American Exports: Dempsey scores in Fulham draw

AMSTERDAM - Fulham's Clint Dempsey scored his second goal of the young season Saturday to earn his side a 1-1 draw at West Ham United.

Eddie Johnson started alongside Dempsey in attach, working 76 solid minutes.

It was Dempsey, however, who put in a monster effort, highlighted by his 33rd minute strike. The U.S. star worked the two-man game to perfection with Simon Davies before netting from at close range from a lob feed.

Tim Howard and Everton, meanwhile, earned their first win with a 2-0 victory at Birmingham City, the first away win at St. Andrews in over a year.

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden had a rather quiet 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa wasted an early lead, falling 2-1 at Tottenham.

Wolverhampton keeper Marcus Hahnemann did all he could, but couldn't save the 10-man visitors from a 2-0 loss at Wigan.

Nearby in Scotland, Maurice Edu worked a tidy full shift as Rangers maintained their perfect start to the season with a late rally to top hosts Hearts 2-1.

In France's Ligue 1, Carlos Bocanegra went the distance at left back as Saint-Étienne extended their table lead to two points with a lively 1-1 home draw against defending champs Olympique Marseille.

Next door in Germany, Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones got the early gate in a 2-1 defeat at FC Nürnberg.

The soon-to-be 'Nat was sent off after he was booked twice in 53 minutes, when his second ill-advised challenge of the day ended with a cleat in the chest of opposing 'keeper Raphael Schäfer.

Michael Bradley saw yellow in his 90 minutes as Borussia Mönchengladbach posted a 1-1 home draw with Wolfsburg.


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