Who said Clint Dempsey would be hurt by Bobby Zamora's exit to Queens Park Rangers?
Dempsey may just be the most in form goal scorer in the English Premier League right now after notching his 10th league goal of the season and 16th across all competitions. Today's finish puts Dempsey behind only Robin van Persie (25), Wayne Rooney (18), and Sergio Aguero (17) for the most total goals from a Premier League player.
However, Clint's goal in the 69th minute was not enough for the Cottagers to grab all three points, as West Brom found a late 82nd minute equalizer to split the spoils.
Here are the match highlights...
In what was a fairly uneventful Deadline Day in the European transfer market compared to previous years, movement from US players was even less exciting. However, it is my duty to provide a quick rundown of all the "interesting" US moves from Friday....
1. Mikkel Diskerud moves from Norwegian club Stabaek to Belgium club KAA Gent
Diskerud's move is a loan arrangement with an option for Gent to purchase the contract at the end of the season, which would make the deal permanent. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has played for Stabaek the past 4 seasons and has become a regular starter over the last 2, but the Norwegian club was forced to sell Diskerud due to financial problems.
Diskerud is in contention for a spot on the US olympic team as he participated in Caleb Porter's January camp. Diskerud also has two senior caps.
Gent is currently in the 2nd position in Belgium's top tier league, but are 7 points behind Sacha Kljestan's club- Anderlecht.
2. Edson Buddle was officially released by Bundesliga 2 club FC Ingolstadt
Edson Buddle has not yet moved, but we know where he will not play as FC Ingolstadt has officially released the US forward. Buddle like Diskerud was a victim of a club in financial trouble with Ingolstadt releasing Buddle despite his productivity with the club. Buddle scored 9 goals in his 31 club appearances and was one of Ingolstadt's leading goal-scorers this season.
Buddle, who trained unsuccessfully on loan with Everton last month, is now rumored to be headed back to MLS with the LA Galaxy. This rumor was further perpetuated throughout the soccer world after former Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas confirmed Buddle's likely return. The Galaxy have right to first refusal if Buddle is to re-sign with the MLS since they never received a transfer fee when Buddle left for Europe. As a result, LA held on to Buddle's rights if he were to return.
3. Charles Renken was signed by the MLS and the Portland Timbers
After Friday gave US fans an early Super Bowl present with Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan squaring off against each other for the first time since 2006, the weekend had its far share of dramatic Yank moments as well. Goals from Fabian Johnson in the Bundesliga, DaMarcus Beasley in Mexico's Primera Division, and Oguchi Onyewu in the Portuguese Primeira Liga highlighted US success abroad over the last couple of days.
Here is a quick rundown of what you might have missed including video highlights...
*Landon Donovan won the battle between the top 2 American players, as his two assists lifted Everton over Fulham by a 2-1 scoreline. The win advances the Toffees to the 5th round of the FA Cup and eliminates Fulham from this domestic competition.
Donovan played two perfectly weighted crosses, which allowed Denis Stracqualursi and Marouane Fellaini to score headers in the 27th and 73rd minutes respectively. The goals completed an Everton comeback after Danny Murphy converted a penalty kick early on in the match to initially put the Cottagers in front.
Here are the match higlights and Donovan's assists...
I can’t lie to you. I was so bored watching the USA v. Panama match that I actually dozed off in the 42nd minute. As much as I love my country and US soccer, a USA v. Panama friendly was never going to be a sexy match after spending the day watching knockout soccer featuring Liverpool v. Manchester City and The Classico between Barcelona and Real Madrid. Even so the USA-Panama game was just boring. With that said, here are some quick thoughts.no comments
We have come to the end of the January friendlies for the US Men's National Team and this can only mean one thing - time to find out who helped their case for when World Cup qualifiers roll around and who fell flat on their face.
Both matches during this past week were rather uneventful and quite lackluster with the U.S. scrounging out two 1-0 victories over inferior opponents. These matches were meant to be learning experiences for many of these players, a test to see whether or not they will be of any use to Klinsmann once World Cup Qualifiers get underway. To be blatantly honest, there was not one player who grabbed this opportunity by the throat and took it.
Some of you may say Jermaine Jones did, after all he had two solid performances in which he went 90 minutes and captained an inexperienced side, but we already knew what Jones is capable of and this just confirmed his abilities.
If anybody made a bit of a splash in this friendly you would have to say it was Graham Zusi. He put in two soid performances along with a game winning goal in the Panama match. One telling sign that Klinsi liked what he saw out of Zusi was the fact that he chose to start Zusi on the right side of midfield instead of a more experienced player in Benny Feilhaber (don't worry, i'll get to Benny shortly).