Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Dempsey: 'We're so close to the final ...'
April 22nd, 2010 6:18PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, england, europa league, germany

MOST COMMENTED

[EUROPA LEAGUE] Seventeen hours on the bus didn't stop Fulham from achieving what it set out to do as the visiting Cottagers held Hamburg to a 0-0 tie Thursday in the first leg of their Europe League semifinal series. American Clint Dempsey, who came on in the second half for his first appearance for Fulham in 18 days, is confident the Cottagers can get the job done in next week's second leg.

Goalie Mark Schwarzer was the Fulham star, stopping Jonathan Pitroipa, Piotr Trochowski and David Jarolim in the second half.

Like Barcelona and Lyon in the Champions League and Liverpool in the Europa League, Fulham had to travel by bus to their away game because of the disruption in air travel across Europe caused by the Icelandic volcano.

Fulham was the only visiting semifinalists that didn't lose. Liverpool fell at Atletico Madrid, 1-0, on Thursday.

Fulham's 600-mile journey to Hamburg included a three-hour delay in traffic on a German freeway.

“We’re happy with the result tonight and the next leg’s back at home so we’re in a good position to get the job done next week," Dempsey told fulhamfc.com. "Personally, I felt good tonight. I felt sharp and I thought I made a difference tonight.

Given the Cottagers' good record at home, Dempsey believes can win next week's game and return to Hamburg for the final on May 22.

“It would be great for Fulham and great for the players to reach the final," Dempsey added. "We’re so close to the final and we’ll be doing everything to make sure we’re there.”

April 22 in Hamburg
Hamburg 0 Fulham 0.
Hamburg -- Rost, Demel (Rincon, 82), Boateng, Mathijsen, Aogo, Trochowski, Ze Roberto, Jarolim, Pitroipa, Van Nistelrooy, Guerrero (Petric, 72).
Fulham -- Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Duff, Etuhu, Murphy, Davies, Gera, Zamora (Dempsey, 52).
Referee: Claus Bo Larsen (Denmark).
Att.: 49,171.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Midweek] No. 6 Florida State overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat Connecticut, 3-2. Shea Groom ...
Americans roll with changed frontline    
[USA-MEXICO] The USA made it a clean sweep in its two-game series with Mexico, downing El ...
Toni Dovale rescues Sporting KC with two second-half goals    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Thursday] Spaniard Toni Dovale scored two goals seven minutes apart in the second ...
Playoffs hinge on Cascadia clash; more drama looms in East    
[MLS: Three Games to Watch] Another edition of the Northwest head-knockers takes place in Portland, and ...
Everton's Martinez praises 'magnificent' Howard    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Tim Howard added another mark to his remarkable 2014 season with a record-tying 12 ...
New crest emphasizes club connection to fans    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Major League Soccer unveiled its new brand identity and crest on Wednesday, emphasizing the ...
What They're Saying: Greg Dyke    
"It was the fourth watch I've had since I started doing this job. Everywhere you go ...
What They're Saying: David Carter    
"Chivas in the L.A. market is beyond an afterthought. I think even most soccer fans aren't ...
Goal celebration sends player into abyss    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] After Joel scored a fine goal for Brazilian club Coritiba he ...
Guardiola: Bayern Munich deserved to win    
[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wednesday] Off to a relatively quiet start to its league season, German champion ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives