Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal for Fulham against Birmingham.
Getty Images

American Exports: Dempsey strike earns Fulham draw

AMSTERDAM — It was another busy Saturday in Europe for Americans, with Clint Dempsey striking after the break to earn Fulham a 1-1 draw with guests Birmingham.

Dempsey climbed the ladder to nod home his team-best fifth goal of the season to keep the Cottagers from dropping into the relegation zone.

Club and country mate Eddie Johnson came off the sub's bench in the 73rd minute and saw his late attempt at a winner cruelly kicked around the post by Blues 'keeper Ben Foster.

Elsewhere, Aston Villa's Brad Friedel did the best he could under siege in a 4-2 home loss to Arsenal. With both Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj watching from the dugout, Friedel's best stop came on a close range Marouane Chamakh header just seconds into the contest.

It was an afternoon to forget for Tim Howard and Everton, who suffered a galling 4-1 loss to visiting West Bromwich Albion.

Marcus Hahnemann was dropped to back-up status for Wolverhampton's 3-2 victory over Sunderland.

Over in Germany's Bundesliga, Steve Cherundolo returned from suspension with 90 solid minutes and DaMarcus Beasley worked the final six minutes as Hannover 96 held firm in fourth place with a 3-0 defeat of Freiburg.

Despite taking a late-first half lead, Michael Bradley and cellar dwellers Borussia Mönchengladbach fell 4-1 at tabletoppers Borussia Dortmund.

Having gone into the book early, Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones was pulled at halftime of a 5-0 humbling at promoted Kaiserslautern.

Ricardo Clark was an unused sub in Eintracht Frankfurt's 4-1 loss at Bayern Munich.

French Ligue 1 action saw Carlos Bocanegra go the distance as Saint-Étienne fought back for a 1-1 share at Nancy.

Next door in Belgium, Sacha Kljestan saw yellow during his full shift as Anderlecht rose to the Jupiler League summit with a 4-1 win over a nine-man Charleroi.

Finally, in La Liga, Jozy Altidore went unused as Villarreal moved to within five points of the top with a 3-0 victory at Real Zaragoza.

Ready to Launch: MLS Matchday 2010, The official MLS iPhone app. It's FREE! Download it here!