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A few things for Tuesday
   February 15, 2011 (10:19 PM) by Matt Benson

Nothing too crazy happened today, but here are a few things of note.

Timothy Chandler started the season fighting for playing time on Nurnberg’s reserve squad.  A few months later and he has made a start with the senior team, scoring a goal and picking up a couple assists.  Apparently Nurnberg have been impressed enough that there are reports coming out of Germany that Chandler and Nurnberg are close to finalizing a new contract.

Teal Bunbury injured his elbow recently in a preseason friendly against the Houston Dynamo.  The first rumors were that he broke his elbow and could be out for a couple months, but Sporting Kansas City and USMNT fans can relax as it looks to be only a dislocation with no breaks or nerve damage (out only two to four weeks).  Hopefully he can return in time to be selected for the USMNT’s friendlies next month as Juan Agudelo probably will miss them due to the 2011 Regional U-20 Championship being bumped up a week.

Rhett Bernstein, a 24-year-old defender from San Diego who played in college at Brown University, has signed a one-year deal with Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Mjondalen.  Mjondalen was the home to fellow American Graham Dugoni last season, but Dugoni has left the club in hopes of playing in the MLS in 2011.

Brian Sciaretta caught up with 18-year-old forward Stefane Jerome to talk about his loan deal to the Czech Republic club Sigma Olomouc for the rest of the 2010-11 season.  Jerome’s rights are owned by Traffic Sports and he was playing with Traffic Sports-owned Miami FC (shocker!) before taking part in a tryout with Sigma Olomouc and landing the loan deal.

And finally, DC United and Sochaux are still negotiating Charlie Davies’ potential loan deal, but Steven Goff’s “hunch” is that both sides will reach a deal soon.

Categories: Charlie Davies, Graham Dugoni, Rhett Bernstein, Stefan Jerome, Teal Bunbury, Timothy Chandler

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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Friday Links
   September 24, 2010 (5:55 PM) by Matt Benson

Matt Taylor did start for Rot Weiss Ahlen today in his fourth game with the club.  Now for some links.

» 10 Questions With… Alejandro Bedoya [US Soccer Players]

» Davies an important reminder []

» Konopka upbeat despite bench status [Yanks Abroad]

» Dugoni impressing at Mjøndalen [Yanks Abroad]

Categories: Alejandro Bedoya, Charlie Davies, Chris Konopka, Graham Dugoni
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