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McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

Rossi's 29th goal leads Man. U. reserves' 6-0 rout of City, title hopes..

Watford, Leeds lose ground in their pursuit of promotion.

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

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

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.

Americans Abroad

Cherundolo, Casey meet; Hannover draws 0-0 with FC Mainz.

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

(Monday, April 10, 2006) -- Defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance in a 0-0 draw Saturday with host FC Mainz, which employs his potential United States World Cup teammate, striker Conor Casey.

In a German Bundesliga match at Stadion am Bruchweg, the Hannover defense was strong, but the club was blanked for the fourth time in five matches, including two scoreless ties.

Mainz's best chance came in the 70th minute when Milorad Pekovic put Casey was put through alone on goal, only to shoot inches wide.

Hannover came within inches of taking a lead when Michael Delura's header hit the post in the 82nd minute.

Hannover (7-8-14, 35) is in 11th place.

Yesterday, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller and visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach couldn't survive some hard luck and dropped a 2-0 decision to Hamburg.

After making a fine save on Benjamin Lauth, Keller could not stop a penalty kick by Rafael Van der Vaart in the 34th minute. With G'ladbach pushing everyone forward in an attempt to equalize, Naohiro Takahara got free on a counter in stoppage time and chipped a shot over Keller who was advancing in an attempt to cut down the angle.

With five matches remaining, G'ladbach (9-10-10, 37 points) is running out of time in its effort to qualify for next season's UEFA Cup, falling into a three-way tie for eighth place with Borussia Dortmund (9-10-10) and Arminia Bielefeld (10-12-7). Dortmund (plus-1) leads in goal differential over G'ladbach and Bielefeld, who are both minus-6. All three teams trail fifth-place Hertha Berlin (11-8-10, 43) for the final UEFA Cup berth.

In the Netherlands, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley started for PSV Eindhoven which repeated its Eredivise championship following a 1-1 draw yesterday with visiting Groningen

PSV (25-2-5, 80) secured the title when second-place AZ Alkmaar (22-6-4, 70) lost 1-0 at fifth-place Ajax Amsterdam. Beasley was replaced by Ismali Aissati in the 77th minute. Jefferson Farfan scored PSV's equalizer in the 47th minute.

ADO Den Haag relegation fears heightened after a 2-0 loss yesterday at FC Twente Enschede.

U.S. defender Cory Gibbs again went the distance and anchored a back-line that held tough for 71 minutes before conceding goals to Sharbel Touma and Blaise N'Kufofor in a 13-minute span.

Injury-plagued ADO is in 15th place at 9-8-5 with 32 points, one point and one position ahead of Sparta Rotterdam (8-17-7).

In the strange Eredivise system, only RBC Roosendaal (1-25-6, 9), sitting 18th and last, will automatically be relegated. The 16th- and 17th-place finishers enter a playoff with the second division's second-through-seventh-place clubs with the top two from that competition playing in the Eredivise next season.

U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu played a solid 90 minutes for Standard Liege which climbed back into first place in Belgium's Jupiler League with in a 2-0 decision at Westerlo.

Standard (18-7-5, 61) went one point ahead of Anderlecht (17-9-4), which drew 1-1 at Charleroi. Liege has four remaining games, including one against Anderlecht (from which Onyewu is suspended), to claim the title and a berth into the European Champion's League.

There remains a great deal of speculation about a possible transfer of Onyewu to a club elsewhere in Europe, but he told SoccerTimes his current focus is on winning the league championship.

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

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