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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

Reyna keeps it brief in Manchester City debut.

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

(Sunday, September 14, 2003) -- United States midfielder Claudio Reyna made his first Manchester City appearance -- albeit a short one -- entering in the 81st minute of a 4-1 English Premier League victory over Aston Villa today.

It was City's first league victory at its new City of Manchester Stadium.

Fielding seven new arrivals since last season, Man. City was led by Nicolas Anelka's hat trick and showed it has the potential to be a powerful side this season. With less than a week of training, Reyna came in for oft-injured Costa Rican international Paulo Wanchope, a surprise starter on the front line. Given the depth of talent City has exhibited, Reyna will have to work hard to win a starting role.

Yesterday, U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Blackburn Rovers had a frustrating time, losing 3-1 to visiting Liverpool. After taking a 1-0 lead on Matt Jensen's seventh-minute tally, Rovers went a man down after Lucas Neill was sent of in the 12th minute. Friedel kept Blackburn in the game, giving up only a Michael Owen penalty kick in the 11th minute until Owen made it 2-1 67th minute.

A stoppage time goal by Harry Kewell made it 3-1. Friedel made point-blank saves on Sami Hyypia and Emil Heskey and three times denied Owen in the losing effort.

U.S. keeper Tim Howard earned his fourth shutout and fifth win in Manchester United's young season with a 2-0 decision over Charlton. It was a generally uneventful afternoon for Howard with the exception that Charlton forward Jason Euell kept running into him, hard. In the first 30 seconds, Euell was booked for colliding with Howard in the box. Then, in the 16th minute, the two collided again with Euell getting much the worst of it with a damaged nose.

American keeper Kasey Keller had an afternoon to forget with slumping Tottenham Hotspur which looked awful in losing to Chelsea 4-2. After giving up two goals in Spurs' first three matches, Keller's defense has disappeared and he has conceded seven goals in the last two outings.

Keller had some bad luck on Frank Lampard's sharply-headed goal, failing to hold it as he fell back into his net. Adrian Mutu seemed offside on Chelsea's second tally. After the match, Spurs manager Glenn Hoddle, who made himself be in jeopardy, said "To allow a team to have three one-on-ones against our goalkeeper in any game is just poor defending."

U.S. striker Jovan Kirovski continues to see only reserve-team action for Birmingham City and was not dressed for this weekend's first-team 2-2 draw with Fulham.

In an odd match in the First Division, Reading once again could generate little offense and fell to West Ham United 1-0 despite strong goaltending from American Marcus Hahnemann What made the game strange was that Reading's coach Alan Pardew quit last week to become West Ham's coach, but Reading chairman John Madejski has refused to release him from his contract, so both teams played with interim coaches.

Hahnemann made a great early save on Neil Mellor and then turned away what seemed to be sure goals by Robert Leee and Jermain Defoe, but he could do nothing with Defoe's unmarked header. Reading, in turn, showed little offense.

U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis and Preston North End played well enough to win, but thanks to Alan Combe's brilliant goalkeeping, Preston fell to Bradford 2-1. Lewis moved the ball well up the left side and twice was thwarted by excellent saves from Combe.

American midfielder John Thorrington is scheduled to have exploratory ankle surgery tomorrow and will miss at least three weeks, and possibly much longer, depending what is found, according to Huddersfield Town coach Peter Jackson. Thorrington missed Town's last two matches. "John's injury is one which just doesn't seem to want to settle down and that's why the specialist wants a closer look," Jackson said.

In Belgium, American defender Oguchi Onyewu finally broke into the starting lineup at La Louviere which fought to a tight 0-0 draw with Beerschot. Onyewu played well and cleared a ball off his goal line late in the match. A question now is whether he will be a starter against Benfica in the first leg of UEFA Cup on September 24.
In France, American defender Greg Vanney remained on the bench as Bastia defeated Guingamp, 4-2.
In Germany, U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo assisted the winning goal, part of a strong effort at right back for visiting Hannover 96 which came away with a 3-2 triumph over winless Hertha Berlin.

In the Bundesliga 2 today, American Gregg Berhalter had a good match at center back as Energie Cottbus had an easy time with VfL Osnabrück, winning 3-0.

American defender Cory Gibbs went the distance for St. Pauli in a 2-1 home loss to Essen. He did not have a good match and received a yellow card. It looks like he will remain with St. Pauli which is languishing in 11th place in the third division.

In the Netherlands, the Ajax web site reports U.S. defender\midfielder John O'Brien is starting to train again, doing some running, but is still weeks away from returning to full training. O'Brien confirmed his current Achilles heel problems are not in the same ankle that kept him sidelined for much of last year, but from an injury sustained after he started playing again last spring.

American Robbie Russell signed a new contract with Sogndal which will keep him with the first-division Norwegian club through the 2004-05 season.

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

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