Boyd scores decisive goal as Rapid Wien edges Wacker Innsbruck 2-1.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, December 13, 2012) -- United States striker Terrence Boyd continues to be red-hot for Rapid Wien.
On Sunday, he scored the winner when Rapid defeated Wacker Innsbruck 2-1 in the Austrian Bundesliga. Boyd outran a defender and slid to meet a low cross for the decisive tally.
He has now scored nine goals in league play and 13 across all competitions. If media reports are to be believed, he might be a transfer target on the radar of some major teams come January.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones had his toughest match of the season for FC Schalke 04, which was defeated 3-1 loss by VfB Stuttgart.
Jones assisted on Schalke's goal, but received a red card and was ejected in the 73rd minutes for a tackle from behind in what seemed an unusually harsh judgment by the referee. Despite the many yellow cards Jones has been issued in his career, this was the first straight red he had ever been assessed in his Bundesliga career.
On December 4, Jones played the final 20 minutes in a 1-1 European Champions League road draw with French side Montpellier.
Schalke, which already has clinched advancement to the knockout round of 16, started mostly reserves, but won Group B with the draw.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes, as usual, for Hannover 96 in a 3-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
American David Yelldell was the Leverkusen backup keeper.
On December 6, Cherundolo played the final 20 minutes of Hannover's key 2-2 draw with Levante UD of Spain. Despite conceding the tying goal more than four minutes into stoppage time, Hannover won Group L and advanced to the final 32.
German-American defender Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes, while German-American midfielder Danny Williams went 67 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 2-0 loss to Hamburg SV.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 2-0 shutout of Fortuna Dusseldorf.
In the 2. Bundesliga, American striker Bobby Wood played 90 minutes for TSV 1860 Munich in a 1-1 draw with SSV Jahn Regensburg.
German-American defender John Anthony Brooks played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin, which edged SC Paderborn 07 1-0.
German-American defender Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten went the distance for SV Sandhausen in its 3-1 loss to FSV Frankfurt.
American midfielder Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play for St. Pauli in a 3-0 loss to FC Erzgebirge Aue.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes for AS Roma in an easy 4-2 decision over Fiorentina.
In Spain's top-tier La Liga, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu did not dress for Málaga CF in its 4-0 whitewash of Granada.
In Spain's Segunda Division, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanega has an injured hamstring and is sidelined for Racing Santander, a 4-0 loser to Real Castilla.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 0-0 draw with Willem II.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan had an assist in a 90-minute appearance for RSC Anderlecht in a 5-0 romp over Bergen Mons.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Clarence Goodson had an assist and was shown a yellow card for Brøndby IF in its 2-2 draw with SønderjyskE.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien had one of SønderjyskE's two goals in a 90-minute effort.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played 72 minutes for FC Nordsjælland in its 4-1 loss to FC Copenhagen.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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