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Reyna returns to action, playing in Manchester City reserves' win.

Lewis nets decisive tally for Leeds in 2-1 decision over Luton.

Friedel records another shutout as rising Rovers slip past Arsenal 1-0.

Oneywu scores in draw, but Standard drops from Jupiler lead.

Hahnemann's play for Reading stands up to any keeper in Europe.

Keller records easy shutout, G'ladbach ends slide 2-0 over FC Köln.

Reading loses for first time in over six months, falls 3-2 to Luton Town.

Hahnemann shines, Convey assists, Reading draws with Sheffield United 1-1.

Beasley gets relief from Nguyen in PSV 1-0 win over Heracles.

Keller is sharp, but G'ladbach can only draw 0-0 with Schalke.

Keller is sharp, but G'ladbach can only draw 0-0 with Schalke.

Caugherty to sign with Bodens BK in Sweden.

Keller is besieged in G'ladbach's 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg.

Simek's first pro goal gives Wednesday 1-0 win over Millwall.

McBride scores goal for Fulham, But Man. U. is a 4-2 winner.

Gibbs joins ADO Den Haag on loan from Feyenoord.

Friedel concedes three, but Rovers sweep Manchester United 4-3.

Convey scores to ice Reading's 4-0 rout of Norwich.

Bocanegra scores first, sends Fulham to 1-0 decision over Hotspur.

Cooper is released by Manchester United; Nguyen makes debut.

Friedel is sensational once, Rovers drop a pair of Cup matches.

Feyenoord gives Gibbs his release after return from injury.

Americans Abroad

Convey scores early, Reading rolls to 3-0 win over Burnley.

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

(Saturday, March 4, 2006) -- United States midfielder Bobby Convey gave visiting Reading an early lead in an easy 3-0 decision over Burnley before 12,888 at Turf Moor in the English League Championship today.

Convey, who went the distance, collected a rebound off striker Leroy Lita's header about 25 yards out and rocketed a volley that easily beat goalkeeper Brian Jensen for a 1-0 advantage in the 10th minute.

Ibrahima Sonko increased the lead to 2-0 in the 55th minute with Dave Kitson closing out the scoring in stoppage time.

U.S. keeper Marcus Hahnemann recorded another clean sheet in a solid six-save effort, the most difficult stop coming on a shot by Kyle Lafferty well into the second half.

Lita had to be carried off on a stretcher late in the first half, cutting short his first start since being injured in a nightclub incident last month. Reading reserve midfielder Glen Little was also lost to injury in the 83rd minute.

First-place Reading (27-2-8, 89 points) increased its lead to 14 points over Sheffield United (22-6-9), which was held to a surprise 0-0 draw at home last night by last-place Crewe (5-19-12, 27) in the snow at Bramall Lane.

With nine games remaining, only a compleete collapse would prevent the Royals from winning the League Championship and capturing one of the two automatic promotion berths to the Premier League.

U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis played the first 87 minutes for host Leeds United (20-7-9, 69), which moved up to third place and inched to within six points of Sheffield and the second automatic League Championship promotion spot with a 2-1 decision over Crystal Palace before 23,843 at Selhurst Park.

Leeds received goals from strikers Robert Blake in the 33rd minute and Rob Hulse in the 53rd before giving up a tally to Palace midfielder Jobi McAnuff in a stoppage time.

Leeds slipped past fourth-place Watford (19-7-11, 68), which was lucky to escape from Derby with a disappointing 2-2 draw, thanks to a stoppage time goal by midfielder Alhassan Bangura.

American defender Jay DeMerit was on the bench, but did not play for Watford, which dominated play with 38 shots, 12 on net. Derby managed only three shots on goal, with two going in.

American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday (8-19-10, 34) lost 1-0 to Cardiff and fell to 21st place, two points above of the relegation zone.

In the Premier League, U.S. midfielder and captain Claudio Reyna is slated to be in Manchester City's starting lineup for Sunday's home game with Sunderland.

Reyna has been sidelined since December 30 surgery to stabilize a crack in a small bone at the back of his right ankle.

He played the first 59 minutes for Manchester City's reserves in a 2-0 victory over the host Bolton Wanderers Monday night in wintery conditions. Reyna's services are needed because midfielder Joey Barton is suspended for yellow-card accumulation.

"It was nice to get some minutes under my belt with the reserves," Reyna told Associated Press. "It felt good and everything went well. Now I just need to keep working on my fitness -- but it was nice to be back."

Reyna will return against a former employer. Sunderland (2-21-4, 10), for whom Reyna toiled from January 2002 through the summer of 2003, is heading down to the second-division League Championship in 2006-07, currently residing in last place. Manchester City is tied for 11th place at 11-12-4 with 37 points.

"It just happens to be like that. It doesn't make any difference to me," Reyna told AP. "It's just worked out that way. I was pushing to be back for the Liverpool game (a 1-0 loss last Sunday) and it was just a little bit too soon. So Sunday just happens to be one of my former clubs and it's always nice to get a good reception from the fans. I got a good reception when I played there this season and that was nice."

U.S. striker Brian McBride went 90 minutes for Fulham, which saw its 10-match home unbeaten streak ignominiously end in a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Arsenal before 22,397 at Craven Cottage,

American Carlos Bocanegra was confined to the bench for the Cottagers, whose woeful defending led to a second straight setback. With left back Wayne Bridge out with damaged ankle ligaments suffered during England's 2-1 win over Uruguay Wednesday, manager Chris Coleman instead went with Alain Goma and Zat Knight in back.

Coleman indicated unhappiness during the week with his defense for allowing Bolton's Kevin Nolan to score the second-half winner in a 2-1 home victory over Fulham last Sunday.

Thierry Henry notched a goal in each half, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Francesc Fabregas also exploited the Cottagers weak back line for goals.

McBride had Fulham's best chance when his shot was turned aside by keeper Jens Lehmann while the Gunners led 3-0.

Arsenal (13-10-5, 44), in fifth place, had 31 shots, nine on goal.

Fulham is in 16th place among 20 teams at 9-14-5 with 32 points.

U.S. defender Jonathon Spector blocked one shot and cleared a ball off his goal-line in the first half for Charlton Athletic which visited Liverpool and came away with a 0-0 draw at Anfield

Spector, who played 90 minutes, blocked a dangerous shot in the 29th minute and saved a goal a minute later by clearing the ball off the line. In the 71st minute, Spector had one of Charlton's best chances, but shot slightly wide.

Charlton (10-12-6, 36) is in 13th place.

U.S. striker Conor Casey saw his first action of the season, coming off the bench in the 75th minute of FC Mainz 05's 1-1 tie at Borussia Dortmund.

Casey, who had been out since offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, replaced Niclas Weiland as relegation-threatened Mainz picked up a point with solid defense and a 54th-minute goal from Michael Thurk to offset a goal from Christian Worns in the first half.

In the 56th minute, Mainz's Mohamed Zidan, missed a penalty kick that would have provided a lead.

The point left Mainz (5-13-6, 21 points) in 16th place, buried two points into in the relegation zone.

Hannover 96's 10-match unbeaten streak ended Saturday with a 2-1 loss at home to Schalke 04 which was reduced to 10 men when midfielder Christian Poulsen was ejected with his second yellow card in the 72nd minute.

At AWD-Arena, Thomas Brdaric's penalty kick following Poulsen's foul was parried away by Hannover keeper Frank Rost, but Thomas Christiansen netted the rebound to narrow the deficit to 2-1.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo went the distance for Hannover, which could not recover from goals eight minutes apart from Poulsen and Zlatan Bajramovic in the first half.

Hannover (6-6-12, 30) in tied for seventh place with Borussia Dortmund (7-8-9), Hertha Berlin (7-8-9) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (7-7-9).

U.S. keeper Kasey Keller and Monchengladbach will play their game in hand at home against Arminia Bielefeld Sunday with a chance to tie for fifth place with VfB Stuutgart (7-4-12). Stuttgart plays its game in hand Tuesday at Kaiserslautern. Fifth-place brings an invitation to next season's EFA Cup competition.

In 2Bundesliga action Friday night, Gregg Berhalter played 90 minutes for Energie Cottbus which overcame a two-goal halftime deficit to draw 2-2 with Erzgebirge Aue.

Berhalter put in a strong effort, especially over the last few minutes after Cottbus' Sebastian Schuppan was sent off in the 88th minute.

In the Netherlands, DaMarcus Beasley again was a late substitute, entering in the 81st minute for PSV Eindhoven in an easy 4-1 triumph over visiting Heerenveen.

American midfielder Michael Bradley, a recent signee, was dressed, but did not see his first action for Heerenveen's first team.

PSV is in first place in the Eredivisie at 22-2-3 with 69 points, seven better than Feyenoord Rotterdam (19-3-5). Heerenveen (12-8-7, 43) is tied for sixth place with FC Utrecht, also 12-8-7).

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

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