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Casey has two goals, three assists in Mainz German Cup win.

Ailing Friedel suffers unkind fate in 3-2 Rovers loss to Southhampton.

Mainz, Casey get first 1Bundesliga victory; Berhalter is named Cottbus captain.

Beasley scores in his Dutch league debut as Eindhoven rolls past Roosendaal 5-2.

Beasley goes distance, but PSV Eindhoven falls 3-2 in Champions League first leg.

Cherundolo has problems as Hannover 96 falls to Bayer Leverkusen 2-1.

Vanney earns return to Bastia starting 11; Convey makes league debut.

Howard is shaky is Man. U. loss to Arsenal.

Lewis' dominant effort on left flank propels North End past Watford 2-1.

Convey makes Reading debut, but Reyna steals show for City.

Keller in duel for Tottenham starting job.

Friedel strains thigh muscle in Rovers exhibition, will miss two weeks.

Casey joins Mainz as injury problems persist.

Berhalter suffers serious setback to recovery; O'Brien returns to light training.

Keller, Vanney face uncertain situations with clubs overseas.

Americans Abroad

Beasley provides key goal as PSV Eindhoven advances in Champions League.

DaMarcus Beasley
DaMarcus Beasley scored the decisive goal in PSV Eindhoven's 7-3 aggregate victory over Red Star Belgrade
-- PSV Eindhoven web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Thursday, August 26, 2004) -- United States striker DaMarcus Beasley continues to impress with PSV Eindhoven, scoring his club's second goal in an easy 5-0 victory yesterday over Red Star Belgrade at Eindhoven Philips Stadium to reach the group stage of the European Champions League.

With PSV of the Netherlands having dropped the first leg 3-2 on the road two weeks ago, Beasley's tally was the decisive one, put his club ahead 4-3 in the eventual 7-3 aggregate triumph over its opponent from Serbia and Montenegro.

Red Star ran afoul of Russian referee Nikolai Ivanov who gave PSV a penalty kick that Mark van Bommel converted in the ninth minute for the first of his two goals and a 1-0 lead. Red Star defender Milan Bisevac was sent off with a red card in the 28th minute for taking down Beasley who had a breakaway.

Beasley came right back and scored his first Champions League goal four minutes later. South Korean international Ji-Sung Park slid the ball to Beasley deep in the box and he pushed his shot past keeper Vladimir Disljenkovic.

With PSV ahead 4-0, Beasley was replaced by defensive midfielder Leandro Do Bonfim in the 60th minute.

PSV was placed into a Champions League group with Arsenal of England, Panathinaikos FC of Greece and Norway's Rosenborg BK which employs American defender Robbie Russell.

When goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Jonathan Spector started for Manchester United in the English Premier League clubs easy 3-0 victory over Romania's visiting Dinamo Bucharest for a 5-1 aggregate triumph, it was the first time two Americans started on the same team in a Champions League match.

Howard was his usual solid self in goal while the 18-year-old Spector drew raves from Manchester media for his solid 90-minute performance before 61,041 at Old Trafford.

"Full debuts don't come much more assured -- and he was playing out of position at left back!" wrote Manchester Online, rating his performance an eight out of possible 10.

Although the match was scoreless until the 50th minute, Dinamo did not seem, from the start, to be capable of overcoming the 2-1 defeat in its home leg two weeks earlier. In the second minute, Howard made his best play of the night, come out quickly to control a dangerous through ball that would have given Dinamo a good chance. He was rarely bothered after that.


Arsenal set a English Premier League record of 43 games without a loss by downing Blackburn Rovers 3-0. U.S. keeper Brad Friedel was credited with six saves for Blackburn, three in the first five minutes, all on shots from French international Thierry Henry who finished with a goal and two assists.

The match was scoreless until the 50th minute when Dennis Bergkamp sent in a perfect low cross that an unmarked Henry steered into the top of the net for a 1-0 lead. That seemed to drain the life out from Rovers and Francesc Fabregas Soler scored in the 58th minute and Jose Antonio Reye followed in the 79th.

U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra went the distance while striker Brian McBride came off the bench for Fulham which fell 2-0 to visiting Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage.

Bocanegra played a strong match which was scoreless until the 54th minute. McBride, as he has in Fulham's three league games this season, came on as a reserve in the 62nd minute, replacing Collins John. McBride had little effect in sparking the attack.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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