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Saturday Soccer Recap: Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Charlie Davies and More

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The elite American duo of Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey were at it again on Saturday, displaying their class in the World's top league.

*Landon Donovan shows what the addition of a speedy winger with tremendous crossing skills can do for a team. The quality of Everton as a football club has reached new heights during Landon Donovan's short loan spell. Although the Toffees are only 2-3-2 in league play when Donovan starts, Everton's two victories have come against Manchester City and Chelsea, and any spectator can easily recognize the improved performances of David Moyes' side.

On an individual level, Donovan has been on a tear, as he racks up assist after assist. Today was no different as Donovan helped Everton deliver Chelsea a finishing blow in the 71st minute with his deft passing skills. Donovan collected the ball outside the box, made a move towards the center of the pitch and played in Denis Stracqualursi with the softest of passes. Stracqualursi took it in stride, streaked towards goal, and beat the monster that is Petr Cech to seal the game for the Toffees.

Here is Donovan's assist...


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*Meanwhile at Craven Cottage Clint Dempsey continues to carry Fulham on his back. Dempsey "scored" in the 28th minute, firing a shot from long distance which hit the cross bar and then ricocheted off the goalie's back and into the net. The goal was correctly awarded an own goal, but this one should be added with an asterisk to his goal-scoring tally.

The Dempsey created goal put Fulham up 2-0, who later held on to a 2-1 victory over Stoke City. The 3 points puts the Cottagers into the 12th position in the table.

Here is Dempsey's "goal"...

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* In the surprise story of the day, Charlie Davies made his first appearance since October 2009 for Sochaux in France's Ligue 1, as he came on in the 78th minute in Saturday's contest vs. Stade Rennes. Davies had minimal impact on the match as Sochaux dropped points in their 1-0 loss. Sochaux is in real danger of relegation, currently occupying the last spot in the table with only 19 points on the season.

Personally, I didn't expect Davies to get on the field this quickly based on his form last season with DC United plus Davies had not played in a first team match since October. However, with Sochaux struggling in league play it makes sense that the club is looking to Davies to bring back some of his offensive magic he displayed in 2009.

I think Sochaux's decision to get Davies back into the mix is a smart one but to expect any consistent production from him at this point is a bit optimistic. We should have a better idea of where Charlie's career is headed in a couple of months after he gets some increased playing minutes and training sessions under his belt.

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