JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, January 28, 2013
It was a rough FA Cup weekend for Americans as Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa were ousted by Millwall and Clint Dempsey, despite a goal, and Tottenham were sent packing by Leeds United.
Millwall 2-1 Aston Villa
It was a terrible week for Aston Villa who were eliminated from the FA Cup with a loss to Millwall and will now focus on avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
Eric Lichaj went the distance in Aston Villa's loss to Millwall
Brad Guzan dressed but did not feature for the Villains.
Darren Bent opened the scoring for Villa in the 22nd minute, as things were looking good for Paul Lambert's side.
However, the home team leveled the game with a David Shittu header in the 27th minute and then struck a major blow to Villa when John Marquis scored in the 89th minute.
Villa has only won one game in their last five games in all competitions, and that win over Bradford City was not enough to get through in the League Cup. They take the field once again on Tuesday against Newcastle United in league play.
Middlesbrough 2-1 Aldershot Town
Middlesbrough's run in the FA Cup continued on Saturday as the snuck by Aldershot Town.
Milddlesbrough's American central defender Seb Hines received a yellow card and played 77 minutes
After a scoreless first half, the final minutes of this game was full of drama. Lukas Jutkiewicz headed home for Boro in the 83rd minute, but Daniel Hylton leveled for Aldershot Town in the 89th minute when he received a through ball and found the back of the net.
Boro dealt the knockout punch in the sixth minute of stoppage time when Jutkiewicz scored once again and put the home side into the next round of the FA Cup.
They take on Ipswich Town in league play next week.
Bolton 1-2 Everton
In an entertaining game at Reebok Stadium, Everton managed to defeat Bolton and advance in the FA Cup.
Tim Howard started for Everton while fellow American Tim Ream started for Bolton. Stuart Holden continued his long comeback and played the final 10 minutes for Bolton.
The Toffees came out of the gate with a strong squad for the tournament game and played a dominant opening spell that was capped off with a goal from Steven Pienaar in the 18th minute.
Marvin Sordell though equalized for Bolton in the 27th minute and set them up for a strong second half for the home team.
However, Everton notched the winner in the 90th minute when substitute Johnny Heitinga slotted home and sent the visitors into the next round of the FA Cup.
Despite the loss, Holden's cameo appearance in the 81st minute was a speacial moment as he played his first minutes at the Reebok Stadium since March of 2011.
Bolton takes on Watford in league play next week, while Everton plays West Brom on Wednesday.
Leeds United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey found the back of the net for Spurs but it was not enough as they went down to Leeds United.
Brad Friedel also went the distance for Tottenham.
Luke Varney opened the scoring for Leeds in the 15th minute and Ross McCormack's 50th minute impressive shot doubled their lead.
Dempsey cut the lead in half in the 58th minute when he headed in a Gareth Bale cross. The Texan had numerous other chances throughout but was only able to muster his second half goal.
Spurs take on Norwich City in Premier League play on Wednesday.
Geoff Cameron did not dress in Stoke City's loss to Manchester City.
Conor Doyle dressed but did not feature in Derby County's loss to Blackburn Rovers.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's draw with Huddersfield Town. In that same game, young 18 year old American Duane Holmes made the bench for the first time ever for Huddersfield.