CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Monday, November 8, 2010
The Allsvenskan concluded on Sunday with little at stake for the Americans involved, with Ryan Miller and Halmstad earning a win in Stockholm, and Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro conceding a late goal at Trelleborg.
Trelleborg FF 1 – 0 Örebro SK
Örebro finished off their season on a low note, but can take comfort in their third place finish and count on Europa League action next season.
Alejandro Bedoya saw yellow after only six minutes and went a full ninety in his 26th appearance for head coach Sixten Boström.
The game remained at a deadlock with little more than pride at stake for both teams, until Trelleborg struck in the waning minutes.
After entering as a sub in the 83rd minute, Joakim Sjöhage netted the only goal of the game two minutes later off an Andreas Drugge corner from the right side.
Positioned at the edge of the goal box, the 24-year-old striker headed from an unlikely angle in between Örebro keeper John Alvbåge and the right post to steal the victory.
Örebro end the season in solid third with 52 points while Trelleborg can be content with their fifth-place finish.
Djurgården 0 – 2 Halmstads BK
Having narrowly avoided relegation, Halmstad cruised into the postseason on a high note with a win over the favored Stockholmers thanks to goals from Michael Görlitz and Joe Sise.
Notre Dame product Ryan Miller concluded a solid season with his 26th appearance in the backline for Halmstad.
Just three minutes before the halftime whistle, Görlitz opened the scoring by himself with an impressive piece of footwork against defender Petter Gustaffson.
Entering the penalty area on the left flank, the German midfielder faked to the left with a stepover and steered around the Swede for a blistering strike past Pa Dembo Touray for the one goal advantage and his second of the season.
Joe Sise added his fifth of the season at the 66-minute mark after winning a header and sprinting past the Djurgården backline.
The Swede of Gambian descent had no trouble driving forward and slotting past the Gambian national keeper for the 2-0 lead.
The Allsvenskan welcome Superettan champion Syrianska FC and runner-up IFK Norrköping into the top flight, replacing Åtvidaberg and Brommapojkarna.
Gefle and GIF Sundsvall will enter into a play-off to determine the 16th team in the Allsvenskan.