JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, May 17, 2010
Ryan Miller's Halmstad and Nick Noble's Ljungskile were winners while Alejandro Bedoya was looking for a goal in his last outing with Örebro before joining the national team.
Örebro 2 – 0 Trelleborg
Alejando Bedoya and Örebro put a nice cap on the first half of the Swedish season as they dominated relegation zone Trelleborg.
The third team in the standings controlled 63% of possession and had 17 shots to the Trelleborg's two. With stats like that, the final score makes sense.
In the 22nd minute, Roni Porokara headed in from near the goal-line off a cross from Patrik Anttonen.
Örebro are undefeated with a 1-0 lead at home and were able to keep that record.
Samuel Wowoah cemented the lead in the 31st minute with a 35-yard free kick.
The left-footed cross bent straight into the goal as Bedoya was stretching to kick it in. His effort confused keeper Vicktor Noring at just the right moment.
Bedoya had his most aggressive shooting day of the season, with five shots, and three on target.
He struck from distance, from close range and even tried from a sharp angle, but could not convert.
His comments after the match showed disappointment for failing to score. Despite the statistical domination, a goal would have been the perfect cap to the first half of Örebro's season.
Bedoya will travel to Princeton, New Jersey straight away, as the US national team training camp has already started. He was given permission by head coach Bob Bradley to arrive late.
Örebro will play a Swedish cup match at IFK Norköping without Bedoya next week.
Halmstad 2 – 0 Djurgården
Ryan Miller played 90 as Anselmo scored early and late to lead Halmstad to a win over Djurgården.
Robin Malmkvist made a save in the first minute when Hrvoje Milic flubbed a very close shot.
In the tenth minute, Marcus Olsson crossed to the Brazilian striker who headed in from the six yard box.
Djurgården threatened at times. Johan Oremo had a point blank header that Malmkvist batted away in the 35th minute.
But as Djurgården pressed late in the second half, Joe Sise found Anselmo on a counter attack. The match was closed off with a running strike from the middle of the box.
American Michael Thomas was an unused substitute.
The win keeps Halmstad in the middle of the standings with just one more league match against leaders Helsingborg before the break.
Trollhättan 0 – 1 Ljungskile
Nick Noble continued his string of shutouts as Ljungskile got a win against local rivals, just outside the Saab factory.
Noble has now put together six straight games without letting in a goal, with the last letdown coming over a month ago against Syrianska.
Ljungskile had played four scoreless draws over that span.
Sören Ferm scored the difference maker in 80th minute after as he found the ball after a scrum in front of net and clanged it home off the post.
It was the 30-year-old defender's first goal in the Superettan after a carrier in the lower divisions.
Ljungskile continue their busy week as they host Djurgården on May 18th in Swedish Cup action and IFK Norrköping on May 22.
Johann Smith did not play as Kalmar gave Helsingborg its first loss of the season. He did play 80 minutes in a youth match.