The winter break is over but the return to action was not a happy one for most Americans on mainland.
By Aaron West
After a long hiatus, the majority of the American players on the continent returned to regular league play this week. It was not a happy return for most as Oguchi Onyewu was the only player to be on the pitch for a victory.
Onyewu and Standard Liege maintained their lead at the top of the Belgian Jupiler League with a 3-0 victory over Roselare on Saturday. Onyewu and his back line had little to do in the match as two first half goals from Milan Jovanovic and Axel Witsel nearly assured the win in the first half. 10 minutes after stepping onto the field, Leon Benko added insult to injury in the 90th minute. Liege now stands two points clear at the top of the league, although Anderlecht has a game in hand.
Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)
vs. Roeselare, 3-0, 90 minutes
Next up: Away to KV Kortrijk, Friday, February 6
Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
vs. Toulouse, 0-0, 90 minutes
While Carlos Bocanegra and his teammates continued their phenomenal defensive form, they were unable to find the back of the net against Toulouse, falling to a 0-0 bore draw at home. Falling further in the league table, the Brittany club is now level on points with Fourth-placed Marseille, but behind on goal differential.
Next up: Away to Le Havre, Saturday, February 7
Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to VfB Stuttgart, 0-2, 90 minutes
Michael Bradley and Borussia Monchengladbach continued their floundering at the bottom of the Germany Bundesliga with yet another loss in the league. With only one shot on goal, the Prussian club had few chances to assert their dominance on the match. Michael Bradley played the full 90, but was unable to change his side’s fortunes as they fell to their fifth loss on the trot.
Next up: vs. TSG Hoffenheim, Saturday, February 7
Landon Donovan, Bayern Munich (Germany)
Away to Hamburg, 0-1, 14 minutes
Landon Donovan made his league debut for FC Bayern this weekend, creating a pair of chances for his side and generally looking lively in his limited action. However, his late introduction was not enough to cancel out Croatian international Mladen Petric’s 44th-minute strike to take Hamburg to the top of the league. Donovan will look to see more action in Bayern’s next match against rivals Borussia Dortmund over the weekend as Bayern battles to get back to the top of the league.
Next up: vs. Borussia Dortmund, Sunday, February 8
Jozy Altidore has signed on loan with Spanish Primera “B” side Clube Deportivo Xerez.
Freddy Adu was again confined to the bench as Monaco defeated Grenoble 1-0 over the weekend.
Quentin Westberg saw no playing time as he did not step on the pitch for Troyes’ 4-1 loss to Brest in the French Ligue 2.
Patrick Lane watched from the bench yet again as Cercle Brugge drew 1-1 with Mons.
Jared Jeffrey made the bench for the first time for Club Brugge’s 3-1 win over Tubize as their injury crisis worsens.
Kamani Hill has opted to wait till the summer to negotiate his move away from VFL Wolfsburg, declining a contract offer from Bundesliga 3 side FC Ezgebirge Aue.
Aaron West's Americans On The Continent appears every Monday on Goal.com