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Friedel's key save gets Rovers started in rout of Wednesday for berth in Worthington Cup final

Friedel, Blackburn are game against Man. U., but come up short 2-1.

Kirovski sparks Palace, assists winner over Stockport; club wants to talk new contract.

More inspired play by Friedel has Rovers one step from Worthington Cup title game.

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

Reyna’s ankle injury is not as serious as feared; with bone bruise and stretched ligaments, he’s out 3-6 weeks.

Keller is one better than Friedel in head-to-head meeting, Tottenham Hotspur edges Blackburn Rovers 1-0.

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

Casey scores first goal for Hannover 96 in 4-2 victory over Aachen, Cherundolo adds assist; Friedel, Moore help teams advance in FA Cup.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.),
Joel Lange (in England)
and Mark Flannery (in France)
SoccerTimes

(Monday, January 28, 2002) -- American striker Conor Casey scored his first goal for Hannover 96 and in Germany’s 2 Bundesliga during a late relief appearance in a 4-2 victory Aachen this weekend.

U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo played his usual 90 minutes at right back and assisted the first Hannover goal.

Casey, who had knee surgery in December, came off the bench in the 71st minute and scored 12 minutes later.

Earlier in the week, Hannover, atop the second division at 12-0-7 with 43 points, fell to the first division leader Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in the German Cup with Cherundolo assisting the lone tally.

Cherundolo, who went the distance, had mixed results, victimized in the 20th minute by Brazilian Ze Roberto whose well-placed cross was headed home by Oliver Neuville for Leverkusen’s first goal. Cherundolo also was given a yellow card for a hard tackle.

Casey came in off the bench in the 75th minute.

In regular Bundesliga league matches this weekend, U.S. defender\midfielder Tony Sanneh was back in the starting 11 and played 90 minutes for FC Nürnberg which returned from the winter break with a 2-0 road loss to Freiburg. Just as was the case in December, Nürnberg was unable to generate much offense and it wasted a penalty kick when trailing 1-0.

With American Cory Gibbs playing defense, St. Pauli exploited a man advantage with two late goals for 3-1 decision over Wolfsburg which was reduced to 10 players in the 65th minute.


In England, American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and striker Joe-Max Moore helped their English Premier League clubs win FA Cup fourth round matches this weekend.

Friedel made four good saves for Blackburn Rovers which defeated Millwall 1-0 on a lovely late goal by Andy Cole. Friedel’s best stop came in the 40th minute when he got his fingertips on Darren Ward's looping header and pushed the seemingly sure goal over the crossbar.

Moore played the second half for Everton which easily disposed of Leyton Orient of the Third Division 4-1. Everton was already ahead 3-0 by the time Moore entered so his job was as much to disrupt any Orient attacks as to score.

American midfielder John Thorrington missed his seventh straight game for Huddersfield Town in the Second Division, missing outings against Queens Park Rangers and Colchester with continued groin as well as ankle problems. His return is not scheduled.


In France, American Greg Vanney, the erstwhile Los Angeles Galaxy defender made his debut for Bastia, assisting his team’s only goal with a corner kick in a 1-1 draw though his team fell 4-2 to Lorient in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker in the Coupe de la Ligue (League Cup).

His strong effort at left back had the newspaper L'équipe give him a rating of 6 out of 7, the second-best rating on his team. Vanney has made a good impression on his coaches and teammates during training with a series of accurate crosses, according to the French media, leading to him taking all the corners against Lorient.

Last Wednesday, however, Vanney never left the bench against his U.S. teammate, defender David Regis who performed well on defense and pushing the ball up the left flank for Metz which won 2-0 under new coach Gilbert Gress.


U.S. attacker Earnie Stewart and NAC Breda, who had not lost since October, returned from the winter break to fall 3-1 Saturday at PSV in a cold rain.

Yesterday, Ajax won 2-0 over host Den Bosch, but U.S. midfielder John O’Brien did not play.

O’Brien performed well in three relief stints in winter training matches, but new coach Ronald Koeman apparently prefers more offensive-minded midfielders in his 4-3-3 formation.

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

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