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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.

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.

  • Convey goal allows Reading to draw 1-1 with Wolverhampton.
  • Cherundolo's chip helps Hannover 96 to 1-0 win over Colgne.

    Americans Abroad

    With ailing McBride going 90 minutes, Fulham snaps losing streak, stuns Chelsea 1-0.

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

    (Sunday, March 19, 2006) -- Disturbing news for United States men's manager Bruce Arena came out of Fulham FC Wednesday when manager Chris Coleman revealed that American striker Brian McBride has a sports hernia that will eventually require surgery.

    That did not stop McBride, who is expected to start for the U.S. in this summer's World Cup in Germany, from going the distance in host Fulham's shocking 1-0 triumph over league-leading Chelsea today before 22,486 witnessing the English Premier League match at Craven Cottage.

    Fulham entered the match in freefall, having lost its last four outings by a combined 14-3 score, including Wednesday's 5-1 drubbing in a visit to Liverpool.

    With its defense playing its best in weeks, Fulham got by Chelsea on the strength on a 17th-minute tally from forward Luis Boa Morte. McBride often dropped back to aid the defense, while his U.S. teammate, defender Carlos Bocanegra, remained buried deep in Coleman's doghouse. Bocanegra did not dress for the match despite media reports saying he would start.

    By falling to Arsenal Wednesday, Fulham remained the only team in England's top five leagues to be winless away from home, falling to 0-13-3. Bocanegra did not make the trip to Highbury.

    McBride did not enter the Arsenal match until the 78th minute, replacing Tomasz Radzinski, while fellow forward Heidar Helguson, an Iceland international, did not play at all.

    "Heidar has got a knee problem which might need a bit of surgery at the end of the season and Brian's had a groin problem," Coleman said after Wednesday's match. "The games have been coming thick and fast, and they needed a rest -- and both agreed with that. Brian came on, but it will serve them well for the remaining games that they've had a little rest.

    "Brian's groin is a lot better, but he will need a bit of surgery, so I've been told, at the end of the season, so we've got to make sure we look after him and don't lose him completely."

    Fulham (10-16-5, 35 points) is in 14th place, while Chelsea (24-3-3. 75) is still 12 points ahead of second-place Manchester United.

    Despite being reduced to 10 men when midfielder Robbie Savage was sent off for the first time in his club career, Blackburn Rovers recovered from twice squandering one-goal leads and defeated Middlesbrough 3-2.

    Forward Craig Bellamy scored the decisive goal in the 68th minute, his second of the game, while U.S. keeper Brad Friedel made six saves for Rovers in the key victory. In the other net, Mark Schwarzer made no saves, watching all three Blackburn shots on frame find net.

    Savage was ejected in the 54th minute with a second yellow card on what seemed an inadvertent handball with Rovers ahead 2-1. Eight minutes later, Middlebrough striker Fabio Rochemback drilled a shot past Friedel to even the score at 2-2.

    Bellamy put Rovers ahead 1-0 in the 11th minute, but Australian Mark Viduka put one under Friedel for Middlesbrough to make it 1-1 five minutes later.

    In the 18th minute. Friedel made an amazing stop on a six-yard header to keep MIddlesbrough from the lead.

    Rovers (15-11-4, 49), trailing Arsenal (15-10-5) by one point, hold sixth place and its attendant invitation to next season's UEFA Cup. However, Bolton Wanderers (13-6-9) are only one point behind Blackburn and hold two games in hand, while Wigan Athletic (14-12-4, 46) is also in the race.

    U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna, recently returned from a broken bone in his ankle, reportedly limped off the field in the 66th minute of Manchester City's 1-0 loss to visiting Wigan.

    Wigan prevailed by capitalizing on an error by England international David James' error in goal. His mistake led to a Wigan corner kick which turned into Lee McCulloch heading home the winner in the 55th minute.

    Reyna, who played well, was replaced by Lee Croft. There was no report whether he was seriously injured.

    City (12-14-4, 40) is in 11th place with Villa (8-12-10, 34) tied for 15th.

    Reyna dressed, but did not play Tuesday in City's 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fifth round. City is in the FA Cup quarterfinals for the third time in25 years.

    American Jonathan Spector was back in the lineup for Charlton Athletric, but his presence on the back-line meant little as Arsenal cruised to an easy 3-0 victory.

    Arsenal's superior talent trumped Charlton's effort with goals from Robert Pires in the 13th minute, Emmanuel Adebayor in the 32nd and Aleksander Hleb in the 49th making the difference.

    Charlton (11-13-6, 39) is tied with Newcastle United (11-13-6) for 12th place.

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

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