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McBride signs contract extension Fulham through summer of 2007.

Reyna returns from layoff for Man. City's 2-1 decision over Sunderland.

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

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.

McBride is scoreless, but makes his mark as Fulham drubs West Brom 6-1.

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.

Caugherty to sign with Bodens BK in Sweden.

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

  • Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.
  • Onyewu must sit out key game for Standard against Anderlecht.

    Americans Abroad

    Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.

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

    (Monday, March 13, 2006) -- United States goalkeeper Brad Frieldel posted a shutout, helping Blackburn Rovers continue their ascent in the English Premier League with a 2-0 decision over visiting Aston Villa Saturday before 21,932 at Ewood Park.

    Second-half goals from Andy Todd in the 49th minute and Craig Bellamy in the 71st provided the winning margin,

    Friedel made six saves, coming up big several times in the first half. He came out quickly and forced Gareth Barry to shoot into the side netting on a breakaway, stopped Milan Baros, who came in alone before tipping a hard header from Olof Mellberg over the crossbar.

    Blackburn (14-11-4, 46 points), which finished 15th place the last two season, is in sixth place, one point behind Arsenal (14-10-5) and in solid position to find a place in European competition next season. Rovers were briefly in fifth place before Arsenal edged Liverpool 2-1 yesterday

    Rovers trail fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur (13-6-10) by three points for a berth in the play-in round for the first-tier Champion's League. Rovers' current position would put them in the second-level UEFA Cup.

    Bolton Wanderers (12-6-9) are on Rovers' heels, just one point behind with two games in hand.

    United States striker Brian McBride and defender Carlos Bocanegra were in the starting lineup for Fulham which dropped its third straight game 3-1 to host Everton Saturday before 36,515 at Goodison Park.

    Fulham (9-15-5, 32), which has dropped to 16th place in the 20-team league, could do little right while Everton was on its game. James Beattie found net twice, including a penalty kick, while James McFadden added a tally for Everton (12-13-4, 40).

    Fulham got on the scoreboard on a penalty kick by Collins John in the 86th minute, 11 minutes after he replaced McBride.

    McBride's early free kick could not be handled by Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright, but there was no one in place for the rebound for the Cottagers. Otherwise, Fulham, which is the only team in England's top five leagues to be winless on the road (0-12-3) this season, offered little in the way of attack. With nine matches remaining, Fulham is two positions and eight points above the relegation zone.

    Bocanegra got the starting assignment despite a poor showing by the whole Fulham back-line in a 4-0 setback at home to Arsenal a week earlier. He received a yellow card for dissent in the 81st minute.

    U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna and Manchester City also lost 2-1 at Portsmouth when Miguel Pedro Mendes scored his second goal of the game in stoppage time before 19,566 at Fratton Park Saturday.

    Reyna, who came off in the 69th minute, still did not look match-fit in his second start following a long injury layoff.

    Mendes put Portsmouth ahead in the 60th minute with Richard Dunne tying for City in the 83rd.

    City (12-13-4, 40) dropped to a tie for 10th place with Everton, but still is only six points behind Rovers and a possible place in European competition.

    U.S. defender Jonathan Spector remained on the bench for visiting Charlton Athletic which defeated Middlesbrough 2-1 yesterday.

    Charlton and Newcastle United are tied for 12th place at 11-12-6 with 39 points.

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

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