Reading’s climb to safety from relegation continued this weekend courtesy of a 2-0 win against Manchester City on Sunday. American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann posted another shutout to pull the Royals three points clear of the drop zone into 14th place in the EPL.
It was a good weekend for Americans in Europe. Along with Reading’s triumph you had Michael Bradley scoring another goal in a Heerenveen win (at least initially, the goal is being ruled an own goal now), you had Oguchi Onyewu’s Standard Liege winning and putting a stranglehold on first place in the Jupiler League and you had Heath Pearce playing in his second straight game since finally being released from the Hansa Rostock doghouse.
Not all was good news. Fulham squeezed a draw out against Blackburn when it sorely needed a win. Now the Cottagers sit six points away from relegation safety with time running out. Kasey Keller earned the start against Blackburn and could hold onto the starting job the rest of the way. Eddie Johnson earned a start and played 90 minutes of less than memorable soccer.
Here is how all the Americans in Europe’s top flight did this weekend:
Tim Howard and Everton started, played 90 minutes and made seven saves in Everton’s 1-0 win vs. Sunderland on Sunday.
Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Reading’s 2-0 win vs. Manchester City on Sunday.
Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made zero saves in Blackburn’s 1-1 tie vs. Fulham on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-1 tie vs. Blackburn on Saturday.
Kasey Keller started and played 90 minutes for Fulham.
- Clint Dempsey started and played 66 minutes for Fulham.
- Brian McBride came off the bench and played 24 minutes for Fulham.
- Carlos Bocanegra dressed but did not play for Fulham.
Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in West Ham United’s 4-0 loss to Tottenham on Saturday.
Matt Pickens dressed but did not play in Queens Park Rangers’ 2-1 loss to Sheffield United on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96’s 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
- Sal Zizzo did not dress for Hannover 96. He is in U.S. Under-23 national team camp.
- Heath Pearce came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Hansa Rostock’s 1-1 tie vs. Duisburg on Saturday.
- Bryan Arguez dressed but did not play in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 tie vs. Borussia Dortmund on Friday.
- Gregg Berhalter did not play in 1860 Munich’s 0-0 tie vs. FC St. Pauli on Monday.
- Josh Wolff came off the bench and played 45 minutes for 1860 Munich.
- Neven Subotic started and played 90 minutes in Mainz 05’s 1-0 win vs. Offenbach on Saturday.
- Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Kaiserslautern’s 0-0 tie vs. Freiburg on Sunday.
- Josh Grenier dressed but did not play in TUS Koblenz’s 1-0 loss to FC Koln on Sunday.
- Michael Bradley started and played 90 minutes in Heerenveen’s 3-0 win vs. NAC Breda on Saturday. He had an apparent goal ruled as an own goal.
- Gabriel Ferrari dressed but did not play in Sampdoria’s 2-1 win vs. Parma on Sunday
- Danny Szetela did not dress in Brescia’s 3-0 win vs. Cesena on Saturday.
- Giuseppe Rossi dressed but did not play in Villarreal’s 2-1 win vs. Barcelona on Sunday.
- Andrew Jacobson did not dress in Lorient’s 0-0 tie with Caen on Saturday.
- Quentin Westberg dressed but did not play in FC Troyes 2-1 win against Clermont Foot on Friday.
- Freddy Adu missed Benfica’s 2-2 tie against Uniao Leiria on Sunday, He is with the U.S. Under-23 national team.
- Oguchi Onyewu started and played 90 minutes in Standard Liege’s 2-1 win vs. St. Truiden on Friday.
- Clint Mathis came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Ergotelis’ 1-1 tie vs. Asteras Tripoli on Sunday.
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