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Keller is one better than Friedel in head-to-head meeting, Tottenham Hotspur edges Blackburn Rovers 1-0; Reyna ankle injury could be serious.

Keller is outstanding in Hotspur’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa; Berhalter, Kirovski key Crystal Palace 2-1 victory over Bradford City.

Reyna pressure helps Sunderland dismiss Rovers, Friedel, in 3-0 triumph; Thorrington returns with pair to lead Huddersfield Town over Peterborough.

Reyna lifts Sunderland to 1-0 win over Everton, capturing his historic meeting with Moore.

Moore scores again off bench, but this time Everton loses; O'Brien finds net in Ajax rout.

Americans Abroad

Moore, Everton record uninspired victory, but advance in F.A. Cup.

By Robert Wagman

(Monday, January 7, 2001) -- Striker Joe-Max Moore was the only American whose team advanced this weekend in England’s F.A. Cup. Goalkeeper Brad Friedel lived to play another day.

The Premier League’s Everton, with Moore playing the full 90 minutes, advanced to the fourth round with a rather uninspiring 1-0 decision Saturday over Stoke, leader of the Second Division. Paul Gascoigne sent Moore through with the first chance of the match, but could not convert in the opening minute.

Moore also squandered a golden chance near the end of the first half when he sent a 10-yard header over the crossbar.

Alan Stubbs converted a free kick in the 53rd minute gave Everton its margin of victory on another dismal day -- weatherwise -- in England.

On Friday, Walter Smith, who has watched his team slide to 15th place in the Premiership, was given a vote of confidence by the Everton board. This is probably good news for Moore who has a good relationship with his manager.

Friedel faced 12 shots but needed to make only three saves for the Premier League’s Blackburn Rovers which forced a replay Saturday when Craig Hignett found net in the 82nd minute for a 1-1 tie with the First Division’s Barnsley.

Friedel was never really tested in the match and was in no position to stop Welsh international midfielder Darren Barnard from scoring from 25 yards for a 1-0 advantage in the 76th minute after a miscommunication with his defense left Friedel stranded in no-man’s land, about six yards out from his goal line.

U.S. keeper Kasey Keller and his Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur saw their third-round meeting with the First Division’s Coventry postponed because of icy conditions.

American striker Jovan Kirovski went the distance, but Crystal Palace of the First Division was not up to the task at the Premier League’s Newcastle United, losing 2-0. U.S. defender Gregg Berhalter watched from Palace's bench.

After going down 1-0, Palace appeared to draw level early in the second half, but the goal was ruled offside despite television replays clearly showing otherwise. That misfortune seemed to deflate Palace which attacked meekly for the remainder of the match.

With U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna out for several weeks with an ankle injury, the Premier League’s Sunderland fell 2-1 to First Division foe West Bromwich.

"Without (Reyna), we could not break down their very organized defense." Sunderland manager Peter Reid said.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman compiled and edited this column. He can be e-mailed at bobwagman@soccertimes.com.

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