U.S. ABROAD (Dec. 26): Howard, Kirovski celebrate Boxing Day wins

English clubs played a full schedule on Dec. 26 and seven Yanks saw action in the Boxing Day games. Jovan Kirovski, making his second league appearance of the season for Birmingham, came out on top in a clash with Claudio Reyna and Manchester City.

Tim Howard was the only other American to celebrate a win, Manchester United downing Everton 3-2 and climbing into first place of the English Premier League.

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* Tim Howard (Manchester United, PL) vs. Everton, 3-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Keeper Howard was victimized by a Gary Neville own goal and scored on by Duncan Ferguson.
Manchester United moved into first place thanks to Chelsea's 4-2 loss at Charlton.
Man U is in 1st place.
Season league stats: 18 games (played every game).
Schedule: at Middlesbrough, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) vs. Middlebrough, 2-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Keeper Friedel was beaten twice by Brazilian Juninho. Blackburn earned a tie when German Markus Babbel scored his second goal of the game in the 90th minute.
Blackburn is 16th place.
Season league stats: 18 games (played every game).
Schedule: at Newcastle, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) at Portsmouth, 0-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Patrik Berger notched two long-distance free-kick goals against keeper Keller.
Tottenham is in 17th place.
Season league stats: 18 games (played every game).
Schedule: vs. Charlton, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Claudio Reyna (Manchester City, PL) at Birmingham, 1-2.
Started: 90 minutes.
Manchester City took a lead on a Robbie Fowler goal in the 14th minute but gave up two goals in the last nine minutes.
Manchester City is tied for 13th place.
Season league stats: 9 games; 1 goal.
Schedule: vs. Liverpool, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham, PL) vs. Manchester City, 2-1.
Entered as a sub in the 61st minute while Birmingham was trailing, 1-0.
Birmingham is in 8th place.
Season league stats: 2 game.
Schedule: at Everton, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Frank Simek (Arsenal, PL) vs. Wolverhampton, 3-0.
Arsenal is in 2nd place.
DNP.
Season league stats: 0 games.
Schedule: at Southampton, Monday, Dec. 29.

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1) at Wimbledon, 0-3.
Started: 90 minutes.
Last-place Wimbledon celebrated its fifth win of the season and ended a four-game losing streak.
Reading is in 9th place.
Season league stats: 25 games.
Schedule: at Walsall, Sunday Dec. 28.

* Eddie Lewis (Preston North End, D1) at Stoke, 1-1.
Started: 90 minutes.
Preston is in 7th place.
Season league stats: 22 games; 3 goals.
Schedule: vs. Crewe, Sunday Dec. 28.

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