Fulham defeated Birmingham City in a must-win game for the Cottagers on Saturday. Needing a victory to keep alive their chances of avoiding the drop, Fulham rose to the task and beat Birmingham behind goals from Brian McBride and substitue Erik Nevland. Kasey Keller and Clint Dempsey also contributed to the winning effort, going 90 minutes for Fulham.
The win, coupled with other results (most notably Reading's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham) takes Fulham out of the bottom three. Ahead of Reading on goal differential and one point above Birmingham, Fulham can assure themselves of Premier League football next season with a win against Portsmouth next Sunday.
Here's a great article about Brian McBride from The Independent over in England. The piece details Brian's career from MLS to his time at Fulham.
In other news, Clint Dempsey has signed a contract extension at Fulham.
For Reading, their 1-0 defeat to Tottenham this weekend means that they no longer are in sole control of their Premier League fate. Marcus Hahnemann's team will need a win next Sunday (against Derby) and also need Fulham to falter in their game.
Everton slipped up this weekend against Arsenal, but Tim Howard's team is still sitting in fifth place thanks to Aston Villa's defeat by Wigan. Everton can still confirm European football next season with a point on the final day against Newcastle.