MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, November 11, 2019
The Americans are finding game time hard to come by in both divisions in Belgium, with only Isaiah Young seeing action over the weekend.
Anderlecht traveled to Waregem without Kenny Saief and came away with all three points in their 2-1 victory, thanks to goals from Belgian international Nacir Chadli and former Leeds United Englishman, Kemar Roofe. Zulte-Waregem's only goal came from Canadian (yes, Canadian) striker and former Orlando City man Cyle Larin.
Now sitting in 10th place, Anderlecht will host Brendan Hines-Ike and KV Kortrijk after the international break.
Brendan Hines-Ike didn't suit up for Kortrijk due to a calf injury as they fell at home to Waasland-Bevern by a 3-1 score and handing them their first points in a month. The Kerels have been having a hard time of it recently, losing four games on the trot. Scotsman Fraser Hornby found the back of the net for Kortrijk but it obviously wasn't enough.
Ethan Horvath continued to ride the pine as Club Brugge traveled northeast to the city of Antwerp and came away with nothing as the Great Old was helped to the victory courtesy of Club's goalkeeper and Belgian international, Simon Mignolet. The game ended 2-1 after the visitors held a half time lead.
To be fair, you cannot really blame the keeper as Antwerp was attacking, his defender struck the ball at Mignolet's chest from three yards out, although it would have gone wide if the near post of the keeper wasn't there. Antwerp's other goal came from a penalty kick that was converted by former Standard Liege team mate of Oguchi Onyewu, Dieumerci Mbokani. Siebe Schrijvers scored for Club, who will host KV Oostende after the break.
Chris Durkin continues to wait for his first appearance for Sint-Truiden as they fell to Cercle Brugge in a narrow 2-1 loss.
In second division action, Isaiah Young came off the bench for Union St. Gilloise and played a dozen minutes but could not do anything about the scoreline as his USG fell to Westerlo by a 2-0 score at home.
Union will play again this weekend (no international break for the second division) at home and will welcome second Excelsior Virton to Joseph Marien Stadium in Brussels.
Ethan Bryant is still waiting to make his debut in Belgium, but Roeselare won anyway with their 18-year-old American as they beat Sporting Lokeren by two goals to one at home. The win helps their status but they are only off the bottom spot of the standing by goal difference.
They'll be at home again this coming weekend as Westerlo comes to town.