It was another top-notch weekend for many American players in Europe yet again, with performances from Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra and Charlie Davies leading the way.
Here’s what they did.
Dempsey continued his ridiculous goal-scoring hot streak hitting a cracker of a shot for a goal against Stoke in Fulham’s 2-1 win.
Although it will officially go down as an own goal because the shot smashed off the crossbar and into the back of the Stoke goalkeeper before going in, it was a beauty of a shot.
Landon Donovan and Tim Howard
Howard collected the shutout and Donovan yet another assist as Everton beat Chelsea 2-0. Donovan’s assist came on Everton’s second goal in the 71st minute to help seal the victory.
Donovan’s assist comes at the 1:12 mark of the video.
Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu
Both Bocanegra and Edu garnered assists in Rangers 4-1 win over Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier League.
Bocanegra’s assist came on a set piece as he headed the ball back across goal; Edu’s assist came as he drove into the box, drew out the Dunfermline keeper and was able to knock the ball back across the face of the goal to set-up his teammate for an easy finish.
Welcome back, Charlie! In his first appearance for Sochaux since returning from his loan to DC United, Davies came on as a substitute in the 78th minute.
If Davies can manage to regain his fitness and his form, it will give U.S. fans something to get excited about heading into the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign which begins this summer.
John D. Halloran