Yanks in the Premier League, Week 5: Tracking Back

Clint Dempsey scored a goal, Stuart Holden went 90 (again), Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Friedel, and Tim Howard all started and made multiple saves, and Eddie Johnson got on the field again.

Not a bad weekend for ’merkins in the Premier League.

On the other hand, Jonathan Spector failed to make the West Ham bench for the second week in a row, and young Eric Lichaj did not suit up for Aston Villa.

Here is Dempsey’s goal against Blackburn and fellow MLS alum Ryan Nelsen at Ewood Park:

The game ended 1-1, a result that kept Fulham (1-0-4) unbeaten so far in the 2010-11 campaign. Johnson came on for Dempsey with 13 minutes to go.

Holden played a part in Bolton’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Friedel and Aston Villa. In the 35th minute, the U.S. winger flicked the ball to the far post, where Martin Petrov collected it and sent a pass to Kevin Davies in front. Unmarked, he fired home the equalizer.

Bolton has six points from five games so far, with Manchester United coming up next week.

At White Hart Lane, Wolverhampton took the lead against Tottenham just before halftime on a goal by Steven Fletcher, but suffered a late collapse, surrendering three late goals and losing 3-1. Hahnemann made five saves and picked up a yellow card.

Howard and Everton are off to another awful start (see last season), with just two points from five games. On Saturday they lost 1-0, at home, to promotion side Newcastle. Howard made two quality saves in the early going, but was beaten by a 25-yard tracer from Hatem Ben Arfa in the 44th minute.

Spector didn’t play (or even dress), but West Ham got its first point of the season, a tie on the road at Stoke City. The ever-reliable Scott Parker found the net for the Hammers. Kenwyne Jones of Trinidad and Tobago equalized for Stoke in the 48th minute.

We had a clip of Dimitar Berbatov’s remarkable second goal against Liverpool all set to go, but the InterWebs have since been stripped of that particular highlight. It was a near-bicycle kick from 18 yards that hit the underside of the bar and went in. Great goal, and the lanky Bulgarian had all of his team’s goals in Man U’s 3-2 win.

In other games, Sunderland snatched a 1-1 draw against Arsenal on Darren Bent’s stoppage-time equalizer; West Brom downed Birmingham City 3-1; Manchester City blanked Wigan 2-0; and first-place Chelsea got two goals from Florent Malouda to rout Blackpool 4-0.


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