Before our conquering USMNT heroes return stateside for the Gold Cup, there’s still domestic league business to settle overseas. European competition berths are on the line, promotion and relegation being hotly contested, and even some trophies remain to be lifted. Let’s take a spin around and recap:
On the Eredivisie’s final weekend, Aron Jóhannsson came to play. He got things going for AZ Alkmaar with a stunning bicycle kick goal in the 5th minute. Less than a minute later, he picked up a clever assist on AZ’s second goal. And he provided the exclamation point in the 57th minute with a bullet of a header into the back of the net. Aron’s 4 goals during the last 3 games (combined with Feyenoord’s collapse) helped lift AZ Alkmaar to a 3rd place finish, which assures the club a spot in the 2015-16 Europa League Qualifying Round. Aron finished the season with 9 goals in just over 1500 minutes of action, and is in sizzling form heading into a busy summer (highlights).
Lots to talk about in Germany: In the Bundesliga, Fabian Johnson played 78 minutes as Borussia Mönchengladbach won 3-0 at Werder Bremen. The win assures Gladbach no worse than a 3rd place finish, which secures direct entry to the Group Stage of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League. Remarkably, Gladbach is unbeaten this season when Fabian starts.
At the other end of the table John Anthony Brooks and Hertha BSC are still battling relegation. His 90 minute effort against Timothy Chandler (90 min) and Eintracht Frankfurt ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Hertha sits two points above the drop zone and can assure safety with a result at Hoffenheim in the final week. Otherwise, there’ll be some nervous scoreboard watching in Berlin.
There will be at least one more American in next year’s Bundesliga. Alfredo Morales and FC Ingolstadt 04 not only clinched promotion over the week, but won the 2.Bundesliga outright with a 2-1 win over Terrence Boyd’s RB Leipzig. By the way, the “04” in Ingolstadt’s name stands for 2004, not 1904; the club was founded just 11 years ago.
Bobby Wood and FC Erzgebirge Aue pulled out a decent result with a 0-0 home draw vs. FC Kaiserslautern. Unfortunately, three of Aue’s relegation foes won, leaving the club in a dire situation for the final weekend. Aue must win at Heidenheim and hope at least two other results go its way. Otherwise, the relegation axe falls.
While Aue could be relegated to the 3.Liga, another American is trying to earn promotion from the Regionalliga. Mario Rodriguez scored again for Borussia Mönchengladbach II on Sunday. His 6th goal of the season helped boost Gladbach II to a 4-0 win vs. Uerdingen, winning the Regionalliga West title and securing a place in the promotion playoff (highlights).
Skipping over to Ireland, Jake Keegan had eventful bookends to his weekend for Galway United. On Friday he went 90 and scored the opening goal in a 5-3 win over Bohemians in league play. On Monday, the two sides rematched, this time in a League of Ireland Cup quarterfinal. Jake went 120 minutes in this one, striking home the winning goal in the 93rd minute for a 1-0 victory. He has five goals on the season across all competitions.
Playoff season continues in Liga MX, and it was more bad news than good for our American contingent. Ventura Alvarado made a 37 minute sub appearance as Club América lost a wild one 4-3 vs. Pachuca, and were eliminated 7-5 aggregate. Edgar Castillo also came off the bench for Club Atlas, playing 61 minutes in a 4-1 home thumping at the hands of Chivas, which also reflected final aggregate score line. The only Yank to reach the semifinals was Jonathan Bornstein. He went 90 in Querétaro’s 2-2 draw at Veracruz, which was good enough to advance 4-3 aggregate and earn a meeting with Pachuca.
Jetting back across the pond to England, yet another American was playing for promotion. Jon-Paul Pittman played 50 minutes off the bench for Grimsby Town, who were level at 1-1 vs. Bristol Rovers thru 120 minutes. Jon-Paul was third in line to the penalty spot, but he watched his attempt sail over the bar. It was a tough moment for him, as his turned out to be the only miss, and Bristol Rovers won the shootout 5-3, earning promotion to League Two.
In the Premier League, Brad Guzan spent another game on the bench, troublingly. He watched former backup Shay Given get torched for six goals as Aston Villa lost 6-1 at Southampton. However, Villa managed to back into safety after other results fell its way, and will return to the Premier League next fall.
While Guzan languishes on the bench, another American keeper came off the bench in Norway. 19-year-old Ethan Horvath came on in emergency relief for Molde FK in the 55th minute, making his first team debut for the club. Quite coincidentally, it came just days after his club declined to release him for the U20 World Cup.
In Finland, Jordan Seabrook scored his 4th goal of the young Veikkausliga season. His 38th minute tally gave VPS the early 1-0 lead vs. Finnish power HJK Helsinki. VPS fell behind but pulled level late, hanging on for a 2-2 draw while earning its first point of the season (highlights).
Down in the Finnish third tier, Walter Kromholz scored again for Kultsu. He had the game-winniner in the 74th minute of a 2-1 win over Sudet.
Continuing our swing arond the Nordic countries, we stop in Sweden. Heath Pearce hasn’t been getting any minutes for IFK Göteborg, but at least his club is winning. He was on the bench for the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) Final, which ended with Pearce’s club lifting the trophy after a 2-1 win over Örebro.
Christian Eissele continues to pump in goals. He bagged his second of the season, an 86th minute nail-in-the-coffin in Brage’s 3-0 win at Våsteras SK.
Andrew Stadler got in on the scoring act as well. His first goal of the Allsvenskan season came in the first minute, setting the tone early in Landskrona’s 2-0 win over Halmia. He now has three goals across all competitions.
Anthony Allison completes the trio of goals in Sweden’s lower divisions. He got on the board in the 7th minute, but it proved not to be enough as Sandvikens went on to lose 2-1 against Skiljebo.
Watched much Bulgarian football lately? If you had, you’d know Bjørn Maars Johnsen is settling in nicely with Litex Lovech. He scored his second goal since transferring in late February. He gave his club the lead in the 9th minute Sunday, though it didn’t hold up as Beroe came back to win 3-1 (highlights).
We wrap up this extended OT Report with a goal from Poland’s third division. Christopher Edwards created some late drama, scoring a 90th minute equalizer for Wisła Puławy in a 1-1 draw vs. Zagłębie Sosnowiec. Matt, as you might expect, found some video: (highlights).
Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):
ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)
Brian de la Fuente (Ararat Yerevan) – Brian started and played 45 minutes Sunday in Ararat Yerevan’s 3-0 loss at Mika.
ÖSTERREICHISCHE BUNDESLIGA (First Division)
Conor O’Brien (Weiner Neustadt) – Conor started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Wiener Neustadt’s 0-0 draw at FC Admira Wacker Mödling.
ERSTE LIGA (Second Division)
Shawn Barry (LASK Linz) – Shawn started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 13th minute ASSIST Friday in LASK Linz’s 1-1 draw vs. Liefering.
A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)
Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 9th minute GOAL Sunday in Litex Lovech’s 3-1 loss at Beroe.
SYNOT LIGA (First Division)
Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 69th minute ASSIST Sunday in Jablonec’s 1-1 draw at Mlada Boleslav.
SUPERLIGA (First Division)
Ryan Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Esbjerg’s 3-1 win at Nordsjælland.
PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)
Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started at right back and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 0-0 draw at Burnley.
Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Aston Villa’s 6-1 loss at Southampton.
Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 2 saves Saturday in Everton’s 2-1 win at West Ham United.
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win vs. Hull City.
CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)
Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul came off the bench, played 50 minutes, and missed his kick in the penalty shootout Sunday, as Grimsby Town lost 1-1 a.e.t (5-3 PEN) vs. Bristol Rovers and was denied promotion to League Two.
U21 PREMIER LEAGUE – DIVISION 1 (Youth Division)
Andrija Novakovich (Reading U21) – Andrija started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Reading U21s’ 1-0 loss vs. West Brom U21s.
Antonee Robinson (Everton U21) – Antonee started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Everton U21s’ 3-1 win vs. Tottenham Hotspur U21s.
U18 PREMIER LEAGUE (Youth Division)
Kyle Scott (Chelsea U18) – Kyle started, played the full 90 minutes, and had a 34th minute ASSIST Monday in Chelsea U18s’ 3-0 win at Aston Villa U18s.
VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)
Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy was on the bench but did not play Sunday in KuPS’ 1-1 draw vs. Inter Turku.
Stephen McCarthy (KuPS) – Stephen started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in KuPS’ 1-1 draw vs. Inter Turku.
Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 38th minute GOAL Sunday in VPS’ 2-2 draw vs. HJK Helsinki.
Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mariehamn’s 2-0 win vs. Ilves.
KAKKONEN (Third Division)
Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter scored a 74th minute game-winning GOAL Sunday in Kultsu’s 2-1 win at Sudet.
BUNDESLIGA (First Division)
John Anthony Brooks (Hertha BSC) – John started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 19th minute yellow card Saturday in Hertha BSC’s 0-0 draw vs. Eintracht Frankfurt.
Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 0-0 draw at Hertha BSC.
Julian Green (Hamburger SV) – Julian was not in the squad Saturday for Hamburger SV’s 2-1 loss at VfB Stuttgart.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Fabian started at left wing and played 78 minutes Saturday in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2-0 win at Werder Bremen.
2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)
Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo came off the bench and played 51 minutes Sunday in Ingolstadt’s 2-1 win vs. RB Leipzig. Ingolstadt won the league title and secured promotion to the 2015-16 Bundesliga.
Bobby Wood (FC Erzgebirge Aue) – Bobby started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Erzgebirge Aue’s 0-0 draw vs. FC Kaiserslautern.
Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in SV Sandhausen’s 2-0 loss vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf.
3.LIGA (Third Division)
Junior Flores (Borussia Dortmund II) – Junior was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Borussia Dortmund II’s 3-2 loss vs. Dresden.
Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Holstein Kiel’s 3-1 loss at Duisburg.
Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart II) – Jerome came off the bench and played 24 minutes Saturday in Stuttgart’s 0-0 draw vs. VfL Osnabruck.
Devante Parker (Mainz 05 II) – Devante started and played 86 minutes Saturday in Mainz II’s 2-1 win at Hallescher.
REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)
Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach II) – Mario started, played 78 minutes, and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in Borussia Mönchengladbach II’s 4-0 win vs. Uerdingen.
Matt Taylor (Saarbrücken) – Matt started and played 45 minutes Sunday in Saarbrücken’s 2-0 win vs. Neckarelz.
Devann Yao (TSG Neustrelitz) – Devann was not in the squad Sunday for Neustrelitz’s 4-2 loss at BFC Dynamo.
LIGA MX (First Division)
Ventura Alvarado (Club América) – Ventura came off the bench and played 37 minutes Saturday in Club América’s 4-3 loss vs. Pachuca. América lost 7-5 aggregate and was eliminated from the Liguilla playoffs.
Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Querétaro’s 2-2 draw at Veracruz. Querétaro won 4-3 aggregate and advanced to the Liguilla semifinals.
Edgar Castillo (Club Atlas) – Edgar came off the bench and played 61 minutes Saturday in Club Atlas’s 4-1 loss vs. C.D. Guadalajara. Atlas lost 4-1 aggregate and was eliminated from the Liguilla playoffs.
ASCENSO MX (Second Division)
Stevie Rodriguez (Dorados de Sinaloa) – Stevie was not in the squad Saturday for Dorados’ 1-1 draw vs. Necaxa in the 1st leg of the Ascenso MX Super Final (Promotion Playoff).
EREDIVISIE (First Division)
Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron started, played the full 90 minutes, scored TWO GOALS (5’ & 57’), and had a 6th minute ASSIST Sunday in AZ Alkmaar’s 4-1 win at Excelsior. AZ finished in 3rd place and secured a place in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round.
Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in FC Utrecht’s 3-3 draw at Vitesse.
TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)
Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 77th minute yellow card Saturday in Mjøndalen’s 4-2 loss at Vålerenga.
Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny started, played 54 minutes, and drew a 41st minute yellow card Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Tromsø.
Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Start’s 1-0 loss at Viking FK.
Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stabæk’s 3-3 draw at Molde FK.
Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan came off the bench and played 35 minutes in goal Saturday in Molde’s 3-3 draw vs. Stabæk.
A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Viking’s 1-0 win vs. IK Start.
Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Tromsø.
Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Sarpsborg’s 3-1 loss vs. Lillestrom.
OBOS-LIGAEN (Second Division)
Bobby Warshaw (Bærum) – Bobby started and played 79 minutes Saturday in Bærum’s 4-1 loss vs. Bryne.
II LIGA POLSKA (Third Division)
Christopher Edwards (KS Wisła Puławy) – Christopher started, played the full 90 minutes, drew a yellow card, and scored a 90th minute game-tying GOAL Saturday in Wisła Puławy’s 1-1 draw vs. Zagłębie Sosnowiec.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)
Kevin Garcia (Galway United) –
- Kevin started and played 71 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 5-3 win vs. Bohemians.
- Kevin started and played 20 minutes before exiting with an injury Monday in Galway United’s 1-0 win vs. Bohemians in the League of Ireland Cup Quarterfinals.
Jake Keegan (Galway United) –
- Jake started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 11th minute GOAL Friday in Galway United’s 5-3 win vs. Bohemians.
- Jake started, played the full 120 minutes, and scored a 93rd minute game-winning GOAL Monday in Galway United’s 1-0 win vs. Bohemians in the League of Ireland Cup Quarterfinals.
Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 24 minutes Saturday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 1-0 loss at Bray.
ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)
Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Göteborg’s 2-1 win vs. Örebro in the Svenska Cupen Final.
DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)
David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Dalkurd’s 2-0 win vs. Carlstad.
Christian Eissele (Brage) – Christian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 86th minute GOAL Monday in Brage’s 3-0 win at Vasteras SK.
DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)
Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started, played 89 minutes, and scored a 1st minute GOAL Saturday in Landskrona’s 2-0 win at Halmia.
DIVISION 2 (Fourth Division)
Anthony Allison (Sandvikens) – Anthony scored a 7th minute GOAL Sunday in Sandvikens’ 2-1 loss vs. Skiljebo.
ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report
Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Alejandro missed Nantes’ March 9 match at Bordeaux. According to the club, he suffered a “twinge of the lateral meniscus” (link). It is now expected he will sit out the remainder of the 2014-15 season, as Nantes is being precautious given Bedoya’s Gold Cup plans (link).
Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).
Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin left the May 18 League of Ireland Cup Final with an injury after 20 minutes. No further details have been available.
Greg Garza (Club Tijuana) – Greg sat out Club Tijuana’s March 9 season finale with what is believed to be a minor injury. His club’s season is over.
Josh Gatt (Molde) – Josh is rehabbing from an ACL-related setback suffered in May 2014, following an earlier surgery to repair a torn ACL & LCL. He has returned to full training and estimates that he is on track for a late May/early June return (link).
Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. It is unlikely he returns before the end of the 2014-15 season.
Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He resumed training recently but is hopeful he can resume playing by early May (link).
Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He continues to rehab the injury and aims to be ready to play if Tigres reach the Copa Libertadores semifinals, which begin in mid-July (link).
William Yarbrough (Club León) – William suffered an abdominal injury from an on-field collision in training on April 29. He missed Club León’s final two matches of the 2014-15 Liga MX Clausura (link). His club’s season is over.