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

Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.

Onyewu must sit out key game for Standard against Anderlecht.

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.

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    Americans Abroad

    Convey goal allows Reading to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton.

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

    (Sunday, March 19, 2006) -- United States midfielder Bobby Convey continued his strong recent play, scoring Reading's goal in a 1-1 home draw with Wolverhampton in the English League Champiosnship Saturday at Madejski Stadium.

    For the second time in three games, Convey put Reading ahead early. Midfielder John Oster pulled the ball back for Convey to lash home from about 20 yards, easily beating Wolves goalkeeper Stefan Postma.

    Convey came close again in the 40th minute, but Wolves' Dutch keeper smothered his shot.

    Two weeks ago, Convey roofed a left-footer in the 10th minute, staking the Royals to a one-goal advantage in a 3-0 defeat of Burnley.

    American Marcus Hahnemann was sharp in goal for Reading, twice denying Wolves striker Tomasz Frankowski from close range. However, a bad Reading defensive miscue left Scotland international Kenny Miller free in the box in the 64th minute and he slammed the equalizer past the Hahnemann to even matters at 1-1.

    Since dropping its second match of the season -- and seeing its England second-division record 33-match unbeaten streak (25-0-8) end -- Reading is 2-0-2, on the verge of first clinching promotion to the Premier League and then the League Championship title. With seven games remaining, the Royals (27-2-10, 91 points) are 16 points ahead of second-place Sheffield United (22-8-9) which stumbled again, 2-1 to Norwich.

    Wolves (14-8-7, 59) are in seventh place, one position below the promotion playoff. The third- through sixth-place finishers participate in a playoff for a third promotion spot.

    With two victories, Reading will clinch both the League Championship crown and promotion to the Premier League. The Royals also have a good chance of eclipsing Sunderland's all-time second-division points mark of 105, established in 1999.

    With things going so well and Reading nearing promotion to the English Premier League, Convey remembers if not for a twist of fate, he might already be in the EPL. In the summer of 2003, he was signed by Tottenham Hotspur, but the English government rejected his application for a work permit, so he returned briefly to D.C. United and Major League Soccer.

    "Playing for Spurs was my dream," Convey told reporters after the Burnely game. "I was 19, so for an American to come over at that age was huge. My transfer fee was done and my contract was all done. I was even here in England, but I just couldn't get a work permit. They said I wasn't good enough to play, so I am glad I have proved them wrong.

    "It was a 3-3 tie on the vote for the (work) permit and they just said, 'How do we know that you're good enough to play here?' That was their excuse, but I know that I have proved them wrong now."

    Sheffield's problems -- United has dropped two in a row and is 1-4-3 in its last eight outings - helped the promotion hopes of two teams with Americans, Leeds United and Watford.

    U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis played 90 minutes for third-place Leeds, which picked up its one point only when David Healy scored on a heavily disputed penalty kick in the 88th minute to tie host Coventry 1-1.

    Leeds was awarded the PK when Conventry defender Andrew Whing was judged to have handled the ball inside his box.

    The match was tight and defensive all the way with neither side gaining much of an advantage. Lewis was required to play a lot of defense with both sides clogging the midfield.

    Leeds (20-7-11, 71), which holds a game in hand, is now four points behind United and the second automatic promotion berth. Fourth-place Watford (19-7-12, 69) also holds a game in hand on Sheffield, but plays Monday at Southampton.

    American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday which added some distance on the relegation zone with a unexpected 2-0 decision over sixth-place Preston North End (14-6-18, 60), a team trying to get into the promotion playoff.

    Deon Burton scored in the 38th minute and Burton O'Brien in the 51st for Wednesday (9-19-11, 38) which is in 21st place, one position and one point above the drop zone.

    With Simek doing his part, Wednesday's defense played probably its finest match of the season, allowing North End almost no quality chances.

    American defender Zak Whitbread went 90 minutes for Millwall in a 1-0 loss to Leicester City.

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

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