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Yanks Abroad: Dempsey Sets a Record; Holden Hurt

Clint Dempsey, left, after scoring in Fulham's 2-1 loss at Everton on Saturday.Tim Hales/Associated Press Clint Dempsey, left, after scoring in Fulham’s 2-1 loss at Everton on Saturday.

Perhaps it was the prospect of a statue of Michael Jackson that is soon to be erected outside Craven Cottage. Perhaps it was nothing of the sort.

To a growing list of distinction during his career in the English Premier League, Clint Dempsey added one more Saturday in Liverpool. His goal during Fulham’s 2-1 loss to Everton makes him the first American to score 10 goals in  perhaps the best soccer league in the world.

To add a bit of spice to Dempsey’s afternoon, he scored the goal against a United States national team teammate, goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Howard and Dempsey are now heading for Cary, N.C., where they will begin training with the national team for Saturday’s match against Lionel Messi and Argentina at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. A few days later, the team will be in Tennessee to play Paraguay in Nashville in another international friendly match.

Bolton's Stuart Holden, right, was taken off the field on a stretcher after a studs-up challenge from Manchester United's Jonny Evans on Saturday. Evans received a straight red card.Phil Noble/Reuters Bolton’s Stuart Holden, right, was taken off the field on a stretcher after a studs-up challenge from Manchester United’s Jonny Evans on Saturday. Evans received a straight red card.

By coincidence, another AmericanFulham player, Brian McBride, held the previous mark for an American in England when he scored nine goals for Fulham in the 2005-6 and the 2006-7 seasons.

While Dempsey was surely celebrating his accomplishment, two of his prospective teammates for the coming two friendlies were not as lucky in Saturday matches.

In Manchester, the American midfielder Stuart Holden was taken off the field on a stretcher at Old Trafford after sustaining an injury to his left knee on Jonny Evans’s studs-up challenge. Evans was shown a straight red card in the 76th minute, but Manchester United went on to claim the victory and 3 points when Dimitar Berbatov converted a rebound in the 88th minute. (Sunday, 8:18 p.m. | Updated Holden, who needed 26 stitches to close the cut, has been dropped from the U.S. roster for the two friendlies.)

In Germany, Timothy Chandler, who could make his first appearance for the United States senior national team, was sent to the showers early during Nurenberg’s 3-1 loss against visiting Werder Bremen when he received his second yellow card, in the 72nd minute.