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:
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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.