by GIANFRANCO PANIZO
Just days after a disappointing2-1 loss to Mexico in a World Cup qualifier, some of the United States top players bounced back with solid weekends abroad.
Clint Dempsey beganthenew Premier League season on a positive note, goingthefull 90 minutes in Fulhams season opener against Portsmouth, and playing a part in the games lone goal. In the 13th minute, Dempsey aimed for goal from 25 yards out, but his shot deflected off of teammate Bobby Zamora before sailing into the back of the net.
Charlie Davies also had an impressive weekend,hitting a brace in just his second game with Sochaux. Davies entered the game as a half-time substitute and madea giantimpact, scoringgoals in the 61st and 90th minute. Despite hisgoals, Sochaux fell to reigning French champions Bordeaux, 3-2.
Davies wasnt the onlyAmericanAbroadto score this weekend. San Luis defender Michael Orozco not only helped blank Pachuca, but he also netted the second goal inthe teams3-0 victory.
Here is how the rest of the Americans Abroad did this weekend:
Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made three saves in Evertons 6-1 loss vs.Arsenal on Saturday. Jozy Altidore did not dress in Hull Citys 2-1 loss vs. Chelsea on Saturday. He is sorting out work permit issues. Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulhams 1-0 win vs. Portsmouth on Saturday. Eddie Johnson did not dress in Fulhams 1-0 win vs. Portsmouth on Saturday. Jonathan Spector came off the bench and played 25 minutes in West Hams 2-0 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday. Brad Friedelstarted, played90 minutes and made five saves in Aston Villas 2-0loss vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Brad Guzan dressed but did not play in Aston Villas 2-0 loss vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Eric Lichaj did not dress in Aston Villas 2-0 loss vs. Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Marcus Hahnemann dressed but did not play in Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 loss vs. West Ham on Saturday.
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Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watfords2-0 lossvs.Sheffield Unitedon Saturday. Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesdays 1-1 draw vs. Peterborough Unitedon Saturday.
Ian Joyce dressed but did not play in Southend Uniteds 2-2 draw vs.Walsall on Saturday. Zak Whitbread did not dress in Millwalls0-0 draw vs. Carlisle Unitedon Saturday. Mike Grella dressed but did not play in Leeds Uniteds1-0 win vs.Wycombe Wandererson Saturday. Jemal Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Milton Keynes Dons 0-0 draw vs.Swindon Townon Saturday. Jon-Paul Pittmancame off the bench and played 28 minutes in Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 loss vs. Leeds United on Saturday. ScotlandMaurice Edu did not dress in Rangers 4-1 win vs. Falkirk on Saturday. He is recovering from an injury. DaMarcus Beasley dressed but did not play in Rangers 4-1 win vs. Falkirk on Saturday. Germany
Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbachs2-1 winvs.Hertha Berlinon Sunday. Steve Cherundolodid notdressin Hannover 96s 1-1draw vs.Mainz on Saturday. Sal Zizzo came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Hannover 96s 1-1 draw vs. Mainz on Saturday. Jermaine Jones did notdress in Schalke 04s 3-0 win vs. VfL Bochum on Sunday. He is recovering from an injury.
Kenny Cooper started andplayed72 minutes in 1860 Munichs 2-1 loss vs.Hansa Rostockon Saturday. Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslauterns1-0 win vs.Ahlen on Sunday. Matt Taylordressed but did not playin FSV Frankfurts 4-0loss vs.SpVgg Greuther Furthon Friday. David Yeldell started, played 90 minutes and made six savesin TUS Koblenzs3-2win vs. Arminia Bielefeld onSunday. FranceCarlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rennes1-1 drawvs.Nice on Saturday. Charlie Davies came off the bench, played45 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Sochauxs 3-2loss vs.Bordeaux on Saturday. DenmarkBenny Feilhaber came off the bench and played 9 minutes in AGF Aarhus1-0 win vs.FC Copenhagenon Saturday. Jeremiah Whitestarted andplayed71 minutes in AGF Aarhus1-0 win vs.FC Copenhagenon Saturday. Dan Califfand FC Midtjylland play Odense BK on Monday. Michael Parkhurst started and played90 minutes in FC Nordsjaellands1-1draw vs. Koge on Sunday. Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborgs 1-0 win vs. Sonderjyske on Saturday. NorwayTroy Perkins startedand played 90 minutes inValerengas1-0 lossvs.Lillestrom on Sunday. Mikkel Diskerudcame off the bench and played 9 minutes inStabaeks0-0 draw vs.Tromso on Saturday. Clarence Goodson started and played 90 minutes in IK Starts 1-0 win vs. Fredrikstad on Sunday. Hunter Freemanstarted and played 90 minutes in IK Starts 1-0 win vs. Fredrikstad on Sunday. SwedenAlejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Djurgarden on Monday. MexicoJose Francisco Torresstarted and played45 minutes in Pachucas3-0 lossvs.San Luison Saturday. Michael Orozco started, played 90 minutes and scored aGOALin San Luis3-0win vs. Pachuca on Saturday. Edgar Castillo started,played 90 minutes and received a yellowcardin UANLs2-1 win vs. UNAMon Sunday. Marco Vidal started and played45 minutes in Indios de Ciudad Juarezs 5-0 loss vs.Morelia on Sunday. Jesus Padilla came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Chivas de Guadalajaras 2-0 win vs. Queretaro on Saturday.
What do you think of these performances? Glad to see Dempsey picking up where he left off last season? Impressed by Davies brace? Think Orozco should soonget another look with the U.S. national team?
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