Former D.C. United midfielder Bobby Convey scored twice in the first 25 minutes -- his first goals since arriving in England -- to lead Reading to a 5-0 rout of visiting Millwall yesterday.
Convey, who left United last year to play for Reading in England's second-tier league, known as the Championship, scored on a superb individual effort in the sixth minute and then doubled the lead with a free kick. He was making his first appearance for first-place Reading (3-1-0) since starting in the U.S. national team's 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in a World Cup qualifier Wednesday in East Hartford, Conn.
Convey, 22, played sparingly last year in England, but has become a regular starter this season. Two other Americans scored in England yesterday: Brian McBride had Fulham's lone goal during a 2-1 loss at Blackburn in the Premier League, and Eddie Lewis scored for Leeds in a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton in Championship play.
Elsewhere, Manchester United beat Aston Villa, 1-0, winning its first home game in the English Premier League since Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer took over the famed club.
There was no sign of a protest as United directors Joel and Bryan Glazer went to their seats at Old Trafford. Fans opposed to the takeover had urged a boycott, but the stadium appeared full with a crowd of almost 68,000.
* SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Rangers won the opening "Old Firm" game, beating rival Celtic, 3-1, in Glasgow. Dado Prso, Thomas Buffel and Nacho Novo scored for the defending champs.
* ITALIAN SUPER CUP: Inter Milan captured the Super Cup in Turin by beating rival Juventus, 1-0, in extra time. Midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron, fed by Brazilian teammate Adriano, scored the game-winner in the sixth minute of the first period of extra time with a right-foot shot from the area edge.
* MLS: Cornell Glen scored in the 81st minute to give Columbus a 1-0 victory over visiting FC Dallas in a rain-delayed match. Columbus goalkeeper Jonny Walker made two athletic saves in second half added time to preserve the win for the Crew (7-12-3). Dallas is 10-7-5. . . .
In Salt Lake City, Mark Chung scored in the 41st minute and Pat Onstad recorded his eighth shutout of the season for San Jose. The Earthquakes (11-4-9) doubled their lead over FC Dallas for first place in the Western Conference to six points and improved to 2-0-1 against Real (5-14-4).