With the UEFA Champions League and Europa League kicking off group play this week, several members of the U.S. Men's National Team found themselves in action with mixed results. Regardless of the early results, the players are fulfilling Jurgen Klinsmann's hopes of playing in as many competitive matches as possible. Here's a summary:
UEFA Champions League
Jermaine Jones and Schalke got off to a good start, winning 2-1 away to Olympiakos. The visitors twice took the lead and also missed a PK, but snatched an important victory. Oguchi Onyewu watched as Malaga blanked Zenit St. Petersburg 3-0, and Michael Parkhurst as FC Nordsjaelland's fell 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk.
UEFA Europa League
Clint Dempsey got his first start and had a goal denied by the offsides flag, one of three called back that left Tottenham to share the spoils with Lazio after a 0-0 draw. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover erased a two-goal deficit to collect a point in the 2-2 draw at. Twente Enschede. Terrence Boyd squared off against fellow U-23 international Mix Diskerud and the lost the battle as Rapid Vienna fell 2-1 to Rosenborg.