Saturday, February 11, 2012
GALAXY: Donovan feeds Chelsea upset
By Scott French
Galaxy captain Landon Donovan was again at the center of an Everton victory, creating the second goal as the Toffees took down Chelsea, 2-0, for their second straight home upset in the English Premier League.
Donovan fed Argentine forward Denis Stracqualursi in the 71st minute as Everton thrilled its fans at Goodison Park by beating another EPL power.
The victory follows a 1-0 win Feb. 1 over first-place Manchester City and pulls Everton (9-10-6) to 10th place in England's top league.
Donovan collected a ball from Phil Neville on the right flank, cut inside past two defenders, played a through ball to split two defenders, and Stracqualursi's first-time shot caught goalkeeper Petr Cech's hand en route to the net.
That's six of Everton's last 10 goals over eight games, including F.A. Cup, that Donovan has assisted. The Galaxy star's second loan stint to the Liverpool-based club has two games remaining, including next week's F.A. Cup fifth-rounder against Blackpool.
South African forward Steven Pienaar, in his second game since returning to the Toffees on loan from Tottenham, provided a fifth-minute lead.
Chelsea (12-6-7) dropped from fourth to fifth, out of a Champions League slot.
A good day for American -- and American-based -- players in the EPL. New York's Thierry Henry, on loan to Arsenal, scored the last-minute winner in a 2-1 win at Sunderland, and Clint Dempsey's blast led to own goal that secured Fulham to 2-1 win at Stoke City.
GAME BY GAME
Jan. 1 at West Bromwich Albion (W, 1-0)
Did not dress
Jan. 4 vs. Bolton (L, 1-2) Started, 90 minutes
Jan. 7 F.A. Cup third round vs. Tamworth (W, 2-0) Started, 90 minutes, one assist (Heitinga)
Jan. 11 at Tottenham (L, 0-2) Started, 90 minutes, yellow card
Jan. 14 at Aston Villa (T, 1-1) Started, 90 minutes, one assist (Anichebe)
Jan. 21 vs. Blackburn (T, 1-1) Started, 90 minutes
Jan. 27 F.A. Cup fourth round vs. Fulham (W, 2-1) Started, 90 minues, two assists (Stracqualursi, Fellaini)
Feb. 1 vs. Manchester City (W, 1-0) Started, 90 minutes, assist (Gibson)
Feb. 4 at Wigan Athletic (T, 1-1) Started, 90 minutes
Feb. 11 vs. Chelsea (W, 2-0) Started, 90 minutes, assist (Sttracqualursi)
Remaining games Feb. 18 F.A. Cup round of 16 vs. Blackpool
Feb. 25 at Liverpool