Dempsey, Guzan and Donovan instrumental in FA Cup wins

Dempsey, Guzan and Donovan instrumental in FA Cup wins

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Dempsey, Guzan and Donovan instrumental in FA Cup wins

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It wasn't a bad day for Americans in England as Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan and Landon Donovan impressed in the third round of the FA Cup.

Dempsey continued his impressive goal-scoring form with a hat trick in Fulham's 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage.

Dempsey opened the scoring against the League One leaders in just the eighth minute, taking control of a deflected through ball and beating John Sullivan in Charlton's goal. His second came 16 minutes into the second half when Dempsey combined with Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz for a one-two and slotted the ball home. Ruiz again helped Dempsey along to his hat trick when he drew a penalty that the American converted.

Damien Duff sealed the rout with a late goal for Fulham.

Brad Guzan is doing well in his extended run of playing time as the Aston Villa goalkeeper saved a penalty in today's 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers. Villa had a seemingly commanding 3-0 lead entering the 90th minute but Bristol scored and a drew a penalty in quick succession.

Guzan put a stop to any hopes of a dramatic comeback by diving to his left and blocking Scott McGleish's penalty. This was Guzan's eighth-straight game in goal for Villa.

Donovan doesn't seem to be showing any signs of rust in his return to Everton and provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Tamworth. The loanee swung in a corner that Johnny Heitinga powered home in the fifth minute. Donovan almost got on the scoresheet himself but his powerful shot clanged off the post.

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What did you think of today's performances? Is Demspey Fulham's most potent attacking threat? Could Guzan nab a starting spot in the near future? Impressed with Donovan's play thus far at Everton?

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