U.S. national team notes & video

February 21, 2013

Jermaine Jones became the first U.S. national team player since 2005 to score in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, equalizing late in the first half of Schalke’s 1-1 draw at Galatasaray on Wednesday. The return leg in the round-of-16 series is next week in Germany, but Jones won’t play because of yellow card accumulation. The previous U.S. player to score after the group stages of the Champions League: DaMarcus Beasley for PSV Eindhoven at Monaco. Video:

Other Americans in Champions League:

Malaga defender Oguchi Onyewu was not in the 18 for a 1-0 first-leg loss at Porto on Tuesday.

In the Europa League, midfielder Clint Dempsey and Tottenham Hotspur carry a 2-1 lead into the round-of-32 second leg at Lyon today (1 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer, foxsoccer2go.com; tape at 8 on Fox Soccer). By advancing, Spurs would face Inter Milan or Cluj in the next round.

Defender Steve Cherundolo is sidelined with a knee injury as Hannover attempts to overturn a 3-1 away loss to Guus Hiddink‘s Anji Makhachkala today.

In Latin America, U.S. defender Edgar Castillo furnished the assist on Richard Ruiz‘s 62nd-minute goal during Tijuana’s surprising 1-0 victory at Millonarios in the group stage of Copa Libertadores.

*CONCACAF announced defending champion Mexico would open the Gold Cup on July 7 at the Rose Bowl, the site of its 2011 championship triumph against the United States. Groups and the full schedule for the 12-team tournament will be unveiled in mid-March.

*Veteran scribe Jeff Bradley offers his take on Landon Donovan’s sabbatical.

*The U.S. women’s national team will play the Netherlands on April 9, four days after a showdown at Germany, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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