Johnson, Williams find net for Hoffenheim in 3-1 win over Hannover, Cherundolo.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Tuesday, September 25, 2012) -- German-American defender Fabian Johnson scored an equalizer in the first half and German-American midfielder Danny Williams found net for an insurance goal in stoppage time to give TSG 1899 Hoffenheim a 3-1 come-from-behind upset of Hannover 96 Sunday in the German Bundesliga.
Long-time U.S. defender and Hannover captain Steve Cherundolo was victimized by Johnson on his tally.
All three are part of the U.S.'s current effort to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Hoffenheim, at home, went down a goal in the 26th minute on an own-goal from Matthieu Delpierre, trying to clear a hard cross.
Just a minute later, Johnson victimized Cherundolo with a dazzling display of control. He flipped the ball over Cherundolo with a back heel, cut around him to regain control and whipped a shot past goalkeeper Robert Zieler in one continuous motion.
Hoffenheim finally broke the 1-1 deadlock in the 82nd minute on midfielder Sejad Salihovic's strike and Williams capped off the scoring in the 91st minute, placing his first Bundesliga goal into an open net.
Two U.S. standouts made their first starts with new teams. In Spain's Segunda (Second) División, defender Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes for Racing Santander in a 1-0 victory over Mirandes, extending recently-demoted Racing's unbeaten streak to five games (3-0-2) as it seeks to quickly win back promotion.
Midfielder Clint Dempsey, meanwhile, played 88 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers Sunday in the English Premier League. He didn't score, still trying to find his way with his new teammates.
American keeper Brad Friedel had three saves for Spurs.
In other Premier League action, U.S. keeper Brad Guzan had a less pleasurable afternoon, making four saves and receiving a yellow card for Aston Villa in its 4-1 loss to Southampton.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj played the first 68 minutes and also received a yellow card for Villa.
U.S. keeper Tim Howard, however, had a solid weekend, making four saves for Everton in a 3-0 decision over Swansea City.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played a strong 90 minutes on the right side of Stoke City's defense Saturday in a tight 1-0 road loss to Chelsea.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu was not dressed for Stoke.
In the second-division English League Championship, the only American to see action last weekend was defender Jonathan Spector, who went 90 minutes for Birmingham City in a 5-0 loss to Barnsley.
American midfielder-defender Will Packwood did not dress for Birmingham.
American defender Zak Whitbread dressed, but did not play for Leicester City, while Irish-American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County.
U.S. defender Tim Ream once again did not dress for Bolton Wanderers, a 2-1 winner over Sheffield Wednesday. U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden (knee surgery) continues to be a long-term rehab project for Bolton.
In the third division League One, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United in a 2-1 triumph over Coventry City.
American forward Mike Grella was on the bench for Scunthorpe United in a 1-0 victory over Colchester United, while midfielder Robbie Rogers did not dress for Stevenage in a 1-1 draw with Doncaster Rovers.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, despite the hard knock he received in Schalke 04's European Champions League victory, played the first 78 minutes in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Bayern Munich.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played the first 70 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, striker Andrew Wooten was the only American to see action, playing the final 36 minutes for SV Sandhausen in its 3-0 loss to SC Paderborn.
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play for FC St. Pauli in a 2-1 loss to Frankfurt.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales, who is also of Peruvian descent, and German-American defender John Anthony Brooks did not dress for Hertha Berlin, which tied 1. FC Kaiserslautern 1-1.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley has returned to training for AS Roma after missing several weeks with a thigh injury.
In Spain's La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu dressed, but did not play for Malaga in a 0-0 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
In the Netherlands, after scoring three goals in his previous outing, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore failed to find net in 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-1 loss to NAC Breda.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played the final two minutes for RSC Anderlecht in its 3-2 win over Zulte-Waregem.
In Austria, Rapid Wien manager Stefan Ebner changed his team's formation after its 0-0 draw last week and started only one striker, Deni Alar. That meant German-American forward Terrence Boyd was relegated to the bench and did not play in a 2-0 victory over SV Josko Ried.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes in Rosenborg BK's 2-1 loss to Brann.
American keeper Steve Clark went the distance in a losing cause when Vålerenga defeated Hønefoss BK 3-2 Monday night.
American striker Chad Barrett dressed, but did not play for Vålerenga.
American wing Josh Gatt has an ailing hamstring and was unavailable to Molde FK for its 0-0 draw with Odd Grenland.
American defender Sean Cunningham did not dress in Stabæk IF in a 1-0 loss vs. Fredrikstad.
In Denmark, American midfielder Conor O'Brien had a 65th minute goal and assisted on a 90th-minute strike for SønderjyskE in its 2-2 draw with Aarhus.
Twenty-one-year-old Icelandic-American striker Aron Johannsson had a goal for Aarhus.
Johannsson was born in Mobile, Ala., but grew up in Iceland and has played for its youth national teams. He has had a terrific year so far with Aarhus, including scoring four goals in 16 minutes, three in 3:50 in a match in August, both Danish Superliga records.
He is being looked at as a possible January transfer to major clubs in England and Germany.
American defender Michael Parkhurst played 82 minutes for FC Nordsjælland 's in its 1-1 draw with Randers FC.
American forward Charlie Davies dressed, but did not play for Randers.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson was issued a red card in the waning moments for Brøndby IF in a 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland.
In Sweden, American Alejandro Bedoya went the distance in midfield for Helsingborgs IF in a 1-1 with Malmo FF on Monday night.
American midfielder Brian Span played the final four minutes for Djurgårdens IF in a 3-0 loss to BK Hacken.
In Mexico, American defender Edgar Castillo went the distance and midfielder Joe Corona played the first 70 minutes for Club Tijuana in its 1-1 draw with Atlas.
American defender Greg Garza did not dress for Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance and assisted on Puebla's goal in a 1-1 draw with Leon.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played 69 minutes for Pachuca in a 1-0 loss to San Luis.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal played the final eight minutes for San Luis.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez played the final four minutes for Santos Laguna in its 0-0 draw with Jaguares de Chiapas.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres in a 1-1 draw with Morelia.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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