Altidore to miss month for Xerez after toe surgery; Onyewu nets pair in Standard victory.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, April 22, 2009) -- United States striker Jozy Altidore is finished for the Spanish season after undergoing surgery last week on toes on both feet. According to the web site of his Spanish club Xerez, the surgery was successful, but he will miss a month which essentially ends a second-division season for him in which he never played for the first team out for the remainder of the Spanish season.
The surgery was done by Dr. Guillermo Lafuente at the Clínica Podológica in Jerez. The operation was originally scheduled to remove a toe nail and drain an abscess from one foot but, according to the post-surgical report, Lafuente operated on the other foot also.
The club said Altidore had been playing in pain for quite some time and immediate surgery was necessary. The forecast calls into question his availability and fitness for the next two U.S. World Cup qualifiers, against host Costa Rica in San Jose on June 3 and against Honduras June 6 in Chicago.
When Altidore was with the Red Bulls in Major League Soccer (2006-08), he also had problems with his toe nails and missed two matches.
Onyewu spurs Standard victory with two goals
In Belgium Saturday, U.S. central defender Oguchi Onyewu scored once in each half for Standard de Liège which defeated host Royal Excelsior Mouscron 3-0. Onyewu also received a yellow card.
Both of Onyewu's goals came off of set pieces. In the 14th minute, he blasted home a header off a free kick from Steven Defour. In the 65th minute, he scored an almost identical goal, putting away a free kick by Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez at the back post.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu scored a key goal, playing 90 minutes in Glasgow Rangers; 3-2 triumph over Hibernian.
In the 72nd minute, Edu got to a deflection of a hard shot from Kenny Miller and fired the rebound high into the net past goalkeeper Grzegorz Szamotulski to put Rangers ahead 3-1.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Rangers.
Bradley misses PK in Mönchengladbach setback
In the Germany Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Borussia Mönchengladbach 's in a 4-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday. Bradley saw his 64th-minute penalty kick saved at the left post by keeper Markus Pröll.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo's ailing hip will force him to miss the remainder of the Bundesliga season according to Hannover 96's trainers. He has already been out a month.
In Saturday's 2-1 loss to Hamburg SV, Sal Zizzo came on in the final five minutes for Hannover, but had little impact on the match.
U.S. defender Heath Pearce is also done for the season, demoted to Hansa Rostock's reserve squad for the duration of the 2.Bundesliga season.
Keeper David Yelldell made four saves in TUS Koblenz's 3-2 win Sunday over MSV Duisburg. His fellow American forward Matt Taylor did not dress for Koblenz.
American midfielder Grover Gibson did not dress for Ahlen in a 0-0 draw versus FC Mainz 05 Friday.
Keeper Luis Robles did not dress in Kaiserslautern's 1-1 draw with TSV 1860 Munich Monday.
Bocanegra, Rennes move to Coupe de France final
In France, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played 90 minutes in Rennes' 3-1 loss to Monaco Saturday. American midfielder Freddy Adu was dressed, but did not play for Monaco.
Bocanegra also went the distance as Rennes moved closer to capturing its first Coupe de France since 1971 with a 1-0 semifinal triumph at Grenoble. Rennes advanced to next month's French Cup final against Guingamp at Paris' Stade de France.
In Italy, American midfielder Danny Szetela did not dress for Brescia's 2-1 win Sunday over Vicenza.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Danny Califf went 90 minutes in FC Midtjylland's 2-0 loss Sunday to Randers FC.
Two Americans started for AGF Aarhus' in its 1-0 decision over FC Copenhagen Sunday. Jeremiah White drew a yellow card in his 80 minutes, while defender Benny Feilhaber played 65 minutes.
Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjaelland's in a 3-0 setback Sunday to Odense BK.
In Norway, American goalkeeper Troy Perkins turned in a strong effort in Valarenga's 1-1 draw with Brann Sunday.
Defender Hunter Freeman suffered ligament damage and had to leave in the eighth minute of IK Start's 1-1 draw with Aalesunds Sunday. Pending the results of an MRI exam, the team estimates he will miss at least three-to-four weeks.
American defender Clarence Goodson did not dress for Start.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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