JON VAN WAGENEN - Monday, July 19, 2010
Michael Thomas debuted in a new position for his new team, Ljungskile while Alejandro Bedoya and Ryan Miller sat out the restart of the Allsvenskan.
Öster 2 – 2 Ljungskile
The fact that Michael Thomas debuted for Ljungskile was not a huge surprise, but rather that he played 88 minutes as a forward was as Ljungskile drew with Öster on Saturday.
An injury to Johan Patriksson last week left manager Bosse Wålemark searching for options at forward. He decided to throw Thomas into the fray in his debut match, joining starting keeper Nick Noble.
In the 11th minute, Gabriel Altemark-Vanneryr opened the scoring, intercepting an errant pass and finishing with precision on the break away.
Three minutes later, Noble made a difficult save on a Daniel Petersson free kick. In short order, Thomas forced a tough save from Öster keeper Rasmus Ryden after a cross from left wing Erik Nilsson.
In the 51st minute Altemark-Vanneryr scored his second goal, a header from a corner kick by Martin Smedberg.
Just after the goal, key central defender Josemar Santana Silva went off with a back injury and was replaced by Andreas Tobiasson.
Five minutes later, Thomas sent a deep pass to Smedberg who found Mattias Carlsson for a header that narrowly went over the crossbar, keeping the game within reach for Östers.
Just a moment later, Carlsoon was ruing his missed opportunity as Enes Smajlovic's shot glanced off a defender and went past Noble.
In the 77th minute, Freddy Borg evened the score when he pounced on a rebound.
Carlsson nearly saved the win for Ljungskile three minutes from time, but his header again went over the bar.
Thomas came out in the 88th minute in a strong opening performance for the former Notre Dame standout.
Thomas' old teammate Ryan Miller was on the bench as Halmstad lost to IFK Göteborg. Halmstad made three changes to their back line compared to the last league match and lost 3-0.
It was a 3-3 affair between Elfsborg and Örebro, but an injured Magnus Kihlberg replaced a slightly more banged up Alejandro Bedoya, who injured his foot in Örebro's cup loss to Mjällby. Örebro had only 16 players active for the match.