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Goals galore! Two apiece for Clint Dempsey and Matt Taylor. (Remember him with Kansas City and Chivas USA from 2004 to '07?)

Dempsey write-up here.


Tim Howard 90 minutes in Everton's 3-3 tie at Aston Villa
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-3 tie with Everton
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Reading's 1-0 loss to Sheffield United
Luis Robles (injured) not in 18 for Kaiserslautern's 2-0 win at Osnabruck
Troy Perkins and Valerenga at Lillestrom on Monday
Marcus Hahnemann and Reading vs. Blackpool on Monday
Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Rennes' 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Standard Liege's 1-0 win over Lokeren
Michael Parkhurst 90 in Nordsjaelland's 6-1 win over Randers
Danny Califf 90 in Midtjylland's 3-2 win at Vejle
Jay DeMerit 90 in Watford's 1-1 tie with Barnsley
Frank Simek 90 in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-0 loss to Derby
Michael Orozco in 18 but didn't play in San Luis' 3-3 tie with Tecos
Jonathan Spector (injured) not in 18 for West Ham's 1-0 loss at Spurs
Steve Cherundolo (injured) not in 18 for Hanover's 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin
Jay DeMerit and Watford at Norwich City on Monday
Frank Simek and Sheffield Wednesday at QPR on Monday
Danny Califf and Midjtylland vs. Aarhus on Monday

Clint Dempsey 86 (two goals) in Fulham's 3-1 win at Man City
Maurice Edu 90 in Glasgow Rangers' 3-1 win over Motherwell
Michael Bradley 90 in Moenchengladbach's 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg
Jose Francisco Torres first 45 in Pachuca's 3-1 win over Toluca
Sal Zizzo in 18 but didn't play in Hanover's 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin
DaMarcus Beasley (injured) not in 18 for Rangers' 3-1 win over Motherwell
Jeremiah White, Benny Feilhaber for Aarhus at Midtjylland on Monday
Matt Taylor 71 (two goals) in Koblenz's 3-2 win over 1860 Munich
Charlie Davies 90 (goal) in Hammarby's 2-1 loss to Gefle
Eddie Johnson 13 in Cardiff City's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace
Marcus Tracy 11 in Aalborg's 1-0 loss to Odense
Mike Grella 4 in Leeds' 1-0 win over Stockport
Freddy Adu in 18 but didn't play in Monaco's 2-2 tie at Lyon
Jozy Altidore didn't play in Xerez's 3-0 win over Hercules
Jemal Johnson in 18 but didn't play in MK Dons' 2-0 win at Southend
Eddie Johnson and Cardiff City vs. Burnley on Monday
Jemal Johnson and MK Dons vs. Bristol Rovers on Monday
Mike Grella and Leeds at Leicester City on Monday

By Steve Goff  |  April 12, 2009; 7:52 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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kinda sucks that Xerez is #1 in the second division in spain. That pretty much means the coach is not gonna take the risk of playing Altidore. If Xerez gets bumped up to la Liga next year, will Altidore still be with them? they'll be cellar dwellars there...

Posted by: doh1 | April 12, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

It's a loan until the end of the season.

Posted by: Reignking | April 12, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

People complain about Dempsey. He's playing regularly with Fulham, and eventually the "kid with attitude" wears off, and there you have your player. He always brings something, and he pops up big. Sounds good to me.

I really hope Edu gets Great brownie points, he deserves it.

Yay! Freddy in the 18! that's what we are reduced to.

Good week.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 12, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

here's a question for the group: based on his recent heroics, do you think Federico Macheda should be considered for duty with the Italian national team? because i feel like if a young American player did anything like that, people would be howling that they need to be starting for the USMNT yesterday and how can Bradley possibly keep his job if he won't play him. and i wonder if the same type of thing will happen in Italy.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 12, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I think they should give him a serious look. Further question, is it just me, or do Italian players have to age like wine to get on the roster? Outside of De Rossi, it seems like they practice an absurd form of agism. What are they gonna do in 2018? I'm sure they've got plenty of prospects (including one of ours) but experience has to be had.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | April 12, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Midfielder Marco Vidal played 90 minutes at Estadio Azteca as his visiting Indios de Ciudad Juarez got a 3-3 tie vs America. Vidal is from Dallas, he hadn't been playing this season but has been in the last 2 games. New Mexico's Edgar Castillo, who has played for Mexico's natl team and is no longer eligible for the US team, played the full game for America, too.

Indios are fighting relegation. The tie at Azteca was a bit of an upset but they still need more points with 4 games left.

Match stats:

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | April 12, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

MK Dons look busy.

Posted by: bighungry | April 12, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@dimesmakedollars: maybe you should check the Italian soccer blogs if you're looking for outrage. Is there a

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 12, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse


Italy and the US are in totally different are comparing apples and oranges...

Posted by: silentbat | April 12, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Kinda liking that Fulham away jawn... I know KP said "no 3rd Jersey", and I know that thing is Nike, but I'm sure Adidas can put together a quartered black and red jerz... Throw the collar on the thing, I don't mind... I'll wear it to church next Easter;-)

Posted by: DadRyan | April 12, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Watched the Everton Villa game. Howard had some good reaction saves, but was horrible on postioning for crosses, instructions for defenders and general play. On bad positioning, whe was lucky not to be responsible for a couple of headed goals, when Villa players had unchallenged near misses from balls he should have caught.

Dempsey for Fulham had a great game.

Posted by: hertsred | April 13, 2009 5:53 AM | Report abuse

"Kinda liking that Fulham away jawn... I know KP said "no 3rd Jersey", and I know that thing is Nike, but I'm sure Adidas can put together a quartered black and red jerz... Throw the collar on the thing, I don't mind... I'll wear it to church next Easter;-)"

Wow. Um... what?

"Jawn"? "KP"? "That thing"?

Um... what?

Posted by: ChristopherMc | April 13, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Dempsy is the best american field player abroad if you ask me. Even when he doesnt score he is always putting passes together, and demonstrates knowledge of where the ball needs to go. I think the pace in england is a good thing for him. When he comes back to play for the usa things must seem like slow motion, which is a good thing. I think he is more affective than donavan ihn the midfield. I would play with 3 strikers if i were bradly. Donavan on the outside right.

Posted by: g3impreza | April 13, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

it's official!!! ChristopherMc is an idiot...

Posted by: bonghits4gomez | April 13, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

is this the same matt taylor how had that chillin' porn mustache and mullet combination back in the day? wow...2 goals, good for him! "matt-attack" indeed!

Posted by: birdynumnum | April 13, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

That's right, bonghits: I am an idiot.

I do, however, know how to effectively communicate.

Posted by: ChristopherMc | April 13, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

"I do, however, know how to effectively communicate."

Except, perhaps, for that split infinitive.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | April 13, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

You actually bought into that archaic rule about split infinitives? What kind of crappy grammar teacher did you have?

This is the United States in 2009. It's not Rome in 209.

But more to the point: Did you understand the sentence? If you did, then the communication was effective. Unlike that in certain other posts...

Posted by: ChristopherMc | April 13, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Oh stewardess, I speak DadRyan. He said that he admires the Fulham jersey and wants to know if Kevin Payne and Adidas would add a similar one to DC United's wardrobe as a third option.

Jus' hang loose, blood. KP gonna catch ya up on da' rebound rockin' da' third strip.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | April 13, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Wow, former #1 American keeper vs Current #1 American keeper ......... 6 goals?!?!?!?!

Thanx guys, for setting back attitudes of American players by 10 years .... ;-)

For those of you that watch the European soccer, I've noticed Howard hasn't seemed all that fearsome for the USA this year, has he been substandard in England as well?

Posted by: dcufan | April 13, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse


really? because last i checked, the U.S. tied Italy in their most recent World Cup matchup. and i don't think it's that different. let's say Freddy was being used as a late sub for Monaco and was scoring every other time he got in a game. it would definitely raise some questions about whether he should be playing more for the USMNT (a debate that happens now anyway, just at lower decibels), just like i bet the debate will start up in Italy about whether to play a young gun over a veteran. heck, the same debate was taking place on this blog about whether to play Jacobson or McTavish this past weekend.


not necessarily looking for outrage - the kid just made the 1st team and the goal over the weekend was pretty lucky. i'm just curious about how the debate goes in other places and my Italian is, how do you say, not so good.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 13, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

oh and @I-270:

+1000 for the Airplane! reference and +another 1000 for actually creating the DadRyan --> English translation

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | April 13, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"What kind of crappy grammar teacher did you have?"

One who taught me to communicate effectively.

"This is the United States in 2009. It's not Rome in 209."

Well, XQZ me, but then Y didn't U understand DadRyan?

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | April 13, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@I-270: Word, son...

I'm provoking people without even trying now... Grammar trolls, buzz off. Your effete pseudo intellect, is so stiff and boring. Get a life.

Posted by: DadRyan | April 13, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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