Yanks in the Motherland: Weekend Rewind

Beginning this week every Monday (or Tuesday) we’ll look back at how Americans did in the ultra competitive leagues of the motherland. These footballers must be commended for their desire to challenge themselves against football’s best in the home of the game: England. Unlike Major League Soccer or USL where poor possession play and bad giveaways are tolerated, in England one mistake could have you on the bench for good. Here’s how our boys did this past weekend:

Jemal Johnson:

Was in the match squad but did not enter MK Dons match against Northampton Town

Clint Dempsey:

Entered the match in the 81st minute as Fulham was defeated by Hull 2-1.

Jay DeMerit:

Played a full 90 minutes in Watford’s 1-0 win over Charlton

Zac Whitbread:

Played a full 90 minutes in Milwall’s 1-1 draw with Southend United

Brad Friedel:

Won his Aston Villa debut 4-2 over Manchester City

Tim Howard:

As has been typical in Howard’s career he made a major mistake late in a match and Blackburn took advantage of it to win 3-2 over Howard’s Everton side.

Marcus Hahnemann:

We now know he’s not headed for the Sounders just yet and he celebrated by keeping a clean sheet against Plymouth in Reading’s 2-0 victory.

Bobby Convey:

Played 84 minutes and helped set up a goal in Reading’s 2-0 victory.

Kyle Davies, Jonathan Spector, and Eddie Johnson did not play

More Site News:

Beginning this week we are going to increase our coverage of Mexican and English Football especially the National Teams. We are also hoping to have more coverage of the Canadian National Team beginning this week. We will be scaling back coverage of Major League Soccer. To get your MLS fix, please listen to Around the League in 90 Minutes, Tuesday’s on CSRN.

We will still cover MLS but only in the context of its affect on the American, Canadian, Mexican and English National Teams. As many of you have noticed we have moved in that direction the last few weeks on the site without making a formal announcement. With World Cup Qualifying beginning this site will focus on the international game.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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