National Teamers Abroad: Goals for Dempsey and Boyd

Clint Dempsey celebrates his goal during the Everton - Spurs game at Goodison Park on December 9th, 2012.  Credit: Matt West -

We start with a showdown between Americans in the Premier League, with Tim Howard's Everton beating Clint Dempsey's Spurs 2-1 after staging a stoppage time comeback at Goodison Park on Sunday.  Dempsey opened the scoring in the 76th minute, but Steven Pienaar equalized in the 90th and Nikica Jelavic scored the winner two minutes later. 

“It’s difficult to take,” Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas said. “We can say that in the first half, we didn’t play well but in the second half we improved a lot and bounced back. The last minutes were our best with Clint’s goal and Gylfi’s chance, we kept the ball and played well, but then the game changed completely against the run of play."

The day before brought another matchup of National Teamers in England, with Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj's Aston Villa playing out a scoreless draw with Geoff Cameron's Stoke City at Villa Park.  Stoke finished a man down when the referee booked Ryan Shotton for a second yellow card in stoppage time. 

A league down, Tim Ream subbed on in the 85th minute for Bolton's 2-2 draw with Huddersfield who took a 9th minute lead from a Bolton own goal.  Bolton's Mark Davies equalized in the 70th and Wanderers were back ahead ten minutes later when Chris Eagles scored.  Huddersfield split the points with an 87th minute equalizer.  Zak Whitbread and Leicester City also finished 2-2, drawing with Barnsley at King Power Stadium.  Leicester opened the scoring through Antony Knockaert in the 9th minute.  Barnsley equalized in the 27th and took the lead in the 39th.  Jamie Vardy equalized for Leicester in stoppage time.  Jonathan Spector played the first half in Birmingham's 1-0 loss to Wolves at Molineux.  A 34th minute Birmingham own goal was the difference.  Spector subbed out with an injured ankle.

"We tried to take a quick free-kick and gave possession back to Wolves and then we give a cheap free-kick away and obviously we haven’t defended very well," Birmingham manager Lee Clark said. "It comes off the inside of Marlon’s foot and it’s in the goal. We continued the half in the same vein. Obviously we lost Jonathan Spector which was a blow, and I think that contributed to the game being a bit more open in the second-half."

In League One, Robbie Rogers subbed on in the 82nd minute for Stevenage's 2-0 shutout of Hartlepool at Victoria Park.  Stevanage took the lead in the 19th minute and converted a 60th minute penalty. 

Elsewhere in Europe, Terrence Boyd scored the winning goal in Rapid Vienna's 2-1 win over Wacker Innsbruck.  A Rapid own goal put Innsbruck in front in the 43rd minute, with Deni Alar equalizing a minute later.  Boyd scored the winner in the 51st minute. In Belgium, Sacha Kljestan's Anderlecht shutout Mons 5-0.  Kljestan assisted on Dieumerci Mbokani's 5th minute opener.  Mbokani had a hat-trick.  In Serie A, Michael Bradley and Roma beat Fiorentina 4-2 to go ahead of them on goal differential for fourth-place.  Leandro Castan opened the scoring for Roma in the 7th minute.  Fiorentina equalized in the 14th, but Francesco Totti equalized five minutes later and put Roma back in front in first-half stoppage time.  Fiorentina cut that lead to one in the 46th, but Pablo Osvaldo finished off the scoring for Roma in the 89th minute.  In the Eredivisie, Jozy Altidore and AZ drew 0-0 with Willem II.

Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams started for Hoffenheim in their 2-0 loss to Hamburg on Friday.  Artoms Rudnevs scored in the 27th minute and again in the 74th.  Williams subbed out in the 66th minute.  On Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena, Stuttgart took a 2nd minute lead in their 3-1 win over Schalke 04.  Jermaine Jones setup Ciprian Marica's 12th minute equalizer, but a penalty put Stuttgart ahead in the 38th and Vedad Ibisevic finished off his hat-trick in the 61st.  Timmy Chandler's Nurnberg shutout Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 with Chandler setting up Nurnberg's second goal in stoppage time.  Steve Cherundolo's Hannover 96 converted two penalties in their 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen.  Trailing from the 2nd minute, Szabolcs Huszti equalized from the penalty spot in the 20th minute.  Mame Diouf put Hannover up in the 57th, but Leverkusen equalized a minute later.  Huszti returned to the penalty spot in the 69th minute and converted for the win. 

In Denmark, Clarence Goodson started in Brondby's 2-2 draw with Sonderjyske in front of 2,370 at the Haderslev Fodboldstadion.  Brondby's Dennis Rommedahl opened the scoring in the 6th minute with Sonderjyske equalizing in the 35th.  Brondby were back in front in the 64th when Quincy Antipas scored. Sonderjyske equalized in the 71st minute.  The referee booked Goodson in the 75th. Michael Parkhurst started and played 72 minutes in Nordsjaelland's 4-1 loss to Copenhagen.  Trailing by three goals, Mikkel Beckmann converted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute for Nordsjaelland.

Did Not Play: Brad Friedel (Spurs 1 - Everton 2), Maurice Edu (Stoke 0 - Villa 0), Robbie Findley (Forest 2 - Burnley 0), Frank Simek (Carlisle 1 - Sheffield United 3), Oguchi Onyewu (Malaga 4 - Getafe 0), David Yelldell (Leverkusen 2 - Hannover 3), Charlie Davies (Randers 2 - Esbjerg 1)

Injured: Stuart Holden (Bolton 2 - Huddersfield 2), Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander 0 - Real Madrid II 4)

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