BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Billy Schuler and Baggio Husidic impressed again as Gregg Berhalters Hammarby improved to a perfect three wins in three games. Outside of Hammarby, Americans and their clubs continue to struggle in Sweden.
Osters IF 2-1 Angelholm FF
Osters were able to put two goals past Angelholms American keeper Matt Pyzdrowski as they have now successfully grabbed all nine points out of their first three games.
Angelholm took the 1-0 lead in the 37th minute with a nifty finish by Andreas Karlsson. Martin Andersen played a cross in from the left flank which Karlsson was able to one time out of mid air with his left foot, sending a bouncing shot into the left sidenetting.
Freddy Soderberg equalized for Osters in the 51st minute. Angelholm couldn't clear their zone when the opportunity presented itself and Dennis Velic played a nice header past the Angelholm backline, leading Soderberg towards net with just Pyzdrowski to beat. Soderberg struck a low shot from 12 meters out, directly at Pyzdrowski, but the keeper let it slip by him to make the score 1-1.
Maryland native Lester Dewee provided fresh legs for Angelholm in the 87th minute when he came on for Robin Staaf.
It was not to be for Angelholm though, and Marcus Lindberg would prove to be the goat. In stoppage time, Osters used some nice build up play to send Elmin Nurkic into the box and Lindbergs attempted tackle was over zealous and the referee immediately signalled for a penalty. Pyzdrowski guessed wrong and dove to his left while David Thor Vidarsson sent the ball into the left side netting to score the eventual winner in the 91st minute.
Angelholm face a challenge next week against Assyriska FF who currently sit at the top of the Superettan table.
Ljungskile SK 0-0 Halmstad BK
Patrick Hopkins and Steffen Vroom both started for Ljungskile while Ryan Miller started at his traditional Right Back for Halmstad.
Hopkins went the full 90 at Center Back while Vroom played 79 minutes at Forward before being subbed out for Joakim Runnemo.
Few scoring chances came out of the match, this could be partially due to influential Halmstad Central Midfielder Peter Nystrom coming off in just the 39th minute.
Kristinn Steindorsson got close to putting Halmstad ahead at one point. After receiving a nice pass from Gudjon Baldvinsson, Steindorsson fired a shot at net, but Marcus Sandberg did a nice job making the save and preserving the clean sheet, helping Ljungskile to earn their first point of the season.
Halmstad and Miller will be looking for all three points next weekend when they host Trelleborg FF while Hopkins, Vroom and their Ljungskile teammates have a manageable fixture against Umea FC next Sunday.
Degerfors IF 1-2 Umea FC
Brian Edwards and Degerfors got their third consecutive loss to begin the season as they fell at home to Umea.
The match started with both teams generating chances but Umea struck first. In the 21st minute Adam Chennoufi controlled a nice ball from Johan Larsson and deftly finished it past Edwards into the lower left corner of the net.
As the game went on, Degerfors controlled the play and looked likely to equalize. In the 49th minute Tobias Solberg blasted a shot on Umeas net, but Vladimir Sudar did a nice job getting across to tip the ball out for a corner.
Sudars spectacular save was rewarded minutes later when Simon Martensson got another goal past Edwards which put Umea up 2-0 in the 51st minute.
Niklas Klingberg got a goal back for Degerfors in the 62nd minute but it would not be enough for the hosts, as Umea would hold on for a 2-1 victory.
Degerfors next match will be next Saturday against IF Brommapojkarna who have impressed thus far.
Hammarby IF 3-1 IF Brommapojkarna
Baggio Husidic started at Right Midfield while Billy Schuler came on for Sinan Ayraci at Forward in the 66th minute. The two Americans combined to set up Hammarbys third goal of the afternoon as they coasted past previously undefeated side Brommapojkarna.
Hammarby started off fast and it only took them 17 minutes to grab their first goal, even though it came off a Brommapojkarna defenders head. Mikael Rynell played a nice cross from just outside the right edge of the box, lofting the ball towards the left post where Cristophe Lallet made a nice run for the ball. In a panic, Lallets marker Tim Bjorkstrom lunged for the ball and sent it into the back of his own net.
Lallet would grab one of his own in the 24th minute. Rynell factored into the goal again as some nice passing between himself, Jose Monteiro and Husidic near the right corner flag allowed him to cut towards the box and play a ball for a waiting Lallet in the box who managed to put it into the net himself this time.
Brommapojkarna woke up after the second goal and made the score 2-1 in the 36th minute. Aziz Corr Nyang played a low cross in from the left and Pablo Pinones Arce needed to just tap the ball past the outstretched hands of the keeper into the open net.
Schuler wasted no time making his presence felt. Making only his second touch of the match, Schuler demonstrated impressive speed and strength running the ball to the top of the box and holding it up, waiting for support. Help came in the form of fellow American Husidic streaking down the right side. Schuler played a clever pass to slip Husidic past the defense who quickly cut the ball back into the box for a wide open Sebastian Bojassen. Bojassen one timed the ball past Niklas Westberg in the 68th minute to give the game its final scoreline of 3-1 in favor of Hammarby.
With three wins from his first three games as Hammarby's Manager, former U.S. National Team player Gregg Berhalter will be confident leading his charges against IK Brage next Friday.
Djurgardens Cobi Span and Mjallbys Sam Petrone both watched from the stands when their clubs met Friday with Mjallby winning 4-3