Onyewu makes debut with Sporting Lisbon, hopes to rejoin U.S. men soon.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, September 14, 2011) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu has finally broken into Sporting Lisbon's regular season lineup.
Onyewu made his regular-season debut for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, going 90 minutes in central defense in a 3-2 victory over Pacos de Ferreira. Onyewu still has not appeared for the U.S. men since new manager Jürgen Klinsmann's arrival, presumably because he has not been playing for his club. If he can hold onto his starter's role, a national-team call up could soon follow.
Meanwhile, in Germany, two German-Americans, both on Klinsmann's radar, played together for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Defender Fabian Johnson, who was in the national-team training camp for two recently-completed friendlies, but who could not play because world governing body FIFA is still processing his change from Germany allegiance to the U.S., started, played 73 minutes in a 4-0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05.
In the same match, midfielder-defender Daniel Williams made his Hoffenheim debut with a 35-minute appearance.
In the English Premier League, American Brad Friedel had a big game in the Tottenham Hotspur goal, earning a clean sheet in a 2-0 triumph Saturday over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Friedel made seven saves, the best when he deflected away a powerful drive from Jamie O'Hara and when he stretched full-out to turn away Karl Henry's curling drive around a goal-post.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was credited with only one save for Everton in a 2-2 draw Saturday with Aston Villa.
U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey went the distance for Fulham in its 1-1 draw Sunday with Blackburn Rovers.
U.S. keeper Brad Guzan was again Aston Villa's backup in a 2-2 draw Saturday with Everton. American defender Eric Lichaj has a hip injury and is unavailable to Villa.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden again played a reserve match last week and did not dress for Bolton Wanderers in their 5-0 loss Saturday to Manchester United. He continues to rehab after knee surgery last year.
American defender Zak Whitbread did not dress for Norwich City, a 1-0 loser to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
In the second-tier League Championship, defender Jonathan Spector was the only American to play this past weekend when he went 90 minutes Sunday for Birmingham City in its 3-0 triumph over Millwall.
On Saturday, American midfielder Anton Peterlin dressed, but did not play for Walsall, which suffered a 2-1 loss to Notts County.
American striker Mike Grella also dressed, but did not play for Brentford in a 1-0 victory Saturday over Wycombe Wanderers.
American midfielder Frank Simek, out with a hip injury, was unavailable to Carlisle United, which fell 2-1 Saturday to Hartlepool.
U.S. forward Robbie Findley, out with a minor injury, did not dress for Nottingham Forest in its 3-2 setback Saturday to Southampton.
American striker Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County which went on to lose 2-0 Saturday to Coventry City.
In Scotland, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra excelled, though receiving a yellow card, for Glasgow Rangers, who defeated Dundee United 1-0 on Saturday. U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu played the first 75 minutes for Rangers, while midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is still out with a calf strain.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S> defender Steve Cherundolo played the entire match for Hannover 96 in its 3-0 loss to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.
American defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in 2-1 decision Sunday over FC Cologne.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen in a 4-1 victory Friday over FC Augsburg.
American midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha Berlin, a 2-1 winner Saturday over Borussia Dortmund.
German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, still deeply in the doghouse and not playing or training with Schalke 04, was not in evidence in Schalke's 2-1 loss Sunday to Wolfsburg.
In the 2. Bundesliga, U.S. forward Edson Buddle started, but left with an injury after 14 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04, which went on to lose 4-1 Sunday to FC Union Berlin.
American striker Matt Taylor went the first 67 minutes for SC Paderborn 07 in a 0-0 draw Friday with Alemannia Aachen.
American Luis Robles was the backup keeper for Karlsruher SC in its 4-2 loss to Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday.
U.S. midfielder Ricardo Clark, back after an injury, dressed, but did not play for Eintracht Frankfurt iin its 3-3 draw Saturday with Energie Cottbus.
American striker Bobby Wood did not dress for TSV 1860 Munich in its 4-2 loss to St Pauli on Sunday.
In Italy, the delayed season finally got underway and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley dressed, but did not play for Chievo Verona in a 2-2 draw Sunday with Novara.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, back from international duty, started and played the first half for AZ Alkmaar in a 4-0 win Sunday over Vitesse Arnhem.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance and received a yellow card for Anderlecht in a 2-0 triumph Sunday over KV Kortrijk.
In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brondby IF in its 5-0 victory Sunday over HB Køge. Defender Brad Rusin, another young American, did not dress in for Køge.
American defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for FC Nordsjællandm a 2-1 winner over Aalborg BK on Sunday.
American striker Chris Rolfe played the first 73 minutes for Aalborg. American midfielder Marcus Tracy, out with a knee injury, was not available to Aalborg.
American playmaker Conor O'Brien went the first 77 minutes for SønderjyskE in its 3-1 loss Sunday to AC Horsens.
In Sweden, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud went 90 minutes for Stabæk IF in a 4-2 loss Friday to Tromso.
American defender Josh Gatt played the final 24 minutes for Molde FK in its 2-2 draw Sunday with Brann.
American defender Sean Cunningham did not dress for Molde.
American defender-midfielder Ryan Miller came off the bench in the 69th minute for Halmstads BK in its 2-2 draw Monday night with Gefle IF.
American striker Samuel Petrone did not dress for Mjällby AIF in its 0-0 draw with IFK Norrkoping on Saturday.
In Mexico, U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes for Pachuca in a 5-0 loss Saturday to Tigres. U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
American midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for Puebla in its 3-3 draw Sunday with Monterrey.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo went 90 minutes for Club America in its 1-0 loss to Atlante on Sunday.
American defender-midfielder Michael Orozco Fiscal played 90 minutes for San Luis in its 1-1 draw with Atlas on Saturday.
American forward Herculez Gomez played the final 21 minutes for Estudiantes Tecos in a 2-0 setback Friday to Jaguares de Chiapas.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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