Weeks ahead of schedule, Onyewu returns from injury and helps Sporting Lisbon win.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, April 25, 2012) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu has worked his way back to fitness after right-knee surgery and returned to Sporting Lisbon of Portugal's lineup.
On Sunday, he was able to play 90 minutes with Sporting defeating Nacional de Madeira 3-2.
Onyewu was injured two months ago playing with the U.S. men in a friendly against Italy. After surgery, he rehabbed the knee with Jim Hashimoto, the head of the U.S. Soccer Federation's rehabilitation program in Delaware and his return is actually several weeks ahead of the most optimistic estimates.
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore continues his torrid scoring pace, connecting on the winning goal in AZ Alkmaar's 2-1 victory over VVV Venlo in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The goal was Altidore's 19th of the season in all competitions and his fifth in his last five games.
This weekend's winner came off a header, whereas a week earlier, he settled matters with a blast into an upper corner from distance.
Another sharp goal this week came from another American with much experience with the U.S. men. Midfielder DaMarcus Beasley ran on to a ball on the left side and rammed it home for his fourth goal of the current Mexican Clausura season for Puebla in a 3-2 loss to Club America. He is tied for his team's goal-scoring lead.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones continues on a record pace to amass the most yellow cards in a season, getting one in a second straight match Sunday, FC Schalke 04's 1-1 draw with FC Augsburg.
German-American defender-midfielder Fabian Johnson, as has been the case most of the season, played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in its 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
German-American defender-midfielder Danny Williams dressed, but did not play for Hoffenheim after going 90 minutes in his previous outing. American forward Joe Gyau did not dress for Hoffenheim, but it was announced he signed a new first-team contract with the club.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 in a 0-0 draw Sunday with SC Freiburg.
In his previous match, he played 90 minutes in a 1-0 loss to Hamburger SV.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler went 90 minutes for 1. FC Nürnberg in its 1-1 draw with Hamburg.
A week earlier, Chandler received a yellow card in a 90-minute effort in a 2-0 win over 1. FC Kaiserslautern.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten went the distance in his first start and scored his first professional goal in already-relegated Kaiserslautern's surprise 2-1 triumph over Hertha Berlin.
German-American defender-midfielder Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha a week after playing nine minutes.
German-American forward Terrence Boyd remains with Borussia Dortmund's reserve team.
In the 2. Bundesliga, American striker Matt Taylor was a second-half substitute for the second straight week for SC Paderborn, this weekend playing the final 25 minutes for SC Paderborn 07's 2-0 loss to Karlsruher SC.
American goalkeeper Luis Robles did not dress for Karlsruhe.
American forward Bobby Wood continues not to dress for 1860 Munich.
In Italy, play resumed after a league-wide postponement due to the death of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini. U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley went the distance for Chievo Verona in a 0-0 draw Saturday with Udinese.
In France, American striker Charlie Davies continues not to dress for first-team matches at Sochaux.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan earned a yellow card in 90 minutes Sunday for Anderlecht in its 1-0 decision over Club Brugge.
Norwegian-born American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud did not dress for KAA Gent in its 4-1 victory over KV Kortrijk a week after dressing, but not leaving the bench.
In Denmark, American defender Clarence Goodson went 90 minutes for Brøndby IF in a 2-0 loss to FC Midtjylland.
New York-born American midfielder Conor O'Brien went 90 minutes for SønderjyskE in a 2-1 win Sunday over HB Køge. Brad Rusin played the final 30 minutes for Køge.
American defender Michael Parkhurst has an injured toe and is not available to FC Nordsjællands.
American striker Chris Rolfe is no longer in Denmark. He left Aalborg to return to Major League Soccer and the Chicago Fire.
In Norway, American left-side defender Sean Cunningham and midfielder Ricardo Clark each went the distance for Stabaek IF in a 2-1 loss to Sandnes. Clark received a yellow card.
American keeper Steve Clark helped Honefoss BK to a 3-1 decision over Aalesund.
American defender Josh Gatt is sidelined for Molde by injury.
In Mexico, defender Michael Orozco Fiscal, born in Orange, Calif., went 90 minutes Saturday for San Luis in a 1-0 loss to Club Tijuana.
Three U.S. eligible players started for Tijuana. Attacking midfielder Joe Corona and defender Greg Garza went 90 minutes, while left defender Edgar Castillo played the first 64 minutes.
U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes for Pachuca, which drew 1-1 with Monterrey.
American striker Herculez Gomez played 55 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 3-0 victory over Tigres.
U.S. defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
American forward Adrian Ruelas did not dress for Jaguares de Chiapas, while midfielder Sonny Guadarrama did not dress for Atlante over the weekend.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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