JON VAN WAGENEN - Thursday, March 25, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and the Americans in Sweden will try to regroup with home matches this weekend while Johann Smith may make his Kalmar debut.
Kalmar – Elfsborg
Johann Smith could make his first appearance in Sweden when Kalmar hosts Elfsborg.
Smith reported that his status would depend on how quickly the various national football associations verified that his transfer from Croatia was cleared without any outstanding claims.
Also a factor would be his health, as he still has stitches in his leg following a preseason accident.
The early season start for the Allsvenskan continues to subject players throughout the country to substandard field conditions.
Elfsborg and Kalmar officials inspected the field together on Thursday evening to ensure that the pitch was up to standard.
Kalmar has started off the season with consecutive draws while Elfsborg are riding high after a 6-0 demolition of Halmstad.
EDIT: On March 26 Kalmar FF announced Smith as part of the gameday roster.
Halmstad – Åtvidaberg
Ryan Miller, Michael Thomas and their Halmstad teammates will look to regain confidence as they host minnows Åtvidaberg.
Halmstad narrowly avoided relegation last season, and released news in the preseason that it was losing record amounts of money.
So the matchup with a team that few experts are predicting can remain in the top flight will be an important measuring stick.
Thomas will want to erase the memory of his debut, while Miller will look to be on the field for 90 minutes as he grew accustomed to doing Ljungskile last season.
Örebro – Mjällby
Alejandro Bedoya will look to steady the ship after a disappointing loss in Malmö.
Paulinho Guará, Örebro's newly aquired striker will be looking to show Mjällby they made a mistake by not purchasing him.
Mjällby will be without New Zealand international Craig Henderson. The midfielder is out nine monthes with a knee injury.
Mjällby won won the Superettan in 2009 showing why they have the nick name "The team that always returns."
The team has started off the season well, holding giants AIK to a scoreless draw and defeating GAIS 3-0.