MNT Mar 16, 2012
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann wants his players to be reaching the highest level they can, and four of them took a nice step on Thursday as their squads reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
Jermaine Jones scored the game-winner and added an assist as Schalke advanced to the quarterfinals and will face Athletic Bilbao.
Jozy Altidore started for AZ Alkmaar at Udinese, where his team was forced to play with 10 men after only two minutes and their two-goal lead from the first leg was erased 10 minutes in. They snatched one back in the 31st and held on for the win, now slated to meet Valencia.
Steve Cherundolo and Hannover cruised to 4-0 win against Standard Liege after tying 2-2 in Belgium in the first leg. Hannover open the quarterfinals away to Atletico Madrid.
Oguchi Onyewu remains on the mend and watched Sporting Lisbon advance with a massive triumph over Manchester City, getting two early goals in Manchester and edging out City on away goals after finishing tied 3-3 on aggregate. Sporting welcome FC Metalist Kharkiv to open competition in the final eight.