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Reyna is out for 6-8 weeks with an ankle fracture.

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

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

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, G'ladbach waste two-goal lead, draw 2-2 with Hertha Berlin.

  • Friedel makes four saves as Rovers blank Wigan 3-0.

    Americans Abroad

    Lewis helps Leeds solidify standing by beating Hull 2-0.

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

    (Saturday, December 31, 2005) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis' corner kick led to the decisive goal for Leeds United which defeated Hull 2-0 in the second-division English League Championship.

    Jonathan Douglas scored a goal in each half for Leeds. On the first tally, Lewis sent his corner to Richard Cresswell whose powerful header was parried away by Hulls' California-born goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. Myhill also stopped Cresswell's rebound attempt, but the ball went directly to Douglas who converted to make it 1-0.

    Reading was on the verge of its first loss since Opening Day, but Shane Long's strike in the 88th minute was good enough for a 2-2 road draw with Derby at Pride Park.

    Reading, which is unbeaten in 26 matches, was helped when Derby's Andrew Davies was sent off in the 71st minute.

    American keeper Marcus Hahnemann made several good saves on the afternoon, but Derby's Seth Johnson beat him in the 32nd and 62nd minutes. After Davis was ejected, Reading attacked in waves and almost won in stoppage time.

    U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey started, but ran out of gas and was taken out in the 71st minute.

    Reading (20-1-6, 66 points) had its lead over second-place Sheffield United (18-4-5) reduced to seven points after United defeated Stoke 2-1 on Chris Morgan's goal in stoppage time.

    Leeds (14-6-6, 48) solidified its hold on third place, moving five points clear of Watford (11-6-10).

    American defender Jay DeMerit was again on the bench for Watford which lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace on Andrew Johnson's penalty kick in the 72nd minute.

    American defender Frank Simek played 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday which snapped a 634-minute league goal-less streak and defeated Burnley 2-1. Wednesday, 0-7-2 in its last nine outings, remained in the relegation zone in 22nd place at 5-13-9 with 24 points, two points above the basement.

    American defender Danny Karbassiyoon, 21, entered for Burnley (11-11-5, 38) in the 81st minute.

    U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley played only the first half for PSV Eindhoven which was tied 1-1 by visiting FC Twente at Philips Stadion,

    Beasley was not at his best and was replaced at halftime by Jefferson Farfan.

    "Beasley should be able to force something for us in these kind of games, games in which we play on the other teams' half most of the time," PSV coach Guus Hiddink said. "He should try and go past his opponent in and around the box. That's important in our game, otherwise you make it easy for Twente because they like to wait for us to come at them. And then they have the physical strength to keep us in control when playing one-on-one. So you have to outplay that one-to-one situation somewhere on the field, but Beasley lost to many balls today against his opponent."

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

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