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4. AMERICANS ABROAD: Debuts in England, France for Yank youngsters
October 30th, 2006 1:48PM



Forward Johann Smith, 19, made his English Premier League debut, coming in with five minutes left as his Bolton club fell, 4-0, to Manchester United.

Former U.S. youth national team goalkeeper Quentin Westberg, 20, made his French First Division debut in a 3-1 win over St. Etienne. Westberg replaced injured starter Ronan Le Crom. Westberg, the son of an American father and French mother, has lived in France most of his life.

In Germany, Kasey Keller was nutmegged on one of two goals he gave up in Borussia Moenchenglabach's 2-0 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Forward Conor Casey returned from a long injury absence, coming off the bench in Mainz's 6-1 loss to Werder Bremen.

In England, defender Jonathan Spector got his third start of the season helped West Ham win its second game of the season with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn, which had Brad Friedel in goal.

In the English second tier, struggling Leeds won on the debut of new coach Dennis Wise, who had announced he wanted the team to get nasty, and moved out of the relegation zone. Eddie Lewis was yellow-carded during his 90 minutes in the 2-0 win over Southend.

DaMarcus Beasley and Claudio Reyna hope to return from injury for Manchester City, which meets Middlesbrough on Monday (TV: Fox Soccer Channel, live, 3pm ET.) Man City has just two wins this season.

English Premier League

West Ham (D, Jonathan Spector, 90 min) 2 Blackburn (G, Brad Friedel, 90 min.)
burn 1.
Arsenal 1 Everton (G, Tim Howard, 90 min.) 1.
Watford (D, Jay DeMerit, 90 min., cautioned) 0 Tottenham 0.
Portsmouth 2 Reading (G, Marcus Hahnemann, 90 min.; M, Bobby Convey, 73 min.) 0.
Fulham (D, Carlos Bocanegra, 90 min.; F, Brian McBride, 90 min.) 0 Wigan 1.
Bolton (F, Johann Smith, 5 min.) 0 Manchester United 4.
English League Championship
Leeds (M, Eddie Lewis, 90 min.) 2 Southend 0.
Wolverhampton 2 Sheffield Wednesday (D, Frank Simek, 90 min.) 2.
German First Division
Borussia M'Gladbach (GK, Kasey Keller, 90 min.) 0 Bayer Leverkusen 2
Hamburg SV (M, Benny Feilhaber, 90 min.) 0 Hannover 96 0 (D, Steve Cherundolo, 90 min.) 0
German Second Division
Augsburg 3 1860 Munich (D, Gregg Berhalter, 90 min.) 0
Jena 2 Koblenz (D, Josh Grenier, 90 min.) 0
Belgium First Division
Beveren 0 Standard Liege (D, Oguchi Onyewu, 90 min.) 3
French First Division
AC Troyes (G, Quentin Westberg, 90 min.) 3 St Etienne 1
Norwegian First Division
Odd Grenland (D, Nat Borchers, 90 min.) 0 Lillestrom 3
Brann 2 Ham-Kam (D, Ramiro Corrales, 90 min) 1
Sandefjord (M, Brian Waltrip, 16 min.) 0 Viking 2
Danish First Division
Aalborg (D, Danny Califf, 90 min.) 1 Silkeborg 0
Esbjerg 1 Nordsjaelland (M, Heath Pearce, 90 min.) 0
Viborg (M, Robbie Russell, 90 min., assist) 1 Randers FC 1

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