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Americans Abroad

Reyna is Scottish player of month; for other Americans a lost weekend.

(Sunday, September 26, 1999) -- It was a lost weekend for Americans playing in Europe.

In Spain, Kasey Keller and his Rayo Vallecano team finally saw their unbeaten streak in the Spanish First Division come to an end as Rayo lost to Real Zaragoza 1-0.

Rayo dominated the match, but the hero was Zaragoza goalkeeper Juan Miguel Garcia Ingles who recorded 18 saves. Zaragoza didn't have its first shot on goal until the 66th minute when Sabo Milosevic hammered the shot past Keller who was screened his defense.

Rayo, now 4-1 in league play, drops a point out of first place.

In Germany, the news was a little better for Frankie Hedjuk at Bayer Leverkusen. Hedjuk came on at right back in the 36th minute and played until he was replaced in the 68th minute as Bayer defeated FC Kaiserslautern 3-1.

But in another Bundesliga match, Tony Sanneh did not play as his Hertha Berlin team tied SpVgg Unterhaching 1-1.

In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers remained unbeaten in league play with a 3-1 home victory over St. Johnstone at Ibrox Stadium. American Claudio Reyna and several other starters were rested by manager Dick Advocaat after their tough midweek Champions League draw with Bayern Munich and looking ahead to Tuesday's Champions League showdown with PSV in the Netherlands

Andrei Kanchelskis, making his first appearance of the season, replaced Reyna in the lineup. Interestingly, Kanchelskis started the preseason as the starter and Reyna, it was assumed, would have been on the bench. Instead Reyna was Scottish league "Player of the Month" for the first four weeks of the season.

In France, at Stade Saint-Symphorien in Metz, David Regis entered the match in the 56th minute as Metz defeated Nantes 2-1. Regis who is still slowed by a leg injury which was aggravated during United States national team training, received a yellow card caution in the 62nd minute of the physical match.

In the Netherlands, John O'Brien did not play for Ajax which defeated Vitesse 3-1.

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