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Americans Abroad

McBride scores for Fulham in 1-1 draw with Newcastle.

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

(Sunday, September 11, 2005) -- United States striker Brian McBride scored early, but Fulham could not make it stand up and settled for a 1-1- draw with Newcastle United in England's Premier League.

The match drew great attention for the debut of Michael Owen, who Newcastle acquired for a $3.12 million transfer fee.

In the 13th minute, Newcastle central defender Steven Taylor's dreadful back-pass was intercepted by Tomasz Radzinski who touched to Luis Boa Morte. Morte set up McBride whose scoring effort was made that much easier when defender Jean-Alain Boumsong slipped.

McBride had a good afternoon with a number of chances before coming out in the 81st minute in favor of Iceland's Heidar Helguson. It wasn't Owen, but young Frenchman Charles N'Zogbia who tied the game 1-1 for United in the 78th minute.

U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra played solidly for Fulham for 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card in the 20th minute for unsportsmanlike behavior.

Fulham is 1-2-2 with five points, tied with three other clubs for 10th place.

Manchester City has not won a derby at Manchester United's Old Trafford in 31 years. Yesterday, however, City did salvage a draw when Joey Barton's late goal proved the equalizer.

United States midfielder Claudio Reyna played a mostly defensive role over 90 minutes for City which denied dominant United's many quality chances.

Ruud van Nistelrooy put the home side ahead in the 45th minute and Reyna was shown a yellow card for dissent. Barton brought the match even in the 75th minute.

In stoppage time, City's Andy Cole collected a Trevor Sinclair cross perfectly and appeared to be ready to give City the victory, but United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who has relegated American Tim Howard to the bench, made an amazing save to preserve the tie.

City fell into third place in the English Premier League at 3-0-2 with 11 points, one ahead of United (3-0-1), which has a game in hand. Chelsea remains unscathed at 5-0 with 15 points while Charlton Athletic is also without a blemish, climbing into second place at 4-0 with 12 points.

American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and Blackburn Rovers earned a point in a fairly dull 0-0 draw with Bolton Wanderers. Friedel made six saves in the shutout, the best stop coming on a Jay-Jay Okocha free-kick in the second half. Near the end, Friedel stopped chances by Ivan Campo and Kevin Nolan.

In the second-division English League Championship, visiting Reading extended its unbeaten streak to 13 with a 1-1 draw with Coventry at Ricoh Arena.

Midfielder Bobby Convey and keeper Marcus Hahnemann, who both played for the U.S. in Wednesday's 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw in Guatemala, both went the distance played well.

Kevin Doyle put Reading ahead in the 68th minute, but Coventry avoided losing its first game in its new stadium when captain Robert Page leveled the match with a header in the 86th minute. Gary McSheffrey sent in a right-wing corner kick to Page and the Wales international dove to head the ball past Hahnemann.

Hahnemann, who has conceded four goals in seven matches, came up big against Jamie Scowcroft and McSheffrey to preserve the deadlock.

Reading, Watford and Luton are all 4-1-2 with 14 points, tied for second behind Sheffield United (6-1, 18)

American defender Jay DeMerit was on the bench for Watford for its 3-0 decision over Stoke which was reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute.

Midweek, DeMerit played 90 minutes for Watford's reserves in a 2-0 loss to the reserves of the Premier League's Charlton. In the reserve match, he faced off against American central defender Jonathon Spector, obtained on a one-year loan by Charlton from Manchester United.

On Saturday, Spector was on the bench, but did not play, when Charlton's first team defeated Birmingham City 1-0.

American Eddie Lewis started for Leeds United which came back from an own-goal to salvage a 3-3 draw with Brighton thanks to a stoppage time goal by Jonathon Douglas,

Lewis was denied a goal twice in the first 15 minutes by Brighton keeper Wayne Henderson. Down 1-0 at intermission, Henderson made a great save on a 30-yard Lewis free kick. Brighton went up 2-0 before Leeds pulled even at 2-2 with a pair of goals from David Healey.

An own goal put Brighton back ahead in the 83rd minute, but Douglas managed the equalizer.

American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday which lost 2-0 to Leicester City because of Mark de Vries' two goals in the first 12 minutes. Wednesday (0-3-3, 3) has not won this season and stands 23rd among the league's 24 teams.

American striker Kenny Cooper scored once for the Manchester United reserves in an 8-0 drubbing of Curzon Ashton. Cooper started and scored in the 66th minute on a wicked left-footed drive.

When Kasey Keller was with the U.S. men's 2-0 defeat of Mexico in Columbus, Ohio, last weekend, he was optimistic about the prospects of Borussia Monchengladbach which had not won in the first three weeks of the German Bundesliga season. Yesterday, Monchengladbach (1-1-2, 5) defeated visiting MSV Duisburg 2-1 at Borussia-Park. Keller did not dress for the match, suffering from a bout of tonsillitis.

U.S. right back Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover 96 (1-0-3, 6) which also notched its first win of the season, 2-0 over Eintracht Frankfurt. Cherundolo, who suffered an ankle injury while with the U.S. during this summer's Gold Cup, had been training for the past several weeks.

Hannover coach Ewald Lienen has not been happy with his defense so, when Cherundolo was deemed fit before the game, he was inserted in his usual spot.

In the Netherlands, John O'Brien finally made his long-delayed debut for his new club ADO Den Haag in a 4-1 setback at at NAC Breda in the Eredivisie.

O'Brien entered the match in the 28th minute to replace defender Youssef El Akchaoui with his team down 3-0.

U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley received his first start of the season and played 90 minutes for host PSV Eindhoven which downed FC Utrecht 1-0 at the Philipsstadion. In the defensive struggle, Beasley had a couple of decent chances, but came up empty.

In Belgium's Jupiler League, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege were upset 3-1 by Beveren. Onyewu went 90 minutes, but the team's defense was sub-par.

Standard (4-1, 12) fell out of first place, now trailing Anderlecht (4-0-1, 13).

Seb Orton contributed to this story from Watford, England.

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

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