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Norway’s First Division Playoffs
   November 14, 2012 (1:52 AM) by David

Norway First Division Playoffs

With all the accolades for Norway Eliteserien Champions Molde, and USMNT/Molde forward Josh Gatt, lost in the noise is the promotional playoff situation for teams in Norway’s First Division.

While Eliteserien has one more week of the regular season left, the First Division is complete and now moves on to promotion/relegation playoffs. While the Eliteserien relegation picture will not be decided until this weekend, the First Division promotional playoffs start today.

How it Works

The Eliteserien will relegate three teams. Stabaek are relegated already, while three other teams are trying to stave off relegation (one will be automatically relegated). The team finishing above the bottom two will enter into the relegation playoff.

The First Division will promote three teams. Start and Sarpsborg 08 are promoted already. The four teams (places three through six) now enter the promotional playoff. Sandefjord #3, Mjondalen #4, Bodo/Glimt #5 and Ullensaker #6, will play the first round today followed by the final qualifier this weekend.

#4 Mjondalen  v  #5 Bodo/Glimt

#3 Sandefjord  v  #6 Ullensaker

The winner of the final qualifier will then play the Eliteserien team that qualified as relegation playoff.

US Player Involvement

Two of the four teams vying for the First Division promotion playoffs have US players:

#4 Mjondalen                    Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton

#6 Ullensaker                    Kenneth Di Vita Jensen

Fourth place Mjondalen gets to play at home and will be favorites to advance. Ullensaker, who went through a mini-collapse at the end of the regular season, will have to visit third place Sandefjord.

At the bottom

A number of US players leave First Division with their clubs due to relegation to Second Division.

Baerum                                Sebastion Troupe            Despite a late season run ended in 14th place

Alta IF                                  Brendan King                    Finished in last place, 16th

Categories: Brendan King, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein, Sebastian Troupe

Norway Eliteserien – Season Ending Predictions
   November 6, 2012 (8:30 AM) by David

Norway Eliteserien

League Status

With two games remaining this year’s Eliteserien is almost decided. Three teams are clear at the top and are vying for a single place in next year’s Champions League, while the remaining two spots are headed to the Europa League. At the bottom of the table, Stabaek are relegated to the Adeccoligaen next season, while the three teams directly above them fight for survival. For our USA players, Josh Gatt at Molde and Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud at Rosenborg look set for European Competition next year.

At The Top

With two games left to play Rosenborg, who are sitting in the 3rd spot look to have least chance of a CL spot. With 52 points from their 28 games, they would need Molde (56 point from 28 games) to lose both of their remaining game just to pass them. Stromsgodset are sitting in 2nd place after their win over Rosenborg this last weekend and just one point behind Molde. Stromsgodset’s final two games are against the bottom two teams so they are likely to end the season with the full six points. Molde’s final games are not as easy, but they should still get the six points needed to wrap up the league. Still, they have to win both games.  A win and a draw would not do it if Stromsgodset perform as expected.

At The Bottom

Stabaek are relegated. The gap between Sandnes ULF and Sogndal, 13th through 15th places, is seven points. Sandnes ULF, on 26 points, has an extra game in hand over its two strugglers, Fredrikstad on 27 points and Sogndal on 31 points. Fredrikstad have the hardest schedule playing current league leaders Molde and third place Rosenborg. The other two teams certainly do not get an easy road to survival as Sogndal maybe having a slight edge away to Stabaek and home to Brann. While Sandnes ULF will start with two home games against Tromso and Stromsgodset (no easy task) and end the season with a visit to Aalesund. Realistically it’s unlikely that Fredrikstad will get the points they need and the final positions will probably be decided by only one point.

Stromsgodset – League Champions – Champions League spot
Molde – 2nd place – Europa League (Josh Gatt)
Rosenborg – 3rd place – Europa League (Mikkel “Mix” Diskerud)

Stabaek – relegated (Sean Cunningham and Erik Benjaminsen)
Fredrikstad – relegated

Note: The Norwegian Adeccoligaen is one game away from completion. Start has been promoted to the Eliteserien, so we will see Villyan Bijev in the Eliteserien next season (if he stays there on loan), along with Sarpsborg. The teams vying for a spot in the playoff picture for the final promotion spot, Mjondalen (Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton) and Ullensaker (Kenneth Di Vita Jensen), are currently in good position going into the leagues final day.

Categories: Erik Benjaminsen, Josh Gatt, Kenneth Di Vita Jensen, Kyle Helton, Mix Diskerud, Rhett Bernstein, Sean Cunningham, Villyan Bijev
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Some links for Friday afternoon
   May 13, 2011 (1:26 PM) by Matt Benson

With the US U-20 roster coming out earlier this week, Brian Sciaretta talked to Anthony Brooks to find out more about the left-footed central defender (a new candidate for First Great American Left Back!?). And a day later, he signed a new four-year deal with Hertha Berlin.

While doing The OT Report I had noticed that the American duo, Rhett Bernstein and Kyle Helton, at Mjondalen had not been playing much as of late.  And now we know why thanks to Jaime Hill.  Bernstein played the season opener, but has since torn his ACL and will be out for a while.  As for Helton, he picked up a thigh injury and will hopefully return to playing in game action in two weeks.

John Godfrey passes out grades for various Americans playing overseas right here and here.

I missed this last week, but US Soccer has a Q&A with Edson Buddle about his time in Germany.

And finally, US Soccer has announced the U-18 roster for the annual Lisbon International Tournament, which takes place at the end of this month.

Categories: Edson Buddle, John Brooks, Kyle Helton, Rhett Bernstein
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A few last links to close off the day
   March 31, 2011 (12:14 AM) by Matt Benson

Just some random links that I have missed over the last 24 hours.

Here are two more US-Paraguay post-game thoughts that I missed last night coming from Neil W. Blackmon and Jay Bell.

Ives was also tweeting today that Oguchi Onyewu told him that he picked up some kind of small injury during the Argentina game, but played through it.  And he is hopeful he can play for FC Twente this weekend.

I spotted this over at du Nord today, but IMSoccer News has this great/crazy two-part story on how US Soccer almost had to use USL players for the USMNT after the current players at the time had a little strike in 2005.  Bruce Arena and Co had one day of training with the no-namers before everything was resolved with the normal senior team.  The second part is on how DC United’s Clyde Simms was sort of found through this training and still got to train with the senior team while all the other USL players were sent home.  Check it out right here:  Part 1 and Part 2.

We mentioned last week how Lyle Martin was on a new team in China, Beijing Baxy FC to be exact, and Yanks Abroad’s Kenya Brown caught up with Martin to talk about his new club.

Arch Bell talked to Rhett Bernstein last week, so he decided to talk to the other American defender at Norwegian side Mjondalen in Kyle Helton.  Bell also spoke to goalkeeper Colin Burns about his loan deal to Sandefjord.

I tweeted this last night (you should follow us, we need two more people to reach 400 followers….shameless plug), but Jon-Paul Pittman scored twice for Wycombe Wanderers in their 4-1 victory over Chesham United in the semifinals of the Berks & Bucks Cup (it appears to be some local cup competition with mostly non-league teams).  But he also picked up a strained muscle in his back and is doubtful for this weekend’s match against Stockport County.

And I leave you with the Juan Agudelo Tweet of the Day™:

(The kid in me) but is it weird if one of my motivators this year is improving my fifa video game ratings?

Categories: Colin Burns, Jon-Paul Pittman, Juan Agudelo, Kyle Helton, Lyle Martin, Oguchi Onyewu, US Men's National Team
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St Patrick’s Day link action
   March 17, 2011 (10:27 PM) by Matt Benson

Today was a crazy one for me at work (as will tomorrow), so hopefully someone can have a green beer for me tonight.

The biggest news of the day was Thomas Rongen finalizing his 20-man roster for the upcoming 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.  Looks like Conor Doyle was cleared by Derby County to play in this tournament, while Molde did not release Josh Gatt.

Some other “big” names missing include Juan Agudelo (only playing with the USMNT), Alexander Zahavi and Adrian Ruelas.  I wonder if Zahavi’s/Ruelas’ clubs did not release them or if we can look too much into this and think they are switching countries on us (outrage!).   Only time will tell on those guys.

Also on this site today (shameless plug), I took a look at Eddie Johnson’s career and noticed some odd ups and downs.

While it came out recently that CONCACAF was staying at 3.5 spots for the 2014 World Cup after it was first rumored that the region was getting four whole spots, there might be some good news to come out of this.  CONCACAF is going to ask FIFA to change its qualification back to the six-team round robin (a.k.a. the Hexagonal).  This means US vs. Mexico playing twice, including the ever popular match at Azteca, could be back on.

Since CONCACAF was first under the impression that there were going to be four full spots, they switched the qualification process to end with eight teams broken up into two groups of four.  More than likely, the US and Mexico would have been split up, meaning no more games against each other during qualification.  As someone who loves the rivalry and the game at Azteca, this makes me happy that CONCACAF is switching back to the Hex.

Defender Rhett Bernstein will have another American at Norwegian Adeccoligaen side Mjondalen this season after the club agreed to terms with Kyle Helton this week.  Helton, a 24-year-old defender, played in college at Duke before getting drafted by the New England Revolution in the fourth round of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.  He has played the last two seasons with the Austin Aztex.

Greg Seltzer has two stories up on worth checking out today.  He talked to goalkeeper David Yelldell about his recent call-up to the USMNT and he talked to Maurice Edu about his potential to win some more trophies this season.  Although, since that story went up, Rangers have been knocked out of Europa League.

Categories: David Yelldell, Devann Yao, Eddie Johnson, Kyle Helton, Maurice Edu, US Men's National Team, US U-20 National Team
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