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Morning Read: Deuce Does it Twice in Europe

Clint Dempsey created two goals in a vital match for Tottenham; the crew in Tijuana continues to live large but focus on the future; questions and concern about the return of Stuart Holden.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
December 07, 2012
2:01 AM
  • Avi Creditor says we should temper our expectations about Stuart Holden’s potential return with the 27-year-old recently returning to training. "The problem we have, and I do stress this to everyone, is that Stuart has been out for a long time and there will be absolutely no rush from the coaches' point of view. He is training with us on every second day. He is looking nice and fit, and his sharpness will come. He is such an enthusiastic lad, and he is great to have around," Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the club's official website in the wet blanket quote of the year. But Freedman and Creditor both make sound points: Everyone be patient with Holden. Just be happy he's back on the field.

  • Tijuana’s three USMNT boys are still basking in Xolos’ Liga MX title, and Joe Corona thinks the club can make some noise in the 2013 Copa Libertadores. After that improbable run to the top of Mexico, we're pretty sure there's nothing these guys can't do (although maybe the CONCACAF Champions League is a better target).

  • Clint Dempsey flat dominated Tottenham's final Europa League group stage game. The American had an assist and created an own goal that really should be created to Dempsey. The 3-1 win over Panathinaikos secured passage to the knockout phase. Brad Friedel returned to the starting XI, captaining Tottenham for the vital match and says the club is really looking forward to the next round.

  • Elsewhere in Europa League, Steve Cherundolo came on as a sub in the 70th minute in Hannover’s 2-2 draw with Levante, with the German club already having clinched a place in the final 32. Terrence Boyd came on as a sub for the last 15 minutes Rapid Vienna’s 1-0 win over Metalist Kharkiv, with the Austrians picking up their first points of the group stage. Josh Gatt started and played 68 minutes in Molde’s 1-0 win over Stuttgart. Mix Diskerud played the full 90 in Rosenborg’s 1-0 loss to Leverkusen. Alejandro Bedoya went the full 90 and scored in Helsingborg’s 3-1 win over Twente, earning a little love from his captain.

  • Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams take on Hamburg today in Hoffenheim’s first match under new manager Frank Kramer. That’s on GolTV at 2:30 p.m. ET if you’re into that kind of thing, which you should be because everyone likes new coaches and the team is kind of a train wreck.

  • Finally, this, which is either going to be an epic disaster or the best thing ever. (Both?):

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