CHICAGO (March 25, 2006) - U.S. Men’s National Team players Marcus Hahnemann and Bobby Convey helped Reading clinch promotion to the English Premier League with a 1-1 draw with Leicester at The Walkers Stadium on Saturday in League Championship play. The club, which was founded in 1871, will play its first season in the top flight of English soccer next year.
The two U.S. standouts have started all 40 matches this season to help Reading to a 27-2-11 record for 92 points, putting them 14 points ahead of second place Sheffield United and 20 points ahead of third place Leeds.
With five games left, Reading has not clinched first place, but it is guaranteed to finish no lower than second place. The top two teams automatically move up to the Premier League, while the next four teams conduct a playoff for the third, and last, promotion spot.
In their match against Leicester, Canadian Ian Hume tallied in the first half past Hahnemann, but Kevin Doyle equalized late to earn the visitors the magical point for promotion.
As Reading’s first-choice ‘keeper, Hahnemann has had a huge hand in clubs’s remarkable success, posting 21 shutouts while surrendering a paltry 26 goals in 40 league matches. Convey has consistently contributed as well, compiling 22 points on the season with seven goals and eight assists.
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