Five Americans started in Boxing Day weekend action in the English Premier League, but the only results they had to show for their efforts were a pair of ties for Everton's Tim Howard
and Fulham's Clint Dempsey
. Jozy Altidore
returned to the starting
lineup at Hull City and was shoved for the penalty that led to the Tigers' goal in their 3-1 loss to Manchester United. Goalies Marcus Hahnemann
and Brad Friedel
both had solid games but could do nothing to stop second-half onslaughts. SATURDAY:
, 90 minutes, Fulham (0-0 vs. Tottenham).
Dempsey hit the cross on a free kick in the first half.
Report: Telegraph Marcus
, 90 minutes, Wolves (0-2 at Liverpool).
Wolves held Liverpool to a 0-0 tie at the half but had Stephen Ward
sent off in the second
half. Report: Sun Tim Howard
, 90 minutes, Everton (1-1 at Sunderland).
Late goal gives Toffees a tie. Report: Guardian SUNDAY: Jozy Altidore
, 83 minutes, Hull City (1-3 vs. Man. United)
Altidore returned to the starting lineup and was shoved by
Rafael da Silva
for the penalty scored by Craig Fagan
for the equalizer. Caused all kinds of problems for the
makeshift Manchester United. Report: Independent Brad
, 90 minutes, Aston Villa (0-3 at Arsenal).
Friedel made fine stops on William Gallas
from close range and Andrei Arshavin
but could not prevent late Gunners' onslaught. Report: BBC Sports