RECAP: WEEKEND DUTCH ACTION
Jozy Altidore had an off-day for AZ in the top division while Charles Kazlauskas scored his second of the campaign in the Eerste Divisie in a losing effort.
RKC Waalwijk 1 - 2 AZ Alkmaar
RKC Waalwijk put up a fight but Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar grabbed all three points up for grab on Sunday.
Altidore, who has six goals in his nine appearances on the season, started and went 58 minutes for AZ before making way for Charlison Benshop.
Swede Rasmus Elm put the guests on the board first in just the 10th minute after Guy Ramos was adjudged to have fouled Adam Maher. Elm picked the left hand corner while Jeroen Zoet dove right for the early lead from the penalty spot.
Waalwijk leveled matters approaching the break when Pontus Wernbloom coughed up possession in midfield leading a counterattacking move which ended when Adil Auassar crossed for Geoffrey Castillion to beat Costa Rica keeper Esteban Alvarado.
Altidore, who was unable to impose much influence on the contest watched as his replacement Benshop grabbed the game winner when Wernbloom atoned for his earlier gaffe with a nice assist for the young Dutchman to be sent through on goal to fire home.
With the win, AZ Alkmaar climbed to second in the Eredivisie standings.
AZ host Feyenoord at home next Sunday.
Almere City 2 - 1 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas scored his second goal in as many games, but Almere City took the victory at home in the Eerste Divisie.
After a scoreless first 45, Almere midfielder Mitchell Kappenberg scored a goal worthy of any level of soccer when he took a simple square from Mikhail Rosheuvel, and after a brief touch to settle, blistered a 40-yarder to the far upper corner for the stunning opener in the 53rd minute.
Kazlauskas, playing at right midfield, equalized six minutes later though when Guus Joppen luanched a 60 yard pass up the wing for Ibad Muhamadu.
The striker saw the American making a central run and his awful pass was fortuitously deflected by Almere defender Gino Felixdaal straight into the path of the charging Wisconsin native who drilled a low shot to the near post past keeper Erwin Friebel.
Helmond did not earn any points on the evening, though, as the hosts scored the deserved winner in the 78th. After a sloppy Joppen throw in deep from inside his own area, Rosheuvel found himself barreling down the flank where he put in a homing missile of a cross that Jerson Ribeiro cracked on the full volley past a desperate Björn Sengier.
Kazlauskas went the full match in defeat for Helmond.
Despite the loss, Kaz and Co. sit a healthy seventh in the standings. Next up, a trip to Leeuwarden to face Gregg Berhalter's former club SC Cambuur awaits on Friday.