American Exports: Gooch bags first, Dempsey misses PK
AMSTERDAM — Several Americans laced up for overseas action on Wednesday, highlighted by Oguchi Onyewu scoring in his first Málaga start, a see-saw 4-3 Copa del Rey win at third-flight Cacereño.
The defender deposited a restart to open the scoring after just four minutes. Málaga will take the advantage into next month's home leg with a place in the round of 16 on the line.
Jumping to Austria, Terrence Boyd's late equalizer and extra time assist helped Rapid Vienna rally for a 4-2 overtime victory over Stiegl-Cup visitors Altach.
Having already been denied on a pair of good chances, the forward dutifully bagged a Guido Burgstaller slip pass in the 73rd minutes time to send the tie to extras. Boyd then set up Thomas Prager's insurance tally in the 114th minute, giving him nine goals and three assists on the campaign.
Turning to England's Capital One Cup, Clint Dempsey tarnished a solid outing with a dooming penalty miss in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-1 collapse defeat at Norwich City.
Spurs took a slim lead into the 84th minute, but the score flipped within another three thanks to a Jan Vertonghen own-goal and Canada forward Simeon Jackson's strike. Dempsey was handed a chance to knot matters from the spot a minute from time, but his lukewarm effort was saved by Norwich goaltender Mark Bunn.
Serie A was also in session, with Michael Bradley running hot-and-cold during his 67 minutes of AS Roma's rain-soaked 3-2 loss at Parma.
Just before the hosts bagged their third, the midfielder's attempt to level the match was cruelly denied by netminder Antonio Mirante. Bradley & Co. slipped a spot to seventh on their second straight loss.
Over in Germany's DfB-Pokal, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 took the scenic route to the sweet 16, besting guests Dynamo Dresden on spot kicks when the score ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.
The captain was involved in both goal plays during regulation. Cherundolo's lead pass to the crosser earned the "MLS assist" on Mame Biram Diouf's 15th-minute opener and then his foul near the Hannover area teed up the away equalizer near the half-hour.
Joseph Gyau was among the more active St. Pauli players in his first start for his loan employers during a sound 3-0 defeat at Stuttgart. The winger used his speed to create the visitors' best chance of the night, only to have his teammate muff the finish.
Meanwhile, David Yelldell watched from the away dugout as Bayer Leverkusen bounced Arminia Bielefeld by a 3-2 count.
Portuguese Taça da Liga action saw Tony Taylor work 57 minutes in Estoril's 1-1 draw with União da Madeira. Midway through first round play, the Little Canaries lead Group A by three points.
In Denmark, Charlie Davies worked a solid shift as Randers FC progressed to the last eight of the DBU-Pokalen with a 1-0 victory at second-flight Vejle BK. The US international went close twice as the Horses rode a first-half penalty kick to their fifth win in six across all competitions.
In Sweden's Allsvenskan, Alejandro Bedoya went the distance up front as Helsingborg continued their winning ways with a 2-0 decision over IFK Göteborg. The fifth-place Reds have four victories form their last five league games.