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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

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

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

(Monday, November 17, 2003) -- With the calendar mandating the past weekend be devoted to international matches, Euro 2004, World Cup qualifiers and friendlies were played, leaving most of Europe's top divisions off.

In England, there was no action in the Premier League, but in the First Division, only matches involving teams with a minimum of two players missing to international vall-ups were postponed.

United States goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann earned another clean sheet, helping Reading dispose of visiting Millwall 1-0 Saturday before 14,090 at Madejski Stadium.

In one of the most impressive Reading defensive outings of the season, Hahnemann was not overly busy, but did well to deny efforts from Kevin Braniff, David Livermore and Robert Ryan. John Salako scored in the 23rd minute for Reading.


In Germany, both the Bundesliga and 2Bundesliga had the weekend off, but the third-division Regionalliga did play.

In Regionalliga Süd, John van Buskirk started up front for Sportfreunde Siegen Friday night and made his coach look smart when the converted defender scored the winning goal in the 26th minute in the 1-0 home victory over VfB Stuttgart Amateurs.

Van Buskirk's sixth goal of the season came on a header in the penalty area after a precise cross from Til Bettenstaedt. Eric Lukin started and went 90 minutes in defensive midfield for Siegen, but fellow American Joshua Caleb Norkus did not play.

American Grover Gibson scored to put his SV Elversberg ahead 1-0 in the 24th minute, but the club fell 3-2 on the road to FC Eschborn. American Tim Lawson and former U.S. international Michael Mason started and went the whole way with Gibson in the midfield.

American Kevin Boyd did not play for Eschborn.

American Jonathan Cummins did not play in VfR Aalen's 0-0 draw at home to SV Wehen.

In the Regionalliga Nord, American striker Jacob Thomas went the distance and made a difference for Eintracht Braunschweig which came away with a 2-1 victory over Wattenscheid 09 in a match decided in the 89th minute. Thomas earned a penalty kick for the home side in the 59th minute and Marc Arnold converted to even the score at 1-1.

FC St. Pauli saw action, but U.S. defender Cory Gibbs did not, suspended for one match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season the previous weekend against against VfR Neumünster. St. Pauli fell 2-1 to host KFC Uerdingen.

American defender Pellegrino (Rino) Matarazzo played 90 minutes and helped Preußen Münster win 3-1 at home over SC Paderborn less than a week after its coach was fired. Münster's new coach, Hans- Werner Moors, coached the team on two separate occasions in the 1990s.

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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