FOUR AMERICANS SHINE THIS WEEKEND
RECAPS
PREVIEWS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This past weekend saw four YA's shine for their clubs abroad in important situations.

Alejandro Bedoya

In Orebro's game on Saturday Bedoya had his hand in all three goals in a 3-1 win over GAIS. On the first goal he hit a powerful shot from distance that the keeper was unable to control and the rebound was sent home. On the second goal, Bedoya hit a beautiful backheel pass for an assist. On the final goal, Bedoya scored off a header.

It's not just relevant to the US national team or Orebro, Bedoya is in an important year personally as he is widely expected to be the subject of numerous transfer rumors this summer. He is making his case on the field with a very strong start to the season and a transfer to a bigger league is now more likely.

Joe Corona

Corona was a dramatic hero for Club Tijuana over the weekend when he scored a goal and an assist to lift his club to a 2-1 win over Irapuato in the finals of the Liga de Ascenso playoff to earn promotion to the Mexican Primera division.

Corona, 20, strong play this season will now be rewarded as he will now become the newest American to be in the Mexican Primera league. He will now likely be on the radar for the US national team or the US Olympic team who he is age eligible for as they prepare for the 2012 Olympic games.

Eugene Starikov

The Soviet-born Ukrainian-American Eugene Starikov has struggled to find playing time at the start of the Russian Premier League for Tom Tomsk but in recent weeks he has slowly begun to earn more minutes.

On Saturday, the 22 year old Starikov scored in a 2-1 upset win over perennial power Zenit. Zenit is also the club that owns Starikov's contract and has loaned him out to the Siberian club for 18 months.

The goal is likely to earn Starikov more minutes with Tom Tomsk and perhaps another callup to the US national team after the Gold Cup. Starikov was part of the January camp in 2011 but did not dress for the friendly against Chile but continued strong play in the Russian Premier League could see him earn his first cap.

Michael Parkhurst

Parkhurst has seen his share of injuries and up and down playing time since leaving MLS to play for Nordsaelland in the Danish Super League.

On Saturday he was rewarded as he played a full 90 minutes in the Danish Cup finals as his team defeated Midtjylland 3-2.

The win will now put Nordsjaelland in the Europa League and it will perhaps put Parkhurst into a bigger role within his club as they prepare for European play.
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