MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 13, 2018
Brendan Hines-Ike was the only American to see action again in Belgium over the weekend as he and KV Kortrijk were well beaten by reigning champions Club Brugge.
Club Brugge 3 - 0 KV Kortrijk
Newcomer Brendan Hines-Ike continues his baptism by fire in the Belgian Pro League as he and Kortrijk suffered their second defeat after three games; this time at the hands of the Belgian champions. Ethan Horvath had to make due with watching the game from the bench as Coach Ivan Leko went with his summer signing and fellow countryman 21-year-old Karlo Letica, formerly of Hajduk Split.
Club needed very little time to light up the scoreboard. As a matter of fact it took only three minutes when Nigerian born Dutchman, Arnaut Danjuma fired the team into the lead. Mats Rits claimed the assist.
Before Thomas Kaminski was able to mentally recover, he was picking the ball out of the back of his net five minutes later. The goal scorer was yet againthe Dutchman, Danjuma. Jelle Vossen assisted this time.
De Kerels were lucky to get into the locker room at half time being just two goals behind but the relief was short lived after the referee blew the whistle to start the second half. Belgian U21, Siebe Schrijvers, who was a summer signing from Genk scored his first for his new club to put the final nail in the coffin.
After three games, Hines-Ike and Kortrijk have managed just a point so far. To be fair, they went up against two of the toughest teams in the country at the beginning of the season. This Saturday however they'll welcome KV Oostende to the Guldensporen Stadium and should be expecting to collect a point or three.
Kenny Saief still hasn't played in a competitive game this season and was left home when Anderlecht travelled to the Walloon city of Charleroi to take on Sporting. After falling behind by a goal, les Mauvres made good and scored a couple to take all three points, leaving them with nine out of nine.
Royal Excelsior Mouscron will be their next opponents when they travel to Brussels on Friday night.
Juan Pablo Torres was MIA again when Sporting Lokeren travelled to St Trond. After scoring in the 78th minute however, they ended up turning their three points into one point when the hosts struck back with just six minutes left on the clock.
Next up for Lokeren is a home game against Oguchi Onyewu's former team, Standard Liege.