Dempsey goal helps Spurs win, continue chase for Champions League berth.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, April 22, 2013) -- United States midfielder Clint Dempsey was one of the heroes for Tottenham Hotspur when he scored the tying goal in the second half Sunday in a frenzied 3-1 come-from-behind victory over visiting Manchester City 3-1 in the English Premier League.
City still seems safely in the runnerup position, despite losing on the weekend Manchester United secured the league championship. Tottenham, scoring three times in a seven-minute span, moved closer to the automatic European Champions League bid it so cherishes.
The top three Premier League finishers advance to the Champions League, while the fourth-place team advances to the qualification round. With five matches remaining, Spurs are fifth but two points behind third-place Arsenal (18-7-9), which has played one more match, and one point behind Chelsea (18-7-8).
"It’s in our hands and you can’t ask for more than that," Dempsey said in a story in Sunday’s game program, “It’s great that we have everything left to play for. We have our destiny in our own hands in terms of trying to achieve our target and now it’s just about making sure we get the job done. We have to make sure the opportunity doesn’t pass us by."
City scored quickly, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute on a goal by Samir Nosri. The advantage held up until Dempsey’s equalizer the 75th minute.
Midfielder Gareth Bale, returning from injury, sent a cross with the outside of his left foot to the far left post. Dempsey outran a defender to get to the ball and touch it into the net from close range.
Jermain Defoe gave Spurs the lead four minutes later and Bale insured the win with his 23rd goal of the season in the 82nd minute.
With both Bale and Defoe returning from ailments, Spurs hope they are primed for a late- season run. American was the backup keeper for Spurs.
Meanwhile in Mexico, Club Tijuana lost a match and two Americans to red cards in a 2-1 setback to Morelia. Tijuana is winless in its last seven Liga MX matches (0-5-2).
Defender Edgar Castillo started and picked up his second yellow card and was sent off in stoppage time. Corona entered in the 72nd minute, but picked up a red card in the 89th minute.
Tijuana’s third American, defender Greg Garza, did not dress for Tijuana.
Back in England’s Premier League, U.S. keeper Tim Howard had a strong outing for Everton, making three saves, but Sunderland came out the winner 1-0.
American Brad Guzan was in net for Aston Villa, which was overwhelmed in the first half by Manchester United in clinching the league championship tonight with an easy 3-0 shutout.
Villa tightened up over the last 45 minutes, but could not make a dent in its three-goal deficit. American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Villa.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played only the final minute for Stoke City in its 2-0 triumph over Queens Park Rangers.
U.S. midfielder Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke.
American midfielder Sebastian Lletget did not dress for West Ham United in its 2-0 whitewash of Wigan Athletic.
No Americans played in the second-tier English League Championship American defender Zak Whitbread, returning from a leg injury, dressed, but did not play for Leceister City in its 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.
On Saturday, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden did not dress for Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Last Tuesday, he played 60 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Blackpool.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector has an ankle injury and was sidelined for Birmingham City against Leeds United on Saturday.
American defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers. Irish-American midfielder Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County.
Likewise, no American played in the third-tier League. American striker Mike Grella dressed, but did not play for Scunthorpe United in 1-0 triumph over Milton Keynes Dons.
American defender Frank Simek’s thigh injury kept him on the Carlisle United sideline for a 3-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, recovered from an ankle injury, played the final 26 minutes for FC Schalke 04 in a 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams did not dress for Hoffenheim, while American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played the first 66 minutes for Hannover 96, which was drilled 6-1 by Bayern Munich.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played the first half for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 1-0 loss to SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress for FC Augsburg in its 1-0 loss to Borussia Mönchengladbach.
In the 2. Bundesliga, Hertha Berlin clinched promotion back into the Bundesliga. German-American defender John Anthony Brooks came off after 25 minutes in its 1-0 decision over SV Sandhausen.
German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha. German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the final seven minutes for Sandhausen.
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed , but did not play for FC St. Pauli in its 3-0 loss to VfL Bochum.
American forward Bobby Wood dressed, but did not play for 1860 Munich in a 2-1 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
In Italy on Wednesday, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for AS Roma, which notched a 3-2 decision over Inter Milan in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinal. Prevailing 5-3 on aggregate, Roma will now face Lazio in the final.
On Sunday, Bradley played the final 18 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Pescara.
In Spain, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga in its 5-1 loss to Valencia.
In the Segunda Division, Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for Racing Santander in a 1-0 loss to Villarreal.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the first 54 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in its 3-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven.
In Austria, German-American striker Terrence Boyd served a yellow-cards suspension and was out for Rapid Wien in a 2-2 draw with Austria Wien.
In Belgium, Sacha Kljestan played ther first 74 minutes in RSC Anderlecht’s 2-1 loss to Zulte-Waregem.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress in for Bursaspor in a 1-0 win over Antalyaspor.
In Brazil, American Freddy Adu played the final eight minutes at left wing for Bahia in a 0-0 draw away at Juazeirense.
In Norway, Mix Diskerud scored his team’s only goal as he went the distance for Rosenborg BK in a 3-1 loss to Haugesund.
American keeper Steve Clark played 90 minutes for Hønefoss BK in a 1-1 draw with Sandnes Ulf.
American midfielder Josh Gatt played the first 72 minutes for Molde FK in its 1-1 relegation zone draw with Odd BK.
In Denmark, American forward Conor O’Brien played the first 67 minutes for FC Nordsjælland in a 0-0 draw with Randers FC.
American striker Charlie Davies dressed, but did not play for Randers.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson dressed, but did not play for Brøndby IF in a 2-2 draw with Silkeborg IF.
In Sweden, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Helsingborg IF in a 2-0 victory over IF Brommapojkarna.
American midfielder Brian Span did not dress for Djurgårdens IF in its 2-0 loss tonight to Elfsborg.
In Mexico, American striker Herculez Gomez started and played 74 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 1-0 decision Friday over Monterrey.
Mexican-American midfielder Benji Joya did not dress for Santos Laguna.
Mexican-American attacking-midfielder-forward Joaquin Alonso Hernandez, a 19-year-old born in El Paso, Tex., made his professional debut , playing the final 27 minutes and receiving a yellow card for Monterrey.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played the second half for Puebla in its 2-0 loss to Atlante.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played 85 minutes for Tigres UANL in its 3-1 victory over Pachuca.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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