Boyd has goal, assist in Rapid draw; Everton exits FA Cup without Howard.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, March 11, 2013) -- When it was announced late last week that Everton' American goalkeeper Tim Howard had two broken bones in his back and will miss at least a month, a number of English soccer writers speculated whether Everton could continue to challenge for a trip to the FA Cup final and a high enough Premier League finish to challenge for a place in European competition next season.
The first returns were not much to the liking of Everton supporters.
With Jan Mucha in net Saturday, making only his ninth appearance in all competitions since joining the club two-and-a-half years ago, Everton was badly embarrassed at home, being soundly beaten 3-0 by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
It was not pretty with Mucha making some costly errors while being unable to organize his defense.
In Austria's Bundesliga, German-American striker Terrence Boyd had a big afternoon, recording a tie and assist to save Rapid Wien from suffering a second straight defeat for a 2-2 draw with Mattersburg.
Rapid went down by a pair of goals, but then Boyd led Rapid his side back. In the 60th minute, he outran a defender to a low cross and put it away to narrow the deficit to 3-1
Seven minutes later, Boyd again beat a defender, this time down the left side and his perfect cross was headed in by reserve attacker Deni Alar for the 2-2 tie.
In Mexico's Liga MX, U.S. forward Herculez Gomez scored his third goal in his last two outings, netting a free kick for Santos Laguna to defeat Atlante 2-1.
Gomez now has 11 league goals and 12 overall for Santos.
In Sweden, U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored in his second straight Swedish Cup match, notching Helsingborg's fourth goal in a 5-0 rout of second-tier Varberg in a Group 6 meeting yesterday.
With one match remaining, Helsingborg has four points with a plus-five goal differential and a match against Allsvenskan foe Gefle remaining. The winners of each of the eight groups move on to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Bedoya scored in the 79th minute Sunday, adding to his strike in a 1-1 draw with second-division Assyriska.
The Allsvenskan begins its season on March 31.
In English Premier League, U.S. keeper Brad Guzan had a strong match for Aston Villa, making four saves on the way to a 2-1 triumph over Reading.
Villa (6-14-9, 27 points), which did not dress U.S. defender Eric Lichaj moved into 17th place, one position and three points above the relegation zone.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for Stoke City in a 2-1 loss to Newcastle United.
U.S. midfielder Brek Shea dressed, but did not play for Stoke.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey remains sidelined with a calf injury for Tottenham Hotspur in its 3-2 loss to Liverpool.
Dempsey, however, is back in training and could play Thursday in a Europa League match against Italy's Inter Milan.
American Brad Friedel was on the bench as Spurs' backup keeper.
In the second-division English League Championship, U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City in a 3-1 win over Derby County.
Irish-American striker Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for County.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden dressed, but did not play for Bolton Wanderers, which edged Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0.
American defender Tim Ream did not dress for Bolton.
American defender Zak Whitbread's calf injury continues to linger and he was unavailable to Leceister City, a 1-0 loser to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
In the third-tier League One, American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in a 2-0 shutout of Brentford.
American forward Mike Grella dressed, but did not play for Scunthorpe United in its 2-1 loss to Coventry City.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Danny Williams played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 3-0 whitewash of SpVgg Greuther Fürth.
With nine games left, Hoffenheim (5-16-4, 19) ended a four-match skid, but remains in the relegation zone in 17th place, though within two points of entering a relegation\promotion playoff against the third-place club of the 2. Bundesliga.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson has an injured hip and was sidelined for Hoffenheim.
German-American Timmy Chandler went the distance for 1. FC Nürnberg's 2-1 victory over FC Augsburg.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst dressed, but did not play for Augsburg.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones served, a one-match, yellow-card suspension and was absent for FC Schalke 04?s 2-1 triumph over rival Borussia Dortmund.
American keeper David Yelldell did not dress for Bayer Leverkusen in its 1-0 loss to 1. FSV Mainz 05.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, apparently close to returning from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, did not dress for Hannover 96 in its 0-0 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt.
In the 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 4-2 decision over MSV Duisburg.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
American midfielder Joe Gyau played the first 85 minutes and contributed an assist for FC St. Pauli in its 3-2 triumph over SSV Jahn Regensburg.
It was Gyau's second start is as many matches.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the first 73 minutes for SV Sandhausen in a 1-0 loss to 1860 Munich.
American forward Bobby Wood dressed, but did not play for 1860.
In Italy's Serie A, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley served a one-match, yellow-card suspension and sat out for AS Roma in a 1-1 draw with Udinese.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in its 1-1 draw with ADO Den Haag.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 90 minutes for Anderlecht in a 1-0 victory over Mechelen.
In Spain's La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga in its 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid.
In the second-tier Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra continues to gain match fitness and dressed, but did not play for Racing Santander in its 2-1 win over Murcia.
In Turkey, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu went the distance for Bursaspor, a 4-1 loser to league-leadingt Fenerbahce.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brøndby IF, which blanked AGF Aarhus 3-0.
American striker Charlie Davies had one of his longer appearances of recent times, playing the final 19 minutes for Randers FC in its 2-0 victory over SønderjyskE.
American Conor O'Brien went 90 minutes in the midfield for FC Nordsjælland in a 1-1 draw tonight with FC Midtjylland.
Panamenian-American forward Tony Taylor came on for the final 15 minutes for G.D. Estoril Praia in a 2-0 loss at Porto.
Taylor was born in Long Beach, Calif., but grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He attended University of South Florida for a year before transferring to Jacksonville University for another season.
In the Mexican Liga MX, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley and defender Michael Orozco Fiscal both played 90 minutes for Puebla in a 1-0 loss to Pumas.
American defender Greg Garza, replacing injured American Edgar Castillo, went the distance for Club Tijuana in a 1-0 loss to Queretaro.
Castillo likely will need facial surgery after suffering three fractures. U.S. midfielder Joe Corona did not dress for Tijuana.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played 82 minutes for Tigres in a 2-1 decision over San Luis.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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