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Berhalter has surgery for broken nose, cheekbone.

McBride scores two goals to lead Fulham past Bolton 2-0.

Manchester United fans want Howard to start in FA Cup final.

Russell is victim of racial attack during game in Norway.

Howard starts again and Manchester United draws 1-1 with Chelsea.

With Mathis back in starting 11, Hannover blanks Frankfurt 3-0.

Americans Abroad

Powerful Rosenborg about to acquire Russell from Sogndal.

Brian West
Brian West's goal could prevent a Fredrikstad defeat.
-- Fredrikstad FK web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Tuesday, June 22, 2004) -- American defender Robbie Russell apparently has improved his lot in Norway's Tippeligaen. His move from Sogndal, which is above the relegation zone only by goal differential, to powerful Rosenborg BK appears to be a done deal and will happen when the transfer window opens July 1.

Rosenborg, which is in a second-place tie at 5-2-5 with 20 points, and Sogndal (2-5-5, 11) have agreed to a transfer fee and the completion of the deal apparently waits only for the proper signatures and Russell taking a physical.

The transfer was announced more than a week ago, but Russell at first denied it was happening, apparently as he and his agent negotiated a contract with his new team.

At Rosenborg, Russell will compete with another new signing, Mikael Dorsin, for the right back job. "We expect both Dorsin and Russell to fight for a first-team place straight away," said Rosenborg sports director Rune Bratseth. "We wanted added competition in defense."

Russell did not play in Sogndal's 4-4 draw at with Odd Grenland Sunday.

American midfielder Brian West scored a goal, but it didn't help Fredrikstad FK from losing 3-2 to host Tromsø (8-3-1, 25) Sunday.

West scored FFK's first goal on a lovely breakaway, outracing a pair of Tromsø defenders and slotting his shot past the goalkeeper. The loss to the league leader leaves FFK (2-8-2, 8) in last place, trailing Sogndal and two other teams by three points.


In Sweden, Bodens also continues to struggle, losing at home 2-0 Sunday to Falkenberg in the Superettan. American defender Brian Dunseth and midfielder Leighton O'Brien went the distance. Dunseth, the veteran of seven seasons and three clubs in Major League Soccer, picked up his third yellow card of the season and the accumulation will cost him a suspension for Boden's Sunday visit to V.Frölunda.

American defender Steve Shak, who is coming off a leg injury, played for the Bodens reserve side for the second straight week.


United States defender Carlos Bocanegra received a compliment of sorts when Sheffield United of England's First Division announced the signing of Fulham defender Jon Harley. Harley had been injured and many predicted when he returned to Fulham he would displace Bocanegra in the Premier League team's starting side.

Fulham's willingness to lose Harley speaks well for how management regards Bocanegra who will now be challenged by Jerome Bonnissel for the starting job.

At the same time, Fulham appears close to signing Canadian striker Tomasz Radzinski from the EPL's Everton. Fulham also announced the release of forward Barry Hayles. Both moves will obviously impact U.S. striker Brian McBride.

McBride and Radzinski played together at Everton when McBride was on loan at the beginning of 2003. Now the two could end up pairing again, or Radzinski could make it difficult for McBride, used mostly as a sub late in the season, to crack the starting lineup.

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

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