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EPL Yanks Weekend 1 Review

Blackburn 0-3 Portsmouth

Brad Friedel started in net for Rovers and got beat three times, twice by second half substitute Kanu as the new look Pompey squad torched Blackburn. Friedel did however deny Kanu’s hat trick bid on a diving pk save late in the match. Jemel Johnson was sold by Rovers earlier in the week to Wolverhampton and he scored Wolves only goal in a 1-0 win, something that the US youth international coaches should take note of.

Reading 3-2 Middlesborough

A great debut in the EPL for Marcus Hannehman and Bobby Convey as both started and helped lead Reading from 0-2 down to a historic 3-2 win over Boro.

Everton 2-1 Watford

Tim Howard conceded a stoppage time goal, but the Toffees held on for a 2-1 win over Jay DeMerit’s Watford FC club. Everton was awarded a controversial penalty when Watford was called for a phantom hand ball in the box. DeMerit came on as a second half sub in his EPL debut.

Watford 1-1 West Ham United

Jay DeMerit played all 90 minutes as Watford earned their first point of the season today.

Fulham 1-5 Manchester United

Brian McBride came on late in the 2nd half and Carlos Bocanegra did not play as Fulham were run off the pitch early in the match by Man Yoo.

Manchester City 0-3 Chelsea

Claudio Reyna played well for Citeh against the defending champs, Chelsea but his side did not have enough firepower, and had to play most of the 2nd half a man down.

Bolton 2-0 Tottenham

In one of the big surprises of the weekend, Bolton got out to a quick two goal lead versus Spurs and never looked back at Reebok Stadium. American Youth International Johann Smith suited up for Bolton as part of the match squad but did not get on the pitch.

West Ham 3-1 Charlton

In a historic match where the Hammers’ Teddy Sheringham became the oldest player to ever participate in an EPL match, Jonathan Spector remained out injured. Cory Gibbs is of course not availible for Charlton until november at the earliest as he recovers from the injury that kept him out of Germany 2006.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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9 Responses to EPL Yanks Weekend 1 Review

  1. Xavier says:

    I for one will be eager to see Johann Smith play. Last year some fans claim he outplayed Jared Borgetti in the reserves for Bolton. Now he’s first team and only 19. The US has never had such a young player make first team on a top flight team in a major european league. Smith has flown under the radar of causal US Soccer fans because he was plucked by Bolton right out of High School and he never played in MLS. Nonetheless he was best american player at the Milk Cup two years running and is probably close to being ready for the senior national team especially considering the weak group of attackers we now sport. I hope he takes the next step and becomes a regular first team player.

  2. Federico says:

    I hope this Smith kid catches on. We need a good young attacker.

  3. Hat Trick Peter Crouch says:

    Boro 2 Chelsea 1

    Mourinho and his lads get shown up and the Riverside!

  4. Zizou 06 says:

    The Portsmouth and Reading results were great.

    I was hoping that Fulham would have a little better result at home, but I guess not.

    Still, after the Fulham result and and the Charlton result, I think that all, at least on the team, has been put behind Man Utd. They are looking damn strong. But I know it is only the start of the season.

    Chelsea is starting off slugish as well. Thought they would have a better performance. They didn’t impress while they were here, and I guess they aren’t impressing there either. Again, it is still too early to tell.

  5. Sams Army says:

    Our American players are doing fantastic in the EPL this season. Convey has made a big impact and Cory Gibbs is going to have a big impact when he becomes healthy.

    Johann Smith is a potential big impact in the future for our national team and of course for Bolton.

  6. The Three Lions says:

    Chelsea’s US tour was a clear sign that they are not working well as a unit. Drogba and Schevchenko are not getting adequete service from the midfield and it is becoming more and more apparent that the signing of Michael Ballack who is either with the pshyio or not spacing properly was a mistake.

    Portsmouth will be strong. I thought the pick of Pompey to be close to the upper half on this website last week was rubbish but now having seen them perform twice, I believe the signings of David James, Kanu and Sol Campbell provide them with a real opportunity to be dangerous. Harry Houdini Redknapp once again picks the right players much like he always did with the Saints of Southampton. Pompey will NEVER go down while Harry “Houdini” is calling the shots.

    Johann Smith is the one American I want to really watch closely. He is possibly developing into a real dangerous wing attacker. He could be a good player for your national side.

  7. Harvey says:

    Watching Chelsea bite the dust was SO SWEET! Mourinho is such an arrogant snot nosed A^*h$#e!

  8. Man Yoo Rules says:

    We were picked 5th by this website! 5th! Are yoo kidding?????

    We’re off to a flying start and will never ever be beat……Fergie forever!

  9. Hat Trick Peter Crouch says:

    Man Yoo

    defeating fulham and charlton hardly impress anybody. You chaps have a long way to go and will miss Van Nistelrooy before very long.

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