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Americans On The Continent: Onyewu On Target

By Aaron West

With the knowledge that Standard Liege must keep pace with Anderlecht from match to match in order to force a league-deciding playoff at the end of the season, Liege went into the match with Club Brugge full of inspiration.

In the 38th minute, Onyewu was hacked down in the box following a Steven Defour corner, and Milan Jovanovic took the ensuing penalty.  Despite the Serbian’s comical argument with young Belgian international Axel Witsel over who would take the spot-kick, he was able to keep his composure and stroke it home for a 1-0 lead.

Oguchi Onyewu continued to impress in the second half, popping up in the 72nd minute to head home yet another excellent set piece from the burgeoning Belgian international Steven Defour.  If not for his international teammate Stijn Stijnen’s magnificent showing between the goalposts, Liege’s lead could have been further increased, but the match ended 2-0 to the home side.

American Jared Jeffrey was on the bench for Brugge, but was not called into action against his fellow ex-pat.   

Oguchi Onyewu, Standard Liege (Belgium)

vs. Club Brugge, 2-0, 90 minutes, 1 goal

See above.

Next up: Away to KAA Gent, Saturday, May 16 

Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

vs. Schalke 04, 1-0, 90 minutes

Despite young German international Marko Marin’s early penalty miss, Bradley and his relegation-threatened M’Gladbach side took positive steps towards remaining in the Bundesliga by beating Schalke.  With all four of M’Gladbach’s competitors for survival failing to grab all three points in their respective matches, the home side leapt on their opportunity to salvage their top-flight hopes.  Relying on a sturdy defense, Die Fohlen survived 17 shots from Schalke when Roberto Colautti popped up in the 90th minute to slot home a dramatic winner and send his fans into raptures.

Next up: Away to Energie Cottbus, Wednesday, May 13 

Carlos Bocanegra, Rennes (France)

vs. Guingamp, 1-2, 90 minutes, 1 goal

Despite Bocanegra netting only his third goal of the season, Rennes fell in a shock defeat to second-division Guingamp in the Coupe de France final.  Bocanegra popped up in the 70th minute to head home a Bruno Cheyrou free kick, but a quickfire double from Brazilian Eduardo assured the victory for Guingamp.

Next up: vs. Caen, Wednesday, May 13 

Square Passes

Goalkeeper Luis Robles seized his chance to start for FC Kaiserslautern, helping the promotion-hopefuls keep a clean sheet as they won 1-0 against FC Augsburg.

In just his second appearance of 2009, Grover Gibson started the match for Rott-Weiss Ahlen against Ingolstadt, but was forced from the field with a suspected broken cheekbone after only 10 minutes.

Charlie Davies played the entire 90 minutes and scored a consolation goal in the 81st minute for Hammarby in their 4-1 loss to Kalmar FF.

Michael Parkhurst’s FC Nordsjælland side fell 3-1 to FC Copenhagen, but look to be safe from relegation with four games left in the season and a five-point cushion over their nearest rival.

Jeremiah White started the match for AGF Aarhus, but was later replaced by Benny Feilhaber in the 65th minute of the 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Odense BK.

Marcus Tracy is still sidelined with a nagging hamstring injury.

Jozy Altidore was not included in the squad for Xerez’s 2-0 win over Girona, as the Spanish side inches closer to a Segunda División championship.

Danny Szetela was again an unused substitute in Brescia’s 0-0 draw with Cittadella. 

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

For more on American players in Europe visit Goal.com's Americans Abroad page.