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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.

Lewis cracks starting lineup, sparks Preston North End twice.

Americans Abroad

Casey, Berhalter score as their teams draw in Germany.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)

(Wednesday, December 10, 2003) -- American striker Conor Casey and defender Gregg Berhalter scored goals this weekend, but the best their clubs could do was manage draws in Germany's 2Bundesliga.

Casey's fifth goal of the season for Karlsruhe SC came in the 61st minute Friday night and provided a 1-0 lead over last-place Eintracht Trier. Casey, who received a yellow card in the game, was replaced in the lineup two minutes later and Trier tied the match 1-1 in 82nd minute.

Berhalter went the distance and gave Energie Cottbus a 1-0 lead Sunday over VfB Lübeck, putting away Marco Gebhardt's corner kick in the 74th minute for his second goal of the season. The advantage lasted 11 minutes when continued Lübeck pressure caused Cottbus defender Faruk Hujdurovic to deflect a ball into the net for an own goal and a 1-1 final.

Cottbus (7-4-4, 25 points) is in a three-way tie for second place though it has played a game more than 1. FC Nürnberg and Mainz, both 7-3-4. All three clubs trail Aachen (8-4-2) by one point with the top three teams promoted. Karlsruhe is 6-6-3 with 21 points in a four-way tie for seventh place.

American midfielder Joe Enochs played 90 minutes for VfL Osnabrück which was unable to build on last week's victory and fell 2-0 to Nürnberg. Osnabrück (4-7-4, 16), which has not won consecutive matches this season, is tied with Union (4-7-4) for 14th place, but is officially in the relegation zone because its goal differential in three worse than Union.

In 1Bundesliga action, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went 90 minutes at his usual right back position and Hannover 96 followed last week's superb play with an strong effort at times, but also inconsistent performance in a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. The game was marked by 10 yellow cards and two penalty kicks, the last converted by Hannover's Christiansen in the 87th minute to secure a tie.

In the third-division Regionalliga Nord, U.S. defender Cory Gibbs of FC St. Pauli squared off against defender Pellegrino (Rino) Matarazzo of Preussen Münster. Both players went 90 minutes in a game that saw Münster win 2-0 at home.

American striker Jacob Thomas went the whole way for Eintracht Braunschweig's which lost its third straight 1-0 to Wuppertaler SV.

In the Regionalliga Süd, former U.S. international Michael Mason provided an insurance goal in the 87th minute of SV Elversberg's 3-1 victory over TSG Hoffenheim.

Elversberg (8-5-6, 30) is tied for second place and a promotion spot with Saarbrücken (7-3-9) which has played an extra game. Hoffenheim had eliminated Bayer Leverkusen of the 1Bundesliga four days earlier in the DFB Pokal (German Cup).

Americans Grover Gibson and Tim Lawson also started for Elversberg with Gibson being relieved in the 87th minute.

Forward John van Buskirk brought his team within striking distance with his seventh goal of the season in the 79th minute, but Sportfreunde Siegen ended up losing 3-2 at home to Rot-Weiss Erfurt. Defender Eric Lukin is recovering from an eye infection and did not play with fellow American Joshua Caleb Norkus also not playing for Siegen.

American Jonathan Cummins did not play in VfR Aalen's 2-2 draw at home to 1. FC Saarbrücken.

In France, a thigh strain caused U.S. defender Greg Vanney to miss his second match in a row for Bastia which lost 4-2 to Strasbourg.

In its last match in Denmark's SAS Ligaen before the three-month winter break, AGF Aarhus fell 3-1 to FC Nordsjælland. American defender Wade Barrett left the match for AGF in the 54th minute with his club ahead 1-0.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent and can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com. Harris King, an American from South Carolina, has lived in Germany for five years. The Business English lecturer at the University of Bamberg can be e-mailed at ohk4@hotmail.com.

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