BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, August 15, 2014
With goal-machine Aron Johannsson doubtful to play against Ajax, young American striker Dion Watson could steal the spotlight if he finds the net for his first professional goal against Jong Ajax.
Fortuna Sittard - Jong Ajax
Dion Watson and Fortuna Sittard look to follow up an impressive road win over Helmond Sport on Saturday when they lock horns with Jong Ajax.
Watson, an athletic Florida-born striker, played the final 17 minutes against Helmond last weekend in Fortuna's first game of the season. The appearance was just the fifth of his career for the 19-year old, who came one as a substitute four time for Fortuna last year.
Jong Ajax also started off on a high last weekend, thrashing Telstar 3-0. Dutch U19 international Queensy Menig netted the first two goals for his team in his professional debut, but he was hardly the star.
With Ajax coach Frank de Boer favoring Kenneth Vermeer over Jesper Cillesen, the Dutch World Cup star Cillesen has temporarily been demoted to the youth team and may be on the field again Friday against Fortuna.
Neither teams are reporting any injuries or suspensions.
Jong Twente - Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport seek to make amends for last weekend's home loss on Monday when they hit the road to face Jong Twente.
Kazlauskas, a pillar of Helmond's defense, lined up at right back for coach Jan van Dijk's team last weekend. The Milwaukee-native is capable of playing across the entire back four, as well as in a central and right-sided midfield role.
Jong Twente also suffered defeat in their first game last week, getting downed 1-0 by VVV Venlo despite being up a man the entire second half after VVV defender Jerold Promes was shown a red card in the 44th minute.
Both teams appear to be unencumbered for Monday's match up as neither have reported any injury problems.
It appears unlikely that Aron Johannsson will be ready to take the field for AZ this Sunday against Ajax as the striker is still recovering from ankle surgery.