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Keller is key in Tottenham Carling Cup win, is named Spurs' best player.

Howard, Man. U. get the best of Friedel, Rovers before record crowd at Old Trafford.

Hahnemann's shutout leads Reading to 1-0 victory over Millwall.

Friedel, Rovers get back on winning track, 2-1 over Everton.

With Thomas' decisive goal, Eintracht Braunschweig stuns Hannover 96 2-0 in German Cup.

Keller's 12 saves can't stop Spurs' 1-0 loss to Bolton.

Cherundolo avoids bench and helps Hannover draw 1-1 with 1860 München.

Spurs ride Keller hot streak to middle of Premier League table.

Howard, Manchester United hold off Rangers 1-0 in Champions League.

Reyna has goal, assist as Man. City drubs Bolton 6-2.

Keller's threee straight shutouts are key to Hotspur revival.

Keller faces 24 shots, leads Spurs 0-0 draw with Reyna's City.

Reyna keeps it brief in Manchester City debut.

Fulham manager Coleman is irate over loss of Reyna to Manchester City.

One error ruins Howard's great effort, Man. U.'s perfect mark.

In surprise, Sunderland transfers Reyna to Manchester City.

Casey, Berhalter score as their teams draw in Germany.

Americans Abroad

Lewis cracks starting lineup, sparks Preston North End twice.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Wednesday, December 10, 2003) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis has been in and out of the starting lineup at Preston North End over the past few weeks. Over a period of four days this past week, he started twice and made an impact in both matches as PNE recorded a victory and a draw in England's First Division.

On Saturday, Lewis produced one of his better matches of the year -- scoring one goal and coming close twice more -- in a 4-1 defeat of Crystal Palace.

Lewis got on the end of a well-placed cross from Ricardo Fuller's in the 79th minute and slotted the ball under Palace keeper Thomas Myhre with his right foot. Minutes earlier, he forced Myhre into a fine save, one of several chances on the day.

Lewis did not score Tuesday in a 2-2 draw at Cardiff, but he came close and made contributions on both sides of the ball.

Lewis made his first good play in the ninth minute when he headed away John Robinson's dangerous entry pass into the box. Six minutes later, a charging Lewis just missed being on the receiving end of Graham Alexander's pass at the far post. In the 17th minute, Lewis received a yellow card for a foul.

The first half ended with both Lewis and Alexander pumping balls into the box. In the 42nd minute, Lewis broke into the left side of the box and forced goalkeeper Neil Alexander to tip his shot over the crossbar.

In the 47th minute, Lewis' pass to the top of the six-yard box forced a corner kick. Five minutes later, Lewis broke free into the left side of the box and triggered a shot to the far post that Neil Alexander just managed to get to, but he left a rebound that Ricardo Fuller knocked into the open net from point-blank range for a 1-0 lead.

Claude Davis replaced Lewis in the 81st minute with the score 1-1 and the teams traded goals with David Healy putting Preston ahead 2-1 in the 84th minute and Peter Thorne giving Cardiff the tie in the 90th.

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Blackburn Rovers had an easy time dropping Birmingham City 4-0 Saturday thanks to scoring four goals in a 22-minute stretch late in the game. Birmingham's job was made easier when Christophe Dugarry was sent off for two bookings in the space of eight minutes midway through the second period with the score 2-0.

Friedel had an easy day with his most difficult save from a looping header from Mikael Forssell long after the match was decided.

It was another easy match for U.S. keeper Tim Howard and Manchester United which dispatched Aston Villa 4-0. Two goals from Ruud van Nistelrooy in the first half were enough to put Man. U. comfortably ahead.

After Howard made a good save on a hard shot from Gareth Barry in the 48th minute, following a poor clearance from Quinton Fortune, United never looked back. Diego Forlan made it 3-0 as regulation time ended with a low shot into the corner from 20 yards after Howard had made a long pinpoint clearance. Forlan then added a second goal in stoppage time.

Howard sat in favor of Roy Carroll who logged a clean sheet for United (5-1) which recorded a 2-0 decision over Germany's Stuttgart (4-2) to win the European Champions League's Group E.

U.S. keeper Kasey Keller and Tottenham Hotspur emerged victorious 5-2 from a wild shootout with Wolverhampton Wolves with Keller denying Wolves on several occasions.

Just before halftime, Paul Ince's diving header seemed targeted for the net, but Keller managed to deflect the shot away with his leg. He again used his legs to deny Dean Sturridge in the 71st minute.

Wolves' two goals came as a result of defensive lapses less than a minute after Spurs' tallies.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent and can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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