MNT Oct 21, 2011
Kljestan has played every minute in Anderlecht's Europa League campaign
The Group Stage of the 2011-12 Europa League has reached the halfway point, and several of the U.S. internationals are on teams well-positioned to advance to the knockout phase. Of the 48 teams, only three have won all of their matches to date, and two of them have U.S. players making regular contributions.
Here's a recap of Thursday efforts:
Jozy Altidore played the final 17 minutes in Alkmaar’s 2-2 draw with Austria Wien. AZ are in second place after a win and two draws and are facing two away matches in the second half of the group phase.
Steve Cherundolo captained Hannover for their 2-2 draw with Copenhagen, keeping his side tied at the top of a tightly-packed Group B as they are level on five points with Standard de Liege and one ahead of Copenhagen.
Clint Dempsey was given a break and watched as Fulham dropped a 1-0 loss at Wisla Krakow. Fulham have even results at the halfway point, going 1-1-1.
Jermaine Jones started and got in 68 minutes of work in Schalke’s 5-0 win at Larnaca. With the win, Schalke move to seven points and first place in the group, one ahead of Maccabi Haif
Sacha Kljestan once again played 90 in Anderlecht’s 2-0 win at Sturm Graz. Kljestan has played every minute of Anderlecht's Europa League campaign and is part of only three teams that are unbeaten through three games.
Oguchi Onyewu sat out with a slight injury as Sporting Lisbon ran out 2-0 winners. Sporting are runaway leaders of Group D, collecting a an unblemished 3-0-0 record.
Jonathan Spector went the distance in Birmingham’s huge 2-1 win at Brugge, giving them six points and the edge at the head of the group based on goal differential.