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

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

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Keller is ranked second among goalkeepers in Bundesliga.

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

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Convey, Hahnemann help Reading thrash Brighton 5-1.

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

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

Americans Abroad

Hahnemann signs new contract with Reading through 2007 summer.

Eddie Lewis
Marcus Hahnamann inks a contract to stay with Reading for the 2006-07 season.
-- Reading web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

READING, England (Friday, January 6, 2006) -- United States goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann signed a new contract that will keep him with Reading for an additional year, the club announced today.

The new deal assures Hahnemann, 33, will be with Reading for what promises to be a 2006-07 season in the English Premier League.

Hahnemann has been "an integral player for us," Reading director of football Nick Hammond told the club's web site. "I'm so pleased for him, his form has been nothing short of outstanding. . . "He works very, very hard, I'm absolutely delighted and it's a big positive for us."

Hahnemann, who is making a strong run at earning one of two backup spots behind Kasey Keller on the U.S. World Cup team, has been with Reading in the second-division, now called the English League Championship, since 2002.

"It's always nice to have your future sorted," Hahnemann told the Reading web site. "The club had an option in the summer anyway, but it's nice to get it done so early. I've been here a while now, I've played 170-odd games and I think that the team has grown and I've grown with it.

"If you look at how good the defense is, then you can see how together we are. Everything we have accomplished has been done together and that makes it better.

Hahnemann and, to a lesser degree, U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey have been key components in the Royals' run to the top of the League Championship. Reading is riding a 27-match unbeaten streak, having not lost since dropping a 2-1 Opening Day decision to Plymouth at home at Madejski Stadium.

At 21-1-6, Reading sits in first place with 69 points, seven better than Sheffield United (19-4-5) with 18 games left on the league schedule. The top two teams are promoted to the Premier League and the Royals hold a 18-point bulge over third-place Leeds United (15-6-6), though United holds a game in hand.

Hahnemann has posted 16 clean sheets in the 28 league contests, conceding but 15 goals. He has not missed a league match since the 2003-04 season. He has appeared a total of 175 times for the Royals, including a loan period prior to his leaving Fulham for Reading in the summer of 2002.

"We've had 16 clean sheets, it could have been more, but you're bound to have some misfortune at some points," he said. "The thing is that there's less pressure to keep clean sheets because we're scoring so many. It's just professional pride that makes the whole team want that goose egg in the other team's column."

Hahnemann started his professional career with his hometown Seattle Sounders in the American A-League in and played for the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer from 1997-99. He left midway through his third season to join Fulham, a club where he did not see much action.

Fulham loaned him to Rochedale and then Reading in December 2001, and he signed wit the Royals full-time in the summer of 2002

Hahnemann enjoys his relationship with his Reading teammates. "The banter is great," he said. "Murts (defender Graeme Murty) was giving me all kinds of stick after (permitting a) goal in the Cardiff game. He said they only give me one save to make per game and I couldn't.

"Everyone has done well, the strikers have been scoring, the midfielders have done well both going forward and at the back, it's been great."

Robert Wagman is a SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman. Gary Davidson is the SoccerTimes managing editor. E-mail Gary Davidson.

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