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Berhalter has surgery for broken nose, cheekbone.

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

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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

Russell leads upset win in final game for Sogndal.

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

(Wednesday, June 30, 2004) - American defender Robbie Russell closed his Sogndal career in style Sunday. He was the club's highest-rated player, in one local publication, as Sogndal showed its best form of the season downing league-leading Tromso 2-1 in Norway's Tippeligaen.

Russell's move to traditional power Rosenborg (6-2-5, 23 points), currently in second place, was agreed to last week, but could not be completed until the transfer window open tomorrow. Even after handing Tromso (8-1-4, 28) its first defeat of the season, Sogndal (3-5-5, 14) is tied for 11th place with Stabæk (4-7-2, 14), above the relegation zone only by goal differential.

American midfielder Brian West went the distance for last-place Fredrikstad FK (2-8-3, 7) which drew 0-0 with visiting Viking (3-3-7, 16). FFK could be bolstered by the arrival of American defender Wade Barrett from Århus in Denmark whould the ongoing negotiations ever be completed.

In Sweden, American midfielder Leighton O'Brien played the full match, but Bodens BK (1-5-6, 9) lost 3-0 at Västra Frölunda (5-2-4, 19)and fell into 14th place and the second-flight Superettan relegation zone.

Brian Dunseth did not make the trip for Boden, sitting out a yellow card suspension. Fellow American defender Steve Shak had his request to be released from his contract granted, the team announced, and returned to the United States.

Shak initially started some matches, then was injured and has spent the last several weeks playing with Bodens B, the reserve team.

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

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