JON VAN WAGENEN - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Ryan Miller and Nick Noble were in action this weekend in sunny Sweden with Halmstads downing GAIS and Ljungskile playing to a scoreless draw with Landskrona.
Halmstad 3- 0 GAIS
Ryan Miller went the distance as Halmstad was able to pass GAIS in the standings.
Both teams were coming off wins, but the first half was lacking in chances until the 42nd minute penalty taken by Anselmo gave the home team the lead.
With 10 minutes to go, Marcus Olsson hopped a defender and volleyed in a left footed goal from two paces outside the penalty minute.
Emir Kujovic finished the game off, taking a cross with his chest and firing in from the left side of the penalty box.
Michael Thomas was in uniform but did not play.
Next on the schedule for Miller is a matchup with Alejando Bedoya and Örebro on Sunday. The dueling Americans' teams sit at fifth and fourth place respectively.
Ljungskile 0 – 0 Landskrona BoIS
Miller's former team made it's home debut with Nick Noble manning the pipes.
The 25 year old has jumped from the Austin Aztex into Sweden's second division and established himself as the number one keeper.
While the goal scoring ability had not yet thawed out for either team, aggression popped up like the flowers are beginning to in Sweden. Each member of the Ljungskile back line picked up a yellow card.
Meanwhile, BOiS managed more yellow cards, three in total, than shots on goal, a paltry two.
While Noble was barely tested, Ljungskile at least forced six saves. Alexander Kidic's header in the 73rd was perhaps the most dangerous.
Ljungskile will be back in action in the second round of the Swedish Cup against Qviding on Wednesday.
Johann Smith was inactive as Kalmar claimed the title of most disappointing start to the season with a 3-0 loss to AIK.