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Altidore's two goals allow AZ Alkmaar to tie Twente 2-2.

Dempsey scores three goals in Fulham victories; interest from EPL powers grows.

Bradley scores first goal with Chievo in 3-2 victory over Catania.

Lichaj returns to score one, assist another, but Aston Villa loses to Chelsea.

Bocanegra is sent off, but Rangers delay Celtic championship celebration 3-2.

Jones scores winner, adds assist to send Schalke past Twente to Europa quarterfinals.

Howard wins faceoff with Friedel; Everton edges Spurs 1-0.

Heavy workload doesn't slow Dempsey; he scores two more goals for Fulham.

Donovan misses Everton farewell game with illness, returns to California.

Onyewu tears ligament, meniscus in right knee, will be lost to Sporting for two months.

Donovan misses Everton farewell game with illness, returns to California.

Davies restarts his comeback with late relief role for Sochaux.

Dempsey provides another key goal, helps Fulham tie West Brom 1-1.

Onyewu nods home two goals, leading Sporting Lisbon past Beira-Mar 2-0 in Portugal.

Dempsey records another hat trick to lead Fulham past Newcastle 5-2.

Friedel's eighth shutout leads Spurs to 2-0 decision over Everton.

Dempsey hat trick sparks Fulham to advance to FA Cup fourth round.

Donovan joins Everton, sees Howard score from his penalty area.

Dempsey scores again for Fulham in draw with Chelsea.

Dempsey thrives, but Fulham struggles in EPL, Europa League.

Guzan is sharp in first EPL start, Aston Villa's 2-1 win over Bolton.

Dempsey sets American EPL mark with 37th goal; Fulham edges Liverpool 1-0.

With Bocanegra absent, Glasgow Rangers are stunned by Kilmarnock.

Goodson's first goal sends Brøndby past FC Copenhagen.

Dempsey again daunted by American keeper while Fulham falls to Hotspur.

Dempsey strike sparks Fulham victory, ties McBride for EPL goal record.

Howard makes big saves, leads Everton past Fulham in Premier League.

Minor knee surgery turns major; Holden to miss most or all of Premier League season.

Howard, Friedel, Dempsey participate in bitter English rivalries.

Bocanegra, Edu goals power first-place Rangers past Dunfermline 4-0 in Scotland.

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Americans Abroad

Weeks ahead of schedule, Onyewu returns from injury and helps Sporting Lisbon win.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Wednesday, April 25, 2012) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu has worked his way back to fitness after right-knee surgery and returned to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal's lineup.

On Sunday, he was able to play 90 minutes with Sporting defeating Nacional de Madeira 3-2.

Onyewu was injured two months ago playing with the U.S. men in a friendly against Italy. After surgery, he rehabbed the knee with Jim Hashimoto, the head of the U.S. Soccer Federation's rehabilitation program in Delaware and his return is actually several weeks ahead of the most optimistic estimates.

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore continues his torrid scoring pace, connecting on the winning goal in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 victory over VVV Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie.

The goal was Altidore's 19th of the season in all competitions and his fifth in his last five games.

This weekend's winner came off a header, whereas a week earlier, he settled matters with a blast into an upper corner from distance.

Another sharp goal this week came from another American with much experience with the U.S. men. Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley ran on to a ball on the left side and rammed it home for his fourth goal of the current Mexican Clausura season for Puebla in a 3-2 loss to Club America. He is tied for his team's goal-scoring lead.

In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones continues on a record pace to amass the most yellow cards in a season, getting one in a second straight match Sunday, FC Schalke 04's 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg.

German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson, as has been the case most of the season, played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams dressed, but did not play for Hoffenheim after going 90 minutes in his previous outing. American forward Joe Gyau did not dress for Hoffenheim, but it was announced he signed a new first-team contract with the club.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 in a 0-0 draw Sunday with SC Freiburg.

In his previous match, he played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Hamburger SV.

German-American defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 1-1 draw with Hamburg.

A week earlier, Chandler received a yellow card in a 90-minute effort in a 2-0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

German-American striker Andrew Wooten went the distance in his first start and scored his first professional goal in already-relegated Kaiserslautern's surprise 2-1 triumph over Hertha Berlin.

German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha a week after playing nine minutes.

German-American forward Terrence Boyd remains with Borussia Dortmund's reserve team.

In the 2. Bundesliga, American striker Matt Taylor was a second-half substitute for the second straight week for SC Paderborn, this weekend playing the final 25 minutes for SC Paderborn 07's 2-0 loss to Karlsruher SC.

American goalkeeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruhe.

American forward Bobby Wood continues not to dress for 1860 Munich.

In Italy, play resumed after a league-wide postponement due to the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini. U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Chievo Verona in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Udinese.

In France, American striker Charlie Davies continues not to dress for first-team matches at Sochaux.

In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned a yellow card in 90 minutes Sunday for Anderlecht in its 1-0 decision over Club Brugge.

Norwegian-born American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud did not dress for KAA Gent in its 4-1 victory over KV Kortrijk a week after dressing, but not leaving the bench.

In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson went 90 minutes for Brøndby IF in a 2-0 loss to FC Midtjylland.

New York-born American midfielder Conor O'Brien went 90 minutes for SønderjyskE in a 2-1 win Sunday over HB Køge. Brad Rusin played the final 30 minutes for Køge.

American defender Michael Parkhurst has an injured toe and is not available to FC Nordsjællands.

American striker Chris Rolfe is no longer in Denmark. He left Aalborg to return to Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire.

In Norway, American left-side defender Sean Cunningham and midfielder Ricardo Clark each went the distance for Stabaek IF in a 2-1 loss to Sandnes. Clark received a yellow card.

American keeper Steve Clark helped Honefoss BK to a 3-1 decision over Aalesund.

American defender Josh Gatt is sidelined for Molde by injury.

In Mexico, defender Michael Orozco Fiscal, born in Orange, Calif., went 90 minutes Saturday for San Luis in a 1-0 loss to Club Tijuana.

Three U.S. eligible players started for Tijuana. Attacking midfielder Joe Corona and defender Greg Garza went 90 minutes, while left defender Edgar Castillo played the first 64 minutes.

U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes for Pachuca, which drew 1-1 with Monterrey.

American striker Herculez Gomez played 55 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 3-0 victory over Tigres.

U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.

American forward Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Jaguares de Chiapas, while midfielder Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Atlante over the weekend.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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