Altidore, Dempsey each score twice to spur teams to victory.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, August 23, 2011) -- Some big-name Americans had a fine run the past few days with United States striker Jozy Altidore and midfielder Clint Dempsey each scoring a pair of goals and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley registering a game-winner.
Meanwhile, newly declared "American," left back Fabian Johnson had a hand in both his team's goals for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 2-0 victory over FC Augsburg in the German Bundesliga..
Dempsey found net twice in a first-leg playoff game, trying to advance into group play in the Europa League. Dempsey scored the last two goals in Fulham's 3-0 triumph over FC Dnipro of Ukraine. Dempsey hit just before halftime and added a header in the second half.
Altidore was named "Man of the Match" for AZ Alkmaar, which defeated NEC Nijmegen 4-0. In his first start for his new Dutch team, Altidore went 90 minutes, not only scoring twice, but also causing a penalty kick, converted by a teammate.
Altidore opened the scoring with a header and later added a left-footed, first-time blast for the third goal. In between, he was taken down after a hard run. He leads Alkmaar with three goals already in the new season.
On Thursday, Altidore came off the bench and played the final 15 minutes of a 2-1 loss to Aalesund in Europa League qualifying.
Beasley, in the meantime, scored his first goal in league play in more than two seasons. In his sixth straight start, he netted the game-winner for Puebla in a 2-1 win over Pumas UNAM in Mexico's Primera división. The goal was the result of a rocket header and he also helped on Puebla's first goal, drawing a foul that resulted in a free-kick tally.
Beasley was assessed a yellow card.
Johnson, a German-American defender whom has played for Germany at youth and under-21 levels in the European championships, has now changed his allegiance officially to the U.S. and is likely to get a call-up for the upcoming two U.S. friendlies.
This past weekend, he started his third game for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and played 77 minutes, had an assist and drew a penalty that was converted by a teammate in the victory over Augsburg.
In England's Premier League, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur finally got their season started after their opener being postponed because of the violence in the Tottenham area. At Manchester United last night. Friedel started after beating out Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes, last year's starter, and kept Spurs in the match for the first hour with a series of saves, several spectacular, before the floodgates opened and United prevailed 3-0.
Friedel extended his record for consecutive Premier League appearances to 276 matches, making 11 saves and twice robbed former Aston Villa teammate Ashley Young.
On Thursday, it was Gomes in net in a 5-0 rout of Heart of Midlothian 5-0 of Scotland in Europa League qualifying.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard performed well for Everton, which still lost 1-0 Saturday at home to newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers.
Dempsey and Fulham could not follow up on their Europa League success and lost 2-0 Saturday to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
American Brad Guzan served as backup keeper for Aston Villa which recorded a 3-1 decision over Blackburn Rovers.
American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa and negotiations continue with Leeds United of the second division about a transfer before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
American defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Norwich City in its -1 draw Sunday with Stoke City. He injured a knee in Norwich's opener, but the injury is not considered serious.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, back in training after a long layoff following knee surgery, did not dress for Bolton Wanderers in a 3-2 loss Sunday to Manchester City.
In the second-tier League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector received the start, going 72 minutes for Birmingham City Sunday in a 3-1 loss to Middlesbrough. On Thursday, Spector played 90 minutes in a 0-0 Europa League qualifying draw with CD Nacional de Madeira of Portugal
U.S. forward Robbie Findley played the second half for Nottingham Forest in it s 2-2 draw Saturday with Leicester City.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County, a 3-0 winner Saturday over Doncaster Rovers.
American forward Mike Grella did not dress for Leeds Sunday in a 2-2 draw with West Ham United.
In the third-division League One, American midfielder Anton Peterlin went 90 minutes for Walsall in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Yeovil Town.
American Frank Simek, recovering from a hip injury, is possibly out for another six weeks and thus was unavailable for Carlisle United's 2-1 victory Saturday over AFC Bournemouth.
In Scotland, things are in a bit of a state of confusion at Glasgow Rangers. On Thursday, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra, newly-arrived from France, was rushed into the lineup and went the distance, but Rangers fell 2-1 to NK Maribor of Slovenia in a Europa League qualifier.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu also played 90 minutes for Rangers.
On Sunday, it was a different story, Both Bocanegra and recent arrival, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya could not dress for Rangers because both are waiting for their visas and Premier League approval, even though both have received work permits. Edu did not dress for a 3-0 victory Sunday over Motherwell as he served a one-game suspension.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance and had a strong match for Hannover 96, which drew 1-1 Sunday with Hertha Berli.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha.
On Thursday, Cherundolo played 90 minutes in a 2-1 triumph over Spain's Sevilla in Europa League qualifying.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones' status at Schalke 04 remains cloudy. On Sunday, he dressed, but remained on the bench in a 4-2 decision over 1. FSV Mainz 05.
American defender Timmy Chandler went the distance for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-0 loss Saturday to Borussia Dortmund.
American keeper Daniel Williams played 90 minutes for SC Freiburg in its 5-3 loss to Werder Bremen on Saturday.
U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley is clearly out of the picture at Borussia Mönchengladbach and he was not dressed for a 4-1 victory Friday over VfL Wolfsburg.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen, a 1-0 winner Saturday over VfB Stuttgart..
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, U.S. striker Edson Buddle played the final 28 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 3-0 loss to SpVgg Greuther Fürth on Friday.
Three Americans dressed for their teams, but did not play: goalkeeper Luis Robles for Karlsruher SC in a 2-0 loss to Energie Cottbus, forward Bobby Wood for TSV 1860 Munich in a 3-1 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf, and striker Matt Taylor for SC Paderborn 07 in a 2-1 win over Dynamo Dresden.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark did not dress for Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-0 triumph Sunday over FSV Frankfurt.
In Portugal, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu again did not dress for Sporting Club de Portugal's 0-0 draw with Beira Mar on Sunday. On Thursday, he dressed, but didn't play in a 0-0 Europa League qualifying draw with FC Nordsjaelland.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sasha Kljestan went the distance and was credited with an assist for RSC Anderlecht in its 2-2 draw Sunday with Mons. On Thursday, he played 90 minutes in a 2-1 Europa League qualifying victory over Bursaspor of Turkey.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes for Stabæk IF in a 1-1 draw with Brann on Sunday.
American defender Josh Gatt went 57 minutes for Molde FK, which defeated Lillestrom 1-0 on Monday night.
American defender Sean Cunningham dressed but did not play for Molde
In Denmark, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brøndby IF' in a 0-0 draw Sunday with AGF Aarhus.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance Sunday in FC Nordsjælland in a 2-1 loss to FC Midtjylland. On Thursday, he played 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon in Europa League qualifying.
American striker Chris Rolfe went the full 90 for Aalborg BK, which drew 0-0 with SonderjyskE on Monday night.
American attacker Marcus Tracy is still recovering from a knee injury and was not available to Aalborg.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien entered in the 57th minute for SonderjyskE.
American midfielder Brad Rusin did not dress for HB Køge in its 3-0 win Sunday over Silkeborg IF.
In Sweden, American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller did not dress for Halmstads BK in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Helsingborg.
In Mexico, American forward Herculez Gomez came on in the 68th minute and scored the winning goal in Tecos' 2-1 victory Friday over Pachuca.
American midfielder Jose Torres started and went 66 minutes for Pachuca.
American defender Edgar Castillo played the final 39 minutes for Club America in its 5-2 triumph Sunday over Atlas.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres, a 1-0 winner Saturday over San Luis.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played the final 24 minutes for San Luis.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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