Friedel's eighth shutout leads Spurs to 2-0 decision over Everton.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, January 18, 2012) -- In a match that featured Americans on both sides on January 11, former United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel posted his eighth clean sheet of the season to lead host Tottenham Hotspur over Everton 2-0 to maintain its position near the top of the English Premier League standings.
Friedel extended his EPL record to 296 consecutive starts while not having to make a save.
U.S. starter Tim Howard was in goal for Everton, while U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, on loan from Major League Soccer's Los Angles Galaxy, was in the midfield.
On Saturday, Friedel started again, but Tottenham drew 1-1 with visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Friedel had a pair of saves, but in the 22nd minute, all he could do was parry Roger Johnson's header off a corner kick into the path of Steven Fletcher, who found net from eight yards out. It was the first goal Spurs had conceded at home in 359 minutes.
Spurs (14-3-4) are in third place, trailing league leading Manchester City (16-2-3) by five points and Manchester United (15-3-3) by two.
On Saturday, Howard made six saves and Donovan assisted the tying goal for Everton in a hard-fought 1-1 draw with host Aston Villa.
Donovan was probably the best player for either team, sending in several accurate crosses after coming down the right side at full speed, In the 69th minute, he connected with reserve midfielder Victor Anichebe, who had entered a minute earlier, for the tying tally.
Everton manager David Moyes, had nothing but praise for Donovan: "His work rate was terrific. I played him on the right, left, then down the middle because he was the one who looked as if he had the energy. We've never had the chance to take him off in games because we need him so much with his running and the quality he has on the ball.
"Now we are going to try and give him a couple of days off so I don't burn him out before he goes back to L.A."
Significant in the match was Shay Given's return from injury and into Villa's goal where he made several outstanding saves. He replaced American Brad Guzan, whose was impressive during the weeks he filled in for Given.
Now both Villa and Guzan have choices to make. Several Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in obtaining him either through transfer or on loan. Villa must decide whether to send Guzan elsewhere or keep him as Shay's backup.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj remains sidelined for Aston Villa with an ailing hip.
Elsewhere in the Premiership, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey was unable to continue his recent scoring streak, but did play 90 minutes for Fulham in a disappointing 3-1 loss to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Adam Henley a young defender born in Tennessee to an American father, but raised in Wales, dressed, but did not play for Rovers
American defender Zak Whitbread also played 90 minutes for Norwich City in a 2-1 victory Saturday over West Bromwich Albion.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden has still not returned from knee surgery for Bolton Wanderers.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City Saturday in a 6-0 drubbing of Millwall.
U.S. striker Robbie Findley played the final 18 minutes for Nottingham Forest in its 3-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday.
American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County, a 1-0 winner over Coventry City.
American defender Daniel Potts did not dress for West Ham United in its 1-0 victory over Portsmouth.
In the third-division League One, American midfielder Anton Peterlin played 90 minutes for Walsall in its 0-0 draw Saturday with Brentford. American forward Mike Grella did not dress for Brentford.
American defender Frank Simek and Carlisle United's match with MK Dons was postponed.
American Tim Ream, a defender with Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, is in training with the Premier League's Bolton Wanderers. He has made a good impression and the club is now trying to acquire him. "He is a player that we would love to bring to the football club and hopefully in the next few days that can come to fruition," Bolton manager Owen Coyle said.
American striker Edson Buddle has joined Everton on trial. He currently belongs to FC Ingolstadt of the German 2. Bundelisga, but is deep in the doghouse there and the club looks ready to offload him wherever.
In Scotland, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra and midfielder Maurice Edu each played 90 minutes for Glasgow Rangers Saturday in a 2-1 triumph over St. Johnstone. Bocanegra was responsible for an own goal, while Edu received a yellow card. American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya dressed, but did not play for Rangers.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Chievo Verona in its 1-0 decision Sunday over Palermo.
In Portugal, Oguchi Onyewu went 90 minutes for Sporting Lisbon Sunday in its 2-1 loss to Braga.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went 90 minutes and received a yellow card for RSC Anderlecht in its 3-0 whitewash Sunday of Club Brugge.
The Mexican league return from holiday break and American defender\midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for San Luis in its 2-0 victory Friday over Estudiantes Tecos.
American defender Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 1-0 win over Monterrey on Saturday. American-born winger Joe Corona played the final half hour for Club Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres played 90 minutes for Pachuca Saturday in a 3-1 triumph over Puebla.
American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the final half hour for Puebla in its 3-1 loss Saturday to Pachuca.
American striker Herculez Gomez dressed, but did not play for Santos Laguna in its 2-1 decision over Atlante on Saturday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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