MATHEW WAGNER - Wednesday, May 9, 2012
In the second round of Norwegian Cup, Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabæk look to avoid the upset, while Sebastian Troupe and Bærum face next door neighbors Asker.
Fana - Stabæk IF
Stabæk will attempt to avoid an upset at Norwegian third division side Fana Wednesday night.
Americans Ricardo Clark and Sean Cunningham should start at central midfielder and center back for Stabæk.
Fana has an upset on its agenda. Last year in the same round, Fana, then of the fourth division, had Tippeligaen team Fire on the ropes, leading 2-0 at one point. Fire stormed back, however, to win 3-2 in overtime.
After beating Voss 7-0 in the first round, Fana drew the Tippeligaen's bottom team, Stabæk, and has the confidence to win at home this time.
Neither team is reporting any injuries at this moment.
Verdal - Molde FK
Considered one of the luckiest cities in Norway, Verdal faces Molde, Wednesday night.
American winger Josh Gatt could feature for Molde.
With a population of just over 14,000 people, several people have won the national lottery. Because of this, the city has the distinction as one of the Lotto-bygds, a place with a high concentration of lottery wins, in Norway.
Verdal hopes its luck will transfer to the soccer field, as the team has a tough matchup in the defending Norwegian champion, Molde.
Verdal is not reporting injuries at this time. Molde will be without Magnus Stamnestrø, Ivar Pine, Daniel Chime Chukwu, Oliver Valstrand and Viktor Johansen.
Nybergsund IL-Trysil - Hønefoss BK
Hønefoss will look to bounce back from its first loss of 2012 when it travels to Nybergsund Wednesday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark and forward Kenneth di Vita Jensen could feature for Hønefoss.
Hønefoss picked up its first loss of the season off an own goal against Sandnes Ulf on Sunday. It marked the third time Clark has allowed a goal in 2012.
Hønefoss cruised through its first round match against Røa 6-1. Nybergsund beat Oslo City 4-2 in its first round matchup.
Neither team is reporting injuries at this time.
Asker - Bærum SK
Two local teams square off when Bærum travels to second division side Asker.
American defender Sebastian Troupe should start for Bærum in the back line.
Both Asker and Bærum are suburbs of Norway's capital Oslo, and the game should have a large audience.
Asker's and Bærum's fortunes were opposite last season. Asker was relegated into the Norwegian third division, while Bærum was promoted to the Adeccoligaen, Norway's second division.
Asker is not reporting any injuries. Bærum will be without Thomas Jensen, Daniel Berg and Morten Ruud Irgens.
American defenders Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein could feature in Mjøndalen's game at YMCA Oslo on Thursday