Onyewu scores in first start for Málaga, which survives in Copa del Rey.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Wednesday, November 7, 2012) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu made his first start for Málaga and scored an early goal, playing 90 minutes in a 4-3 victory over third-division Cacereño last Wednesday in a Spain's Copa del Rey.
Málaga, of the first-tier Primera División, was fielding an all-reserve side, but going the distance showed that Onyewu was getting back into match form after a long injury layoff.
Onyewu also received a yellow card in advancing to the Round of 16.
On Saturday, it was back on the bench as Onyewu. He dressed, but did not play in Málaga’s 2-1 league loss to Rayo Vallecano.
In the Segunda División, U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra’s trials and tribulations continue with Racing Santander.
Santander was relegated last season from the top division after a horrendously bad season that saw it go 22 matches without a victory. However, with several additions, such as Bocanegra, who moved over from Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers after that team's demotion to the Scottish fourth division, Santander announced its intention was a short stay in the second division.
That is not working out. Despite a 2-1 win over AD Alcorcón Saturday, the team sits in 16th place at at 3-4-5 with 12 points, already 12 points adrift from the promotion zone. What is interesting is that Bocanegra and the rest of the Santander defense has played amazingly well, giving up only nine goals in the 12 matches, the lowest in the league, but the team’s offense has been absent, scoring only nine goals, the lowest in the league.
In the English Premier League Saturday, American Brad Friedel was again in goal and made two saves for punchless Tottenham Hotspur, which suffered a 1-0 loss to Wigan Athletic.
U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey was clearly frustrated for in his 90-minute appearance for Spurs and received a yellow card.
Some of Dempsey’s frustration possibly carried over from midweek when Spurs were eliminated from the Capital One Cup, losing to Norwich City 2-1. Dempsey had a chance to equalize in the 89th minute, but his penalty kick was saved and Tottenham was eliminated.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard also had a frustrating day Saturday in net, conceding an own goal for Everton. He made two saves in what ended a 2-2 draw with Fulham.
American keeper Brad Guzan kept a clean sheet for Aston Villa, which edged Sunderland 1-0.
American defender Eric Lichaj ended up playing 60-plus minutes as a substitute for Villa and received a yellow card.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron played 90 minutes for Stoke City in a 1-0 loss to Norwich City.
U.S. midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
In the second-tier English League Championship, American defender Zak Whitbread played 83 minutes, but was ejected on his second yellow card for Leicester City in its 2-1 loss to Watford.
American defender Tim Ream played the final 11 minutes for Bolton Wanderers in a 2-1 decision over Cardiff City.
U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden continues the long rehabilitation following his knee surgery and is unavailable for Bolton.
Irish-American Conor Doyle did not dress for Derby County, a 4-1 winner over Blackpool. American defender Will Packwood dressed, but did not play for Birmingham City in a 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town, while U.S. defender Jonathan Spector did not dress for Birmingham.
Many third-division League One teams played early-round FA Cup matches last weekend. American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Carlisle United in its 4-2 triumph over Ebbsfleet United of the fifth-tier Conference National.
American forward Mike Grella played 78 minutes for Scunthorpe United in its 4-0 loss to Gillingham of the fourth-division League Two.
American midfielder Robbie Rogers played the final three minutes for Stevenage in its 3-2 loss to League Two's Rotherham United.
In the German Bundesliga, U.S. defender Fabian Johnson and midfielder Danny Williams both played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a somewhat surprising 3-2 victory over FC Schalke 04.
U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones played 77 minutes for Schalke.
U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo had an exhausting week for Hannover 96. Last Wednesday in a DFB Pokal (German Cup) match, he played all 120 minutes of a 1-1 draw before Hannover prevailed 4-3 in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker over Dynamo Dresden.
On Sunday, he played 90 minutes for Hannover in a 2-0 win over FC Augsburg.
U.S. defender Timmy Chandler went the distance, recored the game-winning assist and was issued a yellow card for 1. FC Nürnberg in a 1-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg.
American David Yelldell was the backup keeper for Bayer Leverkusen, which defeated Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2. He was also the backup in a 3-2 DFB Pokal triuumph over Arminia Bielefeld.
In the 2. Bundesliga, German-American defender John Anthony Brooks went 90 minutes for Hertha Berlin in a 0-0 draw with FC Ingolstadt.
German-American Alfredo Morales did not dress for Hertha.
Last Wednesday, American midfielder Joe Gyau went the distance for St Pauli in its 3-0 DFB Pokal loss to VfB Stuttgart.
On Saturday, he played the final three minutes in a 2-0 decision over 1860 München.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the final 27 minutes for SV Sandhausen in its 2-1 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig.
In Austria, it was a busy week for U.S. striker Terrence Boyd. Last Wednesday, he scored a critical goal, playing 120 minutes for Rapid Wien, which escaped an embarrassing OFB-Samsung Cup loss in a 4-2 extra-time victory over second-division Rheindorf Altach.
On Sunday, he went the distance in a 2-1 loss to Sturm Graz.
In Italy, AS Roma played a pair of Serie A matches and U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley was deeply involved in both. Last Wednesday, he played 67 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Parma, coming out in favor of another attacker.
On Sunday, he played 90 minutes in a 4-1 win over Palermo.
In the Netherlands, U.S. striker Jozy Altidore played 90 minutes for AZ Alkmaar in a 2-1 loss to VVV Venlo.
In Belgium, U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan went the distance for RSC Anderlecht in its 4-1 triumph over KV Mechelen.
In Denmark, American midfielder Conor O’Brien went the distance for SønderjyskE in its 2-1 loss to FC Nordsjælland.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst went the distance for Nordsjælland.
U.S. defender Clarence Goodson played 90 minutes for Brøndby IF in its 3-0 loss to Odense BK.
American forward Charlie Davies played the final quarter hour for Randers FC in a 0-0 draw with AC Horsens.
In Sweden, American midfielder Alejandro Bedoya had a pair of matches for Helsingborg. Last week, he played 90 minutes for Helsinborg, which defeated IFK 2-0. On Sunday, he went 85 minutes in a 2-2 draw with Gefle.
In Norway, American midfielder Mikkel Diskerud played 88 minutes for Rosenborg BK in its 2-1 loss to Strømsgodset IF.
American Steve Clark was in goal for Hønefoss BK in a 1-1 draw with Sandnes Ulf.
American winger Josh Gatt played the final 36 minutes for Molde FK in ita 1-1 draw with Tromsø IL.
American forward Chad Barrett dressed, but did not play for Vålerenga IF, which gave up a goal deep into stoppage time to lose to Sogndal 1-0.
American defender Sean Cunningham continues to recover from a hip injury and did not dress for Stabæk IF in its 6-0 loss to Lillestrom.
In Mexico, in what might be his last match for in Pachuca, U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Club America.
Mexican media has Torres moving to Tigres, a side that needs goal-scoring help.
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes for Club Tijuana in a 0-0 draw with San Luis.
American midfielder Joe Corona and defender Greg Garza played the second half for Club Tijuana.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal did not dress for San Luis.
U.S. striker Herculez Gomez played 85 minutes for Santos Laguna in a 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played 69 minutes for Puebla in its 2-2 draw with Atlas.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres UANL.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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