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Posted at 4:49 PM ET, 01/23/2011

American soccer players abroad: 2 goals for Clint Dempsey, one for Jonathan Spector, Edson Buddle

By Steve Goff

Clint Dempsey's goals in Fulham's 2-0 victory over Stoke City:

Jonathan Spector strikes first for West Ham:

Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 2-2 draw with West Ham
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Manchester City
Brad Guzan 90 in Hull's 1-1 draw at Reading
Marcus Hahnemann in 18, didn't play in Wolves' 3-0 loss to Liverpool
Dom Cervi not in 18 (U.S. camp) for Celtic's 1-0 win over Aberdeen
Luis Robles 90 in Karlsruhe's 4-2 loss at Aachen

For defenders, midfielders and forwards.....

Oguchi Onyewu 90 in Twente's 2-1 win at Groningen
Carlos Bocanegra and Saint-Etienne did not play
Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover's 1-0 loss to Schalke
Jonathan Bornstein 55 in Tigres' 2-1 win at Club America
Eric Lichaj not in 18 for Aston Villa
Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 1-0 win at Notts County
Edgar Castillo not in 18 for Puebla's 2-0 win over Tecos
Clarence Goodson and Brondby on break
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland on break

Clint Dempsey 90 (two goals) in Fulham's 2-0 win over Stoke City
Michael Bradley 4 in Moenchengladbach's 3-1 loss to Leverkusen
Stuart Holden and Bolton vs. Chelsea on Monday
Maurice Edu 76 in Rangers' 1-0 loss to Heart of Midlothian
Jonathan Spector 90 (goal) in West Ham's 2-2 draw at Everton
Jermaine Jones 90 in Blackburn's 2-0 win over West Brom
Jose Torres in 18, didn't play in Pachuca's 1-1 draw at Santos Laguna
Ricardo Clark 90 (center back) in Eintracht's 1-0 loss at Hamburg
Sacha Kljestan in18, didn't play in Anderlecht's 2-0 win over Liege
DaMarcus Beasley not in the 18 for Hanover
Anton Peterlin in 18, didn't play in Plymouth's 2-0 loss at Charlton
Daniel Antunez in 18, didn't play in Tecos
Marco Vidal not in the 18 for Leon's 1-0 win over Indios
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus on break
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro on break
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek on break

Jozy Altidore in 18, didn't play in Villarreal's 2-1 win over Sociedad
Eddie Johnson not in 18 for Fulham
Edson Buddle 88 (goal) in Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw with Duisburg
Herculez Gomez 3 for Pachuca
Robbie Findley not in 18 for Forest's 1-0 win at Derby
Charlie Davies not in 18 for Sochaux's 2-1 win over Paris FC (French Cup)

Timothy Chandler 36 in Nuremberg's 1-1 draw at Freiburg
Conor Doyle not in the 18 for Derby
Mike Grella not in 18 for Leeds' 2-2 draw at Portsmouth
Sammy Ochoa not in 18 for Tecos

By Steve Goff  | January 23, 2011; 4:49 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  American soccer players abroad, Clint Dempsey, Edson Buddle, Jonathan Spector  
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Spector isn't making Bob's job any easier. What a puzzle he is. Anyway, good to see that the US has some attacking options on a roll.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 23, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

He's a very smart player whose one weakness is lack of top speed to keep up with the speediest wingers. Hence an excellect back that can be beaten by the right forward. Problem for him at national team level is wingers all seem speedy and Bradley has so many options at midfield. IMHO

Posted by: KRIKET | January 23, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

55 days until United's first 1022 league match!

Posted by: Curious99 | January 23, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I didn't watch much of the game but Bornstein is playing as dual d-mid for Tigres.

It's good Troy Polamalu lets his hair grow out so we don't keep confusing him with Troy Perkins.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | January 23, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Players that can consistantly put the ball into the net are not a dime a dozen. Spector is doing great things--it is almost to the point where BB has to put Dempsey, Spector and Donovan in their best positions and then figure out who to put around them so that they can pump the ball into the net. When the games matter, of course.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 23, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey's touch is absolutely sick.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 23, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

That one to draw the penalty? Yeah, silky smooth, cunningly thought out, even beter execution. That was special.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 23, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

DC United should only have to worry about problems like this one reported in Der Spiegel:

"Stadiums named after companies are hardly new. But in Dresden, many find a new name resulting from a recent sponsorship deal to be unfortunate. "Lucky Gas Stadium," critics say, is problematic in light of Germany's Third Reich history."

Here's a link to the full story.,1518,740430,00.html

Posted by: Curious99 | January 23, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

oddly enough, Curious, I was watching a 3rd Reich History Channel bit on the Hitler Youth just last night . . . the Nazi propaganda, at a time when radio/TV/film was at it's infancy was just overwhelming

But then our own DC United is sponsored by VW, of questionable history as well . .

That is one nice stadium though.

Posted by: delantero | January 23, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"I didn't watch much of the game but Bornstein is playing as dual d-mid for Tigres."

Need quite the workrate for that....

Posted by: LloydHeilbrunn | January 24, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Johnny B and the Tigers came into the Azteca and took down the Evil Empire? Sweeeeet!

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 24, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Insert joke about an American finally winning in Azteca here.

Posted by: the_slammer | January 24, 2011 6:22 AM | Report abuse

WNT2 - Canada 1. Goals by Lauren Cheney and Lindsay Tarpley.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 23, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Sauerbrunn 90, Lori Lindsey (remember her?) 90.

Posted by: OWNTF | January 24, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey has been great this season, and Saturday's effort came on top of some total team football by Fulham. The sad part is that with Andrew Johnson nearly match fit, and Dembele and soon Zamora back on the pitch, it's going to be almost impossible for Eddie Johnson to make the 18.

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 24, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Not sure if that's sad. Maybe it will force Fulham to transfer or loan EJ to a team where he'll play.

I don't see much parking near that Dresden stadium I guess the Metro station is nearby?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 24, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Who gets more PT, DMB or Adu?

Posted by: Reignking | January 24, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

- I believe that the US WNT opens up their WWC in that Dresden stadium this summer.

- According to the infallible Internet, the stadium has been named since 1953 after a German athlete who enlisted as a Nazi brownshirt in the 30s and was used by the regime for propaganda.

- Maybe they should call it Billy Pilgrim Stadium

Posted by: OWNTF | January 24, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

From the last thread,
In regard to the Gold Cup draw, should we be able to determine when and where the US would play their quarterfinal match if they do indeed advance? I know Goff's original post on the topic in Dec. stated that either Mexico or the US would play there if they advance. Does that mean that whomever of those two teams doesn't play at RFK, will be playing their match on Saturday the 18th at the New Meadowlands?
Sure I'd love to go up to Jersey on Saturday and come back Sunday to RFK, but the more sane and affordable plan would be going where the US are playing.

I'd be just as happy with a road trip as I would going whole hog in lot 8 on a Sunday.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 24, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention that a group stage match at Red Bull arena on the 13th would be kinda cool too, but... I've gotta map out what's doable and what's sure to put me in the dog house...;)

Posted by: DadRyan | January 24, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

have not seen anything about a possible EJ loan during the transfer window. There was some talk earlier this year about a loan to QPR, but with them top of the Championship and a local rival, I don't see that happening now. Hughes seems to like him and he got some playing time before AJ was back. Maybe back to Aris? There's a week to go.

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 24, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

What we need is a June twofer Gold Cup/MLS summer weekend. US MNT and DC within reasonable distance from DC. I'd be cool with RFK for both, that's certain.

The Concacaf site blows . . wiki is right on . .

Posted by: delantero | January 24, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Sooo it looks like the only scenario that would put the USMNT at RFK on the 19th of June would be winning Group C or coming in second in group C or group A. Or of course the tiny chance that they'd come out of group A or B in third... when's the draw again?

Posted by: DadRyan | January 24, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

On the Gold Cup, as the host country, wouldn't we be automatically slotted into Group A?

Posted by: FulhamDC | January 24, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's my guess, both Mexico and US will be magically slotted into groups that play their quarters in N.J.'s bazillion dollar estadio (That'd be A and B). Presuming they both win their respective groups.

Group B has to travel for their group games though . . . (LA to Miami to New York!)

Posted by: delantero | January 24, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Here's my guess, both Mexico and US will be magically slotted into groups that play their quarters in N.J.'s bazillion dollar estadio (That'd be A and B). Presuming they both win their respective groups.

Group B has to travel for their group games though . . . (LA to Miami to New York!)

Posted by: delantero | January 24, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Goff's post from December mentions that either Mexico OR the US would play their quarterfinal match if they go through @ RFK.

Posted by: DadRyan | January 24, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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