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Americans in English Premier League, weekend report

Nov 25, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

Tottenham Hotspur's Bale celebrates with team mate Clint Dempsey after scoring a goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match in London

How U.S. men in England’s Premier League performed Saturday and Sunday in Round 13:

Clint Dempsey, Tottenham Hotspur: Duece made a big contribution to a worthy win at White Hart Lane. His little scoop pass to put Gareth Bale clean through for Spurs’ second goal was truly wonderful stuff. And Dempsey’s added a quick little pass to help along possession on the home team’s third in a 3-1 victory over London rival West Ham.

Brad Friedel, Tottenham Hotspur: Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas went with French international Hugo Lloris for this one. It was a great week for Lloris (he was huge in a 0-0 draw against Lazio in a mid-week Europa League match), which makes it a less-than-great week for Friedel.

Tim Howard, Everton: A slow first half for the U.S. No. 1 got slightly busier in the second 45. Howard can’t be completely happy with the way he dealt with Sebastien Bassong’s stoppage time header. Hard to call it a gaffe (especially in an EPL round that had a couple of real doozies from other ‘keepers) but perhaps he could have pushed the initial header away to preserve all three points. Otherwise, Howard was his usual steady self in the 1-1 draw at home with Norwich. His work included a solid stop on the goal line as Anthony Pilkington put a sturdy, 85th minute header on goal.

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa: Mostly unbothered in a drab 0-0 contest with Arsenal, the U.S. international did kick away an Aaron Ramsey shot with a swell foot save. No goals at home will not help the struggling side (still in the relegation zone), but Guzan certainly isn’t to blame for that.

Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa: Came in at left back for Villa but never looked comfortable, especially against a fresh Andrey Arshavin in the scoreless contest.

Geoff Cameron, Stoke City: The former Houston Dynamo man has mostly settled in at right back for Tony Pulis’ men, but he was on the left Saturday for the Potters, who took all three points against mostly lifeless Fulham at the Britannia Stadium. His only nick was a second-half yellow card. Mid-table now (12th) is a good place for Stoke.

Maurice Edu, Stoke City: The U.S. international did not make Pulis’ 18-man selection for Stoke.

  1. mkbryant3 - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Wasn’t Cameron on the left?

    • Steve Davis - Nov 25, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Yep. I double checked and you are correct … on the left. Thanks.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Nov 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I think I’m in the minority on this one, but I don’t we can use the phrase “usually steady self” in relation to Tim Howard anymore. In my opinion, his play has slipped noticably for club and country over the past few years. Yes, he still has those games that are absolutely sensational but more and more the phrases, “Howard could of done better” are coming out. Two years ago I would have said there is no way, barring injury, Howard wouldn’t be the #1 going into 2014. Now I am not so sure.

    • joeyt360 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Well, if you’re in the minority, the manager has now joined it.

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