photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com
By FRANCO PANIZO
Benny Feilhaber just cannot be stopped.
Having scored four goals in the past seven days, Feilhaber continued his tear with AGF Aarhus on Sunday as he assisted on two goals and scored a clutch game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Koge.
Feilhaber's decisive goal may have been his biggest one to date at the club level. Having come back from a 2-1 deficit, Aarhus earned three points when Feilhaber stepped up and curled a free kick into the back of the net from 23 yards out in the 92nd minute.
Michael Bradley and Herculez Gomez also scored this weekend for their respective clubs. Bradley got on the scoreboard in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-2 draw vs. Schalke 04 with one of his trademark late runs into the box, while Gomez calmly finished his first goal with Pachuca in the club's 3-1 triumph over Estudiantes.
Here is how the Americans Abroad performed this weekend:
- Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes and made two saves in Everton's 0-0 draw vs. Fulham on Saturday.
- Clint Dempsey started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 0-0 draw vs. Everton on Saturday.
- Eddie Johnson came off the bench and played 35 minutes for Fulham.
- Brad Friedel started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Aston Villa's 2-1 win vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.
- Brad Guzan dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.
- Eric Lichaj dressed but did not play for Aston Villa.
- Marcus Hahnemann started, played 90 minutes and made six saves in Wolverhampton Wanderers' 2-1 loss vs. Aston Villa on Sunday.
- Jonathan Spector did not dress in West Ham United's 1-0 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
- Stuart Holden started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers' 2-2 draw vs. Manchester United on Sunday.
- Mike Grella did not dress in Leeds United's 1-0 win vs. Sheffield United on Saturday.
- Zak Whitbread did not dress in Norwich City's 2-0 loss vs. Hull City on Saturday. He is recovering from a calf injury.
- Conor Doyle dressed but did not play in Derby County's 5-0 win vs. Crystal Palace on Saturday.
- Frank Simek started and played 90 minutes in Carlisle United's 2-0 loss vs. AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
- Anton Peterlin did not dress in Plymouth Argyle's 1-1 draw vs. Rochdale on Saturday.
- Maurice Edu came off the bench and played 16 minutes in Rangers' 3-2 win vs. Aberdeen on Sunday.
- Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 2-1 win vs. Hibernian on Saturday.
- Jozy Altidore and Villarreal play Malaga on Monday.
- Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in AC Milan's 1-0 win vs. Genoa on Saturday.
- Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 1-0 win vs. Kaiserslautern on Sunday.
- DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover 96.
- Michael Bradley started, played 90 minutes and scored a GOAL in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 2-2 draw vs. Schalke 04 on Saturday.
- Jermaine Jones started and played 51 minutes in Schalke 04's 2-2 draw vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.
- Ricardo Clark dressed but did not play in Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-0 win vs. Nurnberg on Saturday.
- Daniel Williams dressed but did not play in SC Freiburg's 2-1 loss vs. VfL Wolfsburg on Suday.
- Kenny Cooper did not dress in TSV 1860 Munich's 2-1 win vs. FC Augsburg on Sunday. He is recovering from an ankle injury.
- David Yelldell started, played 90 minutes and made four saves in MSV Duisburg's 2-0 loss vs. FC Union Berlin on Sunday.
- Luis Robles dressed but did not play in Karlsruhe's 2-0 loss vs. FSV Frankfurt on Friday.
- Amaechi Igwe did not dress in FC Ingolstadt 04's 1-0 loss vs. SpVgg Greuther Furth on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in St Etienne's 1-0 win vs. Lyon on Saturday.
- Charlie Davies did not dress in Sochaux's 2-1 loss vs. Marseille on Saturday.
- Freddy Adu did not dress in Aris Salonika's 1-0 win vs. Ergotelis on Sunday.
- Sacha Kljestan did not dress in RSC Anderlecht's 5-0 win vs. Mechelen on Sunday.
- Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 3-0 win vs. Horsens on Sunday.
- Marcus Tracy did not dress in Aalborg BK's 2-0 loss vs. Sonderjyske on Saturday. He is recovering from a knee injury.
- Chris Rolfe did not dress for Aalborg BK. He is recovering from a hamstring injury.
- Benny Feilhaber started, played 90 minutes, had two ASSISTS and scored a GOAL in AGF Aarhus' 3-2 win vs. Koge on Sunday. You can see his assists and goal here.
- Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro SK play Kalmar on Tuesday.
- Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK play Gefle IF on Monday.
- Clarence Goodson and IK Start Honefoss BK on Monday.
- Hunter Freeman and IK Start play Honefoss BK on Monday.
- Mikkel Diskerud started and played 88 minutes in Stabaek IF's 2-1 win vs. Kongsvinger on Sunday.
- Steve Clark and Honefoss BK play IK Start on Monday.
- Jose Torres dressed but did not play in Pachuca's 3-1 win vs. Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G. on Saturday.
- Herculez Gomez came off the bench, played 13 minutes, received a yellow card and scored a GOAL for Pachuca.
- Marco Vidal started, played 45 minutes and received a yellow card for Pachuca.
- Edgar Castillo did not dress in San Luis' 2-1 loss vs. Chiapas on Saturday.
- Sammy Ochoa came off the bench and played 17 minutes in Estudiantes Tecos U.A. de G.'s 3-1 loss vs. Pachuca on Saturday.
- Sonny Guadarrama did not dress in Atlante's 2-2 draw vs. Pumas UNAM on Sunday.
How impressed are you by Feilhaber's performance/free kick? Think a new club will snap him up this winter? What do you think of Bradley and Gomez's goals?
Share your thoughts below.
Yeah Fulham is full of guys who were rated top 11 in EPL by top Italian sports rags last season, and they all win golden boots at tourneys vs Dempsey’s bronze boot only at confeds cup.
(I’m being sarcastic; and will continue ; )
And they all scored (however fortunate) at world cup – and despite all the heat poor robinson took for letting in clint’s goal, here’s a hint – if the man didn;t hit it with power, from distance – it wouldn’t have ricocheted into goal.
But oh yeah I forgot whole squad was contending for golden boot at World Cup.
Anyway, Clint at Fulham and now Stu at Bolton have bad days and make bad plays no question – but either could slide into more highly-rated squads; where they wouldn’t be one of the very best players, but could make the squad. In my estimation.
Likewise Landon went from being a Euro laughingstock to the missing ingredient for getting Everton through the meat of its schedule last winter. Capable yes, overrated no.
Notice Stu’s workrate and tacking is more highly regarded by EPL than by coach BB.
Very true, but the team is Second Division. Also, what’s up with there being virtually no fans in the bottom section? HAHA when he went to celebrate the winning goal in the stands, there was one lone guy to hug him.
In the run of play I don’t disagree, but for free kicks (and that one was money) I don’t think league matters. Same size goal. Same size wall to get around. I just hope he finds the escape hatch and gets on to bigger and better.
Anybody who wants to take a shot at MLS’s attendance should watch that Feilhaber video. Looked like the crowd for a college game, at best.
Benny is doing great, he’s like the leader of that team, which means he needs to get out of there and go the the Spanish league or the English league, I think he’s ready to play with the top dogs!!!
thanks for the story. It’s fun to hear about love for dempsey.
I’ve also heard from londoners that Craven Cottage is one of the best stands in football. Can’t wait to make a trip there myself.
Was at Craven Cottage on Saturday, the first time I’ve been able to make a game on a trip to London. Unbelievable soccer experience, easily the best place I’ve ever seen a match. Had a couple of pints under the Riverside stand looking out at the Thames while watching the Man City – Chelsea match before the Fulham match started. Bliss.
Man, they LOVE Dempsey over there – I don’t care about the occasional negative stuff that pops up on some of the websites, I had literally a dozen local Fulham supporters tell me how great he is. The guy I was sitting next to insisted Clint is one of the 50 best players in the world. They are really liking Salcido too – he played well against Blackburn last week and Everton on Saturday. The guys who were sitting near me all think they’ve hit a goldmine of underrated (and therefore affordable) North American players. Got myself a Dempsey jersey, hard to find over here. Guy in the Fulham shop said that OVER HALF of the Fulham jerseys (with player names) they sell have Dempsey on the back. The book was out on Eddie Johnson – he seems to be competent, but I think he’s going to need to score some goals to keep his job. The supporters were kind of mixed on EJ – they like his pace and they like to discover American diamonds in the rough, but he needs to find the net or they’ll start to lose interest.
Man, a trip to Craven Cottage is highly, highly recommended.
Something was up with Edu’s knee. He wasn’t even supposed to be on the bench. Rangers also have a big CL game on Wed. Maybe some rest?
You’re probably right but Bradley should at least try three central defenders at the back…
new manager Pablo Marini has given time to young midfielder Carlos Pena in the last two games instead of Torres. Torres will be back in the starting lineup soon, though
He wouldn’t be any worse then Buddle or Gomez have been for the national team.
We need to either find us a striker or admit we don’t have them and switch to using one up front with Donoavan and Dempsey playing futher up field and a green light to go it alone to the goal.
Nope, we’re going to see a 4-2-3-1 with Holden playing a bigger role. Jones introduction would be fantastic too. Here’s hoping we see Diskerud at some point in the near future for a few minutes off the bench.
Lasso celebration – just filthy.
I think that other Americans have a tendency, on the other hand, to underrate Americans.
For example, many were surprised at how well Donovan did at Everton last year. Why? He destroys the MLS and the MLS isn’t too shabby. He’s also a NT legend. He should be a top player, and he proved that he is.
As for Dempsey, I guess Italians overrate Americans too. A big newspaper over there had Dempsey in their top-XI premier league team last season.
He needs to be playing. League Two wasn’t bad for Somma, it proved to Leeds he could play and now he is starting and scoring in the Championship.
Grella can’t even make the bench. The teams who offered to take him offered short loans, 1-3 months, and I’m sure it would have included a recall clause.
But, losing a few starts would be worth it since he would be able to play in the Champions League.
Nahhh, screw that man. As long as Benny is scoring goals and making sweet passes like that he can ride as dirty as he wants to.
If he shaves it off though it better not be like Sacha turned out after his haircut
Ok just kidding