Dempsey: Fulham v Juventus, 3/18, 2 p.m. Est

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad Gameday' started by YankatOxford, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. YankatOxford

    YankatOxford Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    Fulham are behind 1-3 in the tie, but Dickson Etuhu's away goal gives them hope, as does Juve's incredibly poor form recently- they blew a 3 goal lead at home this past weekend.

    A 2-0 result would take the Cottagers through, but an early away goal will mean they need to score three times to level the tie. Keep in mind they've outplayed Manchester United, Man City, Roma, and Shaktar Donetsk at home this season, so its possible. I will be in attendance at the Cottage.

    Praise be to Hodgson.

    I'm quite chuffed for this match, mostly because Dempsey's playing against Juventus has been the highest profile appearance for an American outfield player in a European knock-out competition in sometime. Not since DaMarcus Beasley's PSV Eindhoven made a run to the Champions League Semi-Finals, has an American featured at any level beyond this.

    Since Beasley's appearances against Barca and Lyon for Rangers, you could argue that this is the first glamor UEFA tie of any kind that an American player has legitimately featured in (barring Marcus Tracey's appearance against City). My hope is that in the near future this will no longer be such a momentous occasion, but for tomorrow in remains unique-

    Fulham will be looking to Zamora, Duff, Dempsey, and Gera for offesnsive spark, but the suspension of Danny Murphy looms large, and stalwart Brede Hangeland will be a gametime decision after suffering studs to the chest at the weekend.

    Come on you Whites'
     
  2. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    you know what, after the Shakhtar Donetsk thing, i wouldnt be surprised at all to see Fulham get the result. I think theyre gonna pull it off in fact. They make Craven Cottage a fortress these days
     
  3. sXeWesley

    sXeWesley Member+

    Jun 18, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Dempsey becomes a Fulham legend tomorrow. Mark it down.

    COYW!
     
  4. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 11, 2006
    you think he will get the start?

    He needs to play wide left and Gera 2nd striker.

    I'm still pretty angry about that 3rd goal. Things always get 'funny' in Italy or against Italian teams.
     
  5. Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke Member+

    Aug 13, 2008
    Austin Texas
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    2-0, that's doable. Let's go Fulham! A clintical goal or two for Dempsey!
     
  6. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. Shibb

    Shibb Member

    Feb 22, 2005
    Tampa
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd be surprised.

    Anyone know off hand if this will be televised in US? Are we that deep already? (sorry not to know, life's been a whirlwind lately)
     
  8. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  9. Dervos

    Dervos Member

    Mar 13, 2002
    Club:
    Austin Aztex
    I would think Donovan starting in the Champion League round of 16 (if I remember right) was a bit higher level ;) but nice post, should be a fantastic game to attend.
     
  10. YankatOxford

    YankatOxford Member

    Oct 15, 2007
    Appreciate the kind words, and I'm glad others are excited as well. I didn't forget though - Donovan played for Leverkusen in the CL that same year, (concurrent to DMB's run). PSV went deeper in the tournament.

    I did however, forget to mention that LD did play a couple weeks ago in Europa League for Everton, but he certainly wasn't a key cog in the machine for a long period of time as DMB or Dempsey were/is.

    I still think DMB's time with PSV and those cracking Champions League Semi-final legs against AC Milan is one of the high water marks for our outfield players.

    I'd say chances of Dempsey starting tonight is about 40/60, but he'll be desperate to play.

    Off to the city now to enjoy the match.
     
  11. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 11, 2006
    I am not exactly hopeful here on the result. Italians will come out looking to kill the game off at all costs. Lost of sniper shots, diving, that stupid thing they do with their hands begging for more meat in their sauce. Greening and Etuhu better be careful because every semi-rough tackle is going to the stretchers. 15minutes of football, 75 minutes of italian cabaret.
     
  12. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    On any given Thursday, it's a no-brainer to go to Courtyard's for the first half . . . on Tournement Thursday, not so sure. May be a coin toss.
     
  13. mkb3

    mkb3 Member

    Jul 11, 2000
    San Francisco
    Was El Salvador colonized by Italy? Must have been.
     
  14. HouseHead78

    HouseHead78 Member+

    Oct 17, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I call it, "Mama-mia, why you no like-a my pasta?"
     
  15. KALM

    KALM Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boston/Providence
  16. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 11, 2006
    Not surprised by this. I thought he was pretty unhappy to be started up top last match and it showed.

    Hodgs certainly knows this team better than anyone, but I question using gera in midfield when he gets overrun on defense time and again.

    He is possibly a more clever box player than Dempsey so I would certainly use him as a second striker behind the Zanimal.

    arrrgggg.
     
  17. Pandy Flapjack

    Pandy Flapjack The Pompitous of Love

    Aug 30, 2003
    Van by the River
    COYW's !!!!

    Hope to see this line-up or one with Gera and Clint swapped.

    _________Zamora_____Dempsey______

    Gera_______Baird____Etuhu_______Duff

    Konch____Hangeland____Hughes___Kelly

    _______________Schwarzer___________

    Subs: Zuberbuhler, Smalling, Davies, Riise, Dikgacoi, Nevland
     
  18. KALM

    KALM Member+

    Oct 6, 2006
    Boston/Providence
    Well it appears he's going to be using Gera as a second striker behind Zamora today.
     
  19. wooglin12

    wooglin12 Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    Club:
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well dang. I was going to take my lunch and watch the first half. But, since Dempsey ain't starting, I think I'll have to go hungry for another hour.

    Soccernet also has him on the bench.
     
  20. Pandy Flapjack

    Pandy Flapjack The Pompitous of Love

    Aug 30, 2003
    Van by the River
    Looks like we'll see Clint for Davies around the 70th minute. Not sure I agree with Roy about starting Davies but Clint is probably not 100% yet and hopefully I will be proven wrong today and Davies will actually produce.
     
  21. DuckYank

    DuckYank New Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Oregon
    Club:
    Portland MLS
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Could there be a more accurate post ever? I think we can all agree 100% here. Expect plenty of looooooooooong injuries and flops.
     
  22. Bees Knees

    Bees Knees Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    Aruba
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    and THAT is what you get for starting Dempsey on the bench. 0-1.
     
  23. babieca

    babieca Member

    Jul 12, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  24. Bees Knees

    Bees Knees Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    Aruba
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So now Fulham have 85 minutes to score three goals without letting in any against an elite Italian club. I think they'll have to go to the bench sooner rather than later.
     
  25. DuckYank

    DuckYank New Member

    Jan 20, 2010
    Oregon
    Club:
    Portland MLS
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's all over. Fulham are done. That's ok though because they had a great run, enjoyed the time in European competition, and can now focus on the FA cup and the Prem.

    Great European season Fulham.
     

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