AMSTERDAM – It was a mixed Saturday bag for Americans playing in Europe, highlighted by a Jermaine Jones winner in Schalke's 3-1 home win over Augsburg.
Less than a minute past intermission, the midfielder galloped about 40 yards down the right channel before slotting his first goal in 30 Bundesliga games. Jones also struck the post midway through the second frame as the Miners clinbed up to second place through two rounds.
Around the league, Timothy Chandler had a solid outing at right back in FC Nürnberg's 1-1 share with guests Borussa Dortmund. The result against the champs put Der Club level on points with Schalke.
Fabian Johnson went the distance and Daniel Williams was halftime sub as 10-man Hoffenheim sank to the bottom of the table with a 4-0 defeat to visiting Eintracht Frankfurt. The former lost his left back mark at the back post on the last minute capper.
One flight down, Andrew Wooten was on for the final quarter hour as Sandhausen fell 2-1 at St. Pauli. Thanks to their first loss in four games, the visitors slipped to seventh place.
Over in the English Premier League, three fine Brad Friedel saves weren't enough as Tottenham remained winless through three games after a 1-1 home draw with Norwich City.
The netminder made a pair of outstanding stops on Robert Snodgrass before the break, only to have the Canaries forward enjoy the last laugh with his 85th minute equalizer.
Everton wasted a quality effort from Tim Howard in their first defeat of the season, 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Despite pulling off a highlight reel larceny of James Morrison near halftime among his three saves, the US No. 1 suffered his first EPL loss in 12 games.
Geoff Cameron put in another good midfield showing as Stoke City rallied twice for a 2-2 draw at Wigan. New acquisition Maurice Edu was an unused sub as the Potters recorded their third straight draw to open the season.
One floor below in the Championship, Jonathan Spector ably slid into midfield the help Birmingham City break their duck with a 1-0 victory over Peterborough at St. Andrews. Fellow American Will Packwood watched from the dugout as the Brums extended their unbeaten league run at home to nine games, dating back to last season.
Tim Ream had a tough day at the office in Bolton's 3-1 loss at Hull City. The defender saw his pocket picked by the set-up man on the Tigers' insurance tally as Wanderers dropped to 20th place.
Derby County strike prospect Conor Doyle made a late cameo in the home side's 5-1 demolition of Watford.
Finally, in Portugal's honor division, Tony Taylor worked 58 minutes in Estoril's 2-2 collapse draw at Vitoria Guimarães. The promoted visitors were up two when the American departed, but conceded twice in the last 10 minutes to blow the win.