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McBride scores, but Fulham loses lead, ties Leicester in FA Cup.

Onyewu trains with Standard while he awaits his fate.

Fulham acquires Dempsey, applies for work permit; Bocanegra, McBride help Cottagers draw Chelsea 2-2.

Hahnemann, Friedel record shutout victories in EPL.

West Ham, Fulham draw 0-0 in duel of U.S. players.

Friedel, Rovers win meeting of American goalkeepers.

Eyeing move to Spain or England, Onyewu rallies Standard to draw.

With Convey hurt, Reading reverses slide by winning pair.

Friedel is solid in net for Rovers, but Blackburn is sinking.

Friedel, Rovers have tough week, falling in Cup, league.

Nightmare grows for Lewis, Leeds United.

Friedel makes seven saves, but Rovers fall to Bolton 1-0.

Reading gains respect despite recent Premier League slide.

McBride recovers from blood disorder to lead Fulham.

Keller, Mönchengladbach go down 3-0 to Werder Bremen.

With Lewis starting, Leeds defeats Birmingham under interim manager.

Happy Howard helps Everton rise near top of English Premier League.

Blues fans see red over Beasley's (brief) choice of boots.

Number of Americans in top European leagues increases.

Convey assists winner, Reading drops Manchester City 1-0 in EPL.

With Johnson on the attack, Wolves win again, 1-0 over Leeds.

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Reyna to leave England and join Red Bulls.

Claudio Reyna
Claudio Reyna is leaving Manchester City and heading to his home state of New Jersey to play for Major League Soccer's Red Bulls.
-- Manchester City web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.),
Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
and Chris Courtney (in London)

(Saturday, January 13, 2006) -- Midfielder Claudio Reyna, the former captain of the United States men, will leave Manchester City in England to join the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

Reyna, 33, who is a native of New Jersey, the home state of the Red Bulls, has not played for City since December because of leg injuries. Reyna, who is believed to be in the U.S. with his pregnant wife Danielle (a veteran of six caps with the U.S. women) and two sons, will buy out the remainder of his contract which is reported to have paid him around $1.5 million for this season.

"It is to do with family reasons, nothing sinister," City manager Stuart Pearce told ESPN Soccernet. "I can understand the reasons he gave to me. He believes his family has to come before his professional career at this stage.

Reyna, who has played his entire professional career abroad, joined Manchester for the 2003-04 season. After starting all three games in the U.S.'s disappointing first-round elimination from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Reyna made 15 appearances for City in the English Premier League, starting 12, and added one start in the Carling Cup. He had no goals or assists.

Injuries have limited Reyna in his time in Manchester. He was limited to 23 games -- 19 starts -- in 2003-04, 16 starts and one relief appearance the next season and 22 starts in 2005-06. The Premier League season consists of 38 matches.

"He has been a decent player and the frustrating thing for any manager is to lose someone when you are not expecting it," Pearce said. "Before he got the injury as we were approaching Christmas, Claudio was playing really well."

Reyna joined City from Sunderland of the second division for a reported transfer fee of approximately $4.9 million in August 2003. He started in professional career at Bayer Leverkusen in Germany (1995-97), moved across Germany to VfL Wolfsburg (1997-99) and then joined Glasgow Rangers of Scotland (1999-2001) before heading to Sunderland.

Reyna will rejoin Red Bulls sporting manager and coach Bruce Arena, who was his coach with the U.S. men and for three seasons at University of Virginia. U.Va. won NCAA Division I championships in each of Reyna's three seasons (1991-93) and the Springfield, N.J., native was awarded the Hermann Trophy in his final collegiate campaign.

It is expected, but not certain, Reyna will join the Red Bulls under MLS's new Designated Player Rule, which allows a team to play a player whatever it wishes beyond the constraints of the salary cap. New York possesses the league maximum of two such exceptions, having obtained one by trade.

Reyna, who made 112 appearances for the U.S., scoring eight goals, announced his retirement from international competition after last summer's World Cup.

Dempsey is issued work permit

Midfielder Clint Dempsey's transfer to Fulham became complete when he received his work permit Wednesday. He becomes the third American on the Fulham's roster, joining striker Brian McBride and defender Carlos Bocanegra.

Fulham unsuccessfully bid on obtaining U.S. defender Oguchi Onyewu from Standard de Liège of Belgium last week.

The transfer fee for Dempsey is reported to be $4 million, which would be the largest in MLS history, exceeding the $3 million the Premier League's Manchester United paid to acquire goalkeeper Tim Howard from the MetroStars (now the Red Bulls) in 2003.

Onyewu appears to remain in high demand, with Italian power AC Milan the latest club to be interested in obtaining the Olney, Md., resident. Even two-time defending EPL champion Chelsea looked into a deal for Onyewu, but embattled Blues manager Jose Mourinho was denied the funds needed to add a central back.

Though Onyewu trained with Standard last week, it appears certain he will leave the Jupiler League club after a season and a half.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor. Chris Courtney, SoccerTimes European correspondent, is an expatriate American living in Brussels.

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