You know all those games with Americans failing to see much playing time? Well, the mid-week Carling Cup action was supposed to provide the opportunity for the likes of Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson to start and show what they can do. They got their chances, but there won’t be any more Carling Cup opportunities for either of them.
Dempsey’s Fulham lost to Burnley, 1-0, while Johnson’s Cardiff City dropped a 1-0 decision to Swansea. Those were some of the lowlights. Highlights? Johnson did earn his first start (and was pulled at halftime), while Bobby Convey also got into the starting lineup for Reading, which lost to Stoke on penalties.
Then there is Danny Szetela. His club, Brescia, lost to Ancona, but Szetela recorded a start and 90 minutes played for the fourth straight game.
There was even a goal, well, sort of. Gregg Berhalter converted one of 1860 Munich’s penalty kicks in its win against MSV Duisburg in DFB Pokal action.
Here is how Americans did in Europe on Tuesday in what was a surprisingly busy schedule:
ENGLAND (Carling Cup)
- Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 1-0 loss to Burnley.
- Jay DeMerit started and played 90 minutes in Watford’s 1-0 win vs. West Ham United.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress for
- Eddie Johnson started and played 45 minutes in Cardiff’s 1-0 loss to Swansea.
- Bobby Convey started and played 106 minutes in Reading’s vs. Stoke.
- Marcus Hahnemann did not dress for Reading.
- Danny Szetela started and played 90 minutes in Brescia’s 2-0 loss to Ancona.
GERMANY (DFB Pokal)
- Gregg Berhalter started, played 120 minutes and converted a penalty kick in 1860 Munich’s 5-4 penalty shootout victory against MSV Duisburg.
- Michael Bradley did not dress in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 3-0 loss to Energie Cottbus.
- Heath Pearce started and played 60 minutes in Hansa Rostock’s 2-1 win vs. Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Sal Zizzo came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Hannover 96’s 2-0 loss to Schalke 04.
- Steve Cherundolo did not play for Hannover 96.