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Sanneh expected to miss rest of German season; Mathis scores again.

Friedel scores tying goal for Blackburn, but is soon beaten by Charlton winner.

Mathis has goal, assist for Hannover in 2-2 draw with Leverkusen.

O'Brien appearance for U.S. in doubt because of hamstring injury.

Howard leads Man. U. past Reyna, Man. City 4-2 in FA Cup.

Hannover, with Mathis, Cherundolo, falls to Bayern Munich; Casey, Berhalter score in victories.

Friedel saves Rovers' badly needed 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough, giving Souness respite.

Keller lives nightmare, Spurs are eliminated by Man. City 4-3 in FA Cup; Bocanegra excels for Fulham.

McBride, Mathis score key goals in European debuts.

Americans Abroad

McBride, Bocanegra lead Fulham past West Ham in FA Cup.

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

(Wednesday, February 25, 2004) -- Striker Brian McBride scored the decisive late goal off a feed from his fellow American, defender Carlos Bocanegra, sparking visiting Fulham's 3-0 victory over West Ham United in an FA Cup fifth-round replay yesterday before 27,934 at Upton Park.

West Ham, which plays in the First Division, dominated much of the action in the first hour against its Premier League foe, but Fulham began to come on as the match moved into its latter stages. McBride and Bocanegra both actively contributed to the Cottagers' revival.

Bocanegra pushed forward from his left back position and started to cause West Ham problems. In the 65th minute, McBride triggered a strong shot that was saved by West Ham keeper Stephen Bywater. Then, in the 76th minute, Bocanegra controlled outside the penalty area and sent a deft chip over the head of defender Hayden Mullins. McBride controlled with his chest and rifled a shot past Bywater into the top corner to finally put Fulham ahead 1-0.

From that point it was all Fulham. Barry Hayles added a second goal three minutes later, while Luis Boa Morte made it 3-0 in stoppage time.

Fulham went through to a quarterfinal meeting with reeling Manchester United which fell 2-1 today in the first leg of a European Champions League third-round meeting at Porto of Portugal.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard played well, but his beleaguered defense could not stand the pressure and surrendered a 1-0 lead on a goal in each half to South African international Benni McCarthy.

Much of the match was played in the midfield and Howard was not terribly busy. Howard was not to blame for McCarthy's first goal, a blast into the corner after a nice turn in the box in the 29th minute. But Howard might have done better in the 78th minute when McCarthy rose above a pair of defenders to put a header in off the bottom of the crossbar for the game winner.

In England's First Division, American keeper Marcus Hahnemann made a big save to keep Reading close, setting the stage for a stoppage-time goal by James Harper and a 2-2 draw with Burnley.

After some poor defending allowed David May to score and give visiting Burnley a 2-1 lead in the 67th minute, Hahnemann came up big stopping Robbie Blake's blast. By keeping Burnley winless in its last 13 league road games, Reading (14-11-7, 49) moved into a seventh-place tie with West Ham (12-6-13), one point behind the four-team playoff for the third promotion spot.


In the Netherlands, U.S. defender John O'Brien continued to nurse a strained hamstring and did not dress for Ajax which saw a five-match winning streak end 4-1 at Heerenveen.

Ajax (18-3-1, 57) remained solidly in first place in the Eredivisie, six points ahead of PSV Eindhoven (15-3-4).

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

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