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Friedel makes four saves as Rovers blank Wigan 3-0.

Lewis helps Leeds solidify standing by beating Hull 2-0.

Reyna is out for 6-8 weeks with an ankle fracture.

Lewis tally sends Leeds past Stoke 1-0, into third place.

McBride nets another pair; Fulham draws 3-3 with Aston Villa.

Convey scores for Reading which blanks Wolves 2-0.

Keller is ranked second among goalkeepers in Bundesliga.

Injured McBride is heroic in Fulham's 3-2 loss to Chelsea.

Reyna helps dominant Manchester City drop Birmingham City 4-1.

Convey, Hahnemann help Reading thrash Brighton 5-1.

Onyewu returns, Standard shuts out Anderlecht 2-0 for share of first place.

Reyna returns, City regains punch in beating Charlton 5-2.

Cherundolo scores, helps Hannover to first win at Dortmund since 1964.

Keller, G'ladbach waste two-goal lead, draw 2-2 with Hertha Berlin.

  • Fulham is looking to extend McBride's tenure with team.

    Americans Abroad

    Hahnemann's six saves keep Reading rolling 5-1 over Cardiff.

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

    (Monday, January 2, 2006) -- Six saves from U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann helped Reading down Cardiff 5-1 on a pair of goals each from Steve Sidwell and Dave Kitson.

    First-place Reading moved to its biggest lead of the season in the second-division English League Championship.

    The match was not as easy as the score might indicate, though Reading controlled the action for long periods. Hahnemann stopped an early drive from Cardiff midfielder Jason Koumas and made a kick save when Alan Lee came in on him alone.

    U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey went for 72 minutes before being replaced and did not have a hand in the scoring.

    Reading (21-1-6, 69), undefeated in 27 games, moved 10 points ahead of Sheffield United (18-4-5), which has a game in hand until it faces Hull tomorrow.

    A pair of second half assists from U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis helped break open a close match as Leeds United defeated Plymouth 3-0.

    With the match scoreless in the 52nd minute, Lewis controlled the ball on the left side of the penalty area crossed to Richard Cresswell who headed the ball home.

    Five minutes later, Lewis centered from the left side to Robert Blake who made it 2-0./

    Rob Hulse added a late penalty kick for Leeds, which is in third place at 15-6-6 with 51 points.

    Sheffield Wednesday won its second match since Saturday and climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 decision over Crewe.

    American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Wednesday (6-13-9, 27), which outshot Crewe 14-2 and moved into 19th place in the 24-team league.

    American defender Jay DeMerit saw some action, entering in the 74th minute to help Watford hold a 2-1 lead over Luton Town.

    Watford is fourth at 12-6-10 with 46 points.

    American defender Danny Karbassiyoon was on the bench for Burnley which drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers.

    American back Zak Whitbread was on Millwall's bench in a 2-1 defeat of Derby.

    Burnley is 11-11-6 with 39 points, tied for seventh place with Wolverhampton (9-7-12). Millwall is 5-13-10, even with Brighton (4-11-13) at 25 points.

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

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