[AMERICANS IN ENGLAND, GERMANY, BELGIUM]
Days after being elected by fans as Fulham Player of the Month, Clint Dempsey
scored his third EPL goal of the season in the
11th minute of Fulham's 1-1 tie at Wigan. Fulham's American defender Carlos Bocanegra
hit the crossbar on a header. Blackburn, with Brad Friedel
in goal, tied
Chelsea, 0-0. Friedel made an acrobatic save in the 27th minute and stifled superbly a 84th minute effort by Andriy Shevchecko, who injured defender Christopher Samba on the play with a kick to the
head. Bobby Convey
was a 78th minute sub and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann
went the distance in Reading's 2-1 loss at Sunderland.
Germany, Heath Pearce
returned to the Hansa Rostock starting lineup but the newly promoted team suffered its fifth straight loss in a 4-2 defeat at Arminia Bielefeld. Steve
and Hannover 96 squandered a two-goal led in a 2-2 tie with FC Nuremberg.
In Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu
made his sixth straight start of the season for
first-place Standard Liege, which lost its perfect record in 1-1 tie with Gent.