BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, April 13, 2012
It is looking like another packed weekend in the Superettan with a flurry of Americans hitting the pitch, all looking to grab their first wins aside from Hammarby's American triumvarite.
Halmstad BK-Degerfors IF
Brian Edwards look to improve on last weeks 3-1 loss in between the posts this week for Degerfors while Ryan Miller and Halmstad hope to find the net for the first time of the 2012 Supperetan season after getting blanked 1-0 by Hammarby last week.
Both Americans are likely to start for their respective sides.
With neither team reporting any injuries or suspensions, its set to be a battle between each teams best XI. With both teams hoping to pick up their first win of the season, it should be an engaging matchup to watch.
Angelholm FF-IFK Varnamo
Matt Pyzdrowski looks set to start in net while Lester Dewee hopes to get the nod up front for Angelholm for the second straight week as they take on Varnamo Sunday.
With Angelholm drawing last week and Varnamo enduring a season opening 1-0 loss, both teams will be eager to start their winning ways.
Neither team is reporting injuries or bans, so it hopes to be an entertaining with plenty of action of both ends of the pitch for each of Angelholms Americans.
Jonkopings Sodra IF-Ljungskile SK
Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom hope to fare better this week as their Ljungskile side squares off against Jonkopings Sodra.
Jonkopings impressed last week, putting three goals past Brian Edwards as they coasted past Degerfors. Ljungkile may feel a little slighted by their loss to Osters last week as they showed great attacking wit, but couldn't find the back of the net in their 1-0 loss.
It should be an entertaining match as Jonkopings must be looking forward to continue their impressive scoring rate in front of their home fans while Ljungskile look for their first result of the year.
Both teams should be fielding full squads as neither of the two saw a red card or incurred an injury in the first game of the season.
Umea FC-Hammarby IF
The American trio at Hammarby hopes to build on last weeks win against Halmstad.
Former US National Team defender Gregg Berhalter, now the manager at Hammarby, looks to be without captain and number 10 Andreas Dahl, but that void in the line up should create space for last weeks game winner Sebastian Bojassen.
Baggio Husidic should receive the start on the backline while former UNC Tar Heel Billy Schuler hopes to come on as more than a last minute time wasting subsitution this week.
In addition to Dahl, Hammarby is still without defender Fadi Malke.
Umea is more fortunate than Hammarby in the injury department, as they should have their full starting XI available.
Sam Petrone hopes to make it into the matchday 18 for the first time this season as Mjallby take on Atvidaberg...Cobi Span is still rehabbing and hopes to be a big part of his Djurgardens side shortly.