Clint Dempsey didn't wind up going anywhere in the summer transfer window despite a myriad of rumors, and now that the silly season is behind us we can watch Dempsey continue is role as clutch finisher for the Cottagers.
Dempsey and Fulham return to action today against Blackburn, the same Rovers side that came close to signing American defender George John. The Cottagers are still looking for their first win of the season, and will look to break that drought against a Blackburn side still looking for its first point of the season.
Another American who could be in action is U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones, who didn't move in the summer transfer window either but has insisted he is determined to establish a place with Schalke, which plays Wolfsburg today.
If you will be watching today's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.
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TODAY'S SOCCER ON TV
8:30 a.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Norwich City vs. West Brom
9 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Roma vs. Cagliari
10 a.m. - DirecTV - Racing Santander vs. Levante
11 a.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Fulham vs. Blackburn
11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Montpellier vs. Nice
11 a.m. - FoxSoccer.tv - Nancy vs. Auxerre
11:30 a.m. - GOLTV - Wolfsburg vs. Schalke
12 p.m. - DirecTV - Osasuna vs. Sporting Gijon
12 p.m. - ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes - Rayo Vallecano vs. Real Zaragoza
1 p.m. - Telemundo - Toluca vs. Tijuana
1 p.m. - Azteca America/Fox Deportes - Puebla vs. Monterrey
2:45 p.m. - Fox Soccer Channel - Palermo vs. Inter Milan
3 p.m. - Fox Soccer Plus/FoxSoccer.tv - Paris-St. Germain vs. Brest
4 p.m. - GOLTV - Espanyol vs. Athletic Bilbao
5 p.m. - Univision - America vs. Atlante
He was never moving to Arsenal. Not their type of player. They like guys that pass it around and around and around without shooting. Deuce is too aggressive.
PK in second minute of extra time given to Monterrey…bad call to give it there, my opinion
Stale is how I’d describe the entire Premier League season so far. It’s been a cakewalk for the two Manchester teams and the rest look like they’re still in rusty preseason form even though the season started a month ago. Most matches have been a borefest.
3-2 Puebla, with the wheels fallen off for Monterrey
Puebla all the way back vs. Monterrey 2-2. Beasley assisted on 1st goal with accurate cross from left side
this is what I saw too
wow, and he gets stretchered off after being down motionless for nearly 7min. Hope he’s ok
definitely picked it up in the second half but no goal to show for it
Deuce almost bags the winner in stoppage time, credit to Robison for the save.
Dempsey looks the best he has in a long while. He has looked great on the ball, with great passes (save for 1) and holdup play. All he needs is a goal to be man of the match. I really like him playing more centrally, so he doesn’t get lost for stretches on end. Sidwell and Murphy look like crap in the meantime.
“Stale” is probably the way I would describe Fulham’s play at the moment.
yeah, Ruiz probably needs time to adjust. But I agree – he hasn’t looked great yet.
Back level by Zamora. Such a frustrating striker, but he occasionally gets it done.
Everyone can be happy that Dempsey stayed at Fulham if they want to. But the fact remains that this Fulham team are poor, Dempsey can’t get incorporated into the game and may disappear for long stretches of time, and The Cottagers will likely be battling the relegation monster most of the year.
Of course, if he had moved to Arsenal Wenger wouldn’t be smart enough to use him properly anyway. He prefers 50 gram Spanish and French dudes who watch as many games from the training room as they spend on the pitch.
Where did that bright inventive start by Fulham go? They slowed it down, look dull, and Blackburn get the first goal! Brian Ruiz looking overwhelmed with the speed & rough play – hopefully he’ll acclimate.
Jones on the bench, or starting….?
I am really liking this Canadian Hoilett so far.
Fulham with lots of poor service/vision in the final third despite having numbers in the box.
Blackburn scores – excellent left foot strike. 1-0
…and now Fulham trail again. Sigh…
Great strike by Rochina.
An unfortunately similar situation for Bradley. All substitutes used and he remains firmly seated on the bench.
My God, it’s the Blackburn Steelers!
Fulham look lively early. They need a W and to show that they can put up goals.
very solid indeed! moving that rock around nicely – good to see it!
another solid 90 minutes for Specs in midfield
Looks like Junior Bradley was on the roster but play.
I did a google search on “chievo verona” and got the team’s page, which is available in an English translation.
2nd half the opposite of what you said Predicto.
links for chievo?
Chievo and Novara looking fast skilled composed. And few fans in that big stadium.
I was really expecting to see Mikey starting… I hope this is merely because he is still getting acclimated…
Norwich City – West Brom is a great example of the beauty of promotion/relegation. Interest in this kind of match will never be high but the fact that both of these teams will be relegation-threatened makes it an important game. Pretty cool, really, considering it’s only week four.
And Mikey starts on the bench today for Chievo. At least he’s dressed.