Tuesday October 5th, 2010

Clint Dempsey didn't need any assistance from Robert Green this time around.

A little less than four months after scoring a goal on Green's infamous blunder in the World Cup, Dempsey beat the British keeper again, scoring the opening goal in Fulham's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.

This goal was more about Dempsey's finishing than it was about Green's ball handling. The American worked a give-and-go combination with Simon Davies, running onto a chip inside the area and coolly lobbing a left-footed touch just out of the diving Green's reach and inside the right post.

Dempsey wasn't the only American to grab some headlines this past week. Alejandro Bedoya scored 16 seconds into Orebro's match last Tuesday, only to pick up two yellow cards and be ejected midway through the second half. Jermaine Jones also picked up two yellow cards and was ejected in his match over the weekend for Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04.

Dempsey, Bedoya and Jones will share the same locker room later this week, as the three were among 18 European-based players called in by U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley for the upcoming friendlies against Poland and Colombia. For Jones, who was born in Germany, it will mark the first time that he will suit up for the United States.

Aston Villa defender Eric Lichaj also will be a first-timer to dress for the U.S. senior side. The other European-based players to receive the call were: Brad Guzan, Jonathan Spector, Eddie Johnson, Stuart Holden, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Oguchi Onyewu, Carlos Bocanegra, Steve Cherundolo, Benny Feilhaber, Michael Bradley, Maurice Edu, Michael Parkhurst and Clarence Goodson.

Here's how they and the rest of the Americans playing club soccer abroad fared this past week (season statistics encompass all competitions):

Premier League

Clint Dempsey, M, Fulham -- Started, played 90 minutes and scored the opening goal in the 33rd minute of Fulham's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 6 starts, 3 goals

Brad Friedel, GK, Aston Villa -- Started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Villa's 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 7 starts, 31 saves, 12 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets

Brad Guzan, GK, Aston Villa -- In the 18-man gameday roster, did not play in Villa's 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. SEASON: 3 games, 3 starts, 12 saves, 5 goals allowed

Marcus Hahnemann, GK, Wolverhampton -- Started, played 90 minutes and made eight saves in Wolves' 2-0 loss to Wigan Athletic on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 7 starts, 27 saves, 12 goals allowed

Stuart Holden, M, Bolton -- Started, played 90 minutes in Bolton's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Holden signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Bolton through 2013. SEASON: 8 games, 7 starts

Tim Howard, GK, Everton -- Started, played 90 minutes, wasn't credited with any saves but still earned his second consecutive clean sheet in Everton's 2-0 victory over Birmingham on Saturday. The victory was the Toffees' first in league play this season. SEASON: 7 games, 7 starts, 15 saves, 7 goals allowed, 2 clean sheets

Eddie Johnson, F, Fulham -- Started, played 77 minutes in Fulham's 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday. The start was Johnson's first for the Cottagers in league play since March 22, 2008, a span that included loan spells at Cardiff City and Aris Salonika (Greece). He did start a League Cup match for Fulham last September, before being loaned to Aris. SEASON: 5 games, 1 start

Eric Lichaj, D, Aston Villa -- Not in the 18 for Villa's 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Jonathan Spector, D, West Ham -- Not in the 18 for West Ham's 1-1 draw with Fulham on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games, 2 starts

Championship

Conor Doyle, F, Derby County -- In the 18, did not play in Derby County's 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough on Tuesday. Not in the 18 for Derby County's 0-0 draw with Swansea City on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 2 starts

Mike Grella, F, Leeds United -- Not in the 18 for Leeds' 6-4 loss to Preston North End on Tuesday or for Leeds' 2-1 loss to Ipswich Town on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

Zak Whitbread, D, Norwich City -- Not in the 18 for Norwich City's 4-3 victory over Leicester City on Tuesday or for Norwich City's 3-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

League One

Anton Peterlin, M, Plymouth Argyle -- Not in the 18 for Plymouth Argyle's 3-2 victory over Swindon Town on Tuesday or for Plymouth Argyle's 1-0 loss to Hartlepool United on Saturday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Frank Simek, D, Carlisle United -- Started, played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 4-0 victory over Hartlepool United on Tuesday. Simek also started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle's 1-0 loss to Peterborough United on Saturday. SEASON: 10 games, 10 starts

League Two

Jemal Johnson, F, Port Vale -- In the 18, came on as a 66th-minute substitute in Port Vale's 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday. Johnson was also in the 18 and came on as a 58th-minute substitute in Port Vale's 2-1 loss to Oxford United on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games

La Liga

Jozy Altidore, F, Villarreal -- Started, played 85 minutes in Villarreal's 2-1 victory over Club Brugge in Thursday's UEFA Europa League group stage match. Altidore put in a very active, physical shift, but he missed out on a few golden chances to score his elusive first goal for The Yellow Submarine. Altidore made the gameday roster but didn't play in Villarreal's 2-0 victory over Racing Santander in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 4 games, 3 starts

Serie A

Oguchi Onyewu, D, AC Milan -- Not on the UEFA Champions League roster for AC Milan, which played Ajax Amsterdam to a 1-1 draw in Tuesday's group stage match. Onyewu also did not make the gameday roster for Milan in its 1-0 victory over Parma in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Bundesliga

DaMarcus Beasley, M, Hannover 96 -- In the 18, did not play in Hannover's 1-0 loss to St. Pauli on Friday. SEASON: 1 game

Michael Bradley, M, Borussia Monchengladbach -- Started, played 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in Monchengladbach's 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday. SEASON: 8 games, 8 starts, 2 goals

Steve Cherundolo, D, Hannover 96 -- Started, played 90 minutes in Hannover's 1-0 loss to St. Pauli on Friday. SEASON: 8 games, 8 starts

Ricardo Clark, M, Eintracht Frankfurt -- Not in the 18 for Frankfurt's 2-1 victory over VfB Stuttgart. SEASON: 2 games

Jermaine Jones, M, FC Schalke 04 -- In the 18, came on as a 66th-minute substitute in Schalke's 2-0 victory over Benfica in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League group stage match. Jones also started, received two yellow cards and was ejected in the 53rd minute of Schalke's 2-1 loss to Nurnberg in league play on Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 8 starts, 1 goal

Daniel Williams, D, SC Freiburg -- In the 18, did not play in Freiburg's 3-2 victory over FC Cologne on Saturday. SEASON: 2 games

2. Bundesliga

Luis Robles, GK, Karlsruhe SC -- Started, played 90 minutes and made five saves in Karlsruhe's 1-1 draw with FC Ingolstadt 04 on Friday. Robles made his team and season debut, getting a chance to start after Karlsruhe had yielded 12 goals in its previous four games. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start, 5 saves, 1 goal allowed

Dave Yelldell, GK, MSV Duisburg -- Started, played 90 minutes, made two saves and earned the clean sheet in Duisburg's 3-0 victory over RW Oberhausen on Friday. SEASON: 8 games, 8 starts, 20 saves, 6 goals allowed, 3 clean sheets

3. Liga

Matt Taylor, F, Rot Weiss Ahlen -- Started, played 86 minutes in Rot Weiss Ahlen's 0-0 draw with Saarbrucken on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 5 starts, 2 goals

Ligue 1

Carlos Bocanegra, D, St. Etienne -- Started, played 90 minutes in St. Etienne's 1-1 draw with Marseille on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 7 starts

Charlie Davies, F, FC Sochaux -- Not in the 18 for Sochaux's 3-0 victory over Lens on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Eerste Klasse

Sacha Kljestan, M, RSC Anderlecht -- In the 18, did not play in Anderlecht's 1-0 loss to Hajduk Split in Thursday's UEFA Europa League group stage match. Not in the 18 for Anderlecht's 5-1 loss to Standard Liege in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts, 2 goals

Liga de Honra

Bryan Arguez, M, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 2-0 victory over Penafiel on Saturday. SEASON: 1 game, 1 start

Greg Garza, D, G.D. Estoril Praia -- Not in the 18 for Estoril's 2-0 victory over Penafiel on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Tony Taylor, F, G.D. Estoril Praia -- In the 18, did not play in Estoril's 2-0 victory over Penafiel on Saturday. SEASON: 6 games, 1 start, 2 goals

Premier League

Dominic Cervi, GK, Celtic FC -- Not in the 18 for Celtic's 3-1 victory over Hamilton Academical on Saturday. SEASON: 0 games

Maurice Edu, M, Rangers FC -- Started, played 90 minutes in Rangers' 1-0 victory over Bursaspor in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League group stage match. Edu also started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 victory over Heart of Midlothian in league play on Saturday. Both Rangers and Celtic extended their Scottish Premier League season-opening winning streaks to seven matches. The bitter rivals both have one more league match before squaring off against each other on Oct. 24. SEASON: 9 games, 7 starts

Super League

Freddy Adu, F, Aris Salonika -- Not on the UEFA Europa League roster for Aris, which dropped a 2-1 result to Rosenborg in Thursday's group stage match. Adu was also not on the gameday roster for Aris' 1-0 victory over PAOK Salonika in league play on Sunday. SEASON: 0 games

Primera Division

Edgar Castillo, D, San Luis -- In the 18, came on as a 70th-minute substitute and picked up a yellow card in San Luis' 1-0 victory over Tigres on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 1 goal

Herculez Gomez, F, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as an 83rd-minute substitute in Pachuca's 3-1 victory over Atlante on Saturday. SEASON: 9 games, 1 goal

Sammy Ochoa, F, Estudiantes Tecos -- Started, played 52 minutes in Tecos' 0-0 draw with Chiapas on Friday. SEASON: 10 games, 5 starts, 1 goal

Jose Francisco Torres, M, Pachuca -- In the 18, came on as a 68th-minute substitute in Pachuca's 3-1 victory over Atlante on Saturday. SEASON: 7 games, 5 starts

Marco Vidal, M, Pachuca -- Started, played 90 minutes in Pachuca's 3-1 victory over Atlante on Saturday. SEASON: 5 games, 4 starts

Primera Division

Michael Hoyos, M, Estudiantes La Plata -- In the 18, came on as a 60th-minute substitute in Estudiantes' 2-0 victory over Gimnasia La Plata on Wednesday. Not in the 18 for Estudiantes' 1-0 victory over San Lorenzo on Sunday. SEASON: 5 games, 3 starts

Premier Division

Ryan Guy, F, St. Patrick's Athletic FC -- Started, played 82 minutes and had a hand in setting up both of St. Patrick's Athletic's goals in the team's 2-2 draw with Sporting Fingal on Saturday. SEASON: 31 games, 29 starts, 6 goals

Superliga

Michael Parkhurst, D, FC Nordsjaelland -- Started, played 90 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 1-1 draw with Esbjerg on Sunday. SEASON: 9 games, 9 starts

Chris Rolfe, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 2-1 loss to Odense BK on Monday. SEASON: 0 games

Marcus Tracy, F, Aalborg BK -- Not in the 18 for Aalborg's 2-1 loss to Odense BK on Monday. Aalborg has just nine points through 11 matches and is in last place in the Superliga a third of the way through the season. SEASON: 0 games

Danish First Division

Benny Feilhaber, M, AGF Aarhus -- Started, played 90 minutes in Aarhus' 0-0 draw with Naestved on Saturday. Feilhaber had his three-game goal-scoring streak snapped in the draw. SEASON: 11 games, 10 starts, 5 goals

Allsvenskanliga

Alejandro Bedoya, M, Orebro SK -- Started, scored a first-minute goal but also picked up two yellow cards and was ejected in the 70th minute of Orebro's 1-0 victory over Kalmar FF on Tuesday. Bedoya pounced on a rebound in the box and put Orebro ahead to stay just 16 seconds into the match but was given an early exit after receiving the two cautions. He was subsequently suspended for Orebro's 2-1 loss to BK Hacken on Sunday. SEASON: 22 games, 22 starts, 2 goals

Tippeligaen

Mikkel Diskerud, M, Stabaek IF -- Started, played 90 minutes in Stabaek's 2-1 victory over Aalesund on Sunday. SEASON: 26 games, 25 starts, 4 goals

Hunter Freeman, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 1-1 draw with Tromsø on Sunday. SEASON: 24 games, 24 starts, 1 goal

Clarence Goodson, D, IK Start -- Started, played 90 minutes in Start's 1-1 draw with Tromsø on Sunday. SEASON: 22 games, 22 starts, 3 goals

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