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    Americans Abroad

    McBride can't help Fulham from falling 3-1 to Portsmouth; Bocanegra ails.

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

    (Tuesday, April 4, 2006) -- United States striker Brian McBride played 90 minutes and missed a goal by inches, but Fulham fell 3-1 to Portsmouth in the English Premier League Saturday.

    Fulham's American defender Carlos Bocanegra sat out with an injury that might be more serious than initially thought. He sustained what Fulham calls "a contusion to his lateral left thigh during training" two weeks ago. There is "some trapped fluid as a result of the knock and this is being investigated further in order to manage it properly," Fulham's statement went on.

    After both teams scored in the first 10 minutes, Portsmouth took the lead for good when striker Lomana Tresor LuaLua scored in the 24th minute.

    McBride nearly evened matters for Fulham, but his sharp header hit the crossbar in the 44th minute. Gary O'Neil scored his second goal of the match in the 62nd for a 3-1 advantage which was that much safer after Fulham's Michael Brown was shown a red card in the 74th minute.

    Fulham (10-17-6, 36 points) dropped to 15th place, nine points and three positions clear of the relegation zone, but the Cottagers have played one or two matches more than the five teams below it. Fulham is 1-1-1 since a four-game losing streak and probably could allay all relegation fears with a victory Saturday at Sunderland.

    On Sunday, U.S. defender Joanathan Spector replaced injured Luke Young in on the 62nd minute of Charlton Athletic's 0-0 draw with West Ham United.

    Charlton (12-13-7, 43) sits in 11th place.

    With U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna sidelined with a dislocated shoulder, Manchester City fell to Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunday.

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

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