Leicester City marked its return to the top flight with a 2-2 draw against Everton at the King Power Stadium. Howard made one stop as the promoted Foxes relied on a late Chris Wood effort to snatch a point on opening day.
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Brad Guzan, Aston Villa goalkeeper
Guzan posted his first clean sheet of the season as Villa won 1-0 at Stoke City on Saturday. The U.S. number two made a pair of saves to provide the perfect start to the season. Stoke boss Mark Hughes omitted Geoff Cameron (World Cup recovery) and Brek Shea from his squad.
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Jozy Altidore, Sunderland forward
Sunderland opened its Premier League season with a 2-2 draw at West Brom on Saturday. Altidore climbed off the bench for the final nine minutes in his bid to return to full fitness after a hamstring complaint.
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Tim Ream, Bolton Wanderers defender
Ream featured at left back as Bolton secured its first point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Britt Assombalonga pegged Wanderers back twice to consign the home side to a point at Macron Stadium.
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Jonathan Spector, Birmingham City defender
Birmingham claimed its first win of the Championship season with a 1-0 triumph over Brighton on Saturday. Wesley Thomas struck four minutes after the break to allow Birmingham -- complete with Spector in his usual berth at right back -- to secure the points.
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Emerson Hyndman, Fulham midfielder
Fulham boss Felix Magath named the promising midfielder in his starting XI for the second consecutive match. Hyndman played the entire 90 minutes as the Cottagers suffered a 1-0 defeat against Millwall. Martyn Woolford inflicted the defeat with the winner after just 12 minutes.
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Alejandro Bedoya, Nantes midfielder
Bedoya continued his gradual return from World Cup duty with a substitute appearance in the 1-1 draw with promoted Metz on Saturday. The integral midfielder replaced Lucas Deaux for the final 18 minutes as Nantes picked up its second consecutive result to start the Ligue 1 season.
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Joe Corona, Club Tijuana midfielder
Dario Benedetto scored twice to give the Xolos an important 2-1 victory over Chiapas on Friday. Corona slotted Benedetto through the defense in the buildup to the winner to relieve some of the pressure on under-fire boss Cesar Farias.
Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez, Tigres midfielder and forward
Both U.S. internationals played their parts in the 1-1 draw with Puebla on Saturday. Torres featured for the first hour of the affair, while Gomez played the final eight minutes in the stalemate. Michael Orozco missed out on the match through suspension.
Edgar Castillo, Atlas defender
Castillo won the decisive penalty in the waning stages of Atlas’ 1-0 victory over Leones Negros on Saturday night. Luis Caballero converted from the spot to settle the proceedings in this Guadalajara derby.