Howard, Onyewu face off: Standard, Everton draw in UEFA Cup.
By Robert Wagman(in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, September 18, 2008) -- A pair of United States men's teammates faced each other tonight in UEFA Cup first-round action, but neither could claim bragging rights.
Host Everton of England's Premier League, with Tim Howard in goal and Standard de Liège of the Belgian Jupiler League, with Oguchi Onyewu going the distance in central defense, exchanged first-half goals in a 2-2 draw before 28,312 at Goodison Park.
Everton travels to Standard for the return leg October 2.
Both Onyewu and Howard suffered had some rough moments in the tie. After Standard took a lead on Deiudonne Mbokani's goal in the ninth minute, Onyewu allowed Everton's big striker Ayegbeni Yakubu to get inside position on him in the 23rd minute. Yakubu held the big American defender off as he swept Leon Osman's pass past keeper Rorys Aragon to even the count at 1-1.
In the 35th minute, Howard had problems. It looked like he could easily reach a through ball coming at him, but defender Joseph Yobo instead tried to clear the ball with a full stretch that resulted in an own goal for a 2-1 Standard advantage.
Three minutes later, Everton pulled even at 2-2 on Segundo Alejandro Nazareno Castillo's tally.
Howard, who was credited with three saves, saw a two-goal lead evaporate Sunday, but Everton prevailed with a 3-2 road victory over newly promoted Stoke City in the Premier League. Tim Cahill's strike in the 77th minute allowed the Toffess to come out as victors.
Yakubu scored in the 41st minute and Victor Anichebe made it 2-0 six minutes after intermission before Stoke made its improbable comeback, starting with Seyi George Olofinjana odd tally in the 54th minute.
Rory Delap, known for the longest throw-ins in English football, sent one into the box for Howard to try to fist away. The ball went into Olofinjana's path and he found net to make it 2-1. Ricardo Fuller's apparent tying goal was waved off because of a foul, but Stoke then tied it in the 63rd minute on an own goal when Phil Jagielka put one into his own net
Howard recorded two saves..
On Saturday, Onyewu played 90 minutes for Standard (3-0-1, 10 points), which stayed unbeaten in league with its 2-0 home triumph over KV Kortrijk
American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, after helping Aston Villa win 2-1over Tottenham Hotspur Monday in the English Premier League, was in net tonight for the Lions, making one save in a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria's Liteks Lovetch.
Villa hosts the return leg October 2.
Tottenham put $50 million worth of new players on the pitch Monday, but it was Villa which emerged victorious behind Friedel, who made four saves and conceded only one late goal.
Nigel Reo-Coker scored in the fifth minute and Ashley Young in the 54th, before Friedel was finally beaten in the 87th minute. Hotspur striker Darren Bent tried to get out of the way of a shot from teammate Jermaine Jenas, but could not. The ball hit him in the ankle, changed direction and flew past Friedel.
United States defender Carlos Bocanegra scored the winning for Rennes of France in a 2-1 decision over visiting Twente Enschede of the Netherlands at Route de Lorient.
In the 49th minute, Bocanegra ran onto a free kick and headed it sharply into the net for his first tally with his new club.
Twente hosts the return leg October 2.
In France league action, Bocanegra turned in a strong effort for Rennes in its 1-1 draw with Le Havre last weekend.
American midfielder Bryan Arguez did not dress for Hertha Berlin of Germany's 2-0 UEFA Cup first-round win over St. Patricks of Ireland. American forward Ryan Guy went the distance for St. Patricks.
American defender Neven Subotic did not play for Germany's Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 loss to Italy's Udinese. American attacker Jared Jeffrey also did not suit up for Club Brugges of Belgium, which visited Young Boys of Switzerland and drew 2-2.
Reading stumbles in League Championship
Reading's hopes to return to the English Premier League were dealt a blow from a with a 2-0 English League Championship loss Saturday at Ipswich Town.
Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann made six saves, while his U.S. teammate, midfielder Bobby Convey came on in the 75th minute.
The Royals, who visit Watford Saturday, raised their record to 3-2-1 Tuesday by routing visiting Sheffield Wednesday 6-0. Hahnemann made seven saves and Convey joined the fray in the 67th minute.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey, who has been having problems finding playing minutes under Fulham's new coach, Roy Hodgson, did not play in a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers.
U.S. striker Eddie Johnson did not play for Cardiff City in its 0-0 League Championship draw with Bristol City
Edu, Beasley play in Rangers win
In Scotland, Maurice Edu played the first 65 minutes and DaMarcus Beasley the first half in Glasgow Rangers' 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock.
In France, U.S. midfielder Freddy Adu continues to get a few minutes off the bench, entering in the 79th minute of Monaco's 2-0 triumph over Lorient.
In the German Bundesliga, defender Steve Cherunodolo sat out Hannover 96's 5-1 whipping of Borussia Mönchengladbach. U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley was on the bench, but did not play for Mönchengladbach.
In Spain, American striker Jozy Altidore is starting to make his presence felt at Villarreal. He came on at the start of the second half in a 1-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, and came close to scoring.
A week earlier. He had three goals in an exhibition against a lower division opponent when many players were off on international duty.
In Denmark, American striker Jeremiah White came off the bench in the second half and scored in the 86th minute of Aarhus's 2-0 victory over AaB.
Aarhus' American midfielder Benny Feilhaber continues to have difficulties with his surgically repaired knee and did not dress.
In Italy, American Danny Szetela went the distance for Serie B side Brescia in a 1-1 draw with Bari.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.
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