US Abroad (Feb. 21-24): Friedel shines; Berhalter streak continues

Brad Friedel continued his excellent play by helping Blackburn defeat fourth-place Chelsea in English Premier League action. One division below, Marcus Hahnemann added another shutout, bringing his season total to a remarkable 14.


* Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) at Chelsea, 2-1.

Started: 90 minutes. Another sparkling performance by Friedel and a late goal by David Dunn propeled Rovers to a huge road victory. The result allowed Everton to pull even with Chelsea in fourth place in the Premier League. Next match: Saturday, March 1 vs. Manchester City.

* Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) vs. Fulham, 1-1.

Started: 90 minutes. Keller was beaten by teammate Ledly King, who deflected Boa Morte's cross into the Tottenham goal. Playing against 10-man Fulham for 35 minutes -- after Fulham keeper Maik Taylor's ejection and before Spurs' Darren Anderton's red card -- Tottenham squandered a chance to move into sixth place and remains in eighth.

Keller has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract extension with Tottenham that would keep him with the club through two more seasons following the 2002-03 campaign.

The Washington native is expected to make his first U.S. national team appearance of the year when the Americans host Japan for in a March 29 friendly in Seattle.

* Brian McBride (Everton, PL) vs. Southampton, 2-1.

Started: 59 minutes. McBride contiues to help Everton's recent stretch of good play. The club has gone 4-2 with McBride in the lineup and is now tied with Chelsea for fourth place. Next match: Saturday, March 1 at Middlesbrough.

* Jovan Kirovski (Birmingham, PL) vs. Liverpool, 2-1.

DNP. Not on bench.

* Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL) vs. Middlesbrough, 1-3.

DNP - Reyna is out for the season with a knee injury.

* Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, D1) vs. Rotherham, 3-0.

Started: 90 minutes. Hahnemann earned his 14th shutout of the season. Reading is in third place in the First Division, 10 points behind second-place Leicester. Next match: Saturday, March 1 at Wimbeldon.

* Eddie Lewis (Preston Northend, D1) vs. Wolverhampton, 0-2.

Started: 90 minutes.


* Gregg Berhalter (Energie Cottbus, D1) at Werder Bremen, 1-0.

Started: 90 minutes. With four wins and a tie, Cottbus remains undefeated since the winter break. Berhalter has started all five games and continues to earn high praise for his play in the central defense. Kicker Magazine rating (1-high; 6-low): 3.

* Conor Casey (Hannover 96, D1) vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 1-2.

Entered as a substitute, 64th minute. Casey made his fourth appearance of the season. Kicker Magazine rating (1-high; 6-low): nr.

* Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, D1) vs. Bayer Leverkusen, 1-2.

Started: 90 minutes. A stoppage time goal by former Hannover playmaker Jan Simak sank Hannover and proved huge for the free-falling runners-up of last season. Leverkusen, Hannover and Energie Cottbus are all now tied with 23 points, hovering right at the relegation line. Only Borussia Monchengladbach (22) and Kaiserslautern (21) have fewer points. Cherundolo received a yellow card in this match -- his sixth of the season. Kicker Magazine rating (1-high; 6-low): 4.

* Tony Sanneh (Nuremberg, D1) at Bayern Munich, 0-2.


* Cory Gibbs (St. Pauli, D2) vs. Union Berlin, 2-2.

DNP. Injured (broken ribs).

* Grover Gibson (Mainz, D2) vs. Reutlingen, 2-1.


* Mike Duhaney (Mainz, D2) vs. Reutlingen, 2-1.


* Jacob Thomas (Braunschweig, D2) at Freiburg, 0-2.

Started: 90 minutes.


* Joe Cannon (Lens, D1) vs. Montpellier, 4-0.

DNP. Cannon was dressed as the backup for Charles Itandje.

* David Regis (Troyes, D1) vs. Strasbourg, 1-0.

Started: 90 minutes.

* Greg Vanney (Bastia, D1) vs. Nice, 1-1.


* Oguchi Onyewu (Metz, D2) at St. Etienne, 1-1.



* John O'Brien (Ajax, D1) at Utrecht, 0-1.

DNP - injured.


* Alex Yi (Antwerp, D1) vs. Mons, 0-1.


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