Crossing the Pond: EPL and MLS #3


Starting with the Premier League, Tim Howard’s Everton side are now unbeaten in their last four games. The American goalkeeper was however unable to stop Jonjo Shelvey scoring a penalty for Swansea to level the game and ensure it finished 1-1. Former Toronto striker Jermaine Defoe was not on the score-sheet as Sunderland fell to a heavy 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace.

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Geoff Cameron completed the full 90 minutes in Stoke City’s 1-1 draw with West Ham. There was also a ten minute cameo for DeAndre Yedlin who was unable to make an impact on his debut as Tottenham lost to Aston Villa thanks to a Christian Benteke first-half goal. Still, it is an indication that he could play in more games before the seasons end.

Back across the pond (see what I did there?) to Major League Soccer, there were plenty of Premier League alumni and British (and Irish) players in action. Still no Frank Lampard though, as a banner unveiled by the Philadelphia Union fans made clear in their 2-1 victory. It read:

“Hey Lampard – oh wait…”

Brek Shea started for Orlando, alongside Englishman Seb Hines in the Orlando defense. They were up against Portland Timbers who had former West Brom man Liam Ridgewell in their defense. It was a poor header in an attempted clearance from Ridgewell that let Cyle Larin score his first Orlando City goal in a 2-0 win, making it a second MLS win for Orlando’s English Head Coach Adrian Heath .

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Dom Dwyer was able to find the net for Sporting Kansas City, but was ruled offside as they finished 0-0 with Real Salt Lake. Former Wigan man Roger Espinoza also featured. Elsewhere in MLS, Giles Barnes opened the scoring for Houston as they defeated Montreal Impact 3-0. This also meant a win for their Irish manager Owen Coyle. Nigel Reo-Coker was booked for the Impact after coming on as a substitute.

Kei Kamara, once of Norwich hit two goals for Columbus Crew as they drew 2-2 with Vancouver. It was their first of two games, as they played again on Saturday against New England. New England Revolution drew 0-0 with Columbus Crew; Cheshire born Andy Dormon replaced Jermaine Jones at half-time, and was booked later on in the game. Former Middlesbrough man Emanuel Pogatetz also featured in that game.

Lloyd Sam scored a late equalizer for the New York Red Bulls, bringing the game to 2-2 against D.C United. The former Charlton Athletic man has been enjoying a good season so far scoring three goals in four games. His compatriot Bradley Wright-Phillips did not manage to score in that game though despite having three shots on target.

Obafemi Martins was unable to find the net and was ruled offside four times, as Seattle Sounders fell 1-0 to LA Galaxy. Galaxy captain Robbie Keane did not feature in this one. Clint Dempsey was also absent for Seattle, the top American goalscorer ever in the Premier League has been suffering with hamstring trouble. Watching from the stands was the legendary David Beckham, happy to see his former side pick up the win.

WINNERS: Lloyd Sam (late equalizer, scoring streak), Seb Hines (standout defending), DeAndre Yedlin (debut) Kei Kamara (two goals in one game)

LOSERS: Liam Ridgewell (poor game, at fault for goal), Dom Dwyer (goal disallowed), Obafemi Martins (four offsides and a yellow card)

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