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Americans Abroad: Europa League Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

On a day when a host of Americans Abroad had first-leg games in the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League, Clint Dempsey had the best performance with a 90-minute outing in which he bagged a brace.

Dempsey scored the last two goals in Fulham's 3-0 victory against Dnipro, likely assuring the Cottagers' passage to the next round. Dempsey netted two minutes before halftime and followed that up with a header in the second half.

There was no reason to celebrate for Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Rangers, as they fell 2-1 to NK Maribor. Bocanegra, who made his Rangers debut in the match, started and went the distance as did Edu.

Here is how the Americans Abroad who were involved in the Europa League on Thursday fared:

  • Jermaine Jones did not dress in Schalke 04's 2-0 loss vs. HJK Helsinki.
  • Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 15 minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 loss vs. Aalesund.
  • Sacha Kljestan started and played 90 minutes in RSC Anderlecht's 2-1 win vs. Bursaspor.
  • Clint Dempsey started, played 90 minutes and scored TWO GOALS in Fulham's 3-0 win vs. Dnipro.

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  • Oguchi Onyewu dressed but did not play in Sporting Lisbon's 0-0 draw vs. FC Nordsjaelland.
  • Michael Parkhurst started and played 90 minutes in FC Nordsjaelland's 0-0 draw vs. Sporting Lisbon.
  • Steve Cherundolo started and played 90 minutes in Hannover 96's 2-1 win vs. Sevilla FC.
  • Jonathan Spector started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham City's 0-0 draw vs. CD Nacional de Madeira.
  • Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham Hotspur's 5-0 win vs. Heart of Midlothian.
  • Dominic Cervi did not dress in Celtic's 0-0 draw vs. FC Sion Sitten.
  • Carlos Bocanegra started and played 90 minutes in Rangers' 2-1 loss vs. NK Maribor.
  • Maurice Edu started and played 90 minutes for Rangers.
  • Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Rangers.

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What do you think of these results? Think Dempsey is ready for a career season? Surprised Bocanegra could not help Rangers avoid defeat?

Share your thoughts below.

Comments

  1. It sounds like you are talking about Tim Ream.

    Re the players you mentioned.

    How much of their “speed” comes from knowing what it going to happen before it happens and positioning themselves accordingly?

    Smart, experienced players give themselves a little extra edge that way.

    You’re never going to know about Parkhurst until you actually give him a couple of games.

    Americans love big,strong,fast,athletic players. I like them too but it’s even better when those athletes can actually play the game.

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  2. Hey Dempsey is actually good and I admit he is no Messi or Ronaldo because they play forward and Dempsey is a midfielder. Anyway no one is overrating Dempsey, he is actually good in Premier League (example: last season Rooney had 11 goals in the PL while Dempsey had 12 which might not seem that much of a difference but when you think about it you will see that Dempsey had to work harder for his goals because imagine trying to score goals as a midfielder with Fulham compared to trying to score goals as a striker with Manchester United. ya i know.) Also many big clubs tryed to sign him like AC Milan and even my club Arsenal FC have said good things about him.

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  3. Scratch Ream from the list. All of the sudden he can’t even hack it with the Red Bulls, let alone the Nats. Really frustrating…

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  4. Nothing to explain.

    EJ is better than he was a few years ago.

    It’s just that his rate of improvement isn’t where it should be. I should have added that not everyone improves at the same rate or improves as much as the next person.

    It turns out that every player is different.

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