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Lewis contributes two assists for Fulham which roms over Chesterfield 4-0 to advance in Worthington Cup.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
and Willy Calderon (in Bristol, England)
and Christopher Courtney (in Wuerzburg, Germany)

(Tuesday, October 3, 2000) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis contributed a strong performance for English first division Fulham Wednesday, contributing two assists in an easy 4-0 triumph over Chesterfield 4-0 to advance to the next round of the Worthington (League) Cup..

Fulham Manager Jean Tigana continued to play reserve players in Cup matches with Lewis playing all 90 minutes.

Lewis was extremely busy on the left wing. He was the focal point of the attack and showed some flair and determination. It was his adventurous cross in the 73rd minute that found the head of captain Kit Symons to give Fulham an important 2-0 lead. Seven minutes later, Lewis sent a remarkably accurate 30-yard pass to Barry Hayles who chested the ball down and and sent home the third goal.

With a sterling performance in the match, Lewis was expected to start on the weekend, but he once again found himself on the bench as Fulham easily handled Bolton 2-0.

Meanwhile, it was a forgettable week for the Premier League’s Everton and its American striker Joe-Max Moore.

On Wednesday, Everton continued what has become a tradition by being eliminated from a cup competition by a lower division club. In a heavy downpour, the second division Bristol Rovers overcame Everton in a penalty-kick shootout to advance in the Worthington Cup after drawing 1-1 in the second leg match. Moore got the start and played all 120 minutes of the match.

Francis Jeffers opened the scoring for Everton in the 14th minute by calming slotting home for a 1-0 lead, but the star striker was carried off last in the first half after an accidental collision with Rovers' midfielder Scott Jones. Jeffers had just set up Moore when the injury occurred. The resulting shot went over the bar as Moore apparently misjudged the slick surface.

Moore was partnered with Mark Hughes up front for the rest of the match and looked dangerous on some occasions. He forced Rovers' keeper Nick Culkin into a quality save as his free-kick almost curled in. Moore had Everton's first chance in the tiebreaker and missed, his shot hit the outside of the post.

On Saturday, Everton put in an awful performance losing to newly-promoted Ipswich 3-0. Moore started the match but did not have a good outing and was replaced in the 67th minute.

In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers’ undefeated Champions League record went by the wayside with a 3-2 loss to Turkey’s Galatasaray in a tense match in Instanbul's Ali Sami Yen Stadium.

The tense match, played in a driving rain, was broken open early in the second half when the home side put in three first-class goals within an 18 minute period from Bulent Akin, Hakan Unsal and Jardel.

Rangers rallied with two late goals, but in the end fell short. U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna played the first 72 minutes, but came out after receiving a kick to the leg. The injury is not considered serious.

The match was played under intense security with dozens of gun-carrying police officers deployed around the city and hundreds on duty in the stadium. European governing body UEFA appointed Italian official Pierluigi Collina, regarded as the top referee in Europe, to call the match. There were no incidents.

On Sunday, Reyna was one of five starters kept out of Rangers easy 3-0 home win over Dundee United.

In Germany, VFL Osnabruck won its first match of the year in a 2-1 win over SSV Ulm. American midfielder Joe Enochs, expecting a baby this week, turned in another solid 90 minutes at defensive midfield. Fellow American Jeff Yu dressed but did not play.

D3 North leader Erzgebirge Aue beat Eintract Braunschweig 4-1 with help from a goal provided by American striker Mareck Nowacki. American Jacob Thomas did not play for the losing side.

American Greg Kile, still out with a strained muscle watched his Luneberger SK win its first match of the year in a 4-1 blitz of Munster. Coach Harry Pless, clearly relieved to have a win gave the players three days off from training.

American striker Taylor Twellman continues to start for the 1860 Munich Amateur squad, but it was in a 6-0 road loss to VFR Mannheim.

Darmstadt continued in mid-table form with former U.S. midfielder David Wagner as striker and captain in a 1-1 draw at Trier.

American Tim Lawson made his first appearance of the year for SpVgg Elversberg in a 1-1 draw with Erfurt. Grover Gibson was out serving a red card suspension and Brent Goulet did not play. Elversberg was knocked out of first place this week by a surging FC Schweinfurt.

In France, U.S. defender David Regis is finally back playing with Metz, starting his first league match of the season and playing the full 90 minutes of a 1-0 setback to Bastia.

Riding the Pine

The following Americans did not play this weekend:

Goalkeeper Kasey Keller (Rayo Vallecano, Spain) - Still sidelined by a broken finger as Rayo defeated Celta Vigo 3-0 to move into fourth place in the league standings. The match, played in the rain, drew only 9,000 spectators with former Spanish international Julen Lopetegui performing ably in goal, had a good match.

Goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (Fulham, England) - Was dressed as the reserve keeper, but did not see action against either Chesterfield or Bolton.

Goalkeeper Ian Feuer (Wimbledon, England) - Did not dress for Wimbledon which defeated Wigan 2-1 in Cup play. He was on the bench as the backup when Wimbledon defeated Stockport 2-0 in regular league play.

- NAC had the weekend off.

Midfielder Tony Sanneh (Hertha Berlin, Germany) - Watched from the bench as Hertha Berlin overcame a two goal deficit to beat Cologne 4-2. In this game Brazilian star Alex Alves scored what many are calling the Bundesliga "Goal of the Year." Alves noticed that Cologne keeper Markus Proell was way off his line on a post-goal kickoff so he sent a 60-yard bending ball over his head into the net.

Defender Steve Cherundolo (Hannover '96, Germany) - Cherundolo is expected to return from his long-term knee injury in two weeks. Meanwhile, the club moved into a promotion spot this week with a 5-1 drubbing of Reutlingen.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com. Christopher Courtney is an American living in Wuerzburg, Germany where he follows the fortunes of American players in Europe. He can be contacted at yanksgermany@yahoo.com. Willy Calderon, an American living in Bristol, England, writes about soccer for various publications and netzines and can be contacted at willy@netcity.co.uk.

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