[AMERICANS IN ENGLAND]
For the second week in a row, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel
was beaten from the penalty spot. Last week, Villa still managed a 4-2
win over Man City but on Saturday it fell, 3-2, to newly promoted Stoke City, whose last top-tier win came 23 years ago. Everton's Tim Howard
was beaten from the spot late in a 2-1 win over
West Brom. Clint Dempsey
was a 77th minute sub in Fulham's 1-0 upset of Arsenal.
Texas-born Norwegian Brede Hangeland
scored Fulham's winner in the 21st minute.
With Brian McBride and Kasey Keller moving to MLS, and Eddie Johnson
's loan move to second-tier Cardiff, Dempsey is the sole American with the Cottagers.
In English second-tier
play, Reading fell, 4-2, to Charlton as keeper Marcus Hahnemann
went the full 90 and midfielder Bobby Convey
saw 72 minutes of action.
Fulham's win over Arsenal was a
major rebound after starting the season with a 2-1 loss to newly promoted Hull.