DAVID SMITH - Friday, August 27, 2010
Match-ups for the third round of the Danish Cup are set, with all remaining Americans feeling lucky to have avoided any of the heavyweights of the competition.
The third round sees the entry of the top four finishers from last season's Superligaen into the fray, leaving qualified teams wary of the prospect of facing perennial favorites Copenhagen or likewise tough Odense or Brøndby squads. While no Americans had the advantage of seeing their teams paired against the few remaining minnows in the competition, none were tasked to take on any of the favorites.
Michael Parkhurst and current holders Nordsjælland were paired with 1. Division newcomers Hjørring after they beat Vanløse IF by five goals on Thursday night.
Parkhurst did not participate in that game as he recovers from a dislocated shoulder suffered several days before, but the team will expect to have him back well in time for late-September's third-round game.
Babajide Ogunbiyi and Viborg cruised past lower league Ringkøbing IF, and were thereby rewarded with a trip to fellow 1. Division team Hobro.
Even though these two teams compete in theory on the same level, this game should be expected to be a clear win for Viborg, as just-promoted Hobro are showing they are just not up to the level of competition in the 1. Division with no points from their first three games.
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus had a close call with their 1-0 win over Odder, and will need to put in a better performance when they host a strong Skive IK team, against whom they will likely be competing for a spot to the Superligaen throughout the season.
Aalborg have been drawn to play at 1. Division Næstved, however whether forward Chris Rolfe will be back from his injury in time to compete is doubtful, while Marcus Tracy will certainly miss the game after the team announced he will not return to the field until the spring.
The games will be played between September 21-23, with exact dates and times still to be decided.
Danish Cup third round draw
FC Hjørring - FC Nordsjælland
Hobro IK - Viborg FF
AGF Aarhus - Skive IK
Næstved BK - Aalborg BK