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Onyewu returns, Standard shuts out Anderlecht 2-0 for share of first place.

Reyna returns, City regains punch in beating Charlton 5-2.

Cherundolo scores, helps Hannover to first win at Dortmund since 1964.

Keller, Gladbach waste two-goal lead, draw 2-2 with Hertha Berlin.

McBride scores pair, lifting Fulham to 2-1 win over Bolton.

Convey, Hahnemann help Reading climb into first place.

Convey goal, assist lead Reading past Hull 3-1.

Beasley sidelined by hamstring injury.

Friedel, Rovers come back from bad loss to beat Charlton 4-1.

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    Americans Abroad

    Convey scores for Reading which blanks Wolves 2-0.

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

    (Monday, December 26, 2005) -- United States midfielder Bobby Convey scored and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann recorded another clean sheet for first-place Reading which defeated host Wolverhampton 2-0 at Molineux in the second-division English League Championship today.

    It was the ninth consecutive league victory, part of a 24-match unbeaten streak for Reading (19-1-5, 62 points), which opened a nine-point advantage on Sheffield United.

    Hanhemann has four shutouts and conceded one goal in his last five league outings

    After Dave Kitson put Reading ahead 1-0 in the 29th minute, Convey made it 2-0 in the 64th minute with his fourth goal of the season. He controlled a long clearance from Hahnemann on the edge of the Wolves' penalty area before finding the bottom right corner of the net with a low left-footed drive.

    Convey and Kitson almost teamed twice more for goals, but both times Kitson put headers over the crossbar after taking good Convey crosses. Wolves had few chances but, in the 70th minute, Hahnemann made a strong save on a drive from Kenny Miller.

    Convey tired and came out in the 82nd minute.

    Sheffield United lost 3-1 to Norwich.

    U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis went 90 minutes for Leeds United which welcomed back striker Richard Cresswell from a two-month injury layoff and got back in the win column with a 3-1 decision over Coventry

    American Jay DeMerit was on the bench for Watford which recorded an easy 3-0 win over Southampton.

    Leeds (12-6-6) and Watford (11-5-9) are tied for third place with 42 points, though Leeds owns a game in hand.

    American defender Frank Simek went the distance and made a key stop for Sheffield Wednesday which received a fine effort from its back-line in a 0-0 draw with Preston North End. Preston nearly scored in the 17th minute, but Simek deflected David Nugent's close-in drive.

    Wednesday (4-12-9, 21) continues to reside in the relegation zone, tied with Crewe (4-12-9) for 22nd place.

    Most English teams will be back in action on Wednesday, Saturday and on the January 2 bank holiday.

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

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