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Beasley fined $1,852 by Dutch judge for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Spector will have surgery to repair dislocated shoulder.

Spector dislocates shoulder in Charlton victory over Portsmouth.

Controversial goal diverts Rovers' run to European play.

Keller, G'ladbach see UEFA Cup hopes fade away.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

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

McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

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.

Americans Abroad

Hahnemann, Convey are back in action as Reading nears record.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Sunday, April 23, 2006) -- United States goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and midfielder Bobby Convey returned to the Reading lineup yesterday after getting a one-match break.

Reading conceded a second-half penalty kick and settled for a 1-1 draw with host Sheffield Wednesday in the English League Championship, leaving the Royals needing a victory in next Sunday's season finale to set an all-time standings points record for England's second division.

Reading manager Steve Coppell, who rested many regulars last weekend, went back to his usual lineup. Hahnemann and Convey both stood out for Reading despite facing Wednesday, a team that only recently was able to put aside its relegation fears.

American defender Frank Simek, who faces offseason knee surgery, turned in one of his strongest performances of the season for Wednesday, at one point saving a goal by clearing a Reading shot off his goal-line. Later, Simek nearly scored, forcing Hahnemann into a tough save.

Reading was leading 1-0 on the strength of Dave Kitson's first-half goal when Convey took down Jon-Paul McGovern down in the penalty area in the 56th minute. Steven MacLean sent Hahnemann the wrong way to score on the PK, tying the score 1-1.

MacLean almost had his second goal in the 70th minute, but his one-on-one blast was turned aside by Hahnemann. Convey, who had been an offensive threat all day, was replaced by Stephen Hunt in the 64th minute.

Reading, which already had captured the League Championship crown and promotion to the Premier League, is 30-2-13 with 103 points, needing a victory over visiting Queens Park Rangers next Sunday to exceed Sunderland's record of 105 points. A huge celebration in recognition of the league crown and promotion has been planned for after the game at Madejski Stadium.

Wednesday (12-20-13, 49 points) is in 21st place, only one position, but a safe nine points above the relegation zone.

American Jay Demerit went the distance and was issued a yellow card in the 56th minute of a 2-1 decision over the shorthanded host QPR.

With the game tied 1-1, QPR was reduced to 10 men when striker Marc Nygaard was sent off with a red card. Watford won on a Rangers bizarre long-distance own goal by midfielder George Santos

QPR (12-19-14, 50) is tied for 19th place.

U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis had not started the last three matches for slumping Leeds United, completely sitting out the last two, but he was in the opening 11 yesterday for a 1-0 triumph over relegated Crewe.

Twice, Lewis pumped accurate crosses into the box that should have been converted into goals, but weren't. He was replaced by Robert Blake in the 66th minute.

Leeds, which had been winless in its least eight outings (0-2-6), was boosted by the season debut of England international midfielder Steve Stone, who entered in the 61st minute.

With one game remaining, Watford (22-9-14, 80) is in third place, two points ahead of Leeds (21-9-15). Both clubs will be joined by Preston North End (19-6-20, 77) and Crystal Palace (21-12-12, 75) in a four-team playoff, the winner joining Reading and Sheffield United in the Premiership next season.

American defender Zak Whitbread, started and went 60 minutes for relegated Millwall which defeated Burnley 1-0 because of a defensive blunder moments before halftime.


The FA Cup semifinals Saturday resulted in a shuffling of the schedule and no Americans played this weekend.

Bolton Wanderers defeated Charlton Athletic 4-1, but Charlton's American defender Jonathan Spector is out for the remainder of the season, ready to have surgery Tuesday for his dislocated shoulder suffered in Monday's 2-1 win over Portsmouth.

U.S. defender Carlos Bocanegra will not play for Fulham in tomorrow night's match against Wigan, having just resumed training after missing several weeks with a thigh injury. Fulham manager Chris Coleman says he might rest U.S. striker Brian McBride as well, but he probably will play many of his starters.

Fulham (11-17-6, 39) could move one, two or maybe three places if it does well in its last four matches. Coleman said he'd like to earn as much prize money as possible, depending on the Cottagers position, to spend on player acquisitions for next season.


In the German Bundesliga, U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller had a strong match in a 2-2- home draw Saturday with Hertha Berlin, damaging the visitor's chances of making the UEFA Cup next season.

Keller denied Nico Kovac and Gilberto with great saves, but there was nothing he could do when Kovac outjumped Jeff Strasser to head home a corner kick from short range for an equalizer in the 87th minute

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo returned to Hannover 96's starting side in a 1-0 loss road loss to Kaiserslautern at Fritz-Walter Stadion.

Relegation-threatened Kaiserslautern played with more determination and made Daniel Halfar's first-half goal stand up despite a late Hannover flurry.

U.S. striker Conor Casey went 90 minutes for 1 FSV Mainz 05 in a 2-2 draw with Bundesliga-leading Bayern Munich at home today.

Mainz received two early tallies, one from Mohamed Zidan in the ninth minute and another from Manuel Friedrich four minutes later, but Roy Makaay, who has been left off the Netherlands' World Cup roster, came back with a pair of goals for the tie.

Casey, who was awarded a yellow for unsportsmanlike behavior in the 82nd minute, nearly set up a Mainz winner three minutes later. He carried through the Bayern defense and squared the ball to Michael Thurk, whose shot was stopped when Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn steered it wide with his leg.

With three games to go, Mainz (7-14-10, 31) is in 15th place, one point and one position clear of Kaiserslautern (8-17-6) in the drop zone.


In the Netherlands, American midfielder Michael Bradley made his second straight start -- and the second of his career for the first team -- and went the distance for Heerenveen in a 0-0 draw with Roda JC in the first leg of a playoff semifinal for a berth in the UEFA Cup.

Heerenveen will host Roda Wednesday in the return leg.

American right defender Charles Kazlauskas turned in a solid effort, but Top Oss could do no better than a 0-0 draw at home with NAC Breda Friday night in the semifinals of the Dutch promotion playoffs.

The return leg is tomorrow. In the Netherlands' odd structure, Breda is battling to avoid relegation from the Eedivisie, while Odd is trying to be promoted from the second-tier Gouden Gids Divisie


In Belgium, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewuwas suspended for Standard de Liège which fell to arch-rival Anderlecht 2-0 in the Jupiler League.

Anderlecht (19-4-9, 66) took over first place, two points ahead of Standard (19-6-7) with two matches left.

Onyewu was suspended for receiving a red card and would have missed the first game against Anderlecht had he not appealed. When his appeal was denied, it was determined he should miss the equally important second match between the clubs.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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