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Convey, Hahnemann help Reading draw with Leicester, secure promotion.

Reyna is out 3-4 weeks with shoulder injury; Beasley is hurt.

DeMerit aids Watford climb to third in English League Championship.

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

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

Cherundolo's chip helps Hannover 96 to 1-0 win over Colgne.

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.

  • Friedel, Blackburn edge Sunderland 1-0, continue to rise in Premier League.

    Americans Abroad

    Casey scores first goal of season, FSV Mainz draws Hertha 2-2.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    and Chris Courtney (in Brussels, Belgium)
    SoccerTimes

    (Monday, March 27, 2006) -- United States striker Conor Casey scored his first goal of the season for relegation-challenged FSV Mainz 05 in a 2-2 draw with visiting Hertha Berlin in the German Bundesliga before 20,300 at Stadion am Bruchweg Saturday.

    Since serious offseason knee surgery, Casey made three brief relief appearances before entering in the 57th minute Saturday. This week, he made his case for more playing time with a strong performance that is certainly good news to U.S. men's manager Bruce Arena.

    Casey replaced Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan and put Mainz ahead 2-1 with a header in the 78th minute. Mainz midfielder Christoph Babatz lofted a free kick to Manuel Friedrich, who flicked the ball to Casey for a header that was blocked by Hertha keeper Christian Fiedler. The American then buried the rebound with his right foot.

    Mainz held the lead until the 89th minute when unmarked Hertha forward Marko Pantelic made no mistake heading home a pinpoint cross from late reserve defender Ellery Cairo to make it 2-2.

    Mainz (7-13-7) is tied for 14th place with VfL Wolfsburg (6-11-10) with 28 points, one point above the relegation zone, but trailing three other teams by three points or less.

    Werder Bremen looked to be on its way to the Champions League next season until a recent slide, but it reversed its fortunes Saturday with a 5-0 rout of Hannover 96 behind three goals from Nelson Haedo Valdez.

    U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo, who went 90 minutes in the U.S. men's 4-1 loss to Germany Wednesday, was replaced by Hannover at halftime after Bremen made it 2-0 with a pair of goals in the closing four minutes before intermission. Hannover then conceded two more goals in the first nine minutes of the second half.

    Valdez made it 1-0 in the 41st minute when Valdez, with Johan Micoud adding another four minutes later.

    Hannover (7-7-13) is tied with Borussia Mönchengladbach (8-9-10) for ninth place with both clubs having 34 points, but Hannover possesses a goal differential that is four better.

    U.S. keeper Kasey Keller was probably glad for the week to end. After his defense collapsed in front of him Wednesday in the American setback to Germany, he suffered the same fate Saturday in Mönchengladbach's 3-0 loss at Kaiserslautern, a current resident of the relegation zone.

    Keller did not have much to do for the first 30 minutes before his fortunes changed and Kaiserslutern exploited defensive breakdowns for all three tallies. In the 32nd minute, a nice through ball to Kaiserslautern striker Halil Altinop, combined with a failed offside trap, left the American keeper stranded and the advancing Turkish international scored.

    One minute later, Michael Mikic turned his G'ladbach defender on the right side and squared the ball to the speedy Altinop who had just shaken his marker. Altinop, one-on-one with Keller, hammered his shot home for a 2-0 Red Devils lead.

    In the 41st minute, Keller made a succession of good reaction saves and he made an easy stop in the 61st minute. Five minutes later, however, he watched an unmarked Ervin Skela catch the G'ladbach back-line flatfooted, blasting a 15-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net to make it 3-0.

    It wasn't until the waning minutes that G'ladbach finally threatened. Keller appeared visibly annoyed in goal as he snatched corner kicks from the air and directed his defense.

    Kaiserlautern (7-14-6) has 27 points and is within one point of two teams in its effort to escape the drop zone.


    In the Netherlands, Cory Gibbs made his first start for relegation-challenged ADO Den Haag since last summer's knee surgery and his club ended Feyenoord Rotterdam's hopes of winning the Eredivisie title with a 2-0 road victory.

    Gibbs was coming off of one of few good American efforts in the U.S.'s 4-1 loss to Germany Wednesday.

    With four matches remaining, ADO (9-17-4, 31 points) is in 13th place, three points and three positions above the relegation playoff zone.

    U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley apparently is out of departing coach Guus Hiddink's doghouse. He turned in a strong performance, contributing an assist while going the distance for PSV Eindhoven which closed in on the Eredivisie title with an easy 3-0 win at Willem II Tilburg.

    Beasley had three good shots on goal, one going just high with two others saved by keeper Presten Peessmem. He assisted on Arouna Kone's goal a minute into the second half to make the score 3-0.

    PSV(24-2-4, 76 points) is in first place by nine points over AZ Alkmaar (21-5-4) with four games to go.


    In Belgium, U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu handled himself adeptly, but Standard de Liege lost ground on first-place Anderlecht with a disappointing 0-0 draw at at Charleroi on a rainy, muddy Friday night.

    Ninth-place Charleroi held its own, not allowing too many meaningful chances to the more fluid Liege side, visibly hobbled by the conditions.

    As with most Standard-Charleroi matches, the game was physical with a number of bumps and hard tackles occurring on the sloppy pitch. Onyewu was well-positioned all night in the center of the back-line and handled every challenge thrown at him, frustrating the Charleroi strikers, especially Abdelmaijid Oulmers.

    At one point in the first half, Onyewu made a good stop of Oulmers, who was attempting to run onto a ball, resulting in a tussle between the two. Though Belgian press photos show Oulmers both scratching Onyewu and with his arms around the American's neck, "Gooch" had his usual problems with Belgium referees and walked away with his 12th yellow card of the season.

    With six matches left, Standard (16-5-7, 55) is in second place, three points behind Anderlecht (17-4-7) which posted a 2-0 decision over third-place Club Brugges (14-5-9, 51).

    The night also had the feel of a testimonial for Standard's Portuguese international Sergio Concecaio, whose midweek red card for spitting at an opponent and abusing a referee could lead to his ban for the remainder of the season. Concecaio continues to play until a panel meets to determine the length of any suspension, a process that could take weeks.

    Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman. Chris Courtney is an expatriate American living in Brussels, Belgium. E-mail Chris Courtney.

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