(Sunday, January 07, 2007) -- Torrential rain doused many third-round FC Cup matches this weekend, while others were postponed because of deteriorating field conditions.
And in the case of Fulham, it conceded a goal in stoppage time, wasting a goal by United States striker Brian McBride and allowing host Leicester City to tie 2-2 Saturday at The Walkers Stadium, thus forcing a replay of the match at Fulham's Craven Cottage.
Fulham, which plays in the English Premier League, had never defeated Leicester in the FA Cup, entering the match against its second-tier League Championship opponent with only one draw in five previous Cup meetings.
McBride staked Fulham to a 1-0 lead when he took a through pass from midfielder Michael Brown and beat goalkeeper Paul Henderson with a right-footer.
Former Everton forward Danny Cadamarteri entered in the 76th minute for Leicester and four minutes later sent a cross to defender Patrick Kisnorbo, who tied the match at 1-1 with a header.
Fulham regained the lead in the 83rd minute on a long goal from Moritz Volz, Cadamarteri provided the equalizer in injury time.
American defender Carlos Bocanegra logged a strong effort over 90 minutes for Fulham, despite receiving the only yellow card of the game in the 31st minute.
Yesterday, the weather conditions improved some for Blackburn Rovers who recorded a 4-1 home decision over Everton in a meeting of Premier League clubs starting American keepers.
Blackburn has now won four straight and six of its last seven in all competitions. Manager Mark Hughes rested a number of his regulars, but U.S. keeper Brad Friedel made his 110th consecutive start for Rovers. Friedel didn't have that much to do, tipping Andrew Johnson's shot over the crossbar in the 50th minute with Johnson's penalty kick in the 69th minute being Everton's only goal.
Striker Matt Derbyshire, who is usually a reserve and played semiprofessionally a year ago, put Rovers ahead for good in the fifth minute. Sixteen minutes later, midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen beat U.S. keeper Tim Howard with a free kick from 25 yards to make it 2-0.
Forward Paul Gallagher made it 3-0 in the 38th minute with Benedict McCarthy, Derbyshire's replacement, adding a tally in the closing moments.
American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Sheffield Wednesday, a League Championshship team which outplayed the Premier League's Manchester City, but could only come away with a 1-1 draw and a replay at City of Manchester Stadium.
Wednesday outshot City 12-2, but one of those shots was a penalty kick by Georgios Samaras to put Manchester ahead 1-0 in the 78th minute.
Eighty seconds later, however, Steven MacLean scored to pull Wednesday even 1-1 and he had a look at an open net in the closing moments, but sliced his shot wide.
U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley started and went 80 minutes for City.
American defender Jonathan Spector came off the bench for West Ham United, a League Championship club that easily handled visiting Brighton of the third-tier League One by a 3-0 count.
Spector came on in first-half stoppage time after Anton Ferdinand hobbled off with a leg injury. All three West Ham goals came in the second half.
Spector is one of a several West Ham players who have come under fire since a 6-0 setback at Reading a week ago. Manager Alan Curbishley benched Spector for being inconsistent and the American might not have played had Ferdinand not been injured.
American defender Jay DeMerit played his usual 90 minutes for Watford, the cellar-dweller of the Premier League which needed to come from behind for a 4-1 triumph over Stockport of the fourth-tier League Two.
Veteran defender Malky Mackay helped rescue Watford with a pair of goals. After former Manchester United youth player David Poole shocked the home fans with a goal in the 23rd minute, the Watford defense tightened and allowed few more chances and only one other shot on goal.
Mackay tied the game at 1-1 in the 30th minute and Tommy Smith put the Hornets ahead 2-1 in the 48th minute.
Leeds United was victimized by same defensive lapses that have plagued it in league play and fell 3-1 to fellow League Championship foe West Bromwich Albion.
As has often been the case this season, U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis provided much of the offensive spark for Leeds. Down 2-0 in the second half, Lewis beat two defenders to provide a perfect cross to Shaun Derry, but his shot was denied by a great save by keeper Russell Hoult. In the 80th minute, Lewis put a ball directly on the head of veteran striker Tore Andre Flo, but the recent acquisition's shot was handled by Hoult.
U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey was set to return to the Reading lineup after being sidelined for two month by knee surgery, but his anticipated start for Reading of the Premier League against visiting Burnley of the League Championship was postponed because of rain. The game will be played tomorrow.