Dempsey, Guzan and Donovan instrumental in FA Cup wins

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It wasn't a bad day for Americans in England as Clint Dempsey, Brad Guzan and Landon Donovan impressed in the third round of the FA Cup.

Dempsey continued his impressive goal-scoring form with a hat trick in Fulham's 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at Craven Cottage.

Dempsey opened the scoring against the League One leaders in just the eighth minute, taking control of a deflected through ball and beating John Sullivan in Charlton's goal. His second came 16 minutes into the second half when Dempsey combined with Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz for a one-two and slotted the ball home. Ruiz again helped Dempsey along to his hat trick when he drew a penalty that the American converted.

Damien Duff sealed the rout with a late goal for Fulham.

Brad Guzan is doing well in his extended run of playing time as the Aston Villa goalkeeper saved a penalty in today's 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers. Villa had a seemingly commanding 3-0 lead entering the 90th minute but Bristol scored and a drew a penalty in quick succession.

Guzan put a stop to any hopes of a dramatic comeback by diving to his left and blocking Scott McGleish's penalty. This was Guzan's eighth-straight game in goal for Villa.

Donovan doesn't seem to be showing any signs of rust in his return to Everton and provided an assist in a 2-0 win over Tamworth. The loanee swung in a corner that Johnny Heitinga powered home in the fifth minute. Donovan almost got on the scoresheet himself but his powerful shot clanged off the post.


What did you think of today's performances? Is Demspey Fulham's most potent attacking threat? Could Guzan nab a starting spot in the near future? Impressed with Donovan's play thus far at Everton?

Share your thoughts below. 

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63 Responses to Dempsey, Guzan and Donovan instrumental in FA Cup wins

  1. ec says:

    Dempsey is one of the most potent MF’s in the EPL, period. I’m torn between wanting to see what Dempsey could do at a bigger club, and having an American to root for at Fulham.

  2. Good Will Hunting says:

    Anybody have a link to Dempsey’s goals?

  3. PJ says:

    Don’t know if Everton could afford to sign Donovan outright, but he fits perfectly with them. If he cares about his fans he will stay in England and make us proud. Dempsey deserves Champions League Football. Guzan should start for a club in Europe somewhere.

  4. abc says:

    seconding the request

  5. I want to see Dempsey go to Liverpool. I don’t see why he can’t crack that starting lineup. Im sure people will have a lot to say about that but he’s simply a stud who scores. Liverpool could use some of his swag.

  6. DanO says:

    What role would Dempsey play at a big club? Kuyt, van der vaart, ji sung park, benayoun? All are attacking mf with varying levels of contribution to their clubs.

  7. fischy says:

    I agree. He can’t do worse than Andy Carroll, and I think he’d do better. Not that he’s necessarily better, but Carroll just isn’t getting it done since he came there.

  8. abc says:

    I’m torn, I’d love to see Dempsey at a bigger club, but why mess with a good thing? What if he ends up playing a lot less at a new club?
    I’m sure we all prefer Onyewu dominating at Sporting CP than sitting on the bench at AC Milan.
    Also the players around him are surprisingly good, and they seem to be working well together.

  9. fischy says:

    On the other hand, if the point is for Clint to get to play in Europe again, Liverpool ain’t the place to be.

  10. fischy says:

    After this season — with the chance to repeat in MLS and win CCL — I wouldn’t be surprised to see Donovan make the move. He’s gotta be getting the itch.

  11. fischy says:

    What I want to know is how everyone ws watching the Fulham game?

  12. EvertonBrian says:

    Hey Guys,

    Highlights of the Fulham game… Only shows 2 of Clint’s goals, but it’s better than nothing!

    link to

  13. CSD says:

    Guzan would have had a clean sheet if his teammate didn’t assist on the goal. It was a back pass right to the other team on the edge of the box.

  14. CSD says:

    Not, I’ll take a helping of nothing next time please.

  15. Amen Bro. He’s a hoot, ain’t he?

  16. CSD says:

    Dempsey has 12 goals in all competitions this season. I think a 20 goal season out of him this year is within range.

  17. Omar little says:

    Assuming Dempsey stays in England I’d like to see him stay at fulham. After a slow start, Ruiz has looked great and he and Dempsey seem to have a great natural chemistry. If Zamora can get himself into a groove they could make a nice little run the second half of the season.

    Glad to see Guzan doing well. Hopefully this spell earns him a full-time gig somewhere next year.

  18. b says:

    This is the 21st century bro, you can watch almost any sporting even via Internet streaming.

  19. EvertonBrian says:

    Agreed about Guzan. In a way, he’s been one of the most frustrating cases of a Yank abroad over the past few years. I really think he’s capable of making a significant mark in European football.

  20. Thanks for the link. The second goal was great!

  21. Citronomics says:

    Liverpool is sitting right outside the top 6 no? While this squad is not a lock by any means, if they can get points during the Suarez ban then I’d say there shot at Europa is a decnet one. That said, I think Deuce has said he wants CL experience.

  22. Big Chil says:

    Damn. I got Rick rolled.

  23. Gnarls says:

    2008 called. It wants its rick roll back.

  24. GW says:

    Unless they come up with new ownership Everton can’t afford Donovan. And even if they had the money you have to question if Donovan, at his age is a good investment for a team with so many needs.

  25. malkin says:

    I laughed. Well played.

  26. malkin says:

    link to

    there’s the PK. blasted it straight down the middle.

    Not sure what’s wrong with person screaming in the background, but i’ll reserve judgment

  27. kev says:

    Dempsey definitely will get a lot of looks from bigger clubs in the upcoming summer. Liverpool, aRSENAL, Tottenham could definitely use him. He wouldn’t start 100% of the time, but he’d play in at least half the games. Even if he’s on the bench, you just know he’d be a super-sub.

    Sure he could stay at Fulham and be a starter for the next 4-5years. And achieve LEGENDARY status. But he’s already been there 5 years and is their top PL scorer ever. 39 league goals. No one will be breaking that 1 anytime soon. Dempsey needs to challenge himself with the world’s best.

    I could honestly see some CL teams like Sevilla, PSG, Lyon, Napoli, Schalke going after him. His contract runs out summer 2013 so he could maybe be picked up for 6-7 million USD.

  28. kev says:

    yeah shame Everton can’t afford Donovan. He’s easily worth 10million USD but they cant even afford 20% of that transfer. He fits in so well with them.

    and who knows maybe Guzan will challenge Given for the no1 spot for the rest of the season. Given is coming back from an injury, so Guzan has the upperhand. If not, well maybe a promotional team will get him in the summer.

  29. kev says:

    Dempsey has 12 goals this season in like 25-26 games or so. He could realistically get 20 goals by the time summer rolls around. are you honestly telling me that a bigger club won’t come in for him? Heck Arsenal could really use him.

  30. #1 Jozy Fan says:

    Dempsey to Arsenal would make my year.

  31. MicahK says:

    Good to see three yanks doing good in the EPL. This makes up for Gonzalez getting injured at Nurnberg.

  32. wides says:

    Liverpool is 3 points behind the last CL spot… and he’s exactly what they need to get there… a player with swagger, and a knack for scoring goals.

    We all know Arsenal, Tottenham, and Man U aren’t going to pony up the necessary cash for him (based on his age and probable cost), and Chelsea doesn’t seem to be a good fit. Man City is way too stacked, don’t ever go there. Liverpool has American owners, with seemingly deep pockets, hopefully they’d realize just how much additional Americans would pay attention if Dempsey was doing his thing for ‘Pool.

    Let’s face it, he’s definitely got a better goal-scoring track record (goal for every 4 games since joining Fulham) than Henderson or Downing (both around 1 in 10 games) , who both cost more than 16 million pounds, which I assume would be a sufficient bid for Dempsey. But then again, Dempsey isn’t British, which King Kenny seems to be valuing to a fault.

    Otherwise Dempsey needs to get out of England if he wants a shot at CL. Just one man’s opinion.

  33. coop says:

    I think Dempsey is where he needs to be. At Fulham he isn’t a question to start. He’s a stud ON THAT TEAM. He is getting consistent play against quality competition which as a USMNT fan is a dream. I just don’t see him ever starting on a top 4 team. None of them flaunt the smash-nose style Clint plays. He lacks the fluidity that is necessary for a midfielder to start on a Chelsea, or ManU, or City, or Tottenham. Maybe he would fit in with Liverpool, provided they are set on not finishing top 4. Just don’t see it.

  34. No Brainer says:

    We always talk about how Dempsey should go to a bigger club. We always talk about how other clubs should want Dempsey.


    He’s 28 years old, probably the future captain at Fulham if he stays, and a club legend in the making.

    He’s scoring goals at a record rate for any American.

    He has a chance to go down in history as the greatest American export ever.

    Why jeopardize this by moving to a bigger club with bad politics, euro-centered snobbery, and a lack of respect? Besides, it’s not as if clubs are banging down the doors of Craven Cottage begging Jol and Mohamed Al-Fayed to give up their best player in a generation.

  35. Grant says:

    There were rumors in the beginning of the season that Arsenal was very interested in Dempsey. I think that would be a great place for Clint to go.

  36. This Guy says:

    Posting the Link because it is part of the DP over at the Original Winger:
    link to

  37. TomG says:

    I agree. Deuce is one potent mofo.

  38. Yevgeniy says:

    What the hell does this mean? You assume that all his fans are eurosnobs who would rather see him play 5,000 miles away as opposed to in front of them?

  39. CJ says:

    True dat.

  40. kev says:

    Players gotta take risks to reach the top. Dempsey can achieve this. He’s the only american to ever warrant the attention of a CL team outside of our GK’s. He’s already a Fulham Legend. 5 more years won’t really change that. But 5 years at a Arsenal or Napoli, even if he’s a super-sub will do more for our boys in the future.

  41. Andy in Atlanta says:

    6-7 million US? trying adding a 1 in front of those numbers buddy…

  42. Marlon says:

    Well for one Dempsey has stated that he wants to play in the Champions League. If Dempsey doesn’t try to be a consistent, maybe even great player for a bigger club than who will have the chance to next? Why should the best American in Europe have to settle for midtable football? Because nobody before him has done it? This is isn’t about euro snobbery, it’s about ambition.

  43. Alex says:

    You stop. Dempsey is a CL class player, has said he wants to play in the CL, and has the ambition/talent to do it. Where does it say a player has to stay at one club and become a legend? He wants to push himself. If he wants to be the “best American export” ever, he should probably set bigger challenges for himself than surviving relegation every year. Sure, a move would be a risk, but it would be a risk worth taking. Think of the payoff a successful move would have.

  44. wilyboy says:

    I KNEW Guzan would save a penalty soon. Good luck to Given if he keeps it up.

  45. Boom. Roasted. says:

    So when he falls on his face or rots on Arsenal’s bench for a couple seasons, will you change your tune?

    Dempsey is good, but he wouldn’t sniff the starting 11 of a ManCity, Chelsea, or an Arsenal.

    If he’s willing to sacrifice 90 minutes every week, a position in a club that values him, and staying in form for playing 10 minutes in a CL game every other Tuesday for a few months, then fine.

    To me, it’s a stupid decision.

  46. Dempsey won’t crack the starting 11? You’ve gotta be kidding me…look what he does at FFC without a true supporting cast, look what he does for the Nats without any forwards. He’s talented and dangerous.
    ManU has a lot of talent and only one guy on that team has more goals than Clint, as well as Arsenal and nobody on Liverpool has as many goals as Clint.
    He’ll be in the CL hitting the back of the net soon enough and people will still be on here claiming he’s not good enough. It’s pathetic that even by his own countrymen’s judgement Clint is a second rate player. Honestly he should be considered in the greatest American goal scorer of all time argument.

  47. pillow pants says:


  48. Marlon says:

    Why are you so certain of his failure? I’m not sure I support him going to Arsenal or Chelsea, but he’s having a better season and is on better form than than Gervinho, Theo Wolcott, Andrei Arshavin, Yossi Benayoun, Maroune Chamakh, Florent Malouda, Fernando Torres, Drogba, Romelu Lukaku, and Salomon Kalou. Those are the players he’d be competing for spots with. What makes you so certain playing for a larger club wouldn’t elevate Dempsey’s game?

  49. Brett says:

    I’d love to see what Dempsey could do playing on a team with multiple world-class talents. The problem is he would most likely become a role player instead of being the top dog like he currently is at Fulham. He’s got a unique set of skills (good at trapping/holding the ball, elite skill moves, creative passer, powerful shooter with both feet, aerial threat, makes dangerous runs) and a good, creative manager could definitely elevate his play to new heights. On a team of confident players Dempsey would be more free to show off his 1v1 talent too. He is so instrumental to Fulham’s attacking play that he can’t be loose with possession.

  50. john says:

    Dempsey should go to Germany if he wants CL football.

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  52. Alex says:

    Haha. Sorry, man, you did not “roast” me. Where did I say he should go to Arsenal? Or City? Or Chelsea? I agree with you, I happen to think he wouldn’t play enough at any of these clubs, or any CL club in England. I didn’t say it in my first post but I think if he wants CL, he should leave England. But say Napoli loses Cavani or Lavezzi to one of them. Dempsey is more than good enough to play there. What if Borussia Dortmund lose Goetze or Kagawa? He’s got enough quality to fill in there. And it’s not just if teams lose a key player. I think he’d play at Schalke, Udinese, Lazio, and maybe even Valencia. Here’s something else to consider. Dempsey will command a pretty large transfer fee from anyone who wants him, and a team willing to pay that to force a move isn’t one that’s buying him with the expectation of him sitting on the bench. They’d want him to play. I also agree with Marlon; if Dempsey is this good playing with Ruiz and Zamora, imagine him combining with CL caliber players. You have a good point in that Clint has a good thing going at Fulham, and it’s not beyond the realm of imagination that he stays there. But it’s not as if a move would be an automatic failure. Have a little faith in the guy you call the best American export. A move, should one happen, would definitely be a risk. Any move is a risk. But you need to take into account other factors, and I think if Dempsey was playing at a club that wanted him, he’d find success. He’s done it before.

  53. eddie says:

    When are we, as Americans going to start loving MLS more than EPL. We have our own league now and we should embrace American clubs with more zealousness than any other league. I only look at EPL when the MLS season has stopped, because I just wanted see a good soccer game. MLS comes first, then other leagues.

  54. marco says:

    More good news for Klinsmann,
    Gooch looked good against Porto, moving well.
    Gringo Torres playing well against Santos, great distribution.

  55. Matt C in Tampa says:

    $$$$$. lots of it. he’s got to put food on the family. If a big pay comes along, he cannot pass it up. If the money’s only slightly better, secure your legendary status at FFC

  56. Bellus Ludas says:

    As a nearly 50something guy who has been a fan his whole life it is amazing to live in this era. We are seeing American players not just get on the roster, or simply PT with EuroClubs with serious aspirations, but show themselves as stars too. I believe more and more everyday that I will see the USA win a World Cup in my time in this body…GO USA!

  57. fischy says:

    How did you find it?

  58. dgoshilla says:

    I’d like to see MLS have a goal to bring all Americans back into MLS by 2015. It would drastically improve the league and make a statement that MLS can afford to keep its best players and that its best players want to play in MLS.

  59. g-dub says:

    Second that. Light years away from when our WC squad was basically a bunch of college players. Yanks to WC final in Brazil???

  60. T.Dot says:

    Dempsey > Benayoun + Park combined.

  61. Michael F. says:

    Donovan stays. Dempsey to Liverpool. And Guzan keeps his spot.

  62. Dennis says:

    We will stop watching the EPL as soon as they fail to provide high intensity, high-light some highly skilled palyers at least 4-6 teams deep. I think none of the other top leagues go as deep with top level teams. Right now, the best MLS club, no matter how you define best (as long it is not simply geographical) is not anynear the top 6 or more in the EPL.

    As for loving any EPL team, that is not really why I watch them. By geography, I should be a Red Bull of Philly fan, but neither has been able to capture my fancy; NY is sometimes entertaining, but they underperform so often, I often wonder if they care. Nowak has kept the Union organized, but it makes for pretty boring soccer, maybe now that he has had a couple seasons to instill solid defending, he will begin to work on the attack, we’ll see.

  63. Billy Boy says:

    I can’t see Guzan keeping his spot. Shay Given is just such a world-class keeper and has been the preference for Aston Villa until his injury. He might, I just don’t see it happening. If not, he should look to move to another mid-table team, like a Newcastle, Stoke City, or Wolves.

    No way the LA Galaxy lets Donovan stay. He’s such a huge marketing deal for MLS. Plus, Everton simply can’t afford him.

    Dempsey to Liverpool…maybe. But I don’t think that’d necessarily be a good thing for him.