Dempsey makes visit to Fulham and helps Tottenham Hotspur to shutout win.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, December 5, 2012) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey's made his first visit to his former home Fulham and came up victorious when Tottenham Hotspur came cup victorious 3-0.
Fulham fans at Craven Cottage booed their former favorite every time he touched the ball, but he played well over 90 minutes, assisting on one goal and hitting the woodwork with a shot.
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was back on the bench with Frenchman Hugh Lloris earning his second clean sheet of the season.
Elsewhere in the English Premier League, U.S. keeper Tim Howard had a terrific game with Everton visiting Manchester City and holding the high-flying hosts to a 1-1 draw.
Howard made four saves, including a brilliant parry of a powerful 18-yard blast from Brazilian defender Maicon. The only goal Howard gave up was a 43rd-minute penalty kick by Carlos Tevez after a controversial call.
Aston Villa had to overcome Queens Park Rangers playing their first home match for new manager Harry Redknapp and emerged with a 1-1 draw, thanks, in great measure to keeper Brad Guzan.
Guzan was forced to make seven saves. After being beaten by a looping header from Jamie Mackie in the 18th minute, Guzan was perfect for the rest of the way.
American defender Eric Lichaj went the distance and was strong for Villa.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for visiting Stoke City, which continued its dominance of West Bromwich Albion with a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns.
Cameron was often able to get forward and his cross after a long run found the head of striker Kenwyne Jones, whose shot glanced off the post. U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
There is another U.S. eligible player on a Premier League roster. Midfielder Sebastian Lletget was born in California in 1992 of Argentine parents. He is on the West Ham United roster after coming up through the club's youth academy. He is eligible to play in the United Kingdom without a work permit because he has an Italian grandfather, allowing him to carry an Italian passport. He has yet to crack the West Ham first team.
In the second-tier English League Championship, American defender Zak Whitbread played 90 minutes and scored the first goal for Leicester City in a 4-1 win over Derby County.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle remains out for Derby County after appendix surgery.
American defender Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City in a 3-2 triumph over Middlesbrough.
American defender Will Packwood did not dress for City.
American striker Robbie Findley dressed, but remained on the bench for Nottingham Forest in its 2-1 loss to Hull City.
U.S. defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden's long recovery from knee surgery continues for Bolton.
Third-division League One teams still alive had FA Cup matches last weekend. American defender Frank Simek played the first half for Carlisle United in its 3-1 loss to League One foe AFC Bournemouth.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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