American Exports: Dempsey, Findley find paydirt
AMSTERDAM — The goals continued flying in for Americans in Europe on Sunday, as Clint Dempsey hit for a late consolation in Fulham's 2-1 Premier League loss at Newcastle.
The US star kissed home a long free kick two minutes from time to run his season total to three in six games across all competitions. Despite Dempsey's first St. James Park strike, the Cottagers remain winless through three league contests.
In other EPL action, four fine Brad Friedel stops weren't enough to save Tottenham from suffering a 5-1 Manchester City raid. Edin Džeko beat the American netminder four times to keep Spurs pointless at the bottom of the table after two games.
Down a flight in the Championship, Robbie Findley bagged his first league goal and second in as many matches as the lone bright spot in Nottingham Forest's galling 4-1 home loss to West Ham United.The former Real Salt Lake man fired home at the back post on 70 minutes and nearly notched a second with a stoppage time breakaway, only to see a Hammers defender rescue netminder Rob Green with a nick-of-time line clearance.
Jonathan Spector went the distance in midfield as Birmingham City let a late lead slip in a 2-2 draw at Watford.
A third American scorer was to be found in Denmark's SAS Liga, where SønderjyskE playmaker Conor O'Brien put a stamp on his first club start by scoring the initial equalizer in a 4-2 rally win at Odense BK. The 22-year-old New York native, who worked 86 minutes as a "trequartista," applied a diving header to a teammate's mis-fired corner kick volley just before the hour to open his club account.
Michael Parkhurst notched an assist from left back as FC Nordsjælland climbed to sixth place thanks to a 4-0 rout of Lyngby. Just after the break, Andreas Granskov potted one of the American's five crosses on the day to put the Wild Tigers up two.
However, the slow start continues for Clarence Goodson and Brøndby, who blew their fourth lead of the young season to fall 2-1 at FC Midtjylland. The visitors were ahead until the 79th minute, but now are winless in four.
In the Dutch Eredivisie, Jozy Altidore cooled off a bit to go 75 fair minutes in AZ Alkmaar's 3-0 win at FC Groningen.
Over in Scotland's honor division, Alejandro Bedoya beat illness to make a solid 21-minute Rangers debut in a 2-0 win over Aberdeen. Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu pitched in fine full shifts, with the latter seeing late yellow, as the Light Blues stayed top on goal differential through six games.
In the Bundesliga, Steve Cherundolo and fourth-place Hannover 96 are the last unbeaten in the league after fighting back for a 1-1 share with visiting Mainz 05.
Down one level, Matt Taylor went unused in Paderborn's 0-0 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt and Bobby Wood did likewise in 1860 Munich's 3-1 victory over Union Berlin.
Belgian Jupiler League play featured Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht settling for a 1-1 derby draw at Club Brugge. The US midfielder was active during his 89 minutes, but also muffed the latter of two saved Mauves spot kicks on the day when given a chance to open the scoring on 76 minutes.
Heading to Norway, Josh Gatt scored his third of the season as Tippeligaen leaders Molde FK moved eight points clear with nine to play by winning 3-1 at Aalesunds FK. The young winger, whose opening-minute, sharp-angle shot was originally ruled an own-goal, switched to right back just before halftime.
Finally, fourth-place Stabæk squandered several Mikkel Diskerud set-ups in a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Viking.