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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Americans abroad, Oguchi Onyewu injured, San Jose Earthquakes win MLS lottery, Virginia keeper signs, USA-Chile rewind

By Steve Goff

*American defender Oguchi Onyewu departed midway through the first half with an apparent back ailment during Twente's Dutch Cup victory over PSV Eindhoven. The clubs were 1-1 after 120 minutes and Twente prevailed on penalties, 7-6. ... Midfielder Maurice Edu entered midway through the second half of Rangers' 2-0 victory over Hibernian. ... Midfielder Clint Dempsey went the distance in Fulham's 1-0 loss at Liverpool. ... Jonathan Spector played 106 minutes in midfield of West Ham's Aston Villa's 3-1 loss at Birmingham in the Carling Cup (4-3 aggregate for City).

*Despite holding the fifth-best odds, the San Jose Earthquakes won the rights to goalkeeping prospect David Bingham in an MLS weighted lottery. Bingham played three seasons at the nearby University of California and, if not for protracted contract negotiations, would have been available in the draft two weeks ago. Veteran Jon Busch is the San Jose incumbent starter. New England and Toronto FC had the best chances of winning the lottery. Five clubs opted out of the process in order to maintain their place in future lotteries. San Jose goes to the back of the line. Lotteries are used for players signing their first pro contract after the draft is held.

*Former University of Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo formally signed a contract with Colombian club America de Cali today, his brother told the Insider. He is expected to be in uniform for a pair of upcoming cup competitions before the league restarts Feb. 5. Restrepo was not invited to the MLS scouting combine but attracted interest from the Seattle Sounders before agreeing to terms with America two weeks ago.

*The Post's soccer fan-blogger Jeff Maurer looks back at the USA-Chile friendly.

By Steve Goff  | January 26, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, College Soccer, MLS, Netherlands, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Americans abroad, Clint Dempsey, MLS, Oguchi Onyewu  
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Jonathan Spector and West Ham...

Posted by: FbAller | January 26, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Also, Chandler's minutes from the last post still need to be corrected.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 26, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

By the power vested in me by no-one, I hereby declare it acceptable to associate Spector with any team having "West" in their name or wearing claret and blue or maroon and blue or anything in the red color family and blue.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 26, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

thankfully Burnley went down last year, leaving only two claret & blue teams in the top flight. West Ham is gunning to leave Villa as the only remaining representative for next season.

still not used to Spector's haircut.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | January 26, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't know how I missed this yesterday...

The Atlanta Beat will be hosting the Atlanta Major League Soccer Challenge between the Houston Dynamo, the New England Revolution, and the Columbus Crew. Matches will be held Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30 (New England vs. Columbus), Friday, March 11th at 7:30 (Houston vs. Columbus), and Sunday, March 13th at 2:00 (Houst...on vs. New England).

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 26, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Gooch, stop it.

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 26, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Goff is just projecting Spector's future...

Posted by: silverrey | January 27, 2011 2:23 AM | Report abuse

Maurer's best assessment is " In my opinion, Bradley overvalues experience and doesn't give enough minutes to young players." This is the best observation I have heard from the media about Bradley and I wish that Sunil Gulati got this message after the last cycle.

Posted by: no_recess | January 27, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Jacob, attendance needs to be good...

Posted by: Reignking | January 27, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@no_recess, I though Bob had set a record for the # of players capped during a WC cycle. I don't think it is a matter of valuing experience so much as valuing the time players have spent playing together. I think BB was trying to avoid fielding a new side at the WC, on the theory that team strength is more important than invidivual talent. But hindsight is 20/20, and all that.

Posted by: glfrazier | January 27, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Exactly why I've been spreading the word here, on SBI, Facebook, all that.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | January 27, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

My only quarrel with the Bob-Bradley-overvalues-experience argument is the Robbie Findley experiment (particularly at the expense of Brian Ching). That one came out of nowhere.

Posted by: benonthehill | January 27, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Those DC players reporting to camp in poor shape had better shovel snow. No, check that. They'll probably pull hammies or tear ACLs doing that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 27, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Perkins has some competition in Portland, Timbers sign Adin Brown.

Posted by: fischy | January 27, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

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