PREVIEW: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro open the second week of play on Friday night versus Syrianska while American goalkeepers Matt Pyzdrowski and Brian Edwards are expected to make the respective debuts in the Superettan.
Orebro – Syrianska
The fans at Behrn Arena will be expecting three points from their home team as Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro face newly promoted Syrianska on Friday night.
Bedoya will start in the Orebro midfield for head coach Sixten Bostrom much like he did all last season and in Monday's 0-1 win at IFK Goteborg.
On paper, this looks like an easy match for Orebro who have been penciled in as one of the contenders for this year's Allsvenskan crown.
However Syrianska have already shown they can hang with teams in Sweden's top tier after playing to a home draw last weekend versus Gefle.
Friday's guests won the 2010 Superettan and are in the Allsvenskan for the first time in the club's history.
Orebro will be without Patrik Anttonen, Robin Staaf and Per Johansson while Syrianska will be missing Johan Arneng, Robert Massi, Besim Kunic, Nahir Oyala and Ivan Ristic.
Ljungskile – Falkenberg
Nick Noble and Michael Thomas' Ljungskile kick off their 2011 Superettan at home where they will face Falkenberg at Starke Arvid Arena on Sunday.
Noble has been battle a groin injury he sustained in the preseason and is in a race against time to receive a clean bill of health for Sunday's opener.
The American goalkeeper was stellar all last season for Ljungskile who hope to repeat their performance from last spring when they were in the top three in the Superettan.
Thomas, who joined Ljungskile midway through last season after his release from Allsvenskan club Halmstad, should start in the midfield for the hosts.
Falkenberg finished seventh in last year's Superettan and have not finished above sixth since their promotion from the 2. Division in 2003.
Outside of Noble's injury, both clubs are expected to field full squads.
Brage – Angelholm
Goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski looks set to make his Superettan debut on Monday as Angelhom pay a visit to Domnarvsvallen Stadion in Borlange to face Brage.
Signed in the offseason, the former Portland Timbers netminder will hope for a solid performance against upstarts Brage who finished 11th last season as a newly promoted club.
Angelholm boast a young squad so a sure goalkeeper will help temper any angst from the Angelholm faithful who saw their team flirt with relegation all last season.
No major injuries are being reported by either club.
Qviding – Degerfors
New goalkeeper Brian Edwards will hope to be the man in net at Valhalla IP in Gothenburg as Degerfors pay Qviding a visit on Sunday in the Superettan.
Edwards joined Degerfors in the offseason after receiving scant playing time with Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS.
The former Wake Forest standout now begins a new chapter in his career with his first foray into European soccer.
Degerfors are another team with a young squad but will be facing another team that's green behind the ears in Qviding who are newly promoted from the 2. Division.
Both coaches are expected to field full squads.
Ryan Miller will hope to see some minutes off the bench on Monday when Halmstad visit Malmo.
Gale Agbossoumonde will be returning to Sweden following the US Under-20 team's 2-1 loss to Guatemala and is not expected to play in Djurgarden's Monday encounter with Kalmar.
Sam Pettrone may see some minutes off the bench in the second half for Mjallby who face AIK on Sunday.