Dempsey Plays Last Game For Fulham

This week Clint Dempsey plays his final game for Fulham while Altidore misses out on Cup final
by Austin Farrow   |   Thursday, March 06, 2014

Americans Overseas – column on USA soccer players playing abroad for clubs outside of North America


Clint Dempsey’s final game on loan with Fulham was not a good one. The United States Men’s National Team captain played 90 minutes, but Chelsea confidently beat last place Fulham 3-1. During his loan Dempsey did not score nor did he assist on any goals, fueling speculation that the player may have been better off without the loan. Dempsey will return to Seattle once his time on national team duty in Cyprus is complete.

As for Jozy Altidore, he was not included in the Sunderland 18-man squad that lost to Manchester City 3-1 in the Capital One Cup final. There has still yet to be an explanation from manager Gus Poyet or the club as to why Altidore was left out.

Good news did come to Geoff Cameron this week, as he and Stoke City took down third place Arsenal 1-0 at Britannia stadium. Cameron played 90 minutes.

As for American goalkeepers in the Prem, Tim Howard played 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat of West Ham while Aston Villa and Brad Guzan disposed of Norwich City 4-1. Brad Guzan also played 90 minutes.

In the Championship, Oguchi Onyewu played a solid 90 minutes against Middlesbrough for Sheffield Wednesday Saturday. Wednesday subsequently won 1-0.  

Danny Williams and Duane Holmes faced off Saturday. The match that saw three Yeovil red cards, a missed penalty for Reading, and an own goal on Reading’s behalf ended 1-1. Danny Williams played 90 minutes for Reading while Holmes played 73 minutes for Yeovil.

Jonathan Spector was back in action for Birmingham City. Spector played 90 minutes against Ipswich in a 1-0 loss and also picked up a yellow, while Will Packwood continued to solidify himself as one of the starting centerbacks for Birmingham City. Packwood also played 90 minutes for City.

Though he has been playing leftback lately, Tim Ream hasn’t skipped a beat for Bolton. Ream played another solid 90 minutes for Bolton as they disposed of Blackburn 4-0 Saturday.


Fabian Johnson continued his string of games as starting rightback for Hoffenheim this weekend. Johnson played 87 minutes of a 6-2 thrashing of Wolfsburg.


Nantes and Alejandro Bedoya brought their winless streak to 7 last Friday, losing to 17th place Evian 2-0. Bedoya played 67 minutes of the match and had the first true scoring chance in the game as his header rattled the crossbar. The chance wasn’t converted however and Nantes received consequences as Cedric Barbosa and Daniel Wass put the game to bed for Evian.


After losing to Ajax 4-0 10 days earlier, AZ decided to do the exact opposite against Waalwijk this past Sunday. Aron Johannsson played 90 minutes for AZ and picked up to assists as AZ beat Waalwijk 4-0.

As for Juan Agudelo, Utrecht went with a change of formation against FC Twente Sunday and Agudelo was benched because of it. Steve de Ridder was the only striker up top for Utrecht. Agudelo was not used as a sub in the 1-1 draw with Twente.


Sacha Kljestan also did not play this past weekend. Kljestan sat on the bench for Anderlecht as they took down Genk 2-0.  


Terrence Boyd scored for Rapid Wien this weekend in a 6-3 thriller against Salzburg. Boyd also picked up a yellow. Rapid lost the game by 3 goals despite coming back from 2 goals through a 45th minute Boyd goal, which made it 2-2.     


Greg Garza and Herculez Gomez got starts for Tijuana in their game against Veracruz. Garza played 90 minutes at leftback for Tijuana while Gomez played 77 minutes. Joe Corona also played significant minutes on the day as he entered the game in the twentieth minute.  

Elsewhere in the Mexican league, Michael Orozco played another 90 minutes for Puebla against Queretaro. Damarcus Beasley entered the game in the 37th minute and went on to score the winner in the 52nd. The match ended 1-0.

As for Jose Torres, he played the final 28 minutes in Tigres’ 0-0 draw against Guadalajara Sunday. 


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Bringing you news on soccer players across MLS and American players playing in top leagues around the world, Austin is a journalism major who enjoys the fine arts. He doesn't favor one club over another, but just enjoys all MLS play.