The draw for the early qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were held yesterday, giving us the summer plans for a few Americans in the lesser-known first divisions of Europe.
For the Europa League first round, Danijal Brokovic and FK Olimpic, fresh off a 6th-place finish in the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina, will take on Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava. Jordan Seabrook, whose VPS finished 4th in the Finnish Veikkausliiga, will take on AIK of Sweden. Meanwhile, Morgan Langley’s St. Patrick’s Athletic, 3rd in the League of Ireland last year, will face off with Latvia’s Skonto (not to be confused with Tonto).
The leagues of the Europa League first qualfiying round will take place July 2 and 9.
Meanwhile, in the early stages of the Champions League, Cesar Romero and Pyunik will take on San Marino’s Folgore, assuming that the Joker doesn’t depart for interest from Russia or Serbia. If they are successful in winning that tie (the dates aren’t set, but they will either be June 30 or July 1 and July 7 or 8), they will actually force Molde, who of course have Josh Gatt (injury dependent) and Ethan Horvath. So we could be in for a little Armenia-Norway American clash.
Jordan Seabrook got the start and scored a goal in VPS’ 2-2 draw to HJK on Sunday. Here is a link to a Veikkausliiga highlight show (can’t embed the highlights) with Seabrook’s goal coming at the 0:45 mark. Here is also his goal in GIF form.
Jordan Seabrook came off the bench and scored his first league goal of the season (third goal across all competitions) in VPS’ 3-2 loss to KTP in Finland on Sunday. Here is the Veikkausliiga highlight show (can’t embed it and his goal is around the 7:30 mark) or you can check it out below in GIF form.
Since the internet is still awesome, someone did another Freddy every touch video. Freddy Adu got the start and played 74 minutes in KuPS’ 1-0 win over VPS on Thursday. Stephen McCarthy came off the bench and played 11 minutes for KuPS, while Jordan Seabrook went the full 90 minutes for VPS. Here is all the Adu action of his second game in Finland.
Jordan Seabrook went the full 90 minutes and scored his sixth goal of the season in VPS’s 3-0 win over SJK on Sunday. Justin Moose also got the start and played 75 minutes for SJK. Here are some highlights with Seabrook’s goal coming at the 5:25 mark.
But some other non-goal scoring noteworthy stuff happened this past weekend as well. Brad Guzan now leads all Premier League goalkeepers in clean sheets this season after posting a 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield (highlights). He was happy about the win.
Brek Shea made his Birmingham City debut and assisted on the Blues’ lone goal in their 1-1 draw to Leeds United (highlights). His performance was also worthy of Man of the Match honors by Birmingham City’s fans.
Julian Green also made his Hamburg debut, getting the start but getting subbed out at halftime of their 2-0 loss to Hannover 96. By most accounts, he was pretty so-so. Here is a photo of him in action (I really do like those white shirts). And Hamburg’s manager Mirko Slomka was fired.
On the youth team sides, Andrija Novakovich scored a goal for Reading’s U-18 team in a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion. And Kyle Scott scored a goal for Chelsea’s U-18 team in a 2-2 draw to West Ham United.
Aron Johannsson will never get to play a game for new manager Marco van Basten as he has stepped down due to health issues.
Of course the weekend that I am gone has 12 goals scored by various Americans throughout Europe. Here are some GIFs of the ones that have video evidence of the goal. For the full list of goals, check out our goal tracker.
Matt Taylor opened up the 2014-15 season with a fun goal in Saarbrücken’s 2-2 draw to Homburg in German Regionalliga action on Friday. He also scored a goal in the team’s second game, a 2-1 win over Freiburg II on Tuesday, but there are no highlights of that game just yet.
Coming off a 10-goal season in 2013-14, Marc Heider scored his first goal this season in Holstein Kiel’s 2-2 draw to Joe Gyau and Borussia Dortmund II over the weekend in German 3. Liga action.
Fabian Hurzeler is another player who has scored two goals in the last week. The GIF below comes from Saturday’s 3-1 win by Hoffenhim II over Hessen Kassel. He also scored in a 4-1 win over on Zweibrücken on Tuesday but the Sudwest highlight show hasn’t come online for the mid-week games yet.
Over in Sweden, Andrew Stadler scored his 10th goal of the season on Saturday in Landskrona’s 3-2 loss to Alex Horwath and Ljungskile.
On Sunday and over in Finland, Lawrence Smith scored his fifth goal of the season in GBK’s 3-0 win over OLS.
And also on Sunday, Jordan Seabrook scored his fourth goal of the season in VPS’s 3-1 loss to Lahti.