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U.S. ABROAD (Dec. 20-22): Howard, Keller meet; Eddie Lewis scores
December 22nd, 2003 8:02PM



American keepers Tim Howard and Kasey Keller faced off in the English Premier League as Manchester United downed Tottenham Hotspur, 2-1. Both keepers made good saves and neither was faulted on the goals.

Manchester City's Claudio Reyna saw his first league action of the month in Monday's 1-1 tied with Leeds United.

In the English First Division, Eddie Lewis scored in Preston North End's 5-3 win over Burnley.


* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) at Tottenham, 2-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
Howard made a spectacular diving save off a 20-yard rocket from Gus Poyet before being beaten by the Uruguayan in the 63rd minute.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7.
Manchester United is in 1st place.
Season league stats: 17 games (played every game).

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) vs. Manchester United, 1-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Keller was beaten by John O'Shea and on a deflected shot by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Keller saved well on a Ryan Giggs' effort and denied van Nistelrooy of a second goal. Tottenham is in 15th place.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7
Season league stats: 17 games (played every game).

* Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, PL) vs. Leeds, 1-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
Reyna, back in the lineup after missing the last two league games, had a shot cleared off the line by Leeds defender Michael Duberry in the 41st minute. Antoine Sibierski scored for Man City.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7.
Manchester City is tied for 11th place. Season league stats: 8 games; 1 goal.

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) at Aston Villa, 0-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Blackburn is 16th place.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 5.
Season league stats: 17 games (played every game).

* Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham, PL) vs. Middlesbrough, postponed.
Birmingham is in 8th place.
Season league stats: 1 game.

* Frank Simek (Arsenal, PL) at Bolton, 1-1.
Arsenal is in 2nd place.
Season league stats: 0 games.

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1) at Crystal Palace, 0-3.
Started: 90 minutes.
A poor back pass by Nicky Shorey forced keeper Hahnemann to make two tackles outside the penalty area before saving a third effort.
Reading is in 9th place.
Season league stats: 23 games.

* Eddie Lewis (Preston North End, D1) vs. Burnley, 5-3.
Started: 90 minutes.
Lewis scored Preston's second goal with a shot while on the ground.
Preston is in 7th place.
Season league stats: 19 games; 3 goals.

* Greg Vanney (Bastia, D1) at Lille, 0-2.
Bastia is in 13th place.
Season league stats: 11 games; 0 goals.


* John O'Brien (Ajax, D1) at Twente, 0-2.
Ajax is in first place.
Season league stats: 0 games.


* Oguchi Onyewu (La Louviere, D1) at Anderlecht, 1-4.
Started: 90 minutes.
La Louviere is in 12th place.v Season league stats: 10 games; 0 goals.

* Alex Yi (Antwerp, D1) vs. Beveren, 0-3.
Antwerp is in 17th place, second to last. Season league stats: 9 games; 0 goals.

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