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Michael Thomas appears set to depart Sweden
   January 17, 2012 (9:26 PM) by Howie Michaels

Our series on exciting US-Sweden relations continues in the Superettan with Ljungskile midfielder Michael Thomas. Thomas, who also played for Halmstads while they were still in the Allsvenskan, had his rights traded from San Jose, who had drafted him out of Notre Dame in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, to Sporting Kansas City, his hometown club.

Thomas, who played in Sporting’s last reserve match of the season after Ljungskile’s season ended, would join his former college roommate, Matt Besler, at Livestrong Sporting Park.

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Tuesday night links
   November 16, 2010 (9:00 PM) by Matt Benson

A bunch of links for Tuesday.  This is also your last reminder to sign up for our Over There Book/Sticker Contest: Pick the US-South Africa score.  We have some stickers to hand out to the winners and one winner will walk away with a free book (it is sort of like a car, but not really at all).

» Thomas re-ups with Ljungskile [Yanks Abroad]

» Zahavi out to lead US U-20s [Yanks Abroad]

» Pre-Game Presser With Bob [US Soccer]

» New faces aim to impress Bradley []

» Previewing USA friendly vs. South Africa []

» I’d never underestimate Bafana: US coach [Cape Times]

» Somma vows to destroy US [IOL Sport]

Categories: Alexander Zahavi, Michael Thomas, US Men's National Team
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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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Michael Thomas ends up at Ljungskile SK
   July 15, 2010 (2:04 PM) by Matt Benson

We knew that Michael Thomas got released from from Swedish side Halmstads BK in early June, but lost in the shuffle due to the World Cup (at least with us) was him signing on with Ljungskile SK in Sweden.

Ljungskile SK is in the Superettan (the second highest level in Sweden) and he will be playing with fellow American goalkeeper Nick Noble.

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Michael Thomas is released by Halmstads BK
   June 11, 2010 (4:15 PM) by Matt Benson

Michael Thomas was given his release from Swedish side Halmstads BK this week and will be allowed to find a new team as he chooses as a free agent.

Thomas joined the Swedish team this past offseason after a successful winter trial.  While fellow American Ryan Miller has started in most games this season for Halmstads BK, Thomas has appeared in only five games, starting in two of those games, and has logged only 208 minutes on the season.

The former Notre Dame player was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the second round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, so it should be interesting to see if he heads back to the US or tries to catch on somewhere else in Europe.

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Halmstads BK vs. Kalmar FF Highlights
   May 5, 2010 (4:57 PM) by Matt Benson

Both Michael Thomas and Ryan Miller were in the starting XI for Halmstads BK, but they lost 1-0 to Kalmar FF.

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Halmstads BK vs. Brommapojkarna Highlights
   May 2, 2010 (1:34 PM) by Matt Benson

Both Ryan Miller and Michael Thomas saw action in a 1-0 loss.

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Halmstads BK vs. Gefle IF Highlights
   April 28, 2010 (3:25 PM) by Matt Benson

Ryan Miller went the full 90 minutes, while Michael Thomas came off the bench as a sub in Halmstads BK’s 1-0 victory.

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Slow Monday
   February 22, 2010 (2:35 PM) by Matt Benson

Nothing too exciting to report this Monday, but a couple of little things.

Grant Wahl has a new mail bag up at  He does his version of “23 Tickets” and I pretty much match his starting lineup if Charlie Davies can’t go.  He also has some food recommendations for those lucky people traveling to South Africa for the World Cup.

Yanks Abroad is reporting that Swedish club Halmstads BK has signed American midfielder Michael Thomas.  Thomas played at Notre Dame and was selected in the second round of the 2010 MLS Draft by the San Jose Earthquakes, but headed to Sweden in January for a trial with Halmstads BK before signing recently.

Thomas will be the second American signed by Halmstads BK in 2010, Ryan Miller, another former Notre Dame player, signed with the club in January.

The Swedish season begins in March.

Categories: Michael Thomas, Ryan Miller
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