Clint Dempsey, who joined Fulham on a $4 million transfer fee from the New England Revolution, made his English Premier League debut on Saturday in a 1-1 tie with Tottenham Hotspur.
Dempsey came on against Tottenham in the 81st minute, joining fellow Americans Carlos Bocanegra and Brian McBride, who both started and went the full 90.
playing a man down, took a 1-0 lead in 84th minute on a Vincenzo Montella penalty kick awarded when defender Michael Dawson handled a shot from McBride. Dempsey helped initiated the
sequence that led to McBride's shot.
"He came back from America last week," said Fulham coach Chris Coleman of Dempsey on the club's Web site, "and it will take him a good few games
before he gets into it but once he does, he's a player who'll do very well for us. He's a very fit player but anybody who comes to the Premier League from a different country will tell you there's
nothing like it. Clint won't be any different. I've seen a lot of MLS games and it's a decent standard but the pace is nothing like the Premiership."
Dempsey said, "It's always good to get
the first game out the way. I've been traveling back and forth to the States so it's been tough getting the training in. I've been off for a while so I haven't played any games since November."
All three of EPL's American goalkeepers celebrated wins last weekend as Reading (Marcus Hahnemann) beat Sheffield United, 3-1; Blackburn (Brad Friedel) down Manchester City, 3-0;
and Everton (Tim Howard) beat Wigan, 2-0.
Bobby Convey came on for Reading in the 85th minute for his first league action since October. Convey, who had been suffering from a
knee injury, started a Jan. 9 FA Cup win, 3-2, over Burnley.
DaMarcus Beasley was a halftime sub for Manchester City.
In Germany, Josh Wolff made his debut for Second
Division 1860 Munich, which fell 3-0 to Greuther Fuerth, entering the game in the 60th minute. Fellow American Gregg Berhalter, who started and went the full 90 on Munich's backline, received
Kicker Magazine's lowest rating.