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Lewis cracks starting lineup, sparks Preston North End twice.

Casey, Berhalter score as their teams draw in Germany.

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.

Americans Abroad

Howard works hard for Man. U. in defeat of Manchester City.

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

(Monday, December 15, 2003) -- Through most of this season, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard has won games for Manchester United, often getting shutouts, without having to do much work behind his stout defense. In Saturday's "derby" against crosstown rival Manchester City, Howard had to come up big several times to help United to a 3-1 victory.

Man. U. was up 2-0 by halftime and was cruising when City's England under-21 international Shaun Wright-Phillips lashed a low shot that beat Howard. That gave City life and it poured forward, forcing Howard to make three good saves, the best on Steve McManaman's 25-yard left foot volley in the 84th minute, and before that tipping Robbie Fowler's deflected blast over the bar.

City manager Kevin Keegan has been desperately trying to find the right combination to put on the field, especially after City was eliminated from the UEFA Cup by Groclin of Poland. On Saturday, he toyed with the idea of starting U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna at right back instead of struggling Sun Jihai. But in the end, with McManaman the key starter in the center of the midfield, it came down to a choice between Reyna, young Joey Barton or Trevor Sinclair for the other midfield slots. Keegan went with Barton and Sinclair, a decision he probably now regrets because Barton did not have a strong match.

With Manchester United winning, Arsenal had to defeat Blackburn Rovers to stay at the top of the standings. Arsenal did so, but just barely 1-0, as Rovers' American goalkeeper Brad Friedel was heroic in the loss.

Arsenal got on the scoreboard quickly, on a strike from Dennis Bergkamp in the 11th-minute. From that point on, Friedel kept Rovers in the match making saves on Thierry Henry in the 26th and 40th minutes, on Fredrik Ljungberg in the 47th, on Robert Pires in the 70th and then Henry gain in the 71st and 86th minutes.

Rovers, however, could generate little offense.

U.S. keeper Kasey Keller had an altogether forgettable afternoon with Tottenham Hotspur overwhelmed 4-0 by Newcastle United. With Keller playing well, Spurs kept the match scoreless through the first half hour, but in the 35th minute, French international Laurent Robert picked up a lose ball 30 yards from goal and unlashed a drive past Keller for a 1-0 lead.

Keller kept the match close when he twice stopped Shola Ameobi in the closing minutes of the first half, but in the second half, Robert got a second tally which seemed to take the life out of Spurs. Newcastle exploited defensive lapses for its two additional scores.

U.S. striker Jovan Kirovski was back last week with Birmingham City's reserves who defeated Leicester City 2-0.

After playing so well over the past several matches, U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis found himself on the bench which Preston North End visited Gillingham and came away with a narrow 1-0 win. Lewis did make a brief appearance coming on in the 85th minute.

In England's First Division, American keeper Marcus Hahnemann had a rough day for Reading which fell 3-0 to Stoke City. Hahnemann made two good early saves, but was beaten by Peter Hoekstra three times. Stoke went on top when Hoekstra broke in and got around Hahnemann for an easy put-in. Hoekstra netted his second after a long run in which he beat two defenders and put it past Hahnemann. His third tally came on a penalty kick.

In Germany's Bundesliga, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo and his Hannover 96 teammates have twice lost to a local rival from the state of Lower Saxony. The first setback was against Eintracht Braunschweig of the third-division Regionalliga in the German Cup with the second Sunday's 2-1 road loss to Bundesliga foe VfL Wolfsburg before 29,800 fans at home in the Volkswagen Arena..

Hannover went up early 1-0 on Daniel Stendel's goal in the 14th minute, but was unable to contain a stronger and more consistent Wolfsburg, Cherundolo went 90 minutes, but was part of a weak defensive effort that would have given up even more goals had Hannover goalie Marc Ziegler not come up with several outstanding saves.

In 2Bundesliga action, American striker Conor Casey continued his strong play by scoring in Karlsruher SC's 2-1 defeat of Union Berlin, In the 13th minute. Casey scored after controlling a low corner from Marco Engelhardt in the box and then hammering it home between the keeper and defender at the far post.

Casey, whose goal was his third straight for the team, now has six for the season which moved him into a tie for eighth among the league's top scorers. He played the full game.

Energie Cottbus and its U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter were able to breathe a sigh of relief after disposing of Unterhaching, the club's first victory in four games. Cottbus scored early and was able to keep up the pressure for the full 90 minutes in a game when the winning margin could have been greater.

Berhalter once again wore the captain's armband and had his defense organized expertly. The only goal for Unterhaching came off of a questionable call that lead to an Unterhaching free kick\headed goal combination. Berhalter played the full 90 minutes and received a yellow card.

American midfielder Joe Enochs and VfL Osnabrück were blasted 5-0 by Arminia Bielefeld on Friday night, the worst defeat of the season for Osnabrück which finds itself deep in the relegation zone at 17th in the tightly packed 2Bundelsiga.

The Regionalliga has entered the winter break and will resume play on February 28.

In France, U.S. defender Greg Vanney continues to struggle to regain fitness after groin and thigh problems. He is back in training, but did not dress as Bastia played solid defense and earned a draw 0-0 with Lyon

In Belgium, American defender Oguchi Oneywu did not play for Louviere which lost 1-0 at Bevern. His former teammate on U.S. youth national teams, defender Alex Yi didn't play for Antwerp which lost to Sint-Truiden 2-1.

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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