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Hahnemann signs new contract with Reading through 2007 summer.

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

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

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.

Americans Abroad

Lewis contributes at both ends, Leeds ties Wigan 1-1 in FA Cup.

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.)
SoccerTimes

(Sunday, January 8, 2006) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis made a key defensive play early in the second half and his corner kick led to a late equalizer that allowed Leeds United to stay alive in the FA Cup.

League play in England paused this weekend for FA Cup third-round matches.

Leeds, which stands third in the second-division English League Championship, drew 1-1 Saturday with Wigan, tied for fifth place in the top-flight Premier League, on the strength of Rob Hulse's equalizer in the 88th. However, United might not have been in position to tie if not for Lewis' play.

Wigan went ahead 1-0 on David Connolly's goal in the 47th minute. Seven minutes later, Wigan midfielder Andreas Johansson sent a header on goal which would have been good for a 2-0 advantage had Lewis not cleared the ball from his goal-line.

Hulse put away the tying goal after Lewis' corner kick had been flicked on.

Lewis, who went the distance, nearly put Leeds ahead 1-0 in the 46th minute when he made a nice move down the left flank and sent a cross to striker Robert Blake. It was one of several tantalizing Lewis crosses into the Wigan penalty area.

Blake's 14-yard right-footed strike was blocked by Wigan defender Stephen McMillan.

Leeds will host the replay January 17 at Elland Road.

U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard recorded a shutout Sunday, but Premier League power Manchester United came away embarrassed, able to do no better that a 0-0 draw yesterday at lowly Burton, a member of England's fifth-tier Nationwide Conference.

Playing before 6,191, its smallest audience in some time, Man. U. needed a pair of good saves from Howard to avoid disaster. He stopped a shot by Shaun Harrad, and went low to deny a close-in try by Chris Hall.

Burton will realize a huge payday for the small club with the replay at United's Old Trafford on January 18.

Meanwhile, Man. U. expects to send American striker Kenny Cooper, 21, a member of its reserve team, out on loan. His fellow reserve forward, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will also be loaned, the club web site said.

"Sylvan might go out and maybe Kenny Cooper," reserve team manager Rene Meulensteen said. "Kenny has already been away, but if he needs to get away again then it needs to be a good move. The most important thing is that it's the right move for them. They need to go to an environment and a coach that they understand and, most importantly, where they get competitive games."

The web site deemed Cooper's loan last season to Portugal's Assaciacao Academica de Coimbra as "unsuccessful."

Fulham was one of two Premier League teams to be eliminated from the FA Cup, losing 2-1 to Leyton Orient of the fourth-tier League Two.

United States striker Brian McBride was rested, while American defender Carlos Bocanegra continues to nurse a hamstring injury and didn't dress.

Midfielder Simon Elliott, a New Zealander who played the last three seasons for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer, did start for the Cottagers after signing with the team Friday. He did not make an auspicious debut, making defensive errors that led to goals by Craig Easton and Joe Keith for a 2-0 Orient lead.

Collins John narrowed the Cottagers' deficit to 2-1 in the 50th minute, but he missed a penalty kick that would have tied the match in the 69th minute.

U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel looked sharp for Blackburn Rovers in an easy 3-0 decision Saturday over Queens Park Rangers of the English League Chamapionship.

Newly-signed 19-year-old German midfielder Sergio Peter, making his first start for Rovers, had a hand in all three goals. QPR's Shabazz Baidoo was robbed in the 10th minute by Friedel who extended full-length to push his hard shot around the post.

Gareth Ainsworth also almost scored for Rangers, but Friedel pushed his shot away as one of his five saves.

A pair of American defenders faced off when Charlton Athletic of the Premier League posted a 4-2 victory Saturday over Sheffield Wednesday, which is challenged with relegation from the League Championship.

Jonathan Spector went the distance in back for Charlton while Frank Simek did likewise for Wednesday. Dennis Rommedahl's second goal put Charlton ahead 3-1 a minute before intermission.

Paul Heckingbottom's second tally pulled Wednesday back to 3-2 in the 60th minute, but Charlton went back ahead by two when Darren Bent scored in the 87th minute.

American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann and midfielder Bobby Convey did not dress for Reading, the leader of the League Championship which rested several starters, but still drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion of the Premier League.

The teams traded late penalty kicks with reserve Zoltan Gera converting for West Brom in the 82nd minute and Kevin Doyle tying for the Royals two minutes later.

Reading will host West Brom for a replay January 17.

American defender Zak Whitbread turned in a solid performance for the first 79 minutes for Millwall of the League Championship which drew 1-1 with visiting Everton of the Premier League.

The replay will be January 17 at Everton.

American defender Jay DeMerit was on the bench for Watford which was easily eliminated 3-0 by Bolton Wanderers Saturday.

American defender Danny Karbassiyoon watched from the Burnley bench in a 2-1 loss to Derby, a fellow member of the League Championsip.

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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