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Bocanegra's Winner Leads Fulham; Reading Continues Remarkable Run


The U.S. contingent in England continues to put their stamp on the league campaigns and at both ends of the park.

While the domestic-based MNT players training at The Home Depot Center took the day off, U.S. MNT regulars Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Convey and Marcus Hahnemann shined in a pair of Tuesday night matches.

Bocanegra, who has six goals in 38 caps for the U.S., made his first goal of the 2005-06 EPL season a memorable one, nodding home an extra-time winner to deliver Fulham a 1-0 win against fourth-place Tottenham. Former Columbus Crew midfielder Simon Elliott provided the service to the back post, where Bocanegra beat his mark to the ball and sent it back into the opposite side of the goal.

Teammate Brian McBride also had a busy day, being turned away by three acrobatic saves from Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson. Robinson also stopped a close-range header from Bocanegra earlier in the match.

In the League Championship, Marcus Hahnemann recorded his 18th shutout in league play, while Bobby Convey helped pile on Norwich as Reading cruised to a 4-0 win at Madjeski Stadium.

Convey's fifth goal of the season helped extend the Royals unbeaten run in the League Championship to 30 games and pulled them ten points clear at the top of the table. With 15 matches remaining the league, Reading has a 21-point lead over Eddie Lewis and third-place Leeds, inching closer to promotion to the top flight.

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