By AVI CREDITOR
FC Nuremberg has extended Timothy Chandler's contract with the club through 2013, according to reports out of Germany.
Chandler (pictured above, right), who carries German-American dual citizenship, has made quite the impression since joining the starting XI three games ago. A contributor on the right side, the 20-year-old Chandler has put in time in the midfield and in defense and has scored one goal.
Nuremberg, which is unbeaten in its last six league matches, is currently eighth in the Bundesliga but just a point out of contention for a spot in next season's UEFA Europe League.
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EVERTON CRASHES OUT OF FA CUP
After a thrilling victory over Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Cup, Tim Howard and Everton could not conjure up the same magic, falling to upstart Reading, 1-0, in Tuesday's fifth-round match.
Reading scored off a failed clearance attempt in the 26 minute, with captain Matt Mills firing through a crowd to beat Howard. Reading keeper Alex McCarthy was the hero after that, coming up with a couple of highlight-reel saves, including one of Leon Osman toward the end of the second half.
FELLAINI OUT FOR SEASON; CAHILL HURT
Making matters worse for Everton, midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, and Tim Cahill has been ruled out for the next three weeks.
Fellaini, who missed six months with an ankle injury last season, suffered another ankle injury against Sunderland over the weekend that requires surgery. Cahill, who also missed the Reading match, has a foot injury that will force him to the sidelines.
DUISBURG ADVANCES TO GERMAN CUP FINAL
Although Howard won't be playing for silverware this season, at least one American keeper will, as David Yelldell and MSV Duisburg defeated Energie Cottbus in a German Cup semifinal on Tuesday, 2-1, to advance to the final.
Duisburg will face either Bayern Munich or FC Schalke 04 in May's final in Berlin.
DYNAMO NEARING ODURO DEAL
The Houston Dynamo are closing in on a deal to bring Dominic Oduro back to the club, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The speedy forward scored five goals for Houston last season, but he rejected a contract offer in the offseason and tried to land a deal overseas. Oduro will fight for playing time with Brian Ching, Jason Garey, Will Bruin and Cam Weaver at the top of Dom Kinnear's formation.
Excited about Chandler's new deal? Think he should get a USMNT call-up before the Gold Cup? Disappointed that Everton is out of the FA Cup? Have you been impressed by Yelldell this season? Do you see Oduro having a solid 2011 with Houston?
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