WINNERS & LOSERS: Good FA Cup week for Americans; U.S. promoter files Chapter 11


TIM HOWARD looked shaky coming out on one cross but also made a fine save as Manchester United won its FA Cup, third-round replay, 2-0, against non-league Exeter on Wednesday.

Reading advanced to the FA Cup fourth round thanks in part to outstanding saves by American goalkeeper MARCUS HAHNEMANN in a 1-0 win over Swansea in which compatriot BOBBY CONVEY made his third straight start.

CARLOS BOCANEGRA played the full 90 and BRIAN McBRIDE came on with 19 minutes left as Fulham reached the FA Cup fourth round with a 2-0 win over second-tier Watford, for which American Jay DeMerit went the distance.

American keeper BRAD FRIEDEL is also heading to the fourth round of the FA Cup after Blackburn won its third-round replay, 3-2, over Cardiff.

New York product and former American University star PETER PHILIPAKOS made his debut in official competition for Greek First Division club Olympiakos when he came on in the 84st minute of a 1-0 Greek Cup loss to Iraklis. Philipakos had been sidelined with injury after several outstanding preseason performances.


Former U.S. youth national team player ZAK WHITBREAD, 20, was among the second-stringers fielded by LIVERPOOL as it fell, 1-0, to second-tier Burnley in the FA Cup third round. Whitbread had previously appeared in three League Cup games. Liverpool's Spanish manager RAFAEL BENITEZ is under fire for not treating the FA Cup more seriously.

Standard Liege, with American defender OGUCHI ONYEWU, exited the Belgian Cup with a penalty-kick tiebreaker loss to Charleroi after a 1-1 tie in the round of 16.

CHAMPIONSWORLD, promoter of international friendlies featuring Manchester United in the USA the past two seasons, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It still plans to promote games this summer in the United States and Canada. ''This will allow us to restructure,'' said chief executive Charlie Stillitano.

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