MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, August 5, 2019
Only two Americans suited up as Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet for Club Brugge and Brendan Hines-Ike and Kortrijk snatched a point from Charleroi in Belgian Pro League action.
Club Brugge 6-0 St. Trudien
Horvath was between the sticks for Club as they welcomed St Truiden and especially their newly signed American born, Japanese international goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt to the Venice of the North and then duly fired a half dozen balls into the back of his net.
With a dominant attack, Club kept Schmidt very busy but Horvath was called on a few times as well and was up to the task, making a couple of fine saves to preserve his clean sheet.
The hosts started the onslaught in just the 16th minute when new signing from La Spezia of the Italian league, Davaid Okereke netted his first of the day and second for his new team. He would complete his brace four minutes later.
Hans Vanaken made it 3-0 with six minutes left in the first half but that still wasn't enough and Percy Tau, who just signed from Union St Gilloise, netted number four before the intermission.
Things settled down in the second half but it still didn't stop the Blauw-Zwart from adding two more. Nigerian Emmanuel Dennis lit up the scoreboard at the 72nd minute mark and then the final strike came seven minutes before the final whistle, courtesy of second half sub Seibe Schrijvers.
The win with the goal difference puts Club at the top of the standings after two games. Up next, Dinamo Kiev will be coming to Brugge for the first leg of their Champions League qualifier, before heading to the Belgian coast to take on KV Oostende on Saturday. Whether or not Horvath continues to keep his number one spot is not yet known since the team has just signed Simon Mignolet from Liverpool with the promise of first team football.
KV Kortrijk 1-1 Charleroi
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Kenny Saief didn't even make the bench again as new coaches Simon Davies and Vincent Kompany see him as surplus. Still, the revamped Anderlecht still had a terrible day at the office and could only manage a scoreless tie against Mouscron on the road.
Les Mauves will host newly promoted Mechelen in the Belgian capital on Friday night.
The Belgian Division 1B got their season underway this past weekend but Isaiah Young, who just joined Union St Gilloise last month did not make the team sheet for this one. Still, the Brussels based team came away 3-0 winners over KSV Roeselare to get the season off to a flying start.
The team will travel to Virton on Saturday afternoon to take on Excelsoir who lost their opener to OH Leuven.