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Dempsey scores twice, adds assist to spark Fulham past Manchester City.

Edu scores first goal, Beasley injures rib in Rangers victory.

Friedel is sent off from Villa's 5-0 rout at hands of Liverpool.

Howard, Everton are on the upswing in English Premier League.

Bradley helps Gladbach mount effort to escape relegation.

Donovan to wrap up Munich tenure and rejoin Galaxy in MLS.

Healthy after long recovery, Spector is recording playing time with West Ham.

Foul tackle leaves Beasley bruised, but apparently not sidelined.

Bradley scores tying goal in Gladbach's 1-1 draw at Bremen.

McBride, Beasley stay put as transfer window closes.

McBride could return to Fulham of EPL, Altidore moves.

Friedel posts two shutouts for Aston Villa which defeats Portsmouth, ties Doncaster.

Beasley, Edu struggle for playing time for Glasgow Rangers.

Donovan scores, looks strong in pair of Bayern Munich exhibition wins.

Altidore's effort at Villareal has Everton eyeing a loan deal.

Rovers' loss is gain for Aston Villa as Friedel leads upward EPL surge.

Onyewu's future with Standard is up in the air as club ponders transfer.

Dempsey finds net twice, late header for Fulham stuns Chelsea in 2-2 draw.

U.S. under-20s Bernardo, Nazzani refine their trade in Italy.

Adu gets first start for Monaco in Cup loss to PSG.

With Friedel in net, Aston Villa couples UEFA Cup advancement with EPL success.

Howard, Onyewu face off: Standard, Everton draw in UEFA Cup.

U.S. players have seen their numbers dwindle in English Premier League.

Beasley helps Rangers get off to good start.

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Americans Abroad

Reading finally scores, but Hahnemann concedes lead in 2-2 draw with Blackpool.

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

(Thursday, April 16, 2009) -- Reading finally solved its dreadful goal drought, but at the same time United States goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was unable to protect a two-goal lead and the Royals had to settle for a 2-2 draw Monday with host Blackpool in the English League Championship.

Reading went ahead on tallies from Noel Hunt in the 10th minute and Jem Karacan in the 24th to end a streak of three straight shutouts and four out of five outings without scoring, but could do no better than a draw when Blackpool pulled even after Keith Southern beat Hahnemann in the 31st minute as did Dudley Campbell in the 66th.

It was the first time since he returned to action six matches ago that Hahnemann gave up more than a single goal, conceding only two goals in the previous five outings (1-2-2), including a pair of 0-0 draws and three straight clean sheets. .

On Saturday, Brian Howard put one past Hahnamann from a scrum in front of the net in the 59th minute to give visiting Sheffield United a 1-0 decision over Reading. As has been the recent case, the Royals were strong on defense, but woeful on offense.

Reading's last won at home on January 27 and its hopes of automatic promotion to the Premier League have just about disappeared. With four matches remaining, the Royals are 19-10-13 with 70 points, seven behind second-place Birmingham City (21-8-14), which only has three games to go.

The top two teams automatically are promoted with the next four engaging in a playoff for a third berth in the Premier League. Reading is in fifth place.

Watford's steady climb from the relegation zone toward the middle of the standings hit a bump Monday night when it fell 2-0 to Norwich City, another club desperate to escape relegation.

American Jay DeMerit turned in a strong effort on Watford's back line during a crowded period on the team's schedule. On Saturday, the Hornets drew 1-1 with Barnsley, following a 2-2 tie with Southampton. Prior to those two draws, Watford defeated Doncaster Rovers 2-1.

At 14-19-10 with 52 points, Watford moved into a tie for 15th place in the 24-club league, six points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.

U.S. striker Eddie Johnson has been coming off the bench as a second-half substitute for Cardiff City in recent matches. On Monday, it was for a brief five minutes in a 3-1 decision over Burnley.

On Saturday, Johnson came on in the 77th minute of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Johnson assisted on Ross McCormack's insurance goal in stoppage time.

On April 8, Johnson notched a goal in Cardiff's 4-1 victory over visiting Derby County at Ninian Park. It was also Johnson who gave a goal back to Derby with a late own goal.

Johnson entered in the 65th minute with Cardiff already on top 3-0. In the 79th minute, he broke free of the Derby defense, shrugged off the challenge of defender Andy Todd, went in alone on keeper Stephen Bywater and finished well into the bottom right corner of the net. The goal was Johnson's second of the season and was met with chants of "USA, USA".

Eleven minutes later, Johnson gave back a consolation goal. There was little he could do in a scramble in the box when the ball ricocheted off him and into the Cardiff net. The own goal was met by good-natured "USA USA" chants from the Cardiff fans.

Cardiff (19-7-16, 73 points) is still challenging for an automatic promotion spot, standing fourth four points behind second-place Birmingham. Otherwise, the Bluebirds are near certain to be in the promotion playoff.

American defender Frank Simek has been in and out of the Sheffield Wednesday lineup. On Saturday, with Tommy Spurr serving a suspension, Simek went 90 minutes for Wednesday, which dropped a hard-fought contest to Derby County 1-0. Monday, he was not dressed for a 3-2 loss to Queen's Park Rangers.

Previously, Simek was on the bench, but did not play in a 1-0 triumph over Norwich City.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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