It was a weekend with mixed results for the Americans who apply their trade in the Premier League. All U.S. players who saw action or are on current rosters were only able to manage a point with their respected sides.
Fulham striker Clint Dempsey came out on top of the U.S. crop with a 67th minute header to snatch a point for Fulham who was away to Manchester City. Dempsey was able to head home after finding just a bit of space inside the box to meet a Jonathan Greening free kick. 2-2 was the final, Fulham & Dempsey happy with their much-deserved point.
West Ham’s Jonathan Spector saw a full 90 minutes at right back in a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal. Although I wasn’t able to watch the match in it’s entirety, reports suggest Spector was solid in West Ham’s 2 goal comeback to earn a much needed point at home.
Tim Howard for Everton continues to struggle in goal for the Toffees. Howard let in 5 goals in Everton’s Europa League clash at Benfica in mid-week & Everton lost to Bolton 3-2 on Saturday at the Reebok. Howard seems to be leaking goals at the moment & will want to match the form of fellow American Brad Friedel who at Aston Villa has been enjoying his recent play. Villa on the weekend also only able to manage a point away to Wolves at Molineux.
Not saving the best for last, Hull City on-loan striker Jozy Altidore was not in fine form this past weekend. Altidore only saw action on the social networking site Twitter & not on the pitch for Hull in a very important relegation six-pointer. Hull would have welcomed Altidore’s strength & pace against Portsmouth as the 2 bottom-dwelling teams battled out what’s being reported as one of the dullest Premier League matches in recent memory. The match itself ended 0-0.
Altidore posted “Ahhh felling like a champ” on the site, followed by “lmao I texted that while driving sorry I spelled it wrong”. He must not have been driving fast enough as Altidore was in fact dropped for the game at home to Portsmouth for being late. (Jozy, seriously? Being late?) Altidore has since been fined for revealing the reason he was dropped on Twitter. “I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I’m very, very sorry.”A recent look at his account suggests Altidore has since deleted his informal apology for his lack of punctuality.Hull boss Phil Brown was quoted as saying “That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn’t on the bench was our business“. Looks like it’s going to cost him a fine bit of money.
Whatever the problem is with Jozy, I hope he sorts it out. Here’s a player with bucket loads of potential for some serious playing time. Altidore should be a guaranteed pick for Bob Bradley’s USMNT squad next summer. If his doesn’t buckle down & get his act together, he’ll find himself with even less playing time & the possibility of missing out on the World Cup.
One question to EPL Talk readers: Were Hull City FC & Phil Brown right in fining the American striker for his Twitter use? Feel free to opine below.