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With Moore banished, Everton rallies to 2-1 F.A. Cup triumph past Watford; Razov scores again in Spain.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
Christopher Courtney (in Wuerzburg, Germany)
Willy Calderon (in Bristol, England)
Eric Lindon (in Kaiserslautern, Germany)
and Mark Flannery (in Montpellier, France)

(Tuesday, January 9, 2001) -- United States striker Joe-Max Moore was banished to the lockerroom, but Everton is still alive in the Englandís Football Association Cup after Steve Watson scored in injury time for a 2-1 victory over host Watford in a third- round match at Vicarage Road.

Referee Rob Styles handed out eight yellow cards, and sent a player off from each side, including Moore who was issued his second yellow card in the 86th minute.

After Everton struggled through the first half, manager Walter Smith, whose job reportedly is in jeopardy as the Merseysiders continue to fade toward the Premier Leagueís relegation zone, brought on Moore to start the second half in place of Danny Cadamarteri.

Moore had several opportunities on goal. His 64th minute free-kick at the edge of the penalty area went straight into the wall, two minutes before he was booked for dangerous play. A few minutes later, Thomas Gravesen sent a great pass back to Moore whose point-blank shot was saved by the Watford keeper.

Soon after, Everton was attacking in numbers and Moore flipped a ball from the touch line to former University of Evansville defender David Weir who slammed a shot over the bar. A corner kick a minute later saw Moore volley a shot that was deflected away from goal.

With Watford leading 1-0, Styles sent off Watfordís Robert Page in the 82nd minute. On the resultant free kick, Evertonís Stephen Hughes leveled the match at 1-1 with a unstoppable left-foot drive.

Two minutes later, Moore was sent off with his second caution after he kicked the ball away after being ruled offside.

"There was nothing untoward in the game, (but) you expect a Cup (match) to be played like that and I felt some of the bookings were a bit harsh considering," Smith said. "I don't blame the referee for Moore's sending off, but he could have been a bit more lenient with some of the tackles."

Blackburn of the first division was not convincing despite using two late goals to defeat the fourth divisionís visiting Chester City at Ewood Park. U.S. goalkeeper Brad Friedel made two good saves for the shutout in the nets for Bradford, including a diving stop on Steve Whitehall in the 80th minute with the score 1-0.

American midfielder Eddie Lewis and goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann were dressed and watched from the bench as first division Fulham put up a good fight but fell 2-1 to Manchester United, the Premier League leader, in a match that was not decided until the 89th minute.

Spainís Primera Division returned to action this weekend after a holiday break and American keeper Kasey Keller was in goal for Rayo Vallecano which drew 2-2- with Mallorca. As a rule, Keller has been starting starting UEFA Cup and Spanish Cup matches, while Spanish international keeper Julien Lopetegui, has been in net for league games. But Keller, who played in the last league match before Christmas, got the call. He could not be faulted on either Mallorca tally -- tiny Argentinian playmaker Ariel Ibagazaís shot from in the box in the fourth minute and Cameroon international Samuel Etooís clinical finish in the 62nd.

UCLA alumnus and former Chicago Fire striker Ante Razov continued his strong start for Racing de Ferrol, scoring a late tying goal, than assisting the winner in injury time of a 2-1 decision over Getafe. Racing, tring to stave off relegation, received Razovís equalizer in the 84th minute on a strike called "one of genius" by Spanish newspaper Marca. Then Razov assisted on Franís goal in stoppage time to give Racing the desperately needed three points.

In Germany, despite the winter break, a number of Americans are making news. U.S. midfielder Tony Sanneh told SoccerTimes he is exploring the possibility of leaving Hertha Berlin at seasonís end. He said he is currently negotiating with one club in the English Premier League and another in Germanyís Bundesliga in addition to Hertha.

Bayer Leverkusen continues to show considerable interest in American players. Midfielder Joey DiGimarino, formerly of the Colorado Rapids, signed a multiyear deal with the club, but reportedly will be loaned out to a Second Bundesliga team

FC Lucerneís American midfielder Melchior Arnold had a trial with Bayer before the Christmas break, but now has returned to his Swiss club to complete the season. Bayer coach Berti Vogts indicated he might be willing to take another look at Arnold at a later date. Based on Arnoldís marriage to a United Kingdom citizen, he could acquire a European Union passport in addition to his American one which would make him more marketable. His contract runs through the end of this season and he is rumored to be readying for a move to the Bundesliga.

One of the oddest stories to surface in a while concerns young American forward\midfielder Landon Donovan. Leverkusen is training during the winter break in the Canary Islands and, according to the German media, Vogts was visibly upset when neither Donovan nor Nigerian Pascal Ojigwe showed up for the start of camp. "I must look into what happened." Vogts said.

Donovan is in San Diego training with the U.S. national team.

U.S. midfiedler Frankie Hejduk is training with Bayerís first team.

MetroStars defender Mike Petke is still in the news in Germany after his aborted flirtation with Kaiserslautern. Both Kaiserslautern and Bayern Munich have told the media the 24-year-old might have effectively burned his bridges in Germany. The New York Times reported today that Petkeís re-signing with Major League Soccer and the MetroStars in inevitable.

"If he was going to get homesick, he never should have come over here in the first place," Kaiserslautern coach Andy Brehme told the German media.

In the German Second Bundesliga, American defensive midfielder Joe Enochs returned to training camp at VFL Osnabruck after spending the holidays at home in the San Francisco Bay area.

Hannover 96 defender Steve Cherundolo is also back from a holiday visit to his hometown San Diego.

Brown University defender Corey Gibbs starts a trial this week at FC Saint Pauli.

In Belgiumís first division, Dallas Burn keeper Matt Jordan had a successful training camp with AA Ghent, which reportedly in negotiations with MLS for a transfer. MLS did not comment and Jordan is currently in San Diego training with the U.S. men.

While in Belgium, Jordan kept a diary which was published on the MLS web site. He wrote:

"I was immediately impressed with the training regiment. Usually the team trained twice on Tuesday and Wednesday. The morning session was usually technical training and in the afternoon we played small-sided games and worked on crossing and finishing.

"The rest of the week was focused on preparation for the weekend match. The goalkeeper coach for the club was Philippe Vande Walle a former Belgium International who retired just a year and a half ago. Often times he would step into the goal during practice to prove to us that he still had it (and he wasn't afraid to let us know when he made a great save!). We really enjoyed working together and developed a good friendship. The main reason I decided to go to Gent was because of the long break of the MLS off-season. It was a good opportunity to work on my technique, stay fit and gain experience in Europe."

In Portugal, U.S. forward Jovan Kirovski made a rare appearance, entering in the 88th minute of a 2-1 triumph over Campomaiorense.

In France, it appears that U.S. defender David Regis has a new life with Metz and its new coach. After not dressing for three months, Regis played the first 54 minutes in a 3-1 upset loss to second division Wasquehal in League Cup action.

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. Eric Lindon is an American living in Kaiserslautern where he runs an English-language e-mail discussion group for the local team's fans He can be e-mailed at lindon@k-town.de. Mark Flannery is an American teaching English in France and can be e-mailed at flan.overseas@wanadoo.fr.

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