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IFK Mariehamerica looks to be breaking up
   January 27, 2011 (8:33 PM) by Howie Michaels

According to Joshua Meyers at the Seattle Times, forward Lamar Neagle is back in camp for Seattle Sounders FC after having spent the latter part of 2010 in Finland with IFK Mariehamn (where, according to this, he scored two league goals). This would break up IFK Mariehamn’s Four Horsemen of the Americas, with Josh Wicks, Giuseppe Funicello, and Mason Trafford the remaining American players. He also apparently scored a goal in 9-on-9 drills. Neagle spent 2009 with his hometown Sounders (only playing in a friendly with Chelsea) before winning the USL-2 (now USL-Pro) MVP in 2009.

The Sounders do have nearly forty players in camp (MLS roster limit is 30) so he does have some competition.

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Scandinavian League Roundup
   October 19, 2010 (6:21 AM) by Matt Benson

With a few of the Scandinavian leagues coming to a close in the next month, I thought I would give a quick run down on how a few Americans are sitting with the last couple games to be played.

Finnish Veikkausliiga

In Finland, there is one game left for each of the 14 teams.  Daniel Antunez and FC Inter Turku sit in sixth place with 36 points.  Unfortunately, they are four points behind fourth place and unable to get a Europa League First qualifying round spot.

Vaasan Palloseura (Greg Eckhardt and Brian Pope) are in 10th place with 30 points, three points ahead of 13th place and a spot in the relegation playoffs.  While there are teams in 11th and 12th place, their -11 goal differential is worse and could come into play if they lose and some teams below them get wins.

One of those teams slightly behind them is IFK Mariehamn and the American trio of Giuseppe Funicello, Lamar Neagle and Mason Trafford.  They sit in 11th place with 28 points, one point ahead of the relegation playoffs (13th place) and two points ahead of the automatic relegation (14th place).

So the Veikkausliiga is coming down to the last game of the season.

Norwegian Eliteserien

Next we head to Norway’s top-flight league, which has three games left in the season for the 16 teams.

IK Start (Clarence Goodson and the now injured Hunter Freeman) currently sit in eighth place with 38 points.  They are safe from relegation and probably mathematically eliminated from third place (Europa League First qualifying round spot).

Mikkel Diskerud and Erik Benjaminsen are in 11th place at Stabæk with 36 points.  They are safe from relegation.

Over at Hønefoss (Steve Clark and Kenneth Di Vita Jensen) are in 14th place (relegation playoffs), five points ahead of 15th place (automatic relegation), but six points behind 13th place and safety.  If they get stuck in the relegation playoffs, they will be in a four-team playoff with the teams that finished between third to fifth in the Adeccoligaen.

Norwegian Adeccoligaen

In Norway’s first division, there are four or five games left for the 15 teams.

Joseph Bendik and Sogndal are in first place with 52 points, seven points ahead of second place.  In the Adeccoligaen, the top two teams get promoted automatically, so they have a good shot at promotion with four games left to be played.

Colin Burns and Sarpsborg 08 are in third place with 41 points.  Like mentioned above, teams third through fifth are put in the promotion/relegation playoffs.  Fourth place is at 40 points, while fifth and sixth place are at 34 points.

Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen are in 11th place with 28 points, only three points ahead of the relegation zone, so their last five games are very important.

Swedish Allsvenskan

Over in Sweden, there are three to four games left for the 16 teams in the top-flight league.

USMNTer Alejandro Bedoya has his Örebro SK side in third place with 45 points.  They are 13 points behind second place, but only two points ahead of fourth place.   If they can hold onto third place, they will get a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

Ryan Miller and Halmstads BK are in 12th place with 32 points, but are only four points ahead of the relegation playoffs spot (14th place).  So they have some work to do in their last three games to stay safe this season.

Swedish Superettan

A pair of Americans play at Ljungskile BK  (Nick Noble and Michael Thomas).  They are in fifth place with 44 points, but with only one game left to be played, they are five points shy of making the promotion playoffs, so they will be in the Superettan in 2011.

League of Ireland Premier Division

Two games are left in Ireland and Ryan Guy has his St Patrick’s Athletic squad in fifth place, three points behind third place and a Europa League First qualifying round spot for next season.

League of Ireland First Division

Down in the first division, goalkeeper Chris Konopka and Waterford United are currently in third place (promotion playoffs), two points ahead of fourth place and nothing with two games left in the season.

Russian Premier League

Finally, we head over to Russia where Eugene Starikov (on loan from FC Zenit Saint Petersburg) and FC Tom Tomsk are in 10th place out of the 16 teams with 27 points.  There are still five to eight games left, depending on the team, so there is still a lot of soccer left to be played in Russia.

So there you have it.  Hopefully you are all caught up to speed on the leagues that are coming to a close in October and November.

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Brian Pope, Chris Konopka, Clarence Goodson, Colin Burns, Daniel Antunez, Erik Benjaminsen, Eugene Starikov, Graham Dugoni, Greg Eckhardt, Hunter Freeman, Joe Funicello, Joseph Bendik, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford, Michael Thomas, Mix Diskerud, Nick Noble, Ryan Guy, Ryan Miller, Steve Clark
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OT Player of the Week
   October 18, 2010 (12:46 PM) by Matt Benson

Howie’s Pick – Tim Howard (Everton – English Premier League)

I am going to go with Tim Howard as player of the week. The veteran keeper made six saves as Everton won their second straight (after an 0-3-3 start) while putting arch-rival Liverpool’s new ownership into an even deeper hole.

Matt’s Pick – Lamar Neagle (IFK Mariehamn – Finnish Veikkausliiga)

I am surprised Howie didn’t go with a player associated with the Des Moines Menace, but Neagle has now scored in each of his last two games and is forcing the IFK Mariehamn coaching staff to put him in the starting lineup after coming off the bench since coming over to Finland.

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No Quarter talks with Lamar Neagle
   September 9, 2010 (4:34 AM) by Howie Michaels

A fan blog for the USL-2’s Charleston Battery has an interview with Lamar Neagle, who as I posted last night has signed with IFK Mariehamn in Finland. IFK Mariehamn is currently in 13th in the Veikkausliiga, which would put them in a relegation playoff. Lamar is signed for the remainder of the season with a club option for two more seasons.

It sounds as if things unfolded quickly:

I was actually all ready to head back to Seattle and train there, but I got a call from an agent with a great opportunity to head overseas. I couldn’t really pass it up as I have wanted to go overseas for awhile.

I wonder if the agent he references also works for new teammate Mason Trafford as it is rather surprising to see two players from the 3rd division of the American/Canadian system.

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Three Americans land with IFK Mariehamn in Finland
   September 8, 2010 (8:49 PM) by Howie Michaels

Two former UNLV Rebels have made their way from USL-2 to the Finnish Veikkausliiga, joining another recently acquired American with IFK Mariehamn.

Defender Giuseppe Funicello joined the Green White/Islanders at the end of last month from Thor Akureyri in Iceland’s second division. Being in Division 2 it seems doubtful that Giuseppe (an Italian native who grew up in Connecticut) got to personally witness Internet sensations Stjarnan in the Úrvalsdeild (1st division). Giuseppe has also spent time with the New York Red Bulls of MLS, the Real Maryland Monarchs of USL-2, the Brooklyn Knights of the PDL, and a pair of 8th-division clubs in England.

Another ex-Real Maryland Monarch will be joining him as American-Canadian defender Mason Trafford has made his way to Finland to join IFK Mariehamn as well. Mason made 60 appearances with the Vancouver Whitecaps of the 2nd division (after playing for Vancouver’s PDL side while in college) before joining the Monarchs of the third division this past season.

Finally, forward Lamar Neagle, fresh off winning the USL-2 title with the Charleston Battery, joins IFK Mariehamn as well. Neagle was named MVP of the third division of American soccer after scoring 12 goals in 19 matches. He spent 2009 with the Seattle Sounders of MLS (his hometown club). While he did get to play in some friendlies, including one against Chelsea. I’m also somewhat excited to see this as he played for the PDL’s Des Moines Menace (my local club) in 2007-08 so I have seen Lamar play live a bit.

Categories: Joe Funicello, Lamar Neagle, Mason Trafford
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