Spurs' Dempsey deals Man. United another blow with goal for 1-1 draw.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(January 21, 2013) -- If Manchester United loses the English Premier League championship, Man. U. might have United States midfielder Clint Dempsey to blame.
Meanwhile, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore recorded three goals in a game for the second time this season for AZ Alkmaar in a 4-1 triumph over Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Erdivisie.
In September, Dempsey scored the winning goal for visiting Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-2 victory over United. On Saturday, he did it again, scoring three minutes into stoppage time for a 1-1 home draw with the Premier League leader.
The goal was Dempsey's fifth in the Premiership and seventh in all competitions this season with his new club.
Dempsey has found his place with Spurs as a hard-working midfielder, going from side to side, but mainly playing in the middle.
Before scoring on Saturday, he had Spurs' best chance, when he took Mousa Dembele's pass and burst between two defenders to challenge goalkeeper David De Gea point-blank in the 52nd minute. De Gea made a fine leg save to deny Dempsey, who later explained the ball got stuck under his foot, allowing his only to be able to strike the ball straight ahead as hard as he could.
The match was played in the cold and the snow at White Hart Lane. It almost didn't happen as there were pre-game talks of postponing until Sunday if the field was unplayable. With the field heated, there was no snow accumulation and the field remained playable.
American keeper Brad Friedel was on the bench as Spurs' backup keeper.
In the Netherlands, Altidore scored all three of his goals in a 23-minute span in the second half. Altidore leads the Eredivisie with 14 goals in league play and he has 18 in all competitions.
This weekend, two Americans had debuts with new teams. Midfielder Maurice Edu played the final 25 minutes in Turkey for Bursaspor, which defeated Kayserispor 2-1.
In Mexico, midfielder José Torres played 71 minutes in his opener for Tigres UANL, a 1-0 winner over Atlas. American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
In the EPL Monday night, U.S. keeper Tim Howard traveled with Everton to Southampton's St. Mary's Stadium and played a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Howard making four saves.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan had four saves for Aston Villa in a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
American defender Eric Lichaj started on the bench, but played 85 minutes for Villa because of an injury. He received a yellow card.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for Stoke City in a 3-1 loss to Swansea City.
In the second-tier English League Championship, U.S. defender Tim Ream is back in favor and went the distance for Bolton Wanderers in a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
After his 16-minute FA Cup appearance for Bolton, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden, back from a long rehab of an injured knee, did not dress.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector has an injured thigh and is unavailable to Birmingham City. American defender Zak Whitbread has an ailing thigh and is out for Leicester City.
American defender Will Packwood is out for the season after breaking his left leg in four places and having surgery two weeks ago.
Irish-American forward Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County.
The fields in the third-division League One are not heated, so defender Frank Simek and Carlisle United were postponed, as were American forward Mike Grellaand Scunthorpe United because of unplayable fields.
The German Bundesliga resumed play after its winter break. German-American Fabian Johnson went the full 90 minutes on the left side of defense for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 0-0 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams played the final 54 minutes on the left side for Hoffenheim.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played 65 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 1-1 draw with Hamburger SV.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo has a sore knee and did not dress for Hannover 96 in its 5-4 loss to Schalke 04.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones did not dress for Schalke, in the midst of a four-match, red-card ban. He reportedly picked up an undisclosed injury while with his team in Qatar.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst dressed, but did not play for FC Augsburg in its 3-2 decision over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen, a 3-1 winner over Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Spain's La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga CF in a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo.
In Spain's Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes for Racing Santander in a 1-0 loss to Las Palmas.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley burst into the penalty area and was pulled down, drawing a penalty kick, which provided AS Roma's only goal in a 1-1 draw with Inter Milan.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestanand RSC Anderlecht's game against Zulte-Waregem was postponed because of an unplayable field.
In Mexico, U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 2-1 win over Pumas UNAM.
American midfielder Joe Corona and defender Greg Garza did not dress for Club Tijuana.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez went the distance for Santos Laguna in a 2-1 loss to Puebla.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal played the first half and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the final 20 minutes for Puebla.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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