RECAP: WEEKEND SWEDISH ACTION
Alejandro Bedoya went the distance in a losing effort while Gale Agbossoumonde also saw a full 90 minutes, helping his team earn a much needed and hard earned point to highlight a full weekend of Americans in Sweden.
Malmö FF 2 – 1 Örebro SK
Alejandro Bedoya went the full 90 despite picking up a yellow card in the 46th minute on Sunday in a loosing effort at the Swedbank Stadion to host Malmö FF.
Örebro's Valdet Rama opened up the scoring in the 36th minute when he quite suddenly found himself with acres of space 30-yards out and an unobstructed path to goal.
The Albanian forward quickly launched a low driven shot that grazed goalkeeper Dušan Melichárek's outstretched fingertips as it curled away form him into the lower left corner.
Örebro appeared to be on the way to a much needed away win until the 61st minute when Malmö FF forward Guillermo Molins unleashed a jaw dropping shot from nearly 40-yards out to equalize at 1-1.
Teammate Wilton Figueiredo found Molin with a deceptive layoff which left the forward with time to tee up an impressive strike that was still rising when it struck the cross bar before bouncing back off a diving Melichárek into the back of the net.
It was Molins again with the heroics in the 80th minute as he received the ball just inside the box, took a cool and collected touch, and fired a shot into the upper corner beating Melichárek to the far post for the winner.
The result drops Örebro to eleventh in the standings as the club has now lost three straight matches and have won just one of their last five.
In addition to Bedoya, Paulinho and Magnus Kihlberg received yellow cards for Örebro while Markus Halsti, Wilton Figueiredo, Jiloan Hamad, and goal scorer Guillermo Molins were cautioned for Malmö.
Örebro host GAIS next Sunday in a crucial match that the club can't afford to lose as they slip dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Gefle 0 - 0 Djurgården IF
Gale Agbossoumonde helped his side earn a valuable point on Sunday as the American central defender played a vital role in a hard earned shutout on the road.
Chances were few and far between for both sides in Gävle over the weekend despite a Djurgården side that impressed by playing aggressively on the road.
Referee Andreas Ekberg issued cautions to Joel Riddez, Kebba Ceesay , and Christer Youssef of Djurgården, as well as Gefle's Daniel Theorin and Zakaria Abdullai.
Riddez later picked up a subsequent second yellow in the 81st minute. The sending off left Djurgården with ten men for the remainder of the match but the team did well to fend off an onslaught of pressure from a desperate Gefle attack looking for a late match winner.
However it was Djurgården that had the last chance as 22-year old Kennedy Igboananike came dangerously close to converting a free kick moments before the final whistle.
The draw on the road sees Djurgården rise to fourteenth in the standings on goal differential despite being tied for points with Syrianska FC and Halmstad.
Djurgården travel to Mjällby on Monday where they will face Mjällby AIF.
Assyriska 1– 0 Ljungskile SK
Nick Noble was strong between the posts for Ljungskile SK despite giving up a match winner in extra time on Sunday.
The American goalkeeper was stout all afternoon but eventually succumbed to Superettan leaders Assyriska as Haris Laitinen slotted a match winner in the 92nd minute.
Midfielder Michael Thomas also went the full ninety .
Ljungskile were without defender Josemar Santana due to suspension though no cautions were issued on Sunday.
Ljungskile have not won a match since dominating Hammarby 4-1 back on April 25th, a streak they will do their best to end on Thursday when they host Landskrona BoIS.
Ängelholm FF 2 - 4 Jönköping Södra IF
Matt Pyzdrowsk and Ängelholm FF suffered another shaky defensive performance on Sunday as the American keeper surrendered four goals fallowing a 0-5 defeat last weekend.
Jönköping jumped on top early as striker Branimir Hrgota scored in the 17th minute and then again in the 20th minute doubling Jönköping's lead.
After a brief respite, the two sides combined for a brief explosion of scoring that began in the 50th minute when Ängelholm forward Sebastian Andersson beat Jönköping goalkeeper Ivo Vasgec.
Just moments later Ängelholm drew level when Martin Andersen scored in the 54th minute.
However, the two sides were not on even footing for long as Jönköping forward Par Cederqvist, after receiving a yellow card in the 55th minute, responded by scoring seconds later in the 56th minute.
Jönköping added a fourth shortly after when substitute Sheriff Awilo-Suma found the back of the net in the 69th minute just moments after stepping onto the field.
The loss marks a tough time for Ängelholm who were in first place just two weeks ago. Having conceded nine goals in two matches, the club has dropped to fifth place in the Superretan and seen their goal differential drop to minus two.
They next host Degerfors IF and American goalkeeper Brian Edwards on Thursday where a positive result at home will be crucial before traveling on the road to Falkenberg the fallowing Monday.
Degerfors IF – Landskrona BoIS
Brian Edwards recorded his second consecutive shutout on Sunday as Degerfors IF rolled on to their second straight win defeating Landskrona at home.
Niklas Klingberg provided Degerfors with an early goal as the midfielder beat Landskrona goalkeeper Mirza Selimovic in the 13th minute to open up the scoring for the home side.
Andreas Eriksson then doubled the lead in the 31st minute.
Edwards took over from there stopping Landskrona on several occasions despite picking up a yellow card n the 72nd minute.
The Americans strong performances the last several weeks have helped to carry Degerfors to second in the Superretan standings.
Degerfors and Edwards next travel to Ängelholm where they will face fellow American goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowsk and Ängelholm FF.
Halmstad defender Ryan Miller saw eight minutes of action on Saturday as the American was substituted in for forward Raúl Ruiz to help preserve a 1-0 lead against Mallby late in the match. In that same game, Sam Petrone was not in the matchday 18 for Mjallby