JON VAN WAGENEN - Friday, April 9, 2010
Alejandro Bedoya and the rest of the Yanks will be joined by Nick Noble as the second division of Swedish football kicks off this weekend.
Halmstads BK - Mjällby AIF
Halmstad will look to build on their strong showing against Malmö as they host the upstart newcomers Mjällby.
Ryan Miller will be starting at right back, for Halmstad, who will likely focus on the defensive tactics that worked for them last week.
Michael Thomas will likely remain an option off the bench.
Kalmar FF - Malmö FF
Johann Smith is likely to be an option off the bench as Kalmar begins to get desperate for a win.
Malmö will be disappointed with their result against Halmstad and hoping to continue to press towards the table's top.
Örebro SK – GAIS
Alejandro Bedoya an Örebro got unstuck against the defending champs AIK, now they take on the always dangerous GAIS.
Örebro is dealing with a spell of early injuries. Peter Westman will be out of the picture as the reserve keeper for Örebro after knocking knees in a training match. Speedster Michael Almebäck, is questionable with a hamstring issue, while Paulinho is dealing with a swollen foot he suffered in his debut.
GAIS were not a top team last season, but they did have Brazilian midfielder Wanderson, who lead the league with 18 goals. Despite constant offseason speculation GAIS did not get suitable bids to sell him to other leagues.
This situation, partially influenced by the global economic crisis, in turn prevented GAIS from being able to offer Miller a contract.
Syrianska – Ljungskile
Nick Noble will be in Sodertalje as Sweden's second division kicks off. The backup keeper will be the only American representative on a Ljungskile team that hosted several last season.
Jorgen Wålmark, last season's starting striker for Ljungskile will be on the sidelines as coach. Wålmark was voted as the club's player of the decade.