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Moore notches first Premier League goal in spurring Everton to draw with Tottenham.

(Saturday, January 15, 2000) -- Several times in the past month, American striker Joe-Max Moore has been inserted late in a match for his English Premier League club Everton, only to flub a chance for a winning or tying goal. Today he again was presented a late chance, but this time he was up to the task, and he put away the tying goal -- his first tally in England -- 90 seconds into injury time to lift his club into a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Down 2-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining, Everton manager Walter Smith inserted Moore for Francis Jeffers, after England international hopeful had not been effective for much of the second half. In extra time, Everton midfielder Mark Pembridge took a long throw-in which put the ball into Spurs' box. A scramble ensued, and Moore got a foot on the ball to poke the ball home. The draw means that Everton remains undefeated at home at Goodison Park this season.

In Spain, another strong performance in goal by United States top goalkeeper Kasey Keller allowed Rayo Vallecano to come away with a point in a 1-1 draw at home with crosstown rival Atletico Madrid tonight.

Both sides had good chances in the early going. Keller was tested by a curling direct free-kick from 25 yards out from former Leeds star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but the keeper came up with the save. However, there was little he could do in the 28th minute when a sensational pass from Kiko split the Rayo defense putting Carlos Aguilera through for a chip over the advancing American.

Rayo drew even only seven minutes later when Carlos Llorens scored on a penalty kick after Atletico was called for a hand ball in the box

That ended the scoring for the night as Keller held off Atletico. He was called on to make three strong saves to preserve the draw for the home side.

Speaking of Keller and his success in his first season in Spain, the largest Rayo fan web site recently took a poll, among which was the question of who was the faithful's favorite keeper. When the season started, many fans were outraged the popular Spaniard Julen Lopetegui. was being sent to the bench in favor of this American. Now in the poll, fans voted Keller as their favorite keeper by a margin of 71 percent to 29 percent over Lopetegui.

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