By FRANCO PANIZO
Everton finally snapped a winless run at Old Trafford that went back 21 years, and Tim Howard played a big part in making that happen.
Howard was integral to the Toffees picking up their first road victory against Manchester United since 1992, making six saves and opening the door for Bryan Oviedo’s late winner in Wednesday’s 1-0 win. For Howard, the triumph over his former club gave him two consecutive cleansheets and eight on the season.
On the offensive side of things, Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Bedoya each found the back of the net for their respective clubs. Altidore scored his long-awaited first Premiership goal with Sunderland in a 4-3 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday, and Bedoya helped inspire FC Nantes to a 2-1 comeback victory against Valenciennes on Tuesday with a strong performance that also saw him draw a penalty kick.
Danny Williams was another player to make an impact. Williams, who recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, delivered the game-winning assist as Reading knocked off Charlton Athletic, 1-0, on Tuesday. Williams started and played 64 minutes in the match.
Here is how the Americans Abroad fared during the midweek action:
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Everton’s 1-0 win vs. Manchester United on Wednesday.
- Jozy Altidore started, played 90 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL in Sunderland’s 4-3 loss vs. Chelsea on Wednesday.
- Geoff Cameron started and played 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 0-0 draw vs. Cardiff City on Wednesday.
- Brek Shea did not dress for Stoke City.
- Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke City.
- Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Aston Villa’s 3-2 win vs. Southampton on Wednesday.
- Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 win vs. Fulham on Wednesday.
- Cody Cropper dressed but did not play in Southampton’s 3-2 loss vs. Aston Villa on Wednesday.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City’s 1-1 draw vs. Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday. He is recovering from a thigh injury.
- Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-0 loss vs. Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.
- Stuart Holden did not dress for Bolton Wanderers. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Zak Whitbread did not dress in Derby County’s 2-1 win vs. Middlesbrough on Wednesday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
- Eric Lichaj started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 2-2 draw vs. Millwall on Tuesday.
- Danny Williams started, played 64 minutes and had an ASSIST in Reading’s 1-0 win vs. Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
- Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Queens Park Rangers’ 3-0 win vs. AFC Bournemouth on Tuesday.
- Duane Holmes dressed but did not play in Huddersfield Town’s 1-0 win vs. Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday.
- Fabian Johnson did not dress in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s 3-1 win vs. Schalke 04 on Tuesday.
- Joe Gyau did not dress for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
- Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Augsburg’s 2-0 loss vs. Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
- Jermaine Jones started and played 90 minutes in Schalke 04’s 3-1 loss vs. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Tuesday.
- Alfredo Morales dressed but did not play in FC Ingolstadt 04’s 2-1 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday.
- Andrew Wooten did not dress in Kaiserslautern’s 3-0 win vs. FC Union Berlin on Tuesday.
- Alejandro Bedoya started, played 90 minutes, drew a penalty kick that a teammate failed to convert and scored a GOAL in FC Nantes’ 2-1 win vs. Valenciennes on Tuesday.
- Sacha Kljestan started, played 120 minutes and converted a penalty kick in RSC Anderlecht’s 4-3 penalty shootout loss (after a 2-2 draw) vs. Westerlo in the Cofidis Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday.
- Terrence Boyd started and played 58 minutes in Rapid Vienna’s 2-0 loss vs. Ried on Wednesday.
What do you think of Howard and Everton beating United at Old Trafford? Do you see Altidore going on a scoring tear now that he has his first of the season in the Premiership? What are Williams’ chances of making it onto the U.S. Men’s National Team’s World Cup squad next summer?
Share your thoughts below.