September 2010

Yanks Abroad: Week of September 5-11

Bolton @ Arsenal 9/11/10

Stu Holden was understandably excited  heading into the match with Arsenal, however after the match I don’t believe Stu would say it was an enjoyable afternoon.  Holden started and played all 90 minutes for the Trotters, however the 3 fouls he took were not enough as they fell 4-1 at Emirates Stadium with nearly 60,000 in attendance.

Everton v. Manchester United 9/11/10

Timmy Howard made 3 saves but was unable to stop 3 shots in the dramatic, come from behind, 3-3 draw at Goodison Park.  Everton managed to score twice in stoppage time to escape with a point.  Wayne Rooney didn’t make the trip as his loins were sore from a hooker romp.  It must be nice to be a professional footballer, if I got caught with a pair of prostitutes I’d probably get fired…Rooney got a day off.

Fulham v. Wolverhampton 9/11/10

Clint Dempsey started and played the first 83 minutes, before coming off for Eddie Johnson in the 2-1 victory for the Cottagers. Deuce got off a couple of shots, and was fouled a whopping 5 times…haters.  The highlight of the match may have been after Bobby Zamora’s ankle was snapped via a Karl Henry tackle, Dempsey proceeded to get in Henry’s grill and let him know treading would not be tolerated. This was an extremely physical match featuring 9 yellows and a red card, which is becoming a trend when Wolverhampton is involved. Marcus Hahnemann played all 90 minutes between the posts for Wolves, but was unable to stop either of Moussa Dembele’s 2 efforts on goal.

Borussia M’gladbach v. Eintracht Frankfurt 9/11/10

MB-90 started and played all 90, obviously.  However, M’gladbach took a 4-0 pounding from Frankfurt, in their first win of the season.  Bradley took a shot and earned himself a yellow in the 53rd minute. Ricardo Clark came on for mop up duty in the 90th minute for his first action in the  Frankfurt kit.

St Etienne @ Toulouse 9/11/10

Carlos Bocanegra played the full 90 for the away squad in the 1-0 victory.  Carlos took a pair of fouls and committed a couple as well, in the give and take that is French football.  During his visit to Toulouse, I certainly hope Boca took some time to stroll through the legendary Jardin des Plantes, which probably translates to garden of the plants?  This begs the question of what else would you put in a garden, to which I would answer mediocre basketball teams.

Rangers @ Hamilton 9/11/10

Mo Edu took 4 fouls in what turned out to be a bruising weekend for American footballers abroad in the 2-1 victory.  Maurice has convinced Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph that he is capable of shining in the Rangers Champion’s League match with Man U (which will be covered next week).

Hannover v. Bayer Leverkusen 9/11/10

Steve Cherundolo started and finished for Hannover, however DaMarcus Beasley failed to make an appearance.  The German-American team fought to a 2-2 draw against the team that shares a home with Detlef Schrempf, the playful Chris Mullin look alike.

Aston Villa @ Stoke City 9/13/10

Brad Friedel started for Villa as they dropped a 2-1 decision on the road.  Friedel gave up both goals in the last 10 minutes of the match…ouch.  Friedel did make 7 saves before allowing the equalizer and the winner in rapid succession.

Meanwhile, Benny Feilhaber continues to languish in the Danish second division. It might be time to escape in January, Maestro. Conor Doyle has zero caps and last year was planning on playing in college– but he made an appearance for Derby County over the weekend and his progress is worth monitoring, as it may result in a call-up next month. That’s all for now kids. Peace, love and Kevin Durant.

Dru Boyer is a staff writer for The Yanks are Coming. He can be reached at or you can find him on Twitter at @SwampJankins.

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  • Neil W. Blackmon

    I believe it does indeed translate to “Garden of Plants.”

  • Kevin in Denver

    I’ve taken to calling Conor Doyle, “CD23”. The bad news is that he now has to compete for playing time with Alberto Bueno and Shefki Kuqi, both of whom have come over on loan to the Derbyshire and played yesterday against Hull (a 2-0 loss that puts Derby in relegation territory after 6 games).

    He’s only 18, and a 2-year contract with a Championship side is nothing to sneeze at. Kid’s got a couple goals in him this season.

  • Jon

    Hey! My favorite mediocre HOCKEY team plays in that same garden, and your next match writeup was on RANGERS! No Leetch. No Messier. No respect I guess.

  • Whats Hockey

  • Neil W. Blackmon

    Strange Indian game involving sheets of ice and skates.

  • Faith

    this made me laugh. (= thanks for that.