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Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind


It wasn't easy, but Clint Dempsey's Fulham managed to grab the win and three points in the first-ever European match at Craven Cottage. Danny Murphy's goal in the 56th launched Fulham to the top of the Group E table and ended their three game losing streak with a 1-0 victory against FC Basel. The Swiss side had numerous chances to equalize but failed to do so. Dempsey played the full 90 minutes.

Tim Howard and Everton enjoyed their trip to Belarus, coming from behind to grab three points of their own on the road. Second half goals from Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini were the difference. Howard played the whole game, making three saves en route to the 2-1 victory over BATE Borisov. That gives them two wins in two games, and first place in Group I.

What did you think of the two Americans in action today? Catch a glimpse of either game online? Excited to see the two in action next week in the qualifiers?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. Bobby Zamora has a Brian Ching cult. To put it bluntly, he stinks. He has no obvious or hidden talents and wouldn’t terrorize a NYRB CD. He destroyed every attack that went through him yesterday with pi$$ poor touches and passing. I’m hoping he’s the worst in the EPL. I believe he had two goals in 32 EPL contests last year.

  2. it is great news! just dont use up all your energy before hondarus clint.. i dont need to see you draggin your butt across the pitch again

    Posted by: Niccollo | October 01, 2009 at 07:10 PM

    Don’t worry Niccollo, Honduras has made sure it will be almost impossible for you to actually watch the game so you won’t have to actually see him play.

  3. I have only seen the highlight of the Fulham goal. Nice to see Murphy score a goal through the run of play. Most of his goals come from the penalty spot.

    RE: Zamora

    He is not the best finisher in the EPL but he has the speed and strength that would terrorize MLS defenders. He would get himself a lot of wide open looks I think and would hit his fair share. You will certainly pull your hair out at how many he misses but he would create so many chances that he would hit more than most MLS strikers. Think Brian Ching except more physicially gifted.

  4. “Tim Howard and Everton enjoyed their trip to Belarus”

    I don’t think I’ve ever read of anyone enjoying a trip to Belarus. heh

  5. Re: Zamora:

    No, I don’t think so. He did nothing all game long but hold the ball up when an incisive pass was required, and then promptly lose the ball and give Basel a counter.

    Truly, Basel were the better team on the night, and Fulham likely would have been happy to get out of the Cottage with a draw. As it is, they’re probably ecstatic.

  6. I was at the game last night (am lucky enough to be in London for a week long soccer vacation, went to Arsenal-Olympiakos and going to Chelsea-Liverpool on Sunday) and I was impressed by Dempsey’s professionalism. You can tell the fans at Craven Cottedge have embraced him and for good reason. He plays hard, fast, and smart- honestly he plays much differently then when lining up for our national team. He created 2 dangerous free kicks and a handful of other chances. It’s great to see one of our own having such sucess at the highest level.

  7. this is good news. From what I remember, FC Basel is a decent side. I’m glad at least two of our AA’s are competing consistently, hopefully Duece can prove us all wrong next Saturday when he shows some HEART.

  8. it is great news! just dont use up all your energy before hondarus clint.. i dont need to see you draggin your butt across the pitch again

  9. A whole post about only 2 americans playing. Wow.

    I think Murphy is Fulham’s top scorer. He seems to be the only one getting on the score sheet.


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