U.S. ABROAD: Frank Simek makes debut with Arsenal

American Frank Simek, who turned 19 in October, debuted for Arsenal in its 5-1 English Carling League Cup win over Wolverhampton.

The defender moved from Millstadt, Ill., to England with his family in 1992 at age 8. At age 12 he joined Arsenal's youth system, where he played until moving back to the Illinois in 1998.

Last September he signed a four-year contract with Arsenal. He was slated to play for the U.S. U-20 national team at the World Youth Championship currently taking place in the UAE but was not released by Arsenal.

Also in the League Cup, Tottenham, with Kasey Keller in goal, prevailed over Claudio Reyna and Manchester City.

Tim Howard rested as Manchester United fell, while fellow American keeper Marcus Hahnemann got high marks for his play in Reading's loss to Chelsea.


Frank Simek (Arsenal, PL) vs. Wolverhampton, 5-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
Received yellow card in 35th minute.

* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) at West Brom (D1), 0-2.

* Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, PL) at Tottenham (PL), 1-3.
Started: 90 minutes.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 7.

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) vs. Manchester City (PL), 3-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 6.

Tottenham's Darren Anderton and Helder Postiga scored during the first half hour before Robbie Fowler scored Manchester City's first goal in 524 minutes (in all competitions) by taking advantage of a mixup between keeper Kasey Keller and defender Gary Doherty. Doherty attempted to head the ball clear but put it straight in the air for Fowler to head home.

Frederic Kanoute scored Tottenham's third goal in the 90th minute.

Keller made two good saves on Claudio Reyna shots in the second half.

Manchester City had been knocked out of the UEFA Cup last week.

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1) vs. Chelsea (PL) 0-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
The Sun rating (10 high; 1 low): 9.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored in the 57th minute.

Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri told The Sun: ôTheir keeper [Hahnemann] was so good that afterwards I grabbed [club owner] Roman Abramovich and said æLook, look, shall we buy him?Æ.

GERMAN CUP, Round of 16

* Jacob Thomas (Braunschweig, D2) vs. Aachen (D2) 0-5.
Started: 90 minutes.

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