The meeting of Mr. Clean–lookalike U.S. keepers Brad Friedel and Marcus Hahnemann at Villa Park ended in a 2-2 draw after Aston Villa’s John Carew scored an 82nd minute equalizer. Three points would have been huge for relegation-threatened Wolves, but they’ll certainly take the one.
Villa will too, even though they missed a chance to leapfrog Liverpool in the standings after the Reds lost to top-of-the-table Manchester United 2-1. Wayne Rooney scored his league-leading 26th goal in that one.
The Goodison Park matchup between keeper Tim Howard’s Everton and winger Stuart Holden’s Bolton went to the Toffees, 2-0, on late goals by Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar. Howard started and went the distance for the clean sheet, while Holden sat out with a leg fracture.
Forward Jozy Altidore missed Hull City’s damaging 3-2 loss to cellar dwellers Portsmouth. He picked up an injury in practice the day before the game. The Tigers have eight games to claw their way out of the drop zone, with new coach Iain Dowie at the helm.
Jonathan Spector started at left back and went the distance for West Ham in its 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates—a result that, combined with Chelsea’s surprise 1-1 draw at Blackburn, put the Gunners in second place, two points behind Manchester United. The Hammers remain three points above the relegation zone.
At Craven Cottage on Sunday, midfielder Clint Dempsey came on in the 52nd minute of Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City. Carlos Tevez got the winner for City, which sits two points behind Tottenham for the final Champions League berth, with one game in hand.
Week 31 of the Premiership continues today—when Spector and West Ham host Hahnemann and Wolves—and tomorrow, with four more games on the slate.
In the Championship, U.S. defender Jay DeMerit sat out with a back injury as Watford lost to Cardiff City 3-1 on Sunday; defender Frank Simek dressed but did not play in Sheffield Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Derby County on Saturday; and striker Kenny Cooper—whose move out of MLS is not turning out as he’d hoped—did not dress for Plymouth Argyle’s 2-1 loss to Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers defeated St. Mirren 1-0 to win the Scottish Cup on Sunday despite having two players red-carded. U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu was a halftime sub, playing 45 minutes. His compatriot, winger DaMarcus Beasley, dressed but did not play.
Two Americans saw yellow over the weekend as midfielder Michael Bradley was booked in Borussia Moenchengladbach’s 1-1 draw with Cologne on Friday, and defender Steve Cherundolo picked up a caution card in 45 minutes of action in Hannover’s 2-0 loss to Stuttgart on Saturday.
Midfielder Ricardo Clark dressed but did not get off the bench during Eintracht Frankfurt’s impressive 2-1 win over Bayern Munich on Saturday, and midfielder Jermaine Jones, still recovering from a leg injury, did not dress for Schalke 04’s 2-2 tie against Hamburg on Sunday.
Defender Oguchi Onyewu has rejoined the AC Milan camp after tearing his patellar tendon back in October, but he did not dress for the club’s 1-1 draw vs Napoli over the weekend.
Carlos Bocanegra started at left back and played 90 minutes as Rennes romped over Toulouse, 4-1, on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson started at forward, played 90, and poached this goal in Aris’s 1-1 tie with Panionios on Sunday:
Johnson’s American teammate, midfielder Freddy Adu, dressed but did not play.
None of the Yanks in Denmark saw any time over the weekend, as midfielder Benny Feilhaber (Aarhus) and forward Marcus Tracy (Aalborg) are still recovering from injuries, and forward Chris Rolfe (Aalborg) and defender Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland) did not play in their teams victories. Aalborg trounced Koge 3-0 while Nordsjaelland edged Esbjerg 1-0.
Defenders Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman both started and played 90 minutes in IK Start’s 3-3 draw with Rosenborg yesterday, with Goodson picking up a 90th-minute yellow card.
Midfielder Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro square off against Malmo today.
Edgar Castillo went the distance at left back in Tigres’ 4-0 loss to Cruz Azul on Saturday, while striker Herculez Gomez played 45 minutes in Puebla’s 2-1 loss to Santos on Sunday. MLS Alum Carlos Ruiz got the goal for Puebla.
Midfielder Jose Torres came on as a second-half sub and played 33 minutes in Pachuca’s 2-2 tie against America on Sunday.