Heavy workload doesn't slow Dempsey; he scores two more goals for Fulham.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, March 6, 2012) -- Most top Americans playing in Europe had a busy week, sandwiching weekend club games around a two-day United States men's training camp and Wednesday's 1-0 victory over host Italy in an international friendly.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey seems to thrive on the workload. He scored the decisive goal in the upset over Italy and then, on Sunday, scored twice for Fulham in its 5-0 victory over the visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.
On Sunday, he scored Fulham's third and fifth goals, using his right foot to net the first and his left to bury the second.
To an extent, both goals were similar. On the first, he was sent through with a short pass, drifted to his right in the penalty area, drew out the goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and rifled a shot into a far corner of the net.
On the second tally, he was again sent through on a short pass and, this time, he quickly moved in drifting to his left. He used his left foot to complete Fulham's rout
Dempsey now has 12 league goals -- seventh among Premier League goal-scorers -- and 18 in all competitions. He tied the American record he set last season for most goals in an EPL season, ahead of Brian McBride who nine for Fulham in each of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. In 2010-11, Dempsey set his previous best with 13 overall goals for Fulham.
Dempsey, who has been with Fulham since the 2006-07 season, has an American-record 45 goals in 174 league appearances for Fulham, 55 overall strikes.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore also had a big goal for his Dutch team, AZ Alkmaar. It proved to be the winner in a 3-1 victory Saturday over visiting SC Heracles Almelo.
Altidore, who fed Dempsey for his winning goal against Italy, scored in the 43rd minute ato put AZ ahead 2-0. He took a short pass with his back to the goal, turned sharply on a defender and shot between keeper Remko Pasveer and a goal-post.
Altidore seemed to tire and he came out in the 76th minute He now has 14 total goals in his first year with AZ and seems to have won back his starter's role after a bit of a rough patch which saw him sitting on the bench.
AZ leads the Eredivisie at 15-5-4 with 49 points, one point ahead of FC Twente (14-3-6) and PSV Eindhoven (14-4-6). Twente has a game in hand.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American forward Matt Taylor came off the bench as an injury replacement for SC Paderborn 07 and scored a pair of goals in a 74-minute appearance during a 3-0 triumph of Alemannia Aachen 3-0 on Saturday.
In the English Premier League, American keeper Brad Friedel atoned somewhat for the five goals he gave up a week earlier with a solid effort, but Tottenham Hotspur still dropped a 3-1 setback Sunday to Manchester United.
Spurs have seemed to have hit a wall and must play better, Otherwise, they will likely drop back into the middle of the standings in short order.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard made four saves Saturday for Everton in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers. American keeper Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Everton.
U.S. defender Tim Ream went 90 minutes Saturday for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden remains out for Bolton after knee surgery.
American defender Zak Whitbread went the distance for Norwich City in its 1-0 loss Saturday to Stoke City.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj, coming back from a hip injury, dressed, but did not play for Aston Villa in its 1-1 draw Saturday with Blackburn Rovers.
American Brad Guzan was on the bench as Villa's backup keeper. He has a decision to make. He has been offered a new multi-year contract by the club to replace his current one that is up at the end of the season. Villa says it hopes he signs, but will understand if he tries to find a club where he can start.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector played 90 minutes Saturday for Birmingham City in its 2-2 draw with Derby County.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for County.
American defender Daniel Potts dressed, but did not play Sunday for West Ham United in its 2-0 win over Cardiff City.
Two injured Americans did not dress this weekend, midfielder Robbie Rogers (concussion) for Leeds United and forward Robbie Findley (hamstring) for Nottingham Forest
In the third-tier League One, American striker Mike Grella went the first 68 minutes for Bury in a 3-3 draw with Huddersfield Town.
American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United, which fell 2-0 to Notts County.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin went the first 72 minutes Saturday for Walsall in its 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient.
In Scotland, the players are waiting for the other shoe to drop as the bankrupt Rangers desperately try to avoid what essentially would be the disbanding of the club.
In "administration" (similar to Chapter 11 in the U.S.) the players received a lukewarm assurance last week they would continue to be employed and be paid. But, now facing a possible $236 million tax bill, word came from the accountants essentially managing the team that a staggering $1.57 million must be cut monthly from the club's operating budget or else one of Europe's most storied teams might simply cease to exist.
Obviously, the players are more worried about the next paycheck than about this now-lost season and Rangers didn't look sharp in losing 2-1 loss to Heart of Midlothian on Saturday.
U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance for Rangers, receiving a yellow card. U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu sat out a yellow-card suspension, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya dressed, but did not play.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is finally back from his long, eight-match suspension and in coach Huub Stevens' starting lineup for Schalke 04. Jones went the distance and assisted on Schalke's only goal in a 2-1 loss to SC Freiburg.
As he had in the six matches previous to his suspension, Jones received a yellow card against Freiburg.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's 1-1 draw with FC Cologne on Sunday.
German-American Danny Williams, who came out of the U.S. match with Italy sore, did not dress for Hoffenheim while young striker Joe Gyau also did not dress.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96 in its 2-2 draw with FC Augsburg on Saturday.
A visibly tired U.S. defender Timmy Chandler played 70 minutes for 1 FC Nürnberg in a 1-0 victory Sunday over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales played the final 13 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 1-0 win Saturday over Werder Bremen.
German-American forward Terrence Boyd, who saw a few minutes playing for the U.S. last Wednesday, remains with Borussia Dortmund's reserve team.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen in its 2-0 triumph Saturday over Bayern Munich.
In the 2. Bundesliga, American striker Bobby Wood, recovering from knee surgery, was not available for 1860 Munich match against St Pauli on Monday.
American keeper Luis Robles, still looking for a way to join Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, did not dress for Karlsruher SC in a 5-0 loss Saturday to Fortuna Dusseldorf.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley capped off a good week by playing 90 minutes for Chievo Verona, which drew 1-1 Saturday with Juventus.
In France, American striker Charlie Davies did not dress Saturday for Sochaux in its 1-1 draw with Valenciennes.0
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 4-0 decision Sunday over Cercle Brugge KSV on Sunday.
Norwegian-born American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud, who scored for the U.S. under-23 victory over Mexico, did not dress for KAA Gent in a 2-0 triumph Saturday over KV Mechelen.
The Danish Superliga is back in action and defender Clarence Goodson, back from U.S. duty against Italy, went 90 minutes for Brøndby IF in a 1-0 victory Sunday over SønderjyskE.
Conor O'Brien dressed, but did not play for SønderjyskE.
American defender Michael Parkhurst played 90 minutes for FC Nordsjælland 's 1-1 draw Saturday with AGF Aarhus.
American striker Chris Rolfe played the first 85 minutes Sunday for Aalborg BK in a 1-1 draw with FC Copenhagen.
Brad Rusin did not dress for HB Køge in its 2-1 loss Sunday to Horsens.
In Mexico, American forward Herculez Gomez scored a goal and received a yellow card in a 77-minute appearance for Santos Laguna in a 5-2 triumph over San Luis.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal dressed, but did not play for San Luis.
American defender Edgar Castillo went 90 minutes and assisted one goal for Club Tijuana in a 2-0 win over Estudiantes Tecos on Friday.
Mexican-Salvadoran-American winger Joe Corona played the second half for Tijuana, while American defender Greg Garza played the final seven minutes.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the final 20 minutes Sunday for Puebla, a 2-1 loser to Club Deportivo Chivas.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein dressed, but did not play for Tigres in its 1-0 victory over Atlante.
American midfielder Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Atlante.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres has an injured hamstring and was unavailable to Pachuca in its 0-0 draw with Atlas.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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