Onyewu tears ligament, meniscus in right knee, will be lost to Sporting for two months.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, February 23, 2012) -- United States central defender Oguchi Onyewu suffered substantial damage to his right knee playing for Portugal's Sporting Lisbon this weekend and will miss at least eight weeks.
In Sunday's 1-0 victory over Pacos Ferreira, Onyewu suffered a torn ligament and meniscus, diagnosed after scans taken yesterday.
Onyewu should recover for U.S. World Cup qualifying, which begins in June.
On October 14, 2009, Onyewu tore the patellar tendon in his left knee during a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. He returned to action the following May 25, in time to make it to the 2010 World Cup, but he struggled and it wasn't until this season that he regained top form.
Onyewu had five goals for Sporting, four in Primeira Liga play. The club is tied for fourth in league at 10-4-5 with 35 points, eight points behind Sporting Braga (13-2-4) in third, which brings entry into the European Champions League qualifying phase.
Sporting Lisbon traveled to Legia Warsaw and gave new coach Ricardo Sa Pinto a gift of two away goals in a 2-2 draw. Oguchi Onyewu went the distance and earned a 44th minute yellow card.
On Thursday, Sporting Lisbon traveled to Legia Warsaw and gave new coach Ricardo Sa Pinto a gift of two away goals in a 2-2 draw in the first leg of a Round-of-16 series in Europe's second-tier Europa League.
Onyewu went the distance and earned a yellow card in the 44th minute.
American Mikkel Diskerud, a midfielder with the U.S. under-23 men, has moved to Gent of Belgium, after playing his early career with StabŠk of Norway.
In his Pro League debut Saturday, Diskerud started for his new club and played 76 minutes in a 1-1 draw with visiting KSC Lokeren.
Elsewhere in Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan played 80 minutes Sunday for RSC Anderlecht in its 3-1 victory over KVC Westerlo.
Replacing Diskerud at StabŠk will be U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark, who signed a five-month loan deal with the Norwegian club.
StabŠk, which finished 10th last season, is set to open its 2012 campaign on March 25. Clark joined the team on a trial basis and played in a preseason friendly yesterday. Despite playing most of his club and international soccer as a defensive midfielder, StabŠk is interested in Clark as a central defender.
Clark helped the Houston Dynamo win a pair of MLS Cup championships before moving to Eintracht Frankfurt during the 2009-10 season. His current deal expires at the end of the 2012-13 season. Because of injuries, he played in only 15 games for Eintracht.
He was on the 2010 U.S. World Cup alongside his former Furman University teammate Clint Dempsey, the star attacker for Fulham of the English Premier League.
Clark scored the only goal with a header in stoppage time to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory over Venezuela in its last outing.
Clark did not dress for Eintracht's 6-1 rout of rival FSV Frankfurt on Saturday.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 1-1 draw with 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson played 72 minutes for Hoffenheim, while newly arrived American striker Joe Gyau did not dress.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler played 82 minutes for 1. FC NŘrnberg in its 2-1 triumph Saturday over FC Cologne.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in its 4-1 decision over FC Augsburg.
German-Peruvian-American defender Alfredo Morales dressed, but did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 1-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund.
German-American striker Terrence Boyd did not dress for Dortmund, but today he was a surprise addition to the U.S. squad set to play Italy Wednesday in Genoa.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, nursing his sore calf, did not dress for Hannover 96 in a 4-2 win over VfB Stuttgart.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones is still serving his eight-match Bundesliga suspension and was not available to Schalke 04 for its 4-0 victory over Wolfsburg.
Jones was suspended for stomping on the foot of Borussia M÷nchengladbach's Marco Reus. He expressed regret for his actions, but felt the penalty was too severe.
Reus was known to have an injured toe on the foot on which Jones stomped. "It was a mistake, the action was not correct," Jones told the Bundesliga web site. "If I could go back in time, I would undo what I did. . . If I did it when I was 20, OK, that could be considered a youthful mistake. But I'm 30 and this can not be."
Jones denied that he planned the attack before the German Cup game: "It was simply a matter of seconds. I wanted to advance to win the Cup. Then, you don't think and you make a mistake that you later regret."
Jones blamed the media for the length of the suspension: "It can't be that a big tabloid newspaper says, 'We demand severe punishment.' That had a bit of a witch hunt to it. My children go to school and are asked, 'Why is your dad a Bad Boy?"
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, American forward Matt Taylor played the final 10 minutes and, in that short time, scored a goal Friday for SC Paderborn in its 2-2 draw with Dynamo Dresden.
American striker Bobby Wood was sidelined with a bad knee for 1860 Munich and its 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
American keeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruher SC in a 2-0 victory over Energie Cottbus.
In Italy, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance and earned a yellow card for Chievo Verona in its satisfying 1-0 decision Sunday over Genoa.
In France, American striker Charlie Davies dressed, but did not play for Sochaux, which drew 0-0 with Auxerre.
In the Netherlands, U.S. forward Jozy Altidore played the second half for AZ Alkmaar in a 3-0 loss to FC Utrecht.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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