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Americans Abroad

Nightmare grows for Lewis, Leeds United.

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

(Friday, October 27, 2006) -- United States midfielder Eddie Lewis is sharing a nightmare with Leeds United, which continues to lurch from disaster to disaster. Entering the season with high hopes after coming within one game of promotion to the English Premier League, Leeds is off to a horrendous start and the club's immediate concern is not moving up from the League Championship, but being relegated to League One.

With four straight losses and a 1-7 record in its last eight league matches, Leeds is 3-9-1 overall with 10 points and is tied for 22nd with Southend (2-7-4), one point ahead of cellar-dwelling Hull (2-8-3). The three clubs comprise the relegation zone, though much can happen in the remaining 33 league games.

Lewis came off the bench Saturday long after the result no longer seemed in doubt in Luton's 5-1 decision over visiting United at Kenilworth Stadium. Luton was ahead 3-1 and in total control when Lewis entered in the 71st minute.

Leeds has already sacked manager Kevin Blackwell and his interim replacement John Carver had moved Lewis back into the starting lineup as the team returned to a more traditional 4-4-2 formation.

A week earlier, Lewis went the distance in a lopsided 4-0 loss to Stoke before an unhappy home crown of 18,173 at Elland Road. It was Stoke's first win at Elland Road in more than 25 years.

Sheffield Wednesday is also a team in turmoil, having fired its coach because of its position near the bottom of the standings. After Paul Sturrock was sent packing, youth team coach Sean McAuley took over and led Wednesday to a 3-2 decision over Queens Park Rangers Saturday.

American Frank Simek played his usual 90 minutes in back for Wednesday, which is 3-6-4 with 13 points and tied for 19th place.

Sturrock was let go following a 4-0 road loss to Colchester October 18. Four days earlier, Wednesday received a big, albeit short-lived lift with a nerve-wracking 2-1 triumph over Barnsley before a healthy home crowd of 28,687. Simek went the distance in both outings.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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