Onyewu nods home two goals, leading Sporting Lisbon past Beira-Mar 2-0 in Portugal.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, February 2, 2012) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu had a big day, scoring a pair of goals to lead Sporting Lisbon to a 2-0 victory over visiting SC Beira-Mar Sunday in Portugal's Preneira Liga.
Onyewu picked up a yellow card in the first minute, then scored with a pair of headers in the 18th and 27th minute.
Onyewu's first goal came off midfielder Jeffren's corner kick with Onyewu flicking it inside the far post.
Onyewu, who his second on his side with five goals, made it 2-0 off a midfielder Diego Capel's free kick. Onyewu shed his defender and blasted home a point-blank header. Four of Onyewu's tallies hace come in league play.
In the English Premier League last night, U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey registered his 10th league goal and 16th overall, but host Fulham could not hold the lead and drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at Craven Cottage.
Dempsey had an apparent goal negated early by an offside call. In the 69th minute, he drilled a pass by striker Bryan Ruiz past goalkeeper Ben Foster.
In an FA Cup fourth-round game Friday, Dempsey came off second best in a meeting with fellow U.S. midfielder Landon Donovan, who assisted two goals for Everton in its 2-1 triumph over visiting Fulham at Goodison Park.
On Wednesday, Everton will host the winner of a Blackpool-Sheffield Wednesday meeting in the Round of 16.
Everton erased a one-goal deficit after a goal by Daniel Benjamin in the 14th minute.
Both Everton goals came after Donovan raced down the right flank. In the 27th minute, his hard cross found forward Denis Stracqualursi and the Argentine headed it past keeper David Stockdale for a 1-1 tie.
In the 73rd minute, Donovan sped past a defender and found midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who headed it to the far post for the winner.
In addition, Donovan hit a long-range blast that hit the crossbar, just inches high.
American Tim Howard was in goal for Everton, while Dempsey went the distance for Fulham, but was frustrated by a stout Everton defense and was shown a yellow card.
In other fourth round FA Cup action, American defender Zak Whitbread went 90 minutes for Norwich City in a 2-1 decision Saturday over West Bromwich
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector went 90 minutes for Birmingham City, and the Premier League club eliminated Sheffield United of the third-tier League One 4-0.
U.S. defender Eric Lichaj dressed, but did not play, while American keeper Brad Guzan was also on the bench for Aston Villa, which fell out of the FA Cup 3-2 to Arsenal.
American forward Conor Doyle dressed, but did not play for the second-division League Championship's Derby County, which saw its FA Cup run end in a 2-0 loss to Stoke City of the English Premier League.
In a Premier League match last night, Lichaj and Guzan were again on the bench for Aston Villa in a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers.
In League One action, American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United in a 4-0 loss to Hartlepool United on Saturday.
American forward Mike Grella did not dress for Brentford in its 5-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers.
In the Scottish League, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra and midfielder Maurice Edu each played 90 minutes Saturday for Glasgow Rangers, who defeated Hibernian 4-0.
American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya did not dress for Rangers.
In the German Bundesliga, Gaerman-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson scored his first goal for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
In the second half, he got onto a cross and buried a shot to keep 1899 from being shut out. He came out in the 77th minute.
American Danny Williams went the distance at centerback for Hoffenheim. Another young American, winger Joe Gyau, who was later called up to the U.S. under-23 men, dressed, but did not play.
Johnson scored when he took a low cross and first-timed a powerful shot into net to prevent Hoffenheim from being shut out for a second consecutive game.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes Friday for Hannover 96 in a 1-0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler did not play for Nürnberg, out with a hamstring ailment, a training injury said not to be serious.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 2-1 loss to Hamburger SV.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is in the midst of a eight-week suspension and is not available to Schalke 04, a 4-1 winner over FC Cologne.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went 74 minutes for Chievo Verona Sunday in a 3-0 loss to Lazio.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played the second half and was shown a yellow card for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-0 loss to Roda JC Kerkrade.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 76 minutes for RSC Anderlecht in a 0-0 draw with Beerschot on Saturday.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley scored a nifty goal for Puebla in a 1-0 triumph Saturday over Jaguares de Chiapas.
He took a pass on the right side, cut back sharply to his left, cleared a defender and hit the winner with his right foot. He came out in the 79th minute.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went the distance Sunday for Club Tijuana in a 3-1 loss to Santos Laguna. Mexican-Salvadoran-American winger Joe Corona started on the bench but ended up playing the final hour for Club Tijuana, receiving a yellow card.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal went 90 minutes and received a yellow card for San Luis in a 3-1 loss to Club America.
U.S. midfielder Jose Torres played 90 minutes for Pachuca in its 1-1 draw with Queretaro.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein dressed, but did not play in Tigres UANL's 2-1 win over Estudiantes Tecos.
American striker Herculez Gomez dressed, but did not play for Santos Laguna in a 3-1 decision over Club Tijuana.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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