Onyewu sits, sparking transfer runors; Keller leads way in G'ladbach victory.
Johnson strikes again in Wolves win; Beasley stock sinks.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Sunday, August 27, 2006) -- A second-half strike from Jemal Johnson, his second goal in as many matches for his new club Wolverhampton, earned a 1-0 victory over visiting Luton yesterday in the second-division English League Championship at Molineux Stadium.
Johnson again made the most of his speed to score for Wolves. At the start of the second half, Gary Breen launched a long ball forward and Carl Cort flicked it on. Johnson, who had outpaced a defender, took possession in the center of the penalty area, moved sharply to his left to avoid another opponent and hit a low shot that went in off the inside of the right post.
American midfielders Eddie Lewis of Leeds United and Frank Simek of Sheffield Wednesday faced off at Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium today in a hard-fought match, won by Leeds 1-0 before 23,792 fans.
Veteran Premiership referee Steve Bennett was a central figure in the match, starting when he failed to book Simek in the seventh minute for bringing Lewis crashing down with a professional foul. Then, in the 69th minute, he issued Wednesday keeper Brad Jones a red card for taking down David Healy in his area, leading to Healy's penalty for the only goal of the game.
Lewis had a good match, coming close to scoring several times, while Simek was strong on defense.
Whitbread, Millwall waste advantage
American Zak Whitbread played fairly well. Unfortinately, his Millwall defensive mates did not. Thus, Cheltenham (3-2, 9 points) erased an early deficit and prevailed 3-2 in the third-tier League One.
Millwall, now 1-3-1 with four points, was not helped when keeper Lenny Pidgeley was sent off with a red card in the 36th minute for handling a ball outside of his area.
Beasley sits for PSV
United States midfielder DaMarcus Beasley learned today how low he stands in the PSV Eindhoven coach Ronald Koeman's plans when he did not play in visiting PSV's 1-0 loss to Twente Enschede's at Arke Stadion.
Blaise N'Kufo's goal in the 71st minute decided the match.
PSV's attack is in crisis after losing its two starting Dutch international strikers on transfers -- Andre Ooijer to England's Blackburn Rovers and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to Glasgow Celtic. Despite this loss of talent, Beasley stayed on the bench, possibly running afoul of Koeman's oft-stated belief that his team in the Netherlands' Eredivisie should have a core populated by Dutch players.
Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, American midfielder Michael Bradley came on in the 74th minute of Heerenveen's easy 5-0 triumph over Willem II Tilburg. All the goals were scored in the first 46 minutes and Bradley came on in a defensive midfield role.
White scores, but Gueungnon is routed
American striker Jeremiah White scored his fourth goal if the French Ligue 2 season, but Gueugnon (2-3-1, 7) had little else to offer in a 6-1 rout at the hands of Guingamp.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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