Holden helps Bolton edge Birmingham, advance to FA Cup semifinals.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, March 15, 2011) -- Midfielder Stuart Holden was one of two Americans playing in England's FA Cup quarterfinals this weekend, going the distance for Bolton Wanderers, who recorded a 3-2 victory Saturday over Birmingham City.
Bolton, which prevailed on Lee Chung-Yong's strike in the 90th minute, next face Stoke City in the semifinals.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector came off the bench and played 55 minutes for West Ham United, which was eliminated 2-1 by Stoke on Sunday.
On Wednesday, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard needed only two saves to help host Everton draw 1-1 with Birmingham at Goodison Park in a makeup match.
Birmingham opened the scoring in the 17th minute on Jean Beausejour's bullet header. Howard got a hand on it, but could not keep it out of the net.
Everton leveled the match at 1-1 on John Heitinga's tally in the 35th minute.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan is staying with Hull City in the second-tier English League Championship. He had been on emergency loan to Hull, but upon its expiration, he returned to Aston Villa of the Premier League where he backs up American Brad Friedel. The Football Association, however, granted Hull another 30-day emergency loan.
Guzan returned and immediately was in net Saturday, making 13 saves for Hull, which edged as Hull faced Coventry City 1-0. It was Guzan's fifth clean sheet of the season for Hull.
Hull is in ninth place in the 14-team league, but five points within sixth which means inclusion in the promotion playoffs.
American defender Eric Lichaj went 90 minutes for Leeds United in its 0-0 draw Saturday with Ipswich Town.
Lichaj was obtained by Leeds on February 9 from Aston Villa. Yesterday, he loan was extended for the remainder of the season.
American forward Conor Doyle came off the bench and played the final 40 minutes for Derby County, a 2-1 winner Saturday over Swansea City.
U.S. striker Robbie Findley, remains sidelined with a thigh injury and was not available for Nottingham Forest's 0-0 draw Saturday with Doncaster Rovers. Goals by Henri Lasnbury in the 89th minute and Andrew Surman a minute later provided the margin of victory.
American Zak Whitbread was on Norwich City's backline yesterday for a 3-1 triumph over Bristol City.
Whitbread has been fighting a minor back injury that occurred the previous weekend against Preston North End.
Last Tuesday, Whitbread went the distance in a 3-2 road win over Leicester City, but it was not known if he could go for two matches in a row until game time yesterday.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson and Preston North End had the weekend off.
In the third-tier League One, American Mike Grella played 80 minutes and scored his first goal for Swindon Town in a 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge.
Just before halftime, Grella fought off defender Abu Ogogo on the edge of the penalty area and managed to lob a shot over keeper Tony Roberts. Grella also received a yellow card in the game.
American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United, which was drubbed 6-0 Saturday by Peterborough United .
American midfielder Anton Peterlin also went 90 minutes for Plymouth Argyle in a 2-0 loss Saturday against Hartlepool United
In Scotland's Premier League, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played 90 minutes for Glasgow Rangers in their 2-1 decision Sunday over Kilmarnock.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance and received a yellow card for Hannover 96, which suffered a 4-0 loss to FC Cologne on Friday.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover.
German-American striker Timothy Chandler played 90 minutes and received a yellow card in 1. FC Nürnberg's 2-1 victory Saturday over VfL Wolfsburg.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark has recovered from a facial injury and played the first half for Eintracht Frankfurt in its 2-1 loss to Schalke 04 on Saturday.
American defender\defensive midfielder Daniel Williams is recovering from a knee injury and sidelined for SC Freiburg and its 2-1 loss Saturday to Kaiserslautern.
In the 2.Bundesliga, American keeper David Yelldell made two saves for MSV Duisburg, which dropped a 3-1 decision Friday to Karlsruhe. Another American keeper, Luis Robles dressed but did not play for Karlsruhe.
American forward Edson Buddle came off the bench and played the final 18 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 in a 2-1 win over FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
American defender Amaechi Igwe is recovering from a knee injury and unavailable to Ingolstadt.
American forward Bobby Wood dressed, but did not play for TSV 1860 Munich in its 3-0 triumph Sunday over Arminia Bielefeld.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin, which defeated SpVgg Greuther Furth 2-0 on Monday.
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for St. Etienne in its 2-0 decision Saturday over Brest.
In the Netherlands, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu, again on the left side, played 90 minutes for Twente Enschede, a 2-1 winner over VV Venlo on Sunday.
In Turkey's Super League, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore has recovered from a minor ankle sprain and played 71 minutes for Bursaspor in a 1-1 draw Saturday with Karabukspor.
In the Turkish second division, American midfielder Freddy Adu started and played 68 minutes for Caykur Rizespor in a 0-0 draw Sunday with Giresunspor.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for RSC Anderlecht, which drew 1-1 with Eupen on Saturday.
American defender Michael Parkhurst was on the bench for FC Nordsjaelland, which drew 2-2 with FC Midtjylland on Saturday.
American attacker Marcus Tracy is recovering from a knee injury and on the sideline for Aalborg BK, a 1-0 loser Saturday to FC Copenhagen. American striker Chris Rolfe did dress, but did not play for Aalborg.
American defender Clarence Goodson, who was starting at center back, is out from two weeks to a month with a broken toe. He watched Brondby IF defeat Sonderjyske 2-0 on Sunday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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