Dempsey helped Fulham to a 4-1 win against Wisla Krakow
With the second half of the 2011-12 Europa League Group Stage underway, the picture for advancement to the knockout phase is becoming much clearer for the U.S. internationals. One has already clinched, a couple are on the doorstep and others will go down to the wire ....
Jozy Altidore started and went 87 minutes in Alkmaar’s 2-2 draw at Vienna. Those two clubs will be duking it out for second place as only one point separates them heading into the final two matches.
Steve Cherundolo sat in reserve as Hannover picked up a big 2-1 win at Copenhagen. Tied on points with Standard de Liege at the top of Group B, a win in either of their final two matches would ensure they get through.
Clint Dempsey went the distance in Fulham’s 4-1 win against Wisla Krakow, putting the Cottagers firmly in second place of Group K on seven points, three behind the group leaders and four ahead of their closest rivals.
Jermaine Jones got a break and watched his side's 0-0 draw with Larnaca, leaving Schalke two points clear of Maccabi Haifa at the summit of Group J.Sacha Kljestan's solid form matches that of his club, Anderlecht’s 3-0 win against Sturm Graz improving their perfect record in group play to 4-0-0 and ensuring their advancement.
Oguchi Onyewu also dressed but did not participate as Sporting Lisbon fell 1-0 at Vaslui. Leading their Group D by four points, Sporting are virtually assured a place in the next round.
Jonathan Spector started and played 90 in Birmingham’s 2-2 draw with Club Brugge. Group H is a three-way race as those teams and Sparta Braga all sit on seven points.