CHAD WINGER - Monday, April 25, 2011
Gale Agbossoumonde was the only American on the losing end in Sweden, as a bevy of good results, highlighted by Michael Thomas' goal and assist, saw many Yanks move up the standings.
Örebro 1 - 1 Helsingborgs
Alejandro Bedoya and Örebro were held at home by Helsingborgs, a draw which vaulted the guests to the top of the Allsvenkan standings.
The fireworks began after a plodding first half with the hosts drawing first blood in the 52nd minute. Marcus Astvald received a long ball from midfield and dribbled towards the endline before centering for Kushtrim Lushtaku whose excellent first touch and drop-back pass for Valdet Rama was slammed to the back of the net from around the penalty spot.
Unbeaten Helsingborgs leveled matters in the 71st minute when May Mahlangu clanged a low bender off of the post past a sprawling John Alvbåge after a sweet touch pass from substitute Rachid Bouaouzan.
Bedoya went the distance for Örebro, picking up a yellow card in the the 44th minute.
Next, Örebro travel to Stockholm to face AIK.
Djurgårdens 1 - 3 IFK Norrköping
Gale Agbossoumonde and Djurgårdens IF feel deeper into early relegation trouble as visiting IFK Norrköping crushed the Iron Stoves at Stockholms Stadion.
Agbossoumonde started for Djurgårdens and helped hold the visitors scoreless at the half but, but immediately after the restart things got out of hand.
On-loan defender Anders Wikström staked the guests to the lead in the 46th minute when he looped a header from an Astrit Ajdarevic free kick just inside the far post and under the crossbar.
Seven minutes later, the Blue Stripes saw their deficit doubled when Agbossoumonde failed to close down Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson on the right flank. After eluding the American, the Iceland striker performed a Preki-like cutback and blasted a shot at goal. Although Agbossoumonde did manage to recover and block the shot with a slide, the rebound fell to Christopher Telo whose stepover dribble froze Kebba Ceesay allowing the Swede to blast a near-post shot past Pa Dembo Touray.
After a near-fatal error from Agbossoumonde who failed to control and clear a simple ball inside the six-yard box leading to a point blank shot by Thorvaldsson which clanged off the post, Djurgårdens clawed a goal back in emphatic style with a bomb from Sebastian Rajalakso. The young Swede picked up a loose ball at in the center of the offensive third, took two touches and cracked a 28-yarder which beat Abbas Hassan.
Immediately after the goal Agbossoumonde was pulled for midfielder Joakim Alriksson as the hosts went for the tie, but Norrköping had other ideas and iced the match just three minutes later when Telo scored his second of the contest after he cleaned up the rebound from his own shot and forced it between a mass of blue and white striped shirts for the final goal of the afternoon.
With the loss Djurgårdens fall to 14th place with a single point from five games, while Norrköping climb to the top spot on account of goal differential. Should Agbossoumonde be on the team sheet next weekend, the young American would travel to Trelleborgs on Sunday.
Åtvidabergs FF 1 - 2 Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards was solid in goal as visiting Degerfors snatched three points on the road.
The American saw his squad jump out to an early fourth minute goal from Peter Samuelsson who chested down a long Marcus de Bruin cross from the left and blasted home from close range.
The lead only held up for half an hour, though, as Edwards was narrowly beaten when Kristian Bergström wormburner from an Oscar Möller set-up somehow eluded the fingertips of the Yank and bounced in off the far post.
Degerfors broke the deadlock for good in the 42nd minute with a goal of La Liga quality when Erik Jernberg and Christophe Lallet played a Iniesta/Messi-like give and go. Jernberg put the excellent finishing touch to beat Henrik Gustavsson and give Degerfors the win.
With the three points suprising Degerfors leap up to the top of the Superettan with seven points. Edwards and company next host second place Assyriska FF a week from Monday.
Ljungskile SK 4 - 1 Hammarby
Michael Thomas scored a goal and had an assist as Ljungskiled rubbed Charlie Davies' former squad Hammarby.
Like Thomas, American Nick Noble went the distance for the hosts who moved up to fifth in the standings in the young season.
Gabriel Altemark Vanneryr had the hosts out ahead in the 15th minute when he cleaned up the slop after a corner before Hammarby tied matters up ten minutes later through Christer Gustafsson from an Andreas Dahl pass. But seconds after the equalizer Robin Wikman sliced an Aleksandar Kitic pass past his own keeper to put the hosts ahead for good.
Thomas struck in the 51st minute from just outside the six-yard box when he managed to slowly tuck a loose ball just inside the post. Although officially counted as an assist ten minutes later, a Thomas shot through traffic was bumbled in by Johan Patriksson for the final goal of the game.
Noble was untroubled for most the match, but did make a nice save with ten minutes remaining from a Faldi Malke effort.
Both Americans have a week between their next match, a Monday trip to GIF Sundsvall.
Västerås SK FK 1 - 2 Ängelholms FF
Former Portland Timbers keeper Matt Pyzdrowski and Ängelholms claimed victory on the road, escaping Västerås with three points with a late goal from Sebastian Andersson.
Ängelholms jumped ahead near the half when when Mikael Dahlgren scored from 12 yards from a Martin Andersen assist, but the lead was erased 15 minutes later following a strike from Mattias Mete from point blank range after Simon Lundevall provided the service.
The match continued to be a see-saw affair but just when the match seemed destined for a draw, Paraguayan Antonio Rojas fed Andersson for the 89th minute gamewinner, allowing the hosts to earn the full share of points.
Pyzdrowski and first place Ängelholms FF will hope the winning continues next weekend when they host the unpronounceable Qviding FIF.
Ryan Miller saw the last four minutes for as Halmstads, helping the hosts hold on for a 1-1 draw with Trelleborgs FF. Next up for Halmstads is visit to Gefle IF next Monday.
Sam Petrone did not see the field for Mjällby who were held at one by GAIS. Next up for Mjällby is a trip to Allsvenksan leaders IFK Norrköping.