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Cherundolo could be leaving Germany for EPL's Bolton.

Casey scores first goal of season, FSV Mainz draws Hertha 2-2.

Friedel, Blackburn edge Sunderland 1-0, continue to rise in Premier League.

Convey, Hahnemann help Reading draw with Leicester, secure promotion.

Reyna is out 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury; Beasley is hurt.

DeMerit aids Watford climb to third in English League Championship.

Convey goal allows Reading to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton.

With ailing McBride going 90 minutes, Fulham snaps losing streak, stuns Arsenal 1-0.

Cherundolo's chip helps Hannover 96 to 1-0 win over Colgne.

Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.

Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.

Onyewu must sit out key game for Standard against Anderlecht.

Reyna returns from layoff for Man. City's 2-1 decision over Sunderland.

Convey scores early, Reading rolls to 3-0 win over Burnley.

Reyna returns to action, playing in Manchester City reserves' win.

Lewis nets decisive tally for Leeds in 2-1 decision over Luton.

Friedel records another shutout as rising Rovers slip past Arsenal 1-0.

Oneywu scores in draw, but Standard drops from Jupiler lead.

Hahnemann's play for Reading stands up to any keeper in Europe.

Keller records easy shutout, G'ladbach ends slide 2-0 over FC Köln.

  • Watford, Leeds lose ground in pursuit of promotion.
  • McBride can't help Fulham from falling 3-1 to Portsmouth; Bocanegra ails.

    Americans Abroad

    Keller's strong game helps G'ladbach post 2-1 win over Dortmund.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    and Chris Courtney (in Brussels, Belgium)
    SoccerTimes

    (Tuesday, April 4, 2006) -- United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller turned in a strong performance, helping host Borussia Mönchengladbach boost its chances of making it into next season's UEFA Cup with a 2-1 victory over fellow European hopeful Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga before 54,019 at Borussia-Park.

    Keller made tough saves on Tomas Rosicky, Ebi Smolarek and Matthew Amoah. The only goal he gave up was on a penalty kick by Rosicky in the 16th minute. G'ladbach got a pair of goals from Angolan striker Nando Rafael.

    G'ladbach and Dortmund are both 9-9-10 with 37 points, tied for seventh place, though Dortmund (plus-2) is six better than G'ladbach in the all-important goal differential. The fourth- and fifth-place finishers qualify for the UEFA Cup, Europe's second-tier tournament, along with the DFP Pokal (German Cup) winner. If the DFB Pokal titlist is among the top five in the Bundesliga, then the sixth-place team also goes to the UEFA Cup.

    Hertha Berlin (10-8-10, 40 points) is in fifth place, followed by Bayer Leverkusen (10-10-8, 38). Only league-leading Bayern Munich remains in the DFP Pokal semifinals among the teams above G'ladbach.

    U.S. striker Conor Casey is back to full-time duty with 1. FSV Mainz, but his presence for 90 minutes as part of a three-man front line could not prevent a 3-0 road loss to FC Nürnberg.

    Mainz (7-14-7, 28) stands 15th among 18 teams, one position and one point above the relegation zone.

    Casey, who was not able to practice during the week as he battled the flu, was issued a yellow card in the 75th minute.

    With Steve Cherundolo out with a calf injury, Hannover 96 fell 1-0 Sunday to Arminia Bielefeld. Cherundolo is expected to miss at least another week.

    Hannover (7-8-13, 34) is a three-way tie for 10th place.


    In the 2Bundesliga on Friday, Energie Cottbus remained in third place and in line for promotion with a 2-1 decision over SC Freiburg.

    U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter was almost the goat when he was called for a hand-ball in his box in the 71st minute. The penalty call was hotly disputed because his hand was on his chest when the ball hit him. Dennis Aogo converted the penalty kick, but Cottbus held on for the victory.

    The top three teams are promoted. Cottbus (13-7-8, 47) is closely trailed by Karlsruhe (13-8-7, 46), Greuther Furth (12-8-8, 44) and Freiburg (12-10-6, 42).


    In Belgium's Jupiler League, American Oguchi Onyewu turned in a strong 90 minutes in central defense in Standard de Liege's 2-1 decision over Mouscron.

    Onyewu frustrated the home team's forwards by aggressively clearing dangerous balls and quickly transitioning into the attack.

    "That was an big three points for us" he told SoccerTimes. "It is important for us to win the rest of our games since the championship is pretty tight this year. Since it is so close, I think it will make the championship more meaningful for whoever wins it since, unlike in recent years, no one has broken away from the pack."

    Second-place Standard (17-5-7, 58 points) picked up ground on Anderlecht (17-4-8), which saw its lead shrink to one point with a 1-1 draw with visiting Lokeren. With five games to go, Standard is now seven points clear of third place Club Brugge (14-6-9), which was beaten 4-1 by Gent.


    In the Netherlands' Eredivisie, American Cory Gibbs made his second consecutive start in back, playing 90 minutes for ADO Den Haag which tied 1-1 tie with visiting Willem II Tilburg 1-1 on a goal in stoppage time by Roy Stroeve.

    ADO (9-17-5, 32 points) moved up to 14th place, four points and two positions clear of the drop zone.

    U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley went the distance for league-leading PSV Eindhoven which trailed cellar-dwelling RBC Roosendaal into the second half, but prevailed 2-1.

    PSV (25-2-4, 79) came with a shade of capturing its third league championship in the past four seasons. It needs only one more point, or for second-place AZ Alkmaar (21-5-4, 67) not to win its remaining four matches, to be crowned the champion.

    Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman. Chris Courtney is an expatriate American living in Brussels, Belgium. E-mail Chris Courtney.

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