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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 scores twice to give Karlsruher 2-1 victory over Ahlen.

Four U.S. goalkeepers shine in England; three win.

Obtaining a work permit is part of the process for Americans seeking to play in England.

Howard stops two penalties, leads Manchester United past Arsenal.

Blackburn seriously looking at Reyna as possible acquisition.

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

Americans Abroad

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

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

(Tuesday, November 4, 2003) - United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller made 12 saves for Tottenham Hotspur against Bolton Wanderers at Saturday, but Spurs still fell 1-0 in England's Premier League.

Bolton's Jay-Jay Okocha ran wild through the Spurs ineffectual defense, but was denied twice early by Keller who then dove to the near post to keep out a hard low shot from Per Frandsen. In the 57th minute, a long shot from Okocha deflected off Frandsen and came to Kevin Davies, but his hard header was tipped over the bar by Keller. In the 71st minute, Keller got a hand on Stelios Giannakopoulos's drive from 20 yards and put it against the crossbar and it bounded harmlessly away.

Kellers's luck ran out a minute later when a corner kick came to Okocha outside the penalty area. His hard shot was parried by Keller, but he could not hold it. Kevin Nolan was first to the rebound in the six-yard box and knocked it into the open net for a 1-0 lead.

Behind Keller's solid play Wednesday, Spurs defeated the First Division's West Ham United 1-0 in the Carling Cup's third round on a goal by Bobby Zamora a minute into stoppage time.

Keller kept the match scoreless with three good saves and was best stopping a drive from Jermain Defoe. In the seventh minute of stoppage, Keller made a crucial save on Don Hutchison to preserve the victory.

U.S. keeper Brad Friedel's strong effort was not enough to prevent Blackburn Rover from falling 2-0 to Leicester City in a Sunday league match. He was solid until conceding goals to Marcus Bent in the 75th minute and Steve Howey seven minutes later.

Friedel denied Bent and cleared a errant backpass from Markus Babbel that could have been a major problem in a first half dominated by Rovers who twice put the ball in the net, but saw apparent goals disallowed. Friedel, however, could do little when Bent crossed in front of a Muzzy Izzet free kick to divert the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead. . After Matt Elliott and Jamie Scowcroft headed balls across the box seven minutes later, Howey drove it home from point-blank range.

Rovers were involved in another tense and controversial match, falling 4-3 to bitter rival Liverpool Wednesday in the Carling Cup. A month ago, in a fierce battle won by Liverpool 3-1, Rovers' Lucas Neill was sent off for a challenge that broke Jamie Carragher's leg. After Rovers had taken a 1-0 lead, Neill, in his first start since returning from suspension, was sent off again in the 40th minute for a foul on Florent Sinama-Pongolle.

Liverpool tied the game 1-1 a minute later on Danny Murphy's penalty kick and then dominated the second half with its manadvantage. After twice stopping hard drives from Emile Heskey in the first half, Fridel could do little with point blank headers from Heskey in the 49th and 61st minutes that Liverpool ahead 3-1. Harry Kewell made it 4-1 in the 79th minute before Barry Ferguson and Dwight Yorke scored for Rovers.

For American keeper Tim Howard and Manchester United, there was a repeat of a generally familiar story. They did not play particularly well, but still had a relatively easy time defeating Portsmouth 3-0. Howard was seldom tested on the way to his seventh clean sheet of the season.

Portsmouth's young Nigerian international Yakubu Ayegbini at times tied Manchester defenders into knots and Howard was forced to stop him twice, but other than that, Howard was rarely challenged. Man. U. went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Diego Forlan and secured the result when Cristiano Ronaldo and Roy Keane found net late in the match.

Former Howard University goalkeeper Shaka Hislop had a strong afternoon in the Portsmouth net, but United was too much.

Roy Carroll replaced Howard in net when United defeated Leeds 3-2 last Tuesday in a thrilling Carling Cup meeting in which three goals were scored in the second of two 15-minute overtime periods.

U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna stood out for Manchester City which took a quick lead on Robbie Fowler's goal in the third minute and secured the 2-0 decision over Southampton when Paolo Wanchope scored in the 85th minute. Reyna worked well with Steve McManaman as City controlled much of the play in midfield.

Reyna did not dress for City's 3-0 triumph over Queens Park Rangers of the Second Division in a Carling Cup outing last Tuesday. ,

In an interesting Premier League reserve-team match-up of Americans, young Liverpool defender Zak Whitbread, who has dual U.S.-British citizenship, played an outstanding match in heavy wind and rain in a 0-0 draw with Birmingham City which employed U.S. striker Jovan Kirovski.

The play of the match came in the 47th minute when Whitbread made a sliding tackle save inside his own penalty area as Kirovski coiled, staring at plenty of net.

In another reserve match, Kenny Cooper, Jr., who grew up in Dallas and is the son of Kenny Cooper, a veteran of the North American Soccer League (who also maintains a British passport), is at Manchester United, training with the reserve team. He had a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory over Newcastle on a wet and windy night on a very muddy field.


In Englands's First Division, U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis, who has missed training with an illness diagnosed as the flu, came off the bench and assisted on a late goal for Preston North End which defeated Derby 3-0.

Lewis came on for Brian O'Neil in the 64th minute with Preston clinging to a one-goal lead and North End picked up almost immediately and scored a minute later. Lewis' pin-point cross to Ricardo Fuller resulted in the third goal and put the match out of reach in the 72nd minute.

U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann, who has had some problems recently, was at his best against Crewe, but not even an amazing half of his goalkeeping was enough to prevent a 1-0 setback. In the first five minutes, Hahnemann was called on to make saves from Dean Ashton, Steve Foster, Steve Jones and David Wright, but he could not prevent Jones' close-in shot off a cross from Justin Cochrane in the 15th minute.

Hahnemann made several other good saves, including stopping a 30 yard blast from David Vaughan, but Reading could not get its offense into gear.

In a Carling Cup match last Tuesday, Hahnemann worked hard to gain a 1-0 shutout of Huddersfield Town. His best save was on a 20-yard blast from Jon Stead, Town's top scorer. American midfielder John Thorrington continues to rehab a knee injury for Huddersfield.

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

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