With most of the third round of the FA Cup finishing up this past weekend, the English FA held their fourth round draw on Sunday, so I decided to give a quick rundown of the teams which have Americans on the roster. For those three people that don’t like reading my nonsense, here is the draw.
For the rest of you, buckle up.
Fulham (Clint Dempsey) at Everton (Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Marcus Hahnemann)
I will let the British press get all excited over Liverpool/Manchester United, but this is the matchup that most Americans should be drooling about. Dempsey vs. Donovan.
Fulham advanced to the fourth round by thrashing Charlton Athletic, 4-0, behind a Dempsey hat trick. As for Everton, they defeated lowly Conference National side Tamworth, 2-0, with Donovan picking up an assist off a corner kick.
Pointless Stat: Fulham has never lost to Everton in the FA Cup (four wins and three draws).
Pointless Stat Part 2: The last time Fulham beat Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup? 1974-75. The only time Fulham has played in a FA Cup final? 1974-75.
Norwich City (Zak Whitbread) at West Bromwich Albion
Zak Whitbread and the Canaries also drew a Premier League side, West Brom, in the fourth round after defeating Burnley, 4-1, on Saturday. West Brom enters the fourth round coming off a 4-2 win over Cardiff City at The Hawthorns.
Pointless Stat: Norwich City has advanced past the third round for the first since making it to the fifth round in 2006-07.
Aston Villa (Brad Guzan) at Arsenal or Leeds United
Brad Guzan led Villa to the fourth round on Saturday (3-1 win over Bristol Rovers), but now they have to sit and wait to see the last game of the third round proper, Arsenal versus Leeds United, on Monday.
Pointless Stat: The last time Aston Villa made it to Wembley for the FA Cup final? Brad Guzan was 15 years old and learning how to drive (1999-00).
Tottenham Hotspur (Brad Friedel) at Watford
Brad Friedel had it easy this weekend as he sat and watched Carlo Cudicini start between the sticks for the Spurs as they won 3-0 over Cheltenham Town. Tottenham now faces Jay DeMerit’s former club Watford after they beat Bradford City.
Pointless Stat: Tottenham was the first club in the 20th century to achieve the League and FA Cup Double, winning both competitions in the 1960–61 season.
Stoke City at Derby County (Conor Doyle)
Conor Doyle hasn’t played much for the Rams this season, but he was on the bench this weekend when Derby County defeated Crystal Palace 1-0. They will face Premier League club Stoke City after they beat Gillingham 3-1 on Saturday.
Pointless Stat: Derby County hasn’t faced Stoke City in the FA Cup since losing 2-1 at home during the 1937-38 competition.
Birmingham City (Jonathan Spector) or Wolverhampton Wanderers at Sheffield United
Jonathan Spector put in 90 minutes this weekend, but it was in a 0-0 draw to Wolves, meaning they have to play a replay on January 17 to determine who gets the honor of advancing to the fourth round to play at Sheffield United. Sheffield United got to the fourth round by beating Salisbury City 3-1.
Pointless Stat: Birmingham City have played Wolves in a third round replay before. The teams tied 1-1 in the first meeting before Birmingham City lost 2-1 at Molineux Stadium in 1995-96.
Swindon Town at Nottingham Forest (Robbie Findley) or Leicester City
A shoulder injury kept Robbie Findley out of Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw to Leicester City on Saturday. A replay will be played January 18 at King Power Stadium to determine who gets to play League Two side Swindon Town. Swindon Town advanced to the fourth round by beating Wigan Athletic 2-1.
Pointless Stat: When Nottingham Forest last won the FA Cup, 1958-59, they played a team named Tooting & Mitcham United in the third round. Tooting & Mitcham United. It is a funny name.
So there you have it. The fourth round will be played the weekend of January 28-29.