In Howard-Guzan net duel, Everton and Aston Villa draw 3-3.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, February 7, 2013) -- Because of a scheduling coincidence, United States goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan faced each other in the English Premier League before getting on a trans-Atlantic flight to Miami, Fla., to join the U.S. men for training prior to last night's 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss at Honduras .
Neither was in top form Saturday. Guzan made seven saves for Aston Villa, while Howard did not stop any shots for host Everton in a 3-3 draw.
Villa took 3-1 lead and seemed to be coasting, buta pair of goals from Marouane Fellaini, the second three minutes into six minutes of stoppage time, gave Everton the tie.
American defender Eric Lichaj did not dress for Aston Villa in the match against Everton.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey went 90 minutes for Tottenham Hotspur, which defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0.
Brad Friedel served as Spurs' backup keeper.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played 84 minutes for Stoke City in a 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
American midfielder Brek Shea, who was purchased by Stoke from Major League Soccer's FC Dallas, is not yet in England, waiting for his visa to be finalized and a work permit to come through, processes that could take several weeks.
The transfer fee was reported to be slightly more than $3.9 million
American defender Tim Ream went the distance for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-1 loss to Watford.
No Americans played in England's second-division League Championship last weekend.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector , out with an injured thigh, was not available to Birmingham City in its 2-1 victory over Nottingham Forest. Neither was American defender Will Packwood, out for the season with a severely broken leg.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for Derby County in its 3-0 shutout of Huddersfield Town.
American defender Zak Whitbread and Leicester City were not scheduled.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek went 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 1-0 decision over Tranmere Rovers.
American forward Mike Grella played the final 12 minutes for Scunthorpe United in its 1-0 loss to Crewe Alexandra.
Two German-Americans -- defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Jermaine Jones -- who have been sidelined for several matches, were back in German Bundesliga action before reporting to the U.S. team.
Johnson, who missed a pair of matches with knee pain, was able to play the entire 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 2-1 triumph over SC Freiburg.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams played the final 14 minutes for Hoffenheim.
Jones finished serving a four-match suspension for a red card (severe, given his reputation and previous suspensions), returned to FC Schalke 04?s lineup and played 82 minutes in a 2-1 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth.
German Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo is having knee issues and was sidelined for Hannover 96 in its 2-0 loss to Werder Bremen.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst dressed, but did not play for FC Augsburg in its 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen in its 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American striker Andrew Wooten went the distance for SV Sandhausen in its 3-1 loss to FC Union Berlin.
German-American defender John Anthony Brooks went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in its 5-1 win over SSV Jahn Regensburg.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
American midfielder Joe Gyau played the final minute for FC St. Pauli in its 0-0 draw with Energie Cottbus.
American forward Bobby Wood played the final half hour for TSV 1860 Munich, which lost to Kaiserslautern 1-0 on Monday night.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for AS Roma in its 4-2 loss to Cagliari.
In Spain's La Liga, American defender Oguchi Onyewu dressed, but did not play for Málaga CF in a 1-1 draw with Real Zaragoza.
In the Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Racing Santander in a 2-1 decision over Sporting Gijon.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for AZ Alkmaar in its 1-0 loss to FC Groningen.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 69 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 2-2 draw with Standard de Ličge.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu went the distance for Bursaspor in its 1-1 draw with league leading Galatasaray. Edu has now started in three matches for his new Turkish team.
In Mexico, U.S. forward Herculez Gomez played the first 73 minutes and was issued a yellow card for Santos Laguna in a 0-0 draw with Pumas UNAM.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 2-2 draw with Tigres UANL.
American midfielder Joe Corona played the first 69 minutes for Tijuana, while defender Greg Garza did not dress.
American midfielder José Torres played the first 82 minutes for Tigres and received a yellow card, while defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for Puebla in its 3-1 triumph over Morelia.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley also started for Puebla and played the first 66 minutes.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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