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Americans Abroad

DeMerit aids Watford climb to third in English League Championship; Reyna is ailing.

By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, March 20, 2006) -- American defender Jay DeMerit went the distance for Watford which received an early goal from Gavin Mahon and a pair of second-half tallies from Darius Henderson in a 3-1 defeat of host Southampton before 19,202 at St. Mary's Stadium tonight.

With seven matches remaining, Watford (20-7-12, 72 points) climbed into third place in the English League Championship, three points behind Sheffield United (22-8-9) for second place and the attendant promotion to the Premier League (EPL).

Right on Watford's heels is Leeds United, employer of U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis. Leeds (20-7-11) trails Watford by one point, but owns a game in hand. The third- through sixth-place finishers in the second-tier League Championship compete in a playoff for a third promotion spot in the EPL.

United States midfielder Claudio Reyna did not play today for Manchester City which was eliminated in the FA Cup quarterfinals 2-1 by West Ham United in a meeting of EPL clubs.

U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna, who returned two weeks ago after a long injury layoff, limped off the field in the 66th minute of Manchester City's 1-0 loss to visiting Wigan Saturday. City is waiting for an evaluation of Reyna by the team's medical staff and manager Stuart Pearce indicated he expected to have an answer in a day or two.

"We will have to look at (Georgios) Samaras, Claudio Reyna and Antoine Sibierski and listen to what the physios (team trainers) say," Pearce said.

Reyna had been playing on a sore ankle when he removed himself from City's 4-3 loss at Wigan December 26. A CT scan revealed Reyna had a fracture of a small bone in the back of his right ankle and he had surgery to repair it on December 30.

Originally expected to be sidelined six-to-eight weeks, Reyna was out for almost nine weeks, missing nine league games and three FA Cup matches. He returned in a 2-1 victory March 5 victory over Sunderland and also started in a 2-1 setback to Portsmouth six days later, but did not dress for City's 2-1 triumph over Aston Villa last Tuesday in the FA Cup fifth round.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes managing editor. E-mail Gary Davidson.

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