty cost Leeds a trip to Wembley for the final.
Grella, who entered in the 79th minute, muscled in the decisive tally to defeat host Carlisle 3-2 in the 86th minute of regulation and a 4-4 aggregate tie.
Bocanegra still in Rennes lienup
In France's Ligue 1, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for Stade Rennes, which defeated league-leading Bordeaux 4-2. There was some question whether Bocanegra had fallen out of favor and might be transferred, but he was in his usual spot on the left side in the big Rennes victory.
Bocanegra and visiting Stade Rennes were eliminated from the French Cup at second-division US Quevilly 1-0.
Bocanegra had a good chance to equalize in the 76th minute when his soft chip from inside the box beat the keeper, but hit the top of the crossbar.
In the German Bundesliga, Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach in its disappointing 1-0 road loss at 1 FSV Mainz 05.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga action, American Luis Robles was backup keeper and did not play for Kaiserslautern in a 3-0 win over Paderborn.
In Greece, U.S. forward Eddie Johnson went 90 minutes for Aris, which fell 2-0 to Panthrakikos. American midfielder Freddy Adu was on the Aris bench, but didn't play.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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