KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 10, 2014
It was a strong finish for all of the Americans in the last week of the 2014 Tippeligaen season, with Zarek Valentin making a surprise comeback for Bodo/Glimt after a long injury layoff.
Rosenborg 4, Stromsgodset 1
The Troll Kids got a hard earned win as they knocked off their opposition at the Lerkandal Stadium to finish in second place in the standings.
However, it would be Stromsgodset who would get on the scoreboard first in the 13th minute as Peter Kovacs would get his foot on the ball after a cross from teammate Iver Fossum. Midfielder Martin Ronning appeared to be in an offside position when he collected the ball and put in the initial cross in the box, but the referee let play continue and allowed the Hungarian international to score his 10th goal of the season.
After the early setback the momentum would shift in the favor of the home side.
They would level the game in the 38th minute when defender Mikael Dorsin somehow deflected the ball into Stromgodset's goal off a corner. The ball was headed on by Rosenborg captain Tore Reginiussen, but Dorsin was in the right place at the right time to get his left foot on the ball to totally fool the goalkeeper.
Rosenborg would find their final three goals late in the second half.
Midfielder Mike Jensen would score the first to give Rosenborg the lead in the 77th minute. After stealing the ball away from Stromsgodset in the midfield the Dane would collect a pass, sidestep a defender and the goalkeeper to slot the ball home.
Jensen's night was not yet finished as he added another goal in the 86th minute. A scramble in the box for a loose ball ended with the Jensen getting foot on the ball and taking a shot that deflect off a defender and end in the goal. It was his ninth goal of the season.
Finnish forward Riku Riski would come on as a substitute and score the fourth goal in stoppage time for Rosenborg.
Diskerud played the entire 90 minutes for the home side in his final game as his contract expires.
Rosenborg ended their season with a six-game winning streak and a seeding position in the Europa League qualifying phase next season.
Sogndal 0, Stabaek 2
Head coach Bob Bradley guided the Blue Ones to a top 10 finish in their first season back in Norway's top division after securing a big road win over relegation-bound Sogndal at the Fosshaugane Campus.
After an uneventful first half, the action picked up in the latter stages of the second when the visitors scored the first goal in the 87th minute. The midfield duo of Stephens and Jacobson would team up to supply the passes for fellow midfielders Luc Kassi to bury the ball in the net.
Stabaek would score a second in extra time when forward Franck Boli decided to take a chance from outside box. He was rewarded for his effort as the ball took a dip past the goalkeeper who slipped while attempting to make the save.
Stephens and Jacobson both played the full 90 minutes for Stabaek in the win.
The team end their season on a positive note as they finish ninth place in the standings.
Zarek Valentin made a surprise return to the Bodo/Glimt side as he came on as a substitute in the 84th minute in the team's 3-2 win over Viking. The 23-year-old was expected to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a tear to his Achilles tendon.
Rhett Bernstein and Bobby Warshaw will forge ahead with their teams in the promotion chase to the Tippeligaen. Bernstein came on as a substitute in extra time as Mjondalen shutout Fredrikstad 2-0. Meanwhile, Warshaw scored the first goal in Baerum's 2-0 win over Kristiansund.
The two teams will square off against each other on November 16 with the winner taking on Brann at a later date .