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16 and Counting

After scoring two this weekend against Bolton, Dempsey hit the back of the net with a header against Chelsea on Monday.  With less then 10 minutes remaining Dempsey flicked a corner kick far post past a stunned Petr Cech.  Dempsey is now level with Demba Ba in 4th this season in the Premier League with 16 goals.  Dempsey is now proving he is not only the United States best player, but one of the Premier League’s most lethal strikers.  It has come out recently that he is delaying contract talks with Fulham to see the offers received from other Premier League clubs or if clubs like PSG will be making offers again this season.  Dempsey has made it clear he wants to play Champions League football, a place Fulham would not be very likely to ever qualify for.  With 5 games to play (Wigan and Sunderland home, Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham away) it will be interesting to see what he will be able to come up with as a final tally being that Wigan is the only team in the bottom half of the table that they will play in the final stretch of the season.  Already the highest scoring American in the Premier League could he be the first to finish in the top 3?  Aguero is only one ahead at 17.

RM 

Donovan Voted Everton’s Player of the Month

American Landon Donovan, on loan to Everton FC from the LA Galaxy, has been picked as Everton’s Player of the Month after having assisted on 5 of Everton’s 8 goals in January. This is exciting news for Donovan and American soccer. Big accomplishment and congrats to Landon!

AG

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 2/11-2/12

Sorry for the delay, but college has gotten the best of me this week. With that being said, it’s time to finally recap this past weekend’s Premier League fixtures. 

1. Tottenham HotSpurs vs. Newcastle: Spurs 5 - Newcastle 0

The goals came early and often for Spurs on the day, getting started with goals in the 4th and 6th minutes from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Louis Saha, respectively. Saha and Kranjcar grabbed two more before half time, and Adebayor put one home in the 64th to give Spurs a very comfortable 5-0 win over Newcastle. Spurs win over 6th place Newcastle was good enough to keep them safely in 3rd place on 53 points, while Newcastle sits in 6th on 42 points and just one point back of Chelsea.

2. Swansea vs. Norwich: Norwich 3 - Swansea 2

Swansea grabbed the early lead thanks to Danny Graham in the 23rd minute, but Norwich were able to put three home in the 47th, 51st, and 63rd minute on two goals from Grant Holt and one from Anthony Pilkington. Norwich continued their very impressive form of late, moving to 8th place in the table on 35 points. Swansea, who has also been impressive, drops to 11th on 30 points.

3. Sunderland vs. Arsenal: Gunners 2 - Sunderland 1

Thierry Henry played hero once again, netting a goal in stoppage time to ensure Arsenal the three points on the weekend. After a Sunderland goal from James McClean in the 70th minute, Aaron Ramsey pulled back the equalizer in the 75th. Henry did the honors in the 90th getting Arsenal a 2-1 win. With the win, Arsenal jump Chelsea and move to 4th place on 43 points while Sunderland drop to 9th on 33 points.

4. Fulham vs. Stoke City: Fulham 2 - Stoke 1

Ryan Shawcross made it interesting in the 78th, netting a goal for Sunderland but Fulham gutted it out for the 2-1 victory. Goals came in the 16th and 28th thanks to a goal on his debut for Pavel Pogrebnyak and an own goal. Fulham pull in 12th with 30 points while Stoke fall to 13th on 30 points.

5. Everton vs. Chelsea: Everton 2 - Chelsea 0

A disappointing loss for Chelsea proved huge for Arsenal who jumped them for 4th place. The win was also a great result for Everton, scoring goals in the 5th and 71st from new signee Steven Pieenar, who is having quite an impact with his new club, and Stracqualursi. Despite being out possessed 67% to 33%, Everton conceded no goals and American Landon Donovan got another assist as the Toffees improve to 10th place with 33 points. Chelsea drop to 5th with 43 points.

6. Bolton Wanderers vs. Wigan Athletic: Wigan 2 - Bolton 1

Wigan Athletic got a much-needed three points against fellow relegation side, Bolton, pulling them within one point from the home side. Wigan scored in in the 43rd off the head of Gary Caldwell, but Bolton were able to get one back off the foot of Mark Davies. Bolton looked weary on the day, and Wigan’s lack of quality seemed to be the missing link. James McArthur scored in the 76th to hand three points to the away side who, despite sitting in last place in the table, looked much the better squad on the day. With the loss Bolton sits in 19th with 20 points, while Wigan moves to 19 points and remains in last place.

7.  Blackburn Rovers vs. Queens Park Rangers: Rovers 3 - QPR 2

Yakubu returned from suspension after his first red card in his Premiership career, to give Blackburn some life. Scoring in the 15th minute started off the match strong for Rovers and they didn’t look back. They got goals in the 23rd and 45th from Nzonzi and an own goal. Jamie Mackie scored twice in the 71st and 90th to make it interesting, but Blackburn held on for three points. With the win, Rovers pull themselves out of the relegation zone to move to 17th with 21 points while QPR remain in 16th, also with 21 points.

8. Manchester United vs. Liverpool: United 2 - Liverpool 1

Saturday’s clash featured a long awaited reunion between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez following Suarez’s suspension for racial abuse towards the United defender. United got two goals in under four minutes from Wayne Rooney, while Luis Suarez was able to grab a tap in off a set piece in the 80th minute. The game was overshadowed by Suarez’s refusal to shake Evra’s hand prior to the match, Evra’s confrontation with the Liverpool forward after half time, and Evra’s showboating following the 2-1 win for United. With the win, United remain in 2nd on 58 points, while Liverpool sit in 7th on 35 points.

9. Aston Villa vs. Manchester City: City 1 - Villa 0

City dominated possession 64% to 36% and it eventually payed off as Joleon Lescott got a goal in the 63rd minute to give City the three points away from home. Villa’s struggles at home continued as City got a rare but valuable away win of late. With the win, City return to the top of the table on 60 points while Villa fall to 15th on 28 points.

10. West Bromwich Albion vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers

West Brom got 5 goals thanks to hat trick hero Peter Odemwingie, as well as a goal from Jonas Olsson and Keith Andrew each, to win 5-1 over Wolves. Despite winning in possession, Wolves were outshot 29 to 12 and dropped into relegation with the loss on 21 points. After the win, Albion find themselves in 14th on 29 points.

AG

What To Make of LD vs CD

For the first time since Clint Dempsey still played in the MLS the two strongest offensive players for the United States National team played against each other this past weekend both teams looking to advance to the round of 16.  Donovan on loan from the LA Galaxy to Everton was the stronger of the two players on this day. He finished the game with two assists while Dempsey only managed to create a few half chances.  Dempsey has a chance to put one header on goal during the first half, but caught it off the top of his head and it sailed over the crossbar.  He struggled to get on the ball and loose his man on multiple occasions and often found himself double teamed with no Fulham player to pass too. The only other chance he really had in the second half was a shot from the top of the 18 yard box that was blocked with relative ease.  Dempsey looked isolated and even though fellow striker Andy Johnson looked good on the ball when he had it, he often did not open up space for Dempsey to attack and with Bobby Zamora coming on with only ten minutes remaining had little time to have an effect on the game besides chance down balls around midfield with his fresh legs. 

Donovan on the other was a real danger when on the ball.  For a player that usually plays better in open space and with the ball being played into him in that space, he was very composed on the ball and delivered two stellar crosses that led to the two goals.  He dealt with pressure from the Fulham defenders well and set up the free kick that was played quickly back to him before the second goal.  His crosses were pinpoint and even let a rocket fly from just outside the box that Stockdale was not able to hold that resulted in a dangerous rebound, but with no Everton player crashing the net nothing resulted from it.  This was the Donovan that Everton was familiar with last in 2010 when he went on loan.  In conclusion, this win does not mean that Donovan prevails as the best American player.  Everton was the better team on the day and given the free space and lack of closing down on Donovan had compared to the quick collapsing type defending on Dempsey it is not a shock that this was the result.  This does however give another reason for Dempsey to play with a chip on his shoulder which he has proved to be a real strength. 

For example, what would have happened if when Jozy Altidore crossed the ball to Dempsey in the 91st minute of the Algeria World Cup game, he scored instead?  What if instead of the goalie coming out and sliding to block his shot low, Dempsey just chipped it over him and he was the one sliding on his chest into the corner flag?  Don’t forget that in that game he scored a goal in the first half that should have counted after a bogus offside call was made as well as striking the upper 90 section of the crossbar/post midway through the second half of that game.  What if that goal had counted or if that shot had hit the underside of the bar and went in…
The final chapter of this book is yet to be written.

RM

PREMIER LEAGUE RECAP 1/21-1/22

Yet another interesting week in the Barclay’s Premier League with notable matches including City vs. Spurs, Bolton vs. Liverpool, and United vs. Arsenal. With that said, here’s this weeks recap of all the EPL games. 

1. Bolton Wanderers vs. Liverpool: Bolton 3 - Liverpool 1

A disappointing loss to say the least for Liverpool, who found themselves downed by a side struggling to avoid relegation. Mark Davies, Nigel Reo-Coker, and Steinsson provided the goals, as Bolton received an unexpected win over 7th place Liverpool. Craig Bellamy pulled one back in the 36th minute for the Reds, but it was not enough to turn the momentum. With the win, Bolton climb to 17th after finding themselves in 19th at the start of the weekend. Liverpool manager Kenny Daglish has questions to answer, with big summer signing Andy Carroll without a goal in the league since October. This was also only the second time another team has scored three goals on Liverpool this season. 

2. Wolves vs. Aston Villa: Villa 3 - Wolves 2

Loaned in from the MLS side, LA Galaxy, Robbie Keane had a splendid day for Villa, scoring two goals to propel the squad to a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves took a 2-1 lead, only to be erased by two goals from Keane in the second half. Wolves were reduces to ten men 15 minutes from full time, and Villa took advantage, scoring the winner in the 84th. With the win, Villa improve to 11th in the table on 27 points. Wolves sit at 19th with 18 points on the campaign. 

3. Sunderland vs. Swansea City: Sunderland 2 - Swansea 0

After an impressive victory over struggling Arsenal, Swansea City fell to Sunderland on the road. Goals came from Stephane Sessegnon and Craig Gardner as the Black Cats moved to 10th in the league, while Swansea fell to 13th, only one point back of Sunderland who finds themselves at 27 points. 

4. Stoke City vs. West Bromwich Albion: West Brom 2 - Stoke 1

James Morrison’s goal in the 35th minute put Albion ahead for the majority of the match, and following a penalty miss in the 72nd by Stoke’s Jonathan Walters, Stoke City was able to level the score in the 86th thanks to a goal by Cameron Jerome. Their celebration was short lived however, as West Brom stole the show and snatched the 3 points in stoppage-time to win 2-1. Possession was relatively even although West Brom found themselves with the better of the chances. With the win, Albion remains in 15th while Stoke stay in 8th. 

5. Queens Park Rangers vs. Wigan Athletic: QPR 3 - Wigan 1

Despite being out-possessed 60% to 40%, Queens Park grabbed two goals before half-time and another in the 81st minute to beat Wigan Athletic on Saturday. Goals for the winners came from Helguson, Buzsaky, and Tommy Smith, to give Rangers three goals on the day. Queens Park outshot Wigan 19 to 9 and had the advantage on corners as well, 7 to 1. After falling to Newcastle 1-0 last Sunday, QPR was able to turn things around, improving 20 points and good for 16th place in the table. The loss keeps Wigan at the last spot in the table with 15 points.

6. Fulham vs. Newcastle: Fulham 5 - Newcastle 2

An outburst of offense was provided by American Clint Dempsey, who found the net three times to grab Fulham three points over 6th place Newcastle. Dempsey’s hat trick was the first by an American player ever in the Premier League. Danny Murphy and Bobby Zamora provided the insurance goals, both on penalties, to give Fulham the win at home. Fulham improve to 12th on 26 points.

7. Everton vs. Blackburn: Everton 1 - Blackburn 1

Tim Cahill scored his first goal for Everton in 13 months but it wasn’t enough to grab the three points. Blackburn brought one back in the 72nd and the score held at one. With the draw, Everton falls to 14th, while Blackburn drop back down into the relegation zone at 18th despite a 3-1 victory over Fulham last weekend.

8. Norwich City vs. Chelsea: Norwich 0 - Chelsea 0

Fernando Torres went scoreless again as Chelsea drew away to Norwich City nil-nil. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas called the draw “not enough” after dominating possession 58% to 42% and outshooting Norwich 20-6. Torres’ struggles in front of goal of late were epitomized by his 8 yard miss in the 58th minute. On the season, Norwich remain in 9th, while Chelsea remain in 4th on 41 points.

9. Manchester City vs. Tottenham: City 3 - Spurs 2

An outburst of scoring saw four goals in 9 minutes, from the 56th minute to the 65th leaving the score notched at 2. Goals came from Nasri and Lescott for City and Defoe and Bale for Spurs. Mario Balotelli came on in the 64th to change the direction of the match. After heeling Scott Parker in the head which warranted a yellow card and cries from Spurs supporters for a red, Balotelli drew a penalty in the 90th minute to take three points for City. With the win, City remain in 1st, while Spurs remain in 3rd. Adebayor’s replacement on the day, Jermaine Defoe, had a good showing, scoring in the 60th minute.

10. Manchester United vs. Arsenal: United 2 - Arsenal 1

Not to brag, but I did predict the score in yesterday’s match preview. United got goals from Valencia and Wellbeck got goals for United to erase Robin Van Persie’s equalizer. RVP scored a goal despite missing from just 8 yards out with a wide open net. Controversial moment in the second half when Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger brought on Andrei Arshavin in place of the 18 year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Chamberlain had assisted on the lone Arsenal goal, and played phenomenal throughout the match, while Arshavin hasn’t shown well at all this season, and his poor defensive play ultimately led to Wellbeck’s game winner due to poor marking. This raises the question of whether Wenger should be sacked as many claim this poor managerial move led to another Arsenal defeat. United remain in 2nd in the table with the win, while Arsenal remain in 5th. 

-AG

Edson Buddle set to Tryout for the Toffees

US International Edson Buddle hopes to join some familiar faces at Everton. Buddle will have a trial with the Premiership Club with hopes of joining the team for the second half of the season. Buddle has scored 9 goals for his current German league two squad, Ingolstadt, but is looking to leave the club in the near future. Joining former LA Galaxy teammate in blue may not be a bad move for the 30 year old forward.