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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.

Americans Abroad

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

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

(Wednesday, October 22, 2003) -- American goalkeeper Tim Howard called Manchester United's European Champions League matchup with Rangers in Glasgow "the most important match I've ever played." He played very well and Man. U. came away with a 1-0 win in the emotional caldron that was Ibrox Stadium.

This was more than a normal group game. It was nothing less than the hope of Scottish soccer to show its best teams can compete with any in England. In the end, Rangers came close, but the ball would not bounce their way. A solo goal from Phil Neville in just the fifth minute was enough for Howard and United to prevail.

Howard was not tested until the 25th minute when he easily handled a sharply angled drive from Peter Lovenkrands. Near the half, Howard made his best save of the day, tipping a blast from Shota Arveladze over the top.

Then, as time began to be a factor in the second half, United's defense came to Howard's rescue. First Phil Neville cleared Craig Moore's header off the line, then Rio Ferdinand stretched out a leg to deny Lovenkrands a certain goal. Finally, Howard stopped a bullet header from Lovenkrands.

Howard was called on twice more before the end. First he denied Fernando Ricksen and then, in stoppage, he stopped a driving header from Michael Mols.

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

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