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Dempsey's Fulham fades, Xolos' Americans stand out
by Paul Kennedy, January 11th, 2014 1:39PM
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[AMERICANS ABROAD] The Fulham team that Clint Dempsey returned to is a shadow of the team he left in 2012. In his first EPL start of his loan spell at Craven Cottage, Fulham fell to Sunderland, 4-1, for a result that allowed the Black Cats to escape the basement. World Cup hopefuls Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez all started and teenager Paul Arriola came off the bench for Tijuana in its 1-0 win over Mexican giant Club America.

[AMERICANS ABROAD] The Fulham team that Clint Dempsey returned to is a shadow of the team he left in 2012. In his first EPL start of his loan spell at Craven Cottage, Fulham fell to Sunderland, 4-1, for a result that allowed the Black Cats to escape the basement.

Sunderland moved ahead of Crystal Palace on goal difference and is only two points behind Fulham in 15th place. Only six points separate the bottom 11 teams in what shapes up to be a very nervous second half of the season for a lot of teams.

Dempsey had a very quiet game before going off, while Altidore was involved in the third (video) and fourth (video) Sunderland goals that completed Adam Johnson's hat trick.

TRANSFER. Oguchi Onyewu, whose short-term contract was up at Queens Park Rangers, has moved to Sheffield Wednesday for the rest of the season. He moves from the third-place team in the League Championship to the 19th-place team in the 24-team second division.

MEXICO. World Cup hopefuls Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Herculez Gomez all started and teenager Paul Arriola came off the bench for Tijuana in its 1-0 win over Club America (replay), match that marked the return of Argentine Antonio Mohamed, recently installed as America boss, for the first time since he left Xolos, whom he coached to the 2012 Torneo Apertura title.

Castillo had an excellent second half, helping set up the winning goal with a run into the area and pass that the America defense could not clear. Earlier, America keeper Moises Munoz denied the left back on a one-on-one chance. Corona was denied a golazo when he hit the near post after breaking through on Munoz.



U.S. World Cup Contenders:
GOALKEEPERS:
Tim Howard (90 minutes), Everton (England) 2-0 vs. Norwich City
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Brad Guzan, Aston Villa (England) vs. Arsenal (Monday)

DEFENDERS:
Edgar Castillo (90 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico) 1-0 vs. Club America
Tim Ream (90 minutes), Bolton Wanderers (England) 1-1 vs. Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj (did not dress), Nott. Forest (England) 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers
Oguchi Onyewu (did not dress), Queens Park Rangers (England) 3-1 at Ipswich Town
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DaMarcus Beasley, Puebla (Mexico) vs. Monterrey (Sunday)
Geoff Cameron, Stoke City (England) vs. Liverpool (Sunday)
Michael Orozco, Puebla (Mexico) vs. Monterrey (Sunday)
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John Brooks, Hertha Berlin (Germany) on winter break
Timmy Chandler, Nuremberg (Germany) on winter break
Steven Cherundolo, Hannover 96 (Germany) on winter break
Michael Parkhurst, Augsburg (Germany) on winter break

MIDFIELDERS:
Joe Corona (79 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico) vs. Club America
Stuart Holden (long-term injury), Bolton Wanderers (England) 1-1 vs. Nott. Forest
Jose Torres (on bench), Tigres (Mexico) 0-0 vs. Pachuca
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Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes (France) vs. Lorient (Sunday)
Maurice Edu, Stoke City (England) vs. Liverpool (Sunday)
Brek Shea, Barnsley (England) vs. Liverpool (Sunday)
Danny Williams, Reading (England) at Watford (Sunday)
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Mikkel Diskerud, Rosenborg (Norway) in offseason
Josh Gatt, Molde (Norway) in offseason
Fabian Johnson, Hoffenheim (Germany) on winter break
Jermaine Jones, Schalke 04 (Germany) on winter break
Sacha Kljestan, Anderlecht (Belgium) on winter break

FORWARDS:
Jozy Altidore (25 minutes), Sunderland (England) 4-1 at Fulham
Clint Dempsey (78 minutes), Fulham (England) 1-4 vs. Sunderland
Herculez Gomez (67 minutes), Tijuana (Mexico) 1-0 vs. Club America
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Terrence Boyd, Rapid Vienna (Austria) on winter break
Aron Johannsson, AZ (Netherlands) on winter break
Bobby Wood, 1860 Munich (Germany) on winter break


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