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Beasley fined $1,852 by Dutch judge for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Beasley fined $1,852 by Dutch judge for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Spector will have surgery to repair dislocated shoulder.

Spector dislocates shoulder in Charlton victory over Portsmouth.

Controversial goal diverts Rovers' run to European play.

Keller, G'ladbach see UEFA Cup hopes fade away.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Cherundolo, Casey meet; Hannover draws 0-0 with FC Mainz.

McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

McBride goal and possible Fulham road win wash away.

Rossi's 29th goal leads Man. U. reserves' 6-0 rout of City, title hopes..

Watford, Leeds lose ground in their pursuit of promotion.

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McBride can't help Fulham from falling 3-1 to Portsmouth; Bocanegra ails.

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Berhalter penalty kick moves Cottbus to brink of promotion.

Gregg Berhalter
Gregg Berhalter, the captain of Energie Cottbus, displayed his leadership, stepping up to convert a late penalty kick that tied Greuther Fürth and edged his team closer to promotion.
-- Energie Cottbus web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

(Tuesday, April 25, 2006) -- United States defender Gregg Berhalter clinically put away a penalty kick in the 86th minute, lifting Energie Cottbus into a 1-1 draw with Greuther Fürth tonight and to the verge of promotion to the German Bundesliga next season.

With third place and the final promotion berth on the line, Berhalter, the Cottbus captain, coolly placed his PK into the lower right corner. The kick was awarded after Thomas Kleine was ruled to have tripped Kenan Sahin in the box, a call hotly disputed by Fürth

Had Fürth (13-9-9, 48 points) won, it would have closed to within three points of Cottbus (15-7-9, 54) with three games to go. Cottbus can secure third place with any combination of it gaining four points or Fürth failing to earn four possible points.

Cottbus is not mathematically eliminated from winning the league title, though its chances are worse than remote. Bochum (18-5-8, 62) is in first place, followed by Aachen (19-8-4, 61).

André Mijatovic netted a point-blank header off a corner kick from Danny Fuchs to put Fürth ahead 1-0 in the 30th minute.

U.S. midfielder and captain Claudio Reyna assisted the decisive tally that lifted Manchester City to a 1-0 decision over host Aston Villa tonight in the English Premier League.

In his third game back since missing a pair of outings with a dislocated shoulder, Reyna went the distance for the first time since he returned, helping City snap a six-game losing streak.

In the 71st minute, midfielder Trevor Sinclair passed to Reyna, who fed striker Darius Vassell in the penalty area . Vassell, who formerly played for Villa, spun around and shot with his left foot. Though the shot was not cleanly hit, it still beat diving goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen for a 1-0 advantage.

Vassell had provided a proper response to the Villa faithful who had verbally abused him throughout the evening.

In the 20th minute, Reyna did his best to give The Blues an early lead. He chipped to midfielder Albert Riera on the left side and the Spanish winger's left-footer went barely wide of Sorensen's near post.

City (13-18-4, 43) is tied for 13th place with Middlesbrough (12-15-7), which owns a game in hand.

Yesterday, U.S. striker Brian McBride went 90 minutes for 15th-place Fulham (12-17-6, 42), which finally clinched its place in the Premiership next season with a 1-0 triumph over visiting Wigan.

McBride and his striker partner Heidar Helguson engaged in a physical battle with Wigan's central defenders Matt Jackson and Stephane Henchoz throughout the night. Taking a cross from Wayne Bridge, McBride worked free for an early header on goal, but he could not get enough power on the shot to make it dangerous.

McBride was issued a yellow card for unsportsmanlike behavior in the 85th minute.

Sheffield Wednesday's American defender Frank Simek was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery today on his right knee to repair cartilage damage.
American Charles Kazlauskas turned in a strong performance on the right side of defense for TOP Oss which rallied late to keep its hopes of promotion to the Netherlands' Eredivisie alive.

Reserve Mischa Rook and Marcel van der Sloot scored in the final 15 minutes to tie host NAC Breda 2-2 and force a third and final match in the Dutch promotion\demotion playoff semifinal. In the first game of the series, the teams drew 0-0 at TOP Oss.

The third game Friday will be at TOP.

While Kazlauskas did a good job of marking Breda attackers, particularly Switzerland international Johann Vonlanthen, he also ventured forward at times, his touch failing him on a good scoring chance midway through the first half.

Kazlauskas was issued a yellow card in the 82nd minute for a bad tackle.

In the odd Dutch playoff system, the bottom team from the 18-club Eredivisie (RBC Roosendaal) was relegated, while the champion of the second-tier Gouden Gids Divisie (Excelsior) was promoted. Then, the 16th- and 17th-place finishers of the Eredivisie joined a playoff with six teams from the Gouden Gids for two berths in the Eredivies.

While TOP (15-13-10, 55) finished 11th in the Gouden Gids, it entered the playoff by winning the league's third-period title in November. TOP won the first round of the playoffs by eliminating AGOVV by a cumulative 5-0 over two matches.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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