American Exports: Brad Guzan helpless as Robin van Persie hat trick wins EPL title for Manchester United
There was little Brad Guzan could do to stop Robin van Persie and Manchester United’s march to a 20th league title on Monday.
Behind a first-half hat trick from the star Dutch striker, Guzan and his Aston Villa side found themselves on the painful end of a victory lap as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men celebrated a 3-0 win at Old Trafford that clinched the English Premier League title, Ferguson’s 13th as United manager.
STUTTGART, Germany – The chase for Champions League berths takes focus on the weekend card involving American exports, including Tottenham ace Clint Dempsey's crack at breaking a personal win drought against Manchester City. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City (Sunday, 8:30 a.m.)
STUTTGART, Germany – Alejandro Bedoya's offensive surge continued on Thursday, with the Helsingborg playmaker notching a goal and an assist in a 4-1 cruise through Norrköping.
Just after the break, the US international bagged the away side's third of the evening by firing home off the post from beyond the area. Then, at the hour mark, Bedoya sent Mattias Lindström in alone for the final HIF strike.
AMSTERDAM – Tim Howard posted his first shutout at Arsenal on Tuesday, ably backstopping Everton to a 0-0 draw.
The US star needed only two saves, the best coming near halftime to deny Santi Cazorla from point-blank range. Despite extending their EPL unbeaten streak to six games, the Toffees did miss a chance to pull level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham for the fourth and final Champions League berth.
US national team star Jozy Altidore opened up about his sensational club season – and his increasingly likely prospects of a lucrative summer transfer – in a conversation with Yanks-Abroad.com this week.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With just three weeks left in Kei Kamara's loan to Norwich City, Sporting Kansas City are still waiting to hear whether the Premier League side wants to keep the forward in England or let him return to MLS.
AMSTERDAM – Alejandro Bedoya and 10-man Helsingborg blew an early home lead on Monday, falling 2-1 to Mjällby.
The US international worked a full shift, drawing a yellow card in the 66th minute. The result dropped the Reds back to break even at 1-1-1 through three games.
AMSTERDAM – Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 missed a chance to improve their Europa League hopes on Friday, falling 3-1 at Bundesliga surprise package Freiburg.
The Reds captain went the distance for the second straight time since returning from a knee injury. Hannover, who have won just once in their last six league games, remained four points adrift of a European berth.
AMSTERDAM – Another weekend brings another European slate of key contests involving, with Timothy Chandler's FC Nürnberg set to wager their nine-game unbeaten streak at runaway train Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich. All times listed in ET.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Geoff Cameron, Brek Shea – Stoke City vs. Manchester United (Sunday, 9 am on Fox Soccer)
AMSTERDAM – Clint Dempsey came to Tottenham Hotspur's second-leg rescue with a pair of goals and Brad Friedel notched six saves, but it was all in vain as the visitors bowed out of the Europa League quarterfinals on penalties after a 2-2 (4-4) stalemate with FC Basel on Thursday.
Spurs entered the contest trailing on away goals, but Dempsey provided their first lead of the series in the 23rd minute. The US star raced onto a long Jan Vertonghen splitting pass to round Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer for a free finish.