CLAUDIO REYNA scored the equalizer in Manchester City's 2-1 win over Portsmouth by hammering home a rebound for the Blues, whose unbeaten streak was extended to 12 games. Its three wins and a tie this season put Man City in second place. BRIAN McBRIDE scored the winner in Fulham's 1-0 win over Everton by nicely slotting home a low cross. It was his second EPL goal in four games this season for the 1-2-1 (win-loss-tie) Cottagers.
Back from injury, DaMARCUS BEASLEY made his first Dutch Eredivise appearance of the season as a late sub and scored in PSV Eindhoven's 3-0 win at Roda JC. Injured John O'Brien (Den Haag) and Cory Gibbs (Feyenoord) sat out their teams' wins over Heerenveen and Ajax, respectively.
In Germany, American keeper KASEY KELLER was hailed for his performance in Borussia Moenchengladbach's 1-1 tie at Schalke 04 in front of 61,524 fans. Keller's performance included a spectacular parry of a Zlatan Bajramovic header.
The SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES solidified their Western Conference lead with a 2-1 win over Los Angeles on goals by two former Galaxy players: Alejandro Moreno and Danny Califf.
BRAZILIAN strikers shone as Spain's La Liga and Italian Serie A kicked off last weekend. Ronaldo scored on a well-placed long-range drive and combined with compatriot Robinho to setup Spaniard Raul's winner in Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Cadiz. Adriano hit a hat trick in Inter Milan's 3-0 win over Treviso.
A crowd of 14,102 watched FC DALLAS fail in its third attempt to win at its new Pizza Hut Park. The 2-2 tie with Chivas USA extended Dallas' winless streak to eight games. KANSAS CITY's four-game unbeaten streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Columbus, for which Chris Henderson struck in the third minute.
D.C. United defender BOBBY BOSWELL notched his second own goal in two games and his third of the season as the defending champ fell to East leader New England, for which Taylor Twellman hit the winner in stoppage time (his 11th goal of the season). D.C. United's DEMA KOVALENKO was ejected just before Twellman's goal. Kovalenko was also red-carded in a U.S. Open Cup loss four days earlier.
Italian Serie A club Cagliari fired its coach, ATTILIO TESSER, a day after its first game of the season, a 2-1 loss at Siena.
Star referee PIERLUIGI COLLINA may have to stop refereeing Italian league and cup games because of a conflict of interest arising from a sponsorship deal he signed with the car manufacturer Opel, which is AC Milan's main sponsor.