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Beasley scores as PSV dumps Arnhem 2-0, remains unbeaten.

Keller is suddenly busy after loan to Southampton.

Reyna expected to miss another 4-6 weeks.

Onyewu's two goals, assist spark Standard's 3-2 win over Mons.

Beasley goal sends Eindhoven to 1-0 Champions League win over Rosenborg.

Casey scores for FSV Mainz, but VfL Wolfsburg wins 4-3.

Russell provides assist as Rosenborg claims Norwegian championship.

Beasley sparks PSV with pair of relief appearances.

Howard returns to United lineup and blanks Crewe 3-0 in Carling Cup.

Cherundolo scores first 1Bundesliga goal in Hannover 96 victory.

Cleary accomplishes first, his hat trick gives Worksop Town an FA Cup victory.

Americans Abroad

Beasley helps Eindhoven make furthest advance in Champions League.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Harris King (in Bamberg, Germany)

(Thursday, November 25, 2004) -- PSV Eindhoven achieved club history yesterday and United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley made a contribution.

In its ninth time participating in the European Champions League, PSV advanced from group play and advanced to the knockout round for the first time after a 1-1 draw at home with short-handed Arsenal, the English power.

With one game left, PSV, which is undefeated and leading the Dutch Eredivisie, sits in first place at 3-0-1 with 10 points, followed by Arsenal (1-0-4, 7 points) and Panathinaikos (1-1-3, 6) of Greece. The top two clubs in each of eight preliminary groups move to the single-elimination phase.

With the match level at 1-1, Arsenal had Bisan Laurenin sent off in the 65th minute for a second yellow card and Beasley was immediately inserted for Johann Vogel as PSV went on the attack. Arsenal was reduced to nine men when Patrick Vieira was ejected in the 78th minute for his second yellow card.

Beasley had one shot which was deflected wide, but PSV, knowing it would advance with a tie, could not do much to win the game despite the manpower advantage.

Also in Group E, American defender Robbie Russell was on the bench, but did not play for Norway's Rosenborg (0-3-2, 2) which was eliminated from advancement despite coming from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Panathinaikos.

U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter will have a new coach at Energie Cottbus. A day after losing 2-1 to visiting Alemmania Aachen, Cottbus fired Eduard Geyer on Tuesday. Geyer was with the 2Bundesliga club for the last 10½ years and who is viewed as a local hero for bringing Cottbus to the 1Bundesliga from the ashes of the former East Germany.

Geyer took over the club in 1994 and spent three years in third-division Regionalliga Nord and three years in the 2Bundesliga before establishing Cottbus, at least over the short term, in the 1Bundesliga. The three years Cottbus spent in Germany's highest league were short-lived by many measures, but were more than traditional East German powerhouses such as VfB Leipzig (dissolved) and Dynamo Dresden (presently in the 2Bundesliga after nine years of third- or fourth-division soccer) were able to achieve.

"We had no other choice. Eduard Geyer has meant a lot to this club and region, but we had to do what was best for Energie Cottbus," team president Dieter Krein said. "Professional soccer in Cottbus is priority number one."

Last season, Cottbus barely missed moving up to the Bundesliga after finishing even on points with FSV Mainz 05 for the last promotion spot, but worse than Mainz in goal differential in the 2Bundesliga.

This season, Cottbus (4-6-4, 16 points) was grouped among the favorites to fight for promotion, but has struggled to produce any attack. Particularly punchless on he road, Cottbus is tied for 15th place, two points and one position above the relegation zone with the season approaching its midpoint.

Cottbus co-trainer Patrik Sender will take over the club until the winter break when a replacement for Geyer will be named. On Monday, Cottbus hosts Burghausen on national television.

In the 1Bundesliga, U.S. striker Conor Casey was back in the starting lineup for Mainz returned to the win column with a 1-0 victory over VfL Bochum on th strength of a goal by Antonia da Silva scored in the 19th minute. Mainz was clearly the better team and probably should have won by a higher margin.

Mainz (6-4-4, 22) is in seventh place travels to Bayern Munich Saturday.

Hannover 96 with American Steve Cherundolo on defense, drew 1-1 at 1. FC Nürnberg Sunday after scoring first on a Daniel Stendel goal in the 56th minute. Nürnberg's scoring machine Marek Mintal found net in the 80th minute.

Hannover (7-4-3, 24) is in fifth place and plays at Hamburger SV Saturday.

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman. Harris King, an American from South Carolina, has lived in Germany for five years. He is a Business English lecturer at the University of Bamberg. E-mail Harris King.

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