Onyewu strains back muscle, Twente awaits test results.
By Robert Wagman
(in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, January 27, 2011) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu was hurt last night in FC Twente's 7-6 victory in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker over PSV Eindhoven in a KNVB Beker Cup (Dutch Cup) quarterfinal that was tied 1-1 after regulation and 30 minutes of overtime.
Onyewu appeared to pull a muscle in his back midway through the first half and was forced to leave the match. According to a club spokesperson, the muscle does not appear torn, but it will likely be several days before the extent of the injury is known.
On Sunday, Onyewu went the distance at left back and received a yellow card in a 2-1 road victory over Groningen on the road 2-1.
In Scotland, U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu is still not completely match fit, but he enter midway through the second half of Glasgow Rangers' 2-0 triumph last night over Hibernian.
On Saturday, Edu went 75 minutes for Rangers, who unexpectedly stumbled in a 1-0 loss to Heart of Midlothian.
In the English Premier League, American Brad Friedel made five saves in goal for Aston Villa in its 2-1 win Tuesday over Wigan Athletic.
Friedel was only beaten in the 80th minute when James McCarthy let fly a long shot from 30 yards that seemed to be going well wide until it caromed off defender James Collins and went past a wrong-footed Friedel.
In a week in which Friedel's financial woes became public after his failed soccer camp in Ohio resulted in a British bankruptcy, he made three saves Saturday while keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 decision over Manchester City.
Midfielder Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham in a disheartening 1-0 loss Wednesday night at Liverpool.
Twice, Dempsey forced good saves from Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina. Liverpool's only score was from a John Pantsil own-goal in the 52nd minute.
Dempsey netted both Fulham's tallies in 2-0 win over visiting Stoke City Saturday at Craven Cottage.
In the 33rd minute, carrying a defender on his back, Dempsey -- almost on the goal line -- slid into a low cross from Andy Johnson on the right side and Dempsey redirected it into the top of the net. In the 55th minute, Dempsey made a wonderful move to advance alone into the penalty area where he was taken down by Ryan Shawcross, who was immediately ejected with a red card. Dempsey converted the subsequent penalty kick.
The goals were Dempsey's seventh and eighth of the Premier League season to go along with one in the Carling Cup. He is easily Fulham's top scorer.
American Jonathan Spector went 106 minutes in midfield for West Ham United, which saw its Carling Cup dreams evaporate in the semifinals with a 3-1 overtime loss at Birmingham City Wednesday night. Birmingham took the two-game series 4-3 on aggregate.
In the 26th minute of West Ham's unexpected 2-2 draw at Everton, Spector, gave his isde a 1-0 lead that lasted until the 77th minute. Spector, playing midfield, ran onto a cross from the deep left corner and blasted a shot past U.S. teammate Tim Howard for Spector's first Premiership goal.
Howard made three sharp saves and it took Marouane Fellaini to find net in stoppage time for Everton to earn a hard-fought draw.
German American defensive midfielder Jermaine Jones has left many wondering how his German club Schalke 04 let him go for nothing. Schalke's loss has been Blackburn Rovers' find. He registered a dominant performance Sunday, breaking up countless West Bromwich Albion forays in a 2-0 victory.
Jones did made one ill-advised tackle that might have resulted in a penalty kick, but did not.
On Monday night, U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden went 87 minutes for Bolton Wanderers, who were outclassed by visiting Chelsea 4-0.
Bolton stayed close until late in the first half after which Chelsea dominated. Holden had a golden chance in the second minute, but his shot was stopped by keeper Petr Cech. He was relieved by Robbie Blake.
American keeper Marcus Hahnemann was again on the bench watching his replacement Wayne Hennessy look anything but impressive for Wolverhampton Wanderers, who lost again 3-0 Saturday to Liverpool.
Americans not dressing last weekend included striker Eddie Johnson, most likely on his way out at Fulham, and defender Eric Lichaj for Aston Villa.
In the second-tier English League Championship, American keeper Brad Guzan had his emergency loan from Aston Villa extended one more month until the end of February, On Saturday, he made four saves in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Reading.
American defender Zak Whitbread played 86 minutes for Norwich City, a 2-1 winner Saturday over struggling Sheffield United..
Two Americans who did not dress were forward Conor Doyle for Derby County in its 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest and its striker Robbie Findley.
American forward Mike Grella is technically back with Leeds United, but he did not dress for a 2-2 draw Saturday with Portsmouth.
It appeared Grella, who has not gotten much playing time with United, had been loaned to Motherwell of the Scottish Premier League, but the loan was not approved by world governing body FIFA. Motherwell had announced Grella's signing on a half-season deal as an emergency replacement, but ran afoul of the FIFA regulation that states while players are able to register for a maximum of three clubs in a single season, they are only allowed to play for only two.
Grella had been on loan to Carlisle United of the English third-division League One, but had also appeared in a few early season matches for Leeds. The Scottish club thought the rules would be waived because of the emergency nature of the loan -- Motherwell has a number of injured players -- but FIFA said no.
In League One, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United, a 1-0 winner over Notts County on Saturday.
American midfielder Anton Peterlin watched from the Plymouth Argyle bench a 2-0 loss Saturday to Charlton Athletic.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes for Hannover 96, which dropped a 1-0 decision Saturday to Schalke 04. U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for Hannover.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark went 90 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt, which fell 1-0 Friday to Hamburg SV.
As U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley and his club Borussia Moenchengladbach await an expected transfer offer from Sunderland of the English Premier League, Bradley came off the bench and played the final four minutes in Moenchengladbach's 3-1 loss Sunday to Bayer Leverkusen.
Timothy Chandler a young German-American defender, came off the bench and played 34 minutes in 1. FC Nürnberg's 1-1 draw Saturday with SC Freiburg. American keeper Daniel Williams did not dress for Freiburg.
In the second tier 2.Bundesliga, U.S. forward Edson Buddle made a good impression in his debut with FC Ingolstadt 04, playing 88 minutes and scoring his club's only goal in a 1-1 draw Friday with MSV Duisburg.
Buddle beat American keeper David Yelldell. German soccer magazine Kicker's "Man of the Match," scored from close-in in the 75th minute.
American defender Amaechi Igwe continues to rehab a knee and did not dress for Ingolstadt.
Karlsruher SC's American netminder Luis Robles had a tough time, facing a barrage of shots in a 4-2 loss to Alemannia Aachen despite his five saves.
Alfredo Morales, a German-American midfielder, came off the bench and played the final four minutes for Hertha Berlin, which prevailed 4-2 Sunday over Fortuna Dusseldorf,
In France, U.S. striker Charlie Davies did not dress for Sochaux in its 2-1 victory Friday over FC Paris in the Coupe de France round of 16.
St. Etienne was already eliminated from the Cup, so U.S. defender and his team were idle.
In Spain, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore watched from the bench as his club Villarreal defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 Sunday.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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