Death, taxes and Michael Bradley scoring goals.
The boy wonder did it again, notching the equalizer in Heerenveen’s 1-1 tie with Eredivisie leaders PSV Eindhoven on Saturday. The tie moved Heerenveen into second place in the Dutch First Division. The goal raised Bradley’s goal total to 17 total goals and 13 league goals.
Bradley wasn’t the only American in Europe to increase his impressive stats. Tim Howard added his 11th shutout of the season in Everton’s 1-0 win against Marcus Hahnemann’s Reading. Just four days after his stellar performance for the U.S. national team against Mexico, Howard made two saves to post another shutout for the Toffees.
Clint Mathis added his name to the list of Americans scoring goals in Europe. He netted a stoppage time equalizer for Ergotelis on Sunday.
It wasn’t all good news for Americans Abroad. Losses by Fulham, Reading and Derby have all three teams in the EPL relegation zone, leaving a grand total of
10 nine Americans in danger of being relegated. How many Americans would that leave in the EPL? Try three (Howard, Brad Friedel and Jonathan Spector).
Some good news among the young Americans. Danny Szetela saw his first league action in Europe when he came on late for Brescia. Sal Zizzo also made the bench for Hannover 96 this weekend.
Here is how the Americans in Europe’s top flight did this weekend:
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and recorded two saves in Everton’s 1-0 win against Reading on Saturday.
- Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves for Reading.
- Jonathan Spector came off the bench and played one minute in West Ham United’s 1-1 tie vs. Birmingham on Saturday.
- Brad Friedel and Blackburn faces Arsenal today.
- Clint Dempsey came on at halftime and played 45 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
- Brian McBride came of the bench and played 26 minutes for Fulham.
- Carlos Bocanegra dressed but did not play for Fulham.
- Kasey Keller dressed but did not play for Fulham.
- Matt Pickens dressed but did not play in Queens Park Rangers 3-2 win vs. Southampton on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96’s 2-2 tie vs. Karlsruhe on Saturday.
- Sal Zizzo dressed but did not play for Hannover 96.
- Gregg Berhalter started and played 90 minutes in 1860 Munich’s 2-1 win vs. Kaiserslautern on Friday.
- Josh Wolff started and played 83 minutes for 1860 Munich.
- Luis Robles dressed but did not play for Kaiserslautern.
- Neven Subotic started and played 90 minutes in Mainz 05’s 2-1 loss to SpVgg Greuther Furth on Sunday.
- Josh Grenier started and played 90 minutes in Tus Koblenz’ 1-0 loss to FC Augsburg on Sunday.
- Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and scored the equalizing goal in Heerenveen’s 1-1 tie vs. PSV Eindhoven on Saturday. The goal was Bradley’s 10th in 10 matches for Heerenveen.
- Danny Szetela came off the bench and played four minutes in Brescia’s 4-2 win vs. Piacenza on Saturday.
- Giuseppe Rossi started and played 62 minutes in Villarreal’s 1-0 win vs. Murcia on Saturday.
- Andrew Jacobson dressed but did not play in Lorient’s 3-0 loss to Valenciennes on Saturday.
- Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in Troyes 1-0 loss to Bastia on Friday.
- Freddy Adu dressed but did not play in Benfica’s 4-2 Portuguese Cup win against Pacos Ferreira on Sunday.
- Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 0-0 tie vs. Roeselare on Saturday.
- Clint Mathis came off the bench, played 14 minutes and scored a stoppage time equalizer to help Ergotelis salvage a 2-2 tie Apollon Kalamarias on Sunday. (Yes, I forgot to include him originally, but I did have a separate post on Mathis’ goal on Sunday).
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