Torn hamstring shuts down Bocanegra for rest of 2012.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, November 21, 2012) -- When United States defender Carlos Bocanegra went down in the 18th minute of a 2-2 draw November 14 with host Russia in Krasnador, it turned out he had suffered a serious injury
According to his club Racing Santander of Spain, Bocanegra suffered a Grade II hamstring tear and would miss six weeks, not expected to return until the beginning of 2013.
Bocanegra is not expected to miss any time with the U.S. men, who return to action February 6 against Honduras to begin the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Bocanegra, who joined racing of loan from Glasgow's Rangers, started all seven matches with his new club before going down.
In Spain's second-tier Segunda División four day's before the U.S. friendly, Bocanegra went 90 minutes and received a yellow card in the 27th minute in Racing's 1-0 loss to Girona.
Over the past two weeks, three Americans netted goals in European play.
On Saturday, German-American striker Terrence Boyd capped the scoring from close range in the 37th minute of Rapid Wien's 3-0 victory over Mattersburg in the Austrian Bundesliga.
Boyd, Rapid's leading scorer, has seven goals in league, fifth in the Bundesliga, and 10 in all competitions. He also received a yellow card against Mattersburg, his fifth of the season, so he will sit out Rapid's next match against FC Admira.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore scored from a sharp angle with two defenders hanging on him for AZ Alkmaar in its 2-2 draw November 10 with ADO Den Haag in the Dutch Eredivisie.
On Saturday, Altidore went 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with FC Groningen
U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan's goal came for RSC Anderlecht in a 6-1 win Novemver 11 over Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League.
Kljestan was also instrumental Sunday in keeping Anderlecht's hopes of advancing from Group C in the European Champions League November 6 when he assisted on Dieumerci Mbokani's first-half goal in a narrow 1-0 triumph over Russia's Zenit St Petersburg.
Those hopes took a blow tonight when Anderlecht dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting AC Milan of Italy. Kljestan went the distance for Anderlecht.
Three days earlier, Kljestan also played 90 minutes in Anderlecht's 1-0 league victory over KV Kortrijk.
On November 8, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored a key goal for Sweden's Helsingborg, but it was Hannover 96 and its U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo that prevailed 3-2 in a 3-2 outcome in Group L of Europe's second-tier Europa League.
Hannover jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Helsingborg staged a comeback with Bedoya tying the match at 2-2 with his second goal for Helsingborg.
Hannover won on a penalty kick in stoppage time. Bedoya also received a yellow card.
Hannover guaranteed its advancement to the knockout rounds, while Helsingborg almost certainly will see its season end after the two remaining matches. The Swedish league season has ended.
In Germany's Bundesliga, it has been a busy time for a number of Americans.
After his Europa League win, Cherundolo played 87 minutes in a 4-2 triumph over VfB Stuttgart. Then, he did not dress for Hannover's 2-1 loss to SC Freiburg on Saturday.
In Champions League play November 6, U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones helped FC Schalke 04 come back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with visiting Arsenal of the English Premier League.
Today, Schalke clinched advancement from Group B into the knockout round. Jones again played 90 minutes for host Schalke which edged Olympiacos FC of Greece 1-0. With one match left, Schalke is in first place at 3-0-2 with 11 points, one point ahead of Arsenal (3-1-1). Both team go forward.
In the Bundesliga, Jones played 90 minutes and assisted the winning goal in Schalke's 2-1 decision over Werder Bremen.
On Saturday, Jones played 74 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 3-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg and then didn't dress in the 2-0 victory over Schalke.
On November 10, German-American defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams both went the distance for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
On Sunday, Johnson went 90 minutes, while Williams played the first half in a 3-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played a pair of full matches for 1. FC Nürnberg, a 2-1 loss to 1. FSV Mainz 05 on November 9 and Sunday's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich. He received a yellow card against Munich.
In the second-division 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks played 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 1-0 decision over St. Pauli on Monday night.
That followed a 90-minutes effort in a 6-1 romp over SV Sandhausen. German-American defender Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha in either outing.
German-American forward Andrew Wooten played the final 28 minutes for Sandhausen and scored its goal.
On Sunday. Wooten went the distance in a 5-2 loss to VfL Bochum.
American Joe Gyau dressed, but did not play for St Pauli against Hertha, while he did not dress in St Pauli's 1-1 draw with Bochum.
In Spain tonight, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu went the distance for Málaga in a 2-2 road draw with FC Zenit of Russia in Group C of the Champions League, good enough for Málaga to advance to the Round of 16.
He made his first start in La Liga for Málaga, contributing a solid 90 minutes in a 2-1 loss November 10 to Real Sociedad.
On Saturday, he dressed, but did not play in Málaga's 0-0 draw with Osasuna.
In Italy's Serie A, U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley played 90 minutes in a driving rain November 11 and received a yellow card for AS Roma in a 3-2 loss to crosstown rival Lazio.
On Monday, Roma defeated Torino 2-0 with Bradley going 90 minutes.
In Norway Sunday, American Steve Clark was in goal for Hønefoss BK in a 4-1 loss to Rosenborg BK That followed his appearance in a 1-0 loss to Molde FK.
American winger Josh Gatt played the second half for Molde, which edged Hønefoss 1-0 on Ovember 11.
Earlier that week, in the Europa League, Gatt played the first half of a 2-1 loss to Romania's Steaua Bucuresti.
On Sunday, Gatt did not dress for a 2-0 victory over Fredrikstad.
It has been a busy two weeks for U.S. midfielder Mix Diskerud.
In Europa League group play, he played the final 27 minutes for Rosenborg in its 3-1 loss November 8 to Ukraine's FC Metalist Kharkiv.
On November 11, he went the distance in a 1-0 loss to Fredrikstad. After scoring the stoppage-time equalizer in the American's 2-2 draw with Russia, he played 90 minutes for Rosenborg in a 4-1 win over Hønefoss.
American defender Sean Cunningham has an ailing hip and did not dress in a pair of matches for Stabæk IF.
American defender Chad Barrett did not dress for a pair for Vålerenga.
In Denmark, U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst played the full 90 minutes and received a yellow card for FC Nordsjælland in its 2-2 draw with Randers FC on November 10.
Joining the U.S. men in Russia, he was unavailable for a 2-0 loss to AGF Aarhus on Friday.
On Tuesday, he went the distance for Nordsjælland, which was even at 2-2 at the break , but lost 5-2 to FC Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine in Group E of the Champions League.
American midfielder Conor O'Brien went the distance in a pair of matches for SønderjyskE -- a 5-0 loss to Odense BK and a 3-2 setback to Silkeborg.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes and received a yellow card for Brøndby IF in its 2-1 victory over Silkeborg. After joining the U.S. men, he returned, but did not dress for a 2-2 draw vs. Esbjerg.
American striker Charlie Davies played the final three minutes for Randers FC in a 3-2 victory over Odense BK on Monday night. Last week, he dressed but did not play in Randers' draw with FC Nordsjælland.
It's playoff time in Mexico. U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went the distance for Club Tijuana in its 1-1 draw with Monterrey and a 2-1 aggregate win in their quarterfinals series.
American defender Greg Garza played the final 19 minutes for Club Tijuana, while American midfielder Joe Corona dressed, but did not play.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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