Moore’s scoring streak continues; Reyna regains his Rangers starting spot.By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
Willie Calderon (in Bristol, England)
Arne van Kalsbeek (in Amsterdam) and
Matthias Schneider (in Leverkusen, Germany)
Tuesday, February 29, 2000) -- Joe-Max Moore scored his sixth goal in seven games for Everton which trounced West Ham United, 4-0.
The match was supposed to pit the United States striker against American goalkeeper Ian Feuer. However, last-minute a last-minute West Ham acquisition, Sasa Ilic, got the nod in goal.
Three goals and an assist by midfielder Nick Barmby were the highlight of the match, but Moore had his chances. Twice he shot wide after defensive breakdowns by West Ham deep in its own end.
In the 71st minute, he finally extended his scoring streak. A loose ball headed toward the West Ham penalty area and a breakdown in communication between Ilic and defender Rio Ferdinand allowed Barmby to snatch the ball away. He drew two defenders to the left side and fed an open Moore at the top of the area. Moore calmly slotted the ball home to complete the drubbing.
West Ham manager Harry Redknapp apparently thought Feuer was not ready for the Premier League. The former Colorado Rapids keeper was penciled in to start this weekend, by at the last minute Redknapp brought in Ilic from Charlton on a month-to-month loan saying the Serbian goalkeeper had experience at the Premier League level.
After today's inept goalkeeping performance, it would appear that Feuer has been promoted to backup for Craig Forrest, who arrives back this week from Los Angeles and his outstanding performance for Canada in the Gold Cup.
With Claudio Reyna back in Glasgow a week earlier than expected, things appear fine once again between the American midfielder and his coach, Dick Advocaat. Reyna started Sunday's match and played the first 72 minutes in the Rangers’ 7-1 victory over Dundee on the road at Dens Park.
Reyna played a strong match organizing in the midfield, as Rangers avenged their only Scottish League loss of the season.
Striker Rod Wallace scored three times in the first 30 minutes, with his opening strike at 75 seconds. He just as easily could have had five before the half.
Reyna came out with Rangers holding a 6-1 lead and Advocaat looking to give substitutes some playing time. The win in the upcoming match against Celtic will all but sew up the league crown for Rangers with two months to play.
It was a frantic week for American goalkeeper Kasey Keller. He completed a 36-hour round trip between Madrid and Washington, D.C. so he and his wife could attend a state dinner at the White House in honor of Spanish king Juan Carlos.
He might as well have stayed in Washington because Rayo turned in its worst performance of the year and was drubbed by Espanyol 5-1, on the road in Barcelona
Rayo jumped on top 1-0 on a fine goal from striker Manolo Canabal in the ninth minute. But from that point on the home team asserted itself drawing level 10 minutes later and taking the lead for good in the 39th minute.
In Germany, American midfielder Frankie Hejduk’s defeated U.S. midfielder Tony Sanneh's visiting Hertha Berlin 3-1, but neither player dressed for the match. Both have been fighting nagging injuries and neither was called up by Bruce Arena for Gold Cup duty.
Hedjuk has been playing regularly for Bayer's reserve side, but he did not dress this week when Leverkusen fell 3-0 to Saarbruecken 3-0. Seventeen-year-old American striker Landon Donovan did start for Leverkusen before being substituted for during the second half.
In the Netherlands, Ajax did not play this week end after its match with Den Bosch was postponed because of fear of crowd disturbances. Fans have been protesting stringent new security rules adopted by the Dutch FA (KNVB) for matches considered "high risk."
A protest last Sunday in Tilburg when Feyenoord visited Willem II ended in a clash with riot police
and approximately 250 arrests. The Ajax-Den Bosch match, targeted for protests this week, was
rescheduled for April 4.
Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at
SoccerWag1@aol.com. Willy Calderon, an American living in
Bristol, England, can be e-mailed at email@example.com.
Arne van Kalsbeek lives in Amsterdam and writes for the English language web site
Ajax Mania. Matthias Schneider lives in Leverkusen, Germany
and is employed by Bayer Leverkusen as an English-language translator.
Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com. Willy Calderon, an American living in Bristol, England, can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Arne van Kalsbeek lives in Amsterdam and writes for the English language web site Ajax Mania. Matthias Schneider lives in Leverkusen, Germany and is employed by Bayer Leverkusen as an English-language translator.