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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.

  • Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.
  • Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.

    Americans Abroad

    Onyewu must sit out key game for Standard against Anderlecht.

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

    (Monday, March 13, 2006) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu, who has been suspended for four Standard de Ličge games this season because of three red cards, must sit out another match, but this penalty is not his fault.

    Onyewu must sit out Standard's April 22 match with Anderlecht, the team his club is battling for the Jupiler League championship, because of alleged irregularities with payments to his former club, Metz of France.

    The Royal Belgian Football Association ruled he should have been suspended for Standard's 2-0 home decision over Anderlecht December 14 and now must be suspended for the return game on the third-to-last weekend of the season.

    Despite some heroics from Onyewu, Standard could only manage a 0-0 draw in the wintry condition at Lokeren yesterday.

    Onyewu pushed forward into the attack and forced tough saves by Lokeren keeper Zvonko Milojevic, first in the 11th minute and then just before the final whistle.

    Standard remains in second place at 15-5-6 with 51 points, one point behind Anderlecht (15-4-7). Club Brugge is third at 14-4-8 with 50 points.

    There wasn't much U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller could do to stop the onslaught that sent Borussia Monchengladbach to a 3-0 defeat at struggling FC Mainz 05 in the German Bundesliga Saturday.

    Keller was not bad, especially in the first half when he made a good save on a drive from Mohamed Zidan. However, there was little he could do on the three shots that beat him in the second half.

    The G'ladbach defense was largely missing over the final half hour. Michael Thurk recorded a pair of goals in the 61st and 89th minutes, sandwiched around one by Zidan in the 68th for the Mainz victory.

    American striker Conor Casey made his second short appearance of the season for Mainz, coming on in the 88th minute after his return from last summer's knee surgery.

    Monchengladbach (8-8-9, 33 points), which lost for the second time in three games and is 2-4-2 since the winter break ended, suffered a further blow to its hopes of qualifying for next season's UEFA Cup. G'ladbach is now in seventh place, three points below fifth place and its berth in the second-tier European tournament.

    Mainz and Kaiserslautern are both tied for 15th place at 6-13-6 with 24 points, but because Mainz's goal differential is minus-three and Kaiserslautern's in minus-20, Kaiserslautern, for now, is in the relegation zone and Mainz isn't.

    U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo turned in a solid effort for Hannover 96 in a 0-0 draw at MSV Duisburg.

    Hannover conceded few scoring chances, but could mount little offense of its own in a game played snowy conditions

    Hannover (6-6-13, 31) is tied for ninth place with Borussia Dortmund (7-8-10), but only four points below fifth place and a ticket to next season's UEFA Cup.

    In the 2Bundesliga yesterday, U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter turned in a good performance for Energie Cottbus which played a 0-0 draw with Karlsruher SC.

    Because of heavy snowfall Saturday, Cottbus asked fans to show up at 8 a.m. to help shovel out the grounds. In return they were rewarded with free tickets, plus all the coffee and hot chocolate they could drink.

    With snow still falling, 8,700 were in the stands for a game in which neither team could display any punch.

    With a road victory at Braunschweig Wednesday and yesterday's draw, Cottbus (11-6-8, 41) climbed back into a third-place tie with Freiburg (12-7-5), which owns a game in hand. The top three finishers are promoted to the Bundesliga.

    In the Netherlands, U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley never left the bench in visiting PSV Eindhoven's 0-0 draw with rival Ajax at Amsterdam ArenA.

    PSV has a solid hold on first place in the Eredivisie at 22-2-4 with 70 points, seven better than Feyenoord Rotterdam (19-3-6) and nine more than AZ Alkmaar (19-5-4).

    American defender Cory Gibbs also watched from the ADO Den Haag bench during a rare victory 2-1 over FC Groningen at home.

    ADO (8-17-3, 27) is tied for 15th place with SC Heracles Almelo (7-15-6) in the 18-team league.

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

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