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McBride signs contract extension Fulham through summer of 2007.

Reyna returns from layoff for Man. City's 2-1 decision over Sunderland.

Convey scores early, Reading rolls to 3-0 win over Burnley.

Reyna returns to action, playing in Manchester City reserves' win.

Lewis nets decisive tally for Leeds in 2-1 decision over Luton.

Friedel records another shutout as rising Rovers slip past Arsenal 1-0.

Oneywu scores in draw, but Standard drops from Jupiler lead.

Hahnemann's play for Reading stands up to any keeper in Europe.

Keller records easy shutout, G'ladbach ends slide 2-0 over FC Köln.

Reading loses for first time in over six months, falls 3-2 to Luton Town.

Hahnemann shines, Convey assists, Reading draws with Sheffield United 1-1.

McBride is scoreless, but makes his mark as Fulham drubs West Brom 6-1.

Beasley gets relief from Nguyen in PSV 1-0 win over Heracles.

Keller is sharp, but G'ladbach can only draw 0-0 with Schalke.

  • Friedel makes six saves, Blackburn blanks Aston Villa 2-0.
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    Americans Abroad

    Lewis goal in 90th minute gives Leeds 2-2 draw with Norwich.

    By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
    SoccerTimes

    (Monday, March 13, 2006) -- United States striker Eddie Lewis found net with a free kick in the 90th minute to help Leeds United salvage a 2-2 draw with visiting Norwich and an important point in the English League Championship standings before 24,993 at Elland Road Saturday.

    Leeds actually picked up a point on Sheffield United, a 2-0 road loser to Coventry, in the race for second place and the automatic promotion berth to the Premier League. Sheffield is 22-7-9 with 75 points, with Leeds in third, five points behind at 20-7-10, but also holding a game in hand. Watford, which has played a game more than Leeds, is also in the chase, sitting fourth at 19-7-12 with 69 points.

    The third- through sixth-place finishers in England's second division have a playoff with the winner also being promoted.

    With the home crowd exhorting him on, Lewis lined up his free kick from 25 yards out and curled it around the defensive wall and found the top right corner to tie matters at 2-2. Four spirited minutes of stoppage time did not break the deadlock.

    "Our players are fit and raring to go," Leeds assistant manager Sam Ellis said. "They actually think they can finish second, so we could not be in a better position."

    Leeds took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Rob Hulse in the 20th minute.

    Norwich came back with second-half tallies by Andy Hughes in the 57th minute and Paul McVeigh 18 minutes later.

    Reading moved one game closer to promotion and the League Championship title, not allowing visiting Watford to pick up any ground with a 0-0 draw in a match that featured three Americans starters before 23,724 at Madejski Stadium.

    Reading, which saw a 10-match home winning streak end, has not lost at Madejski Stadium since falling 2-1 to Plymouth on Opening Day, going 11-0-7 since.

    U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann was strong again in goal for Reading, while American teammate Bobby Convey went the distance in the midfield, picking up a yellow card for dissent in the 36th minute.

    American Jay DeMerit was strong in back for Watford and his early block of a shot from Royals striker Dave Kitson prevented what might have been the decisive tally.

    With 10 games left, Reading (27-2-9, 90) holds a seemingly insurmountable 15-point margin over fading Sheffield for the league crown, while it is 20 points ahead of Leeds and 21 better than Watford in the race to secure one of the two promotion slots.

    For the first time in a long while, American defender Frank Simek did not start for host Sheffield Wednesday which drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers, picking up an important point in its effort to avoid relegation.

    Simek replaced Mikkel Bischoff in the 85th minute. Wednesday is 8-19-1 with 35 points, sitting in 21st place, one position and two points above the relegation zone.

    Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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