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Americans On The Continent: Goal-Getter Gooch

By Aaron West

Oguchi Onyewu and Standard entered the match with Mouscron with a severely depleted strikeforce, needing all three points to stay abreast of league leaders Anderlecht. The Belgian giants got their goals from a most unlikely source, as Onyewu rose to head home young captain Steven Defour’s free kick in the 14th minute, to send his side ahead for good.

Three minutes after the half, Wilfred Dalmat finished coolly after being slipped through by Milan Jovanovic, and the away side was up 2-0 and cruising. 25 minutes from the final whistle, Onyewu popped up yet again from a set piece, slotting Belgian teenager Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez’s free kick. 

With Anderlecht’s win on Sunday, the giants are even on points with just four matches remaining in the season. Anderlecht leads by virtue of goal differential, but the title race seems destined to go down to the final kick.

Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)
Away to Royal Excelsior Mouscron, 3-0, 90 minutes, 2 goals, yellow card

See above.
Next up: vs. KV Mechelen, Saturday, April 25

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Away to Eintracht Frankfurt, 1-4, 90 minutes, penalty miss

Michael Bradley and Borussia M’Gladbach’s survival hopes took a major hit on Saturday as they were crushed 4-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt away. Despite starting brightly, the away side conceded a goal on either side of halftime to Alexander Meier and Nikos Liberopolous. Michael Bradley had the opportunity to cut the deficit in half on 65 minutes when Marko Marin was fouled in the area, but goalkeeper Markus Proll made a phenomenal effort to deny his penalty. 

Just 10 minutes later, Marin won the visitors another penalty, and Filip Daems stepped up to give his side some hope, and make the match 2-1. However, it was not to be, as the man who gifted Marin his second penalty, Marco Russ, popped up from a corner to make it 3-1 just five minutes later. Michael Fink made absolutely sure of the result with a 88th minute goal to quash any sliver of hope for M’Gladbach.
Next up: vs. Arminia Bielefeld, Sunday, April 26

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)
Away to Monaco, 1-3, 90 minutes 

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes conceded more than two goals for just the third time all season, as they were unable to capitalize on a bright start to defeat the home Monaco side. Despite starting well, Rennes could not find the back of the net, and both sides went well into the second half without a goal. A clumsy tackle from Lucien Aubey gifted Monaco a penalty in the 76th minute, and Aubey saw red for his efforts.  Jerko Leko converted the spot-kick with aplomb, and Monaco never looked back. 

The shorthanded visitors were unable to really recover from the loss, and Juan Pablo Pino added to the tally in the 84th minute. Rennes had a sliver of hope in the 86th minute with Bruno Cheyrou’s strike, but Pino popped up again at the death to assure the match and complete his brace. Freddy Adu was on the bench for Monaco, but did not see any playing time for the principality team.  
Next up: Away to Grenoble, April 21 (Coupe de France)

Square Passes

David Yelldell
and TuS Koblenz furthered themselves from the drop zone with a 3-2 win over MSV Duisburg. Despite his brace in last week’s match, Matt Taylor was not named to the matchday squad.

Charlie Davies
played the entire 90 minutes, but was unable to keep his side from falling 1-0 to Helsingborg. 

Danny Califf played 90 minutes, but his FC Midtjylland side lost 2-0 against Randers FC.

Jeremiah White
played 79 minutes and earned a yellow card in AGF Aarhus’ 1-0 win over Danish giants FC Copenhagen.

Michael Parkhurst played the full 90, but FC Nordsjaelland were soundly beaten 3-0 by Odense BK.

Marcus Tracy
will hope to see some action tonight as Aalborg hosts Vejle in the Danish SAS-Ligaen. 

Preston Zimmerman came on at the half for SV Kapfenberg, but was unable to rescue his side from falling 2-1 against Austria Vienna. 

Steve Cherundolo
is sidelined for the rest of the season with a nagging hip injury, but Sal Zizzo was given five minutes as Hannover fell 2-1 to Hamburg SV.

Jozy Altidore was not named to the matchday squad as Xerez beat Deportivo Alavés 2-1.

Aaron West's Americans On The Continent appears every Monday on Goal.com