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Convey scores for Reading which blanks Wolves 2-0.

Keller is ranked second among goalkeepers in Bundesliga.

Injured McBride is heroic in Fulham's 3-2 loss to Chelsea.

Reyna helps dominant Manchester City drop Birmingham City 4-1.

Convey, Hahnemann help Reading thrash Brighton 5-1.

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.

Beasley scores, sparks PSV is 3-0 shutout of Sparta.

Hahnemann, Convey continue to lead way for Reading in League Championship.

  • McBride nets another pair; Fulham draws 3-3 with Aston Villa.

    Americans Abroad

    Lewis tally sends Leeds past Stoke 1-0, into third place.

    Eddie Lewis
    Eddie Lewis' goal in the second half gave Leeds United a 1-0 decision over Stoke, moving the club into third place in the English League Championship.
    -- Leeds United web site photo --
    By Robert Wagman
      (in Washington, D.C.)
    SoccerTimes

    (Wednesday, December 28, 2005) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis found net in the 69th minute to propel Leeds United into third place in the second-division English League Championship with a 1-0 triumph over host Stoke.

    Stoke dominated the action, but Lewis scored against the run of play to provide the winning margin A cross from Jonathan Douglas on the right side first eluded Leeds' Richard Cresswell and then Stoke defender Carl Hoefkens before arriving on Lewis' foot on the left side. He calmly slotted his shot home.

    Four minutes later, Lewis carried in alone on goal, but was pulled down in the box. His plea for a penalty kick went for naught.

    Leeds (13-6-6, 45 points) is two points ahead of Watford (11-5-10), but is still 20 points behind Reading (20-1-5, 65) and 11 behind Sheffield United (17-4-5) for the two top two spots, both of which which earn automatic promotion to the Premier League. The third- through sixth-place clubs engage in a playoff for a third promotion berth.

    U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann turned in a strong effort for red-hot Reading which recorded a 2-0 home triumph over Leicester City in particularly poor conditions at Madejski Stadium.

    The Royals' goals came from Kevin Doyle in the 60th minute and Brynjar Gunnarsson in the 87th.

    Reading looked sub-par in the first half, but turned on the pressure over the final 45 minutes. Hahnemann has to be sharp to control an in-swinging corner kick from Joe Hamill, and, soon after, a drive from Hamill.

    U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey went for 71 minutes, but was not particularly effective.

    Reading, which has won 10 in a row, is unbeaten since opening day at 20-0-5. Hahnemann has posted three shutouts in a row and six in the last seven league outings, conceding a single goal in that span and three in the 10 straight victories.

    Sheffield United defeated Southampton 1-0 to keep pace with Reading.

    American defender Jay DeMerit was on the bench for Watford which dropped into fourth place after a listless 0-0 draw with last-place Millwall.

    Twenty-one-year-old American defender Zak Whitbread played 90 minutes for Millwall (3-13-10, 19)

    Another American defender, Frank Simek went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday which dropped another, 2-0 to Wolverhampton. Wednesday is winless in its last nine outings (0-7-2) and is in 23rd place at 4-13-0 with 21 points, one spot and two points above the basement.


    In the Netherlands Monday, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley appeared to be recovered from a lingering groin injury, scoring a goal in a 90-minute effort for visiting PSV Eindhoven which moved back into the Eredivisie lead with a 2-0 decision over NEC Nijmegen.

    PSV went ahead 1-0 on Arouna Kone's tally in the sixth minute and was in charge throughout the match.

    Beasley registered the insurance goal in stoppage time when he directed Jason Culina's cross into the net.

    PSV is 13-2-2 with 41 points, three points ahead of AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord Rotterdam, both 12-3-2. Feyenoord defeated AZ 2-0 at home on Monday.

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

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