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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   August 1, 2015 (9:48 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Xolos

 

After an impressive showing at the U20 World Cup this summer, Paul Arriola is looking to break through this season with Club Tijuana’s first team. He’s off to a great start after scoring his first of the season Tuesday night. His 36th minute goal gave the Xolos the early lead vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX opener. Tijuana would win it 2-1 and sit atop Group 5 after one round (highlights).

The Copa Libertadores Final got underway on Wednesday night. Unfortunately Gringo Torres didn’t see the field in this one, but Tigres did keep an all-important clean sheet at home in the 1st leg vs. River Plate. It ended 0-0, giving Tigres a fighting chance heading to Argentina for the conclusion next week.

Ethan Horvath and Molde FK got a solid result Wednesday in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round. He made one save along the way to a 1-1 draw at Croatian power Dinamo Zagreb. Molde hopes to make that away goal count heading into next week’s home leg (highlights).

In Europa League qualifying, Aron Johannsson made a 45-minute substitute appearance Thursday for AZ Alkmaar. AZ won the 1st leg 2-0 over Istanbul Başakşehir, and look to be in good position to advance to the Playoff Round.

It remains to be seen where Gedion Zelalem spends the upcoming season. Meanwhile, he produced another batch of YouTube and Vine-worthy highlights this week with the Arsenal U19s in South Africa. His 30-yard thread-the-needle through-ball is must-see, and he added a cheeky penalty conversion to boot. Arsenal U19s got the win, 4-2 over Celtic U19s (highlights).

And DeAndre Yedlin was back in an MLS stadium for the first time in a while. This time with Tottenham Hotspur as they took on the MLS All-Stars. DeAndre played 26 minutes off the bench as Spurs dropped a 2-1 decision against his former league-mates.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Jablonec’s 1-0 loss vs. FC København (Denmark) in the 1st leg of the Europa League 3rd Qualifying Round.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa) – Brad was not in the squad Tuesday for Aston Villa’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim was not in the squad Tuesday for Everton’s 2-0 friendly win at Dundee.

Antonee Robinson (Everton) – Antonee came off the bench and played 1 minute Tuesday in Everton’s 2-0 friendly win at Dundee.

DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) – DeAndre came off the bench and played 26 minutes Wednesday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss vs. MLS All-Stars in Colorado.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal) – Gedion started, scored a 2nd half penalty GOAL, and contributed a 12th minute ASSIST Wednesday in Arsenal U19s’ 4-2 win vs. Celtic U19s in the Durban Under-19 Invitational.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) – Cody came off the bench and played 14 minutes Tuesday in MK Dons’ 3-1 friendly loss vs. Getafe (Spain).

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane came off the bench and played 3 minutes Wednesday in Huddersfield Town’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Deportivo de La Coruna (Spain).

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) – Tim was not in the squad Tuesday for Bolton’s 2-1 friendly win at Port Vale.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 45 minutes Wednesday in Chesterfield’s 3-1 win at Ilkeston.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Grimsby Town’s 2-1 win vs. Peterborough United.

 

FINLAND

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Kultsu’s 1-0 loss vs. Club 04.

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in ESC’s 0-0 draw vs. GrIFK.

Timothy Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet Wednesday in ESC’s 0-0 draw vs. GrIFK.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter was not in the squad Wednesday for Kultsu’s 1-0 loss vs. Club 04.

 

FRANCE

LIGUE 1 (First Division)

Alejandro Bedoya (FC Nantes) – Ale was not in the squad Wednesday for Nantes’ 2-0 friendly win at Luzon VF.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Ingolstadt’s 2-0 friendly loss at RB Leipzig.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Julian Green (Bayern Munich II) – Julian started, played 69 minutes, and drew a 62nd minute yellow card Wednesday in Bayern Munich II’s 1-1 draw at Illertissen.

 

ICELAND

ÚRVALSDEILD (First Division)

Chukwudi Chijindu (Keflavík ÍF) – Chukwudi started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Keflavík’s 2-1 loss vs. Hafnarfjordur.

 

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started and played 82 minutes Wednesday in Bolungarvík’s 6-1 loss at Thor Akureyri.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Ventura Alvarado (Club America) – Ventura started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 15th minute yellow card Wednesday in America’s 0-0 draw vs. Benfica in the International Champion Cup.

Fernando Arce, Jr. (Club Tijuana) – Fernando was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 36th minute GOAL Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Monterrey’s 3-0 loss at Correcaminos in Copa MX Group 2 play.

Joe Corona (Veracruz) – Joe was not in the squad Tuesday for Veracruz’s 2-0 win at Lobos BUAP in Copa MX Group 7 play.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Chiapas’ 0-0 draw vs. Cafetaleros in Copa MX Group 3 play.

Greg Garza (Club Atlas) – Greg was not in the squad Tuesday for Atlas’ 0-0 draw at Leones Negros in Copa MX Group 6 play.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Miguel Ibarra (Club León) – Miguel started and played 69 minutes Tuesday in León’s 2-1 win at Atlético San Luis in Copa MX Group 2 play.

Amando Moreno (Club Tijuana) – Amando started and played 60 minutes Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Michael was not in the squad Tuesday for Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Justin Allen Perez (Monterrey) – Justin was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Monterrey’s 3-0 loss at Correcaminos in Copa MX Group 2 play.

John Requejo (Club Tijuana) – John was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Esteban Rodriguez (Club Tijuana) – Stevie was not in the squad Tuesday for Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Gringo was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Tigres’ 0-0 draw vs. River Plate (Argentina) in the 1st leg of the Copa Libertadores Final.

William Yarbrough (Club León) – William started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 5 saves Tuesday in León’s 2-1 win at Atlético San Luis in Copa MX Group 2 play.

Adrian Zendejas (Club Tijuana) – Adrian was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Tijuana’s 2-1 win vs. Zacatepec in Copa MX Group 5 play.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny came off the bench and played 23 minutes Tuesday in Atlante’s 1-1 draw at Pachuca in Copa MX Group 1 play.

Emanuel Guzman (Venados FC) – Manny was not in the squad Wednesday for Venados’ 1-0 loss vs. Cruz Azul in Copa MX Group 1 play.

Benji Joya (Necaxa) – Benji was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Necaxa’s 4-2 loss at Toluca in Copa MX Group 5 play.

Juan Pablo Ocegueda (Alebrijes Oaxaca) – Juan Pablo started and played 45 minutes Tuesday in Alebrijes’ 2-1 win at Pumas in Copa MX Group 3 play.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio was not in the squad Wednesday for Coras de Tepic’s 2-2 draw vs. Morelia in Copa MX Group 4 play.

Jesús Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Leones Negros’ 0-0 draw vs. Club Atlas in Copa MX Group 6 play.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Aron Jóhannsson (AZ Alkmaar) – Aron came off the bench and played 45 minutes Thursday in AZ Alkmaar’s 2-0 win vs. Başakşehir (Turkey) in the 1st leg of the Europa League Third Qualifying Round.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 1 save Tuesday in Molde’s 1-1 draw at Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champion League Third Qualifying Round.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   July 29, 2015 (7:19 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

PaulTorres

 

Norway’s second division is the home of this edition’s headliner, where Paul Torres was the hero for Sandnes Ulf. The former DC United academy midfielder scored his first of the season in a big moment. His 89th minute goal Sunday gave his club a dramatic 2-1 win over Bryne. After a long ball from the back bounced in the box, Paul was there to pounce, took a touch to his left, and tucked the winner around the keeper. 2nd-place Sandnes Ulf won its fifth straight and closed within five points of the top of the OBOS-Ligaen table (highlights).

It was opening weekend in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga, where Andrew Wooten got off to a strong start. His 41st minute goal gave SV Sandhausen the lead, and proved to be the eventual game-winner in a 3-1 away decision at Eintracht Braunschweig (highlights).

In Belgium, Kenny Saief converted a 45th minute penalty for K.A.A. Gent. His goal leveled things at 1-1, and that’s how it ended for a season opening draw at Westerlo (highlights).

Dion Acoff scored his fifth of the season in Iceland’s second division. His 90th minute strike was the icing on the cake in Thróttur Reykjavík’s 4-1 win over fellow Yank Joey Spivack’s BÍ/Bolungarvík (highlights).

Ryan Johnson Laursen had an assist Sunday for Esbjerg. His 85th minute helper cut his club’s deficit to 2-1, but it wasn’t enough to fend off Danish Superliga giants FC København.

The Liga MX Apertura season kicked off over the weekend. Miguel Ibarra made his debut for Club León following his offseason transfer from the NASL’s Minnesota United. He made a 12 minute sub appearance in a bizarre 3-1 win vs. 8-man Santos Laguna.

Rubio Rubin continued a strong preseason camp for FC Utrecht. He scored a 77th minute goal Monday to seal a 2-0 win in a friendly vs. FC Lienden.

Meanwhile, Geoff Cameron continues to move around the pitch in preseason for Stoke City. After a stint at center back last week, Geoff went 90 in central midfield Saturday in a 2-0 loss at Brentford.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started, played 61 minutes, and scored a 45th minute penalty GOAL Sunday in Gent’s 1-1 draw at Westerlo.

 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

PREMIJER LIGA (First Division)

Danijal Brkovic (FK Olimpic Sarajevo) – Danijal came off the bench and played 22 minutes Sunday in Olimpic’s 2-0 loss at Zrinjski.

 

BULGARIA

A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)

Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started and played 77 minutes Saturday in Litex Lovech’s 2-2 draw at Levski.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and played 87 minutes Saturday in Jablonec’s 3-2 win at Prlbram.

 

DENMARK

SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Johnson Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started, played the full 90 minutes, and contributed an 84th minute ASSIST Sunday in Esbjerg’s 2-1 loss vs. FC København.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started in central midfield and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-0 friendly loss at Brentford.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Timmy started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Everton’s 3-1 friendly win at Heart of Midlothian.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) – Cody was on the bench but did not play Saturday in MK Dons’ 3-1 friendly loss at Barnet.

Charlie Horton (Leeds United) – Charlie was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Leeds’ 2-1 friendly loss vs. Hoffenheim in Norway.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Forest’s 1-1 friendly draw vs. Swansea City.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC)

  • Andrija was on the bench but did not play Friday in Reading’s 1-1 friendly draw vs. Swansea City.
  • Andrija came off the bench and played 10 minutes Monday in Reading’s 1-0 friendly loss at Crawley Town.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 2-0 friendly loss at Burton Albion.

Danny Williams (Reading FC)

  • Danny started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Reading’s 1-1 friendly draw vs. Swansea City.
  • Danny started and played 45 minutes Monday in Reading’s 1-0 friendly loss at Crawley Town.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 40 minutes Saturday in Chesterfield’s 3-2 friendly win vs. Burnley.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at Rovaniemi.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison was not in the squad Sunday for Mikkelin’s 2-1 loss at PK-35 Vantaa.

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu was not in the squad Saturday for Ekenäs’ 3-0 loss at PS Kemi Kings.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in ESC’s 3-0 win at SalPa.

Tim Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet Friday in ESC’s 3-0 win at SalPa.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in GBK’s 2-1 loss vs. FC Santa Claus.

 

FRANCE

LIGUE 2 (Second Division)

Quentin Westberg (FC Tours) – Quentin came off the bench and played 20 minutes Friday in Tours’ 1-1 friendly draw vs. Niort.

 

GERMANY

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (FSV Frankfurt) – Shawn was on the bench but did not play Saturday in FSV Frankfurt’s 1-0 loss vs. RB Leipzig.

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb was not in the squad Monday for Freiburg’s 6-3 win vs. FC Nürnberg.

Bobby Wood (1. FC Union Berlin) – Bobby started and played 61 minutes Sunday in Union Berlin’s 1-1 draw vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 89+ minutes, and scored a 41st minute GOAL Sunday in Sandhausen’s 3-1 win at Eintracht Braunschweig.

 

3.LIGA (Third Division)

Royal-Dominique Fennel (Würzburger Kickers) – Royal started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Würzburger’s 0-0 draw at Wehen.

Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Holstein Kiel’s 4-0 loss vs. Mainz II.

Ryan Malone (1. FC Magdeburg) – Ryan was not in the squad Friday for Magdeburg’s 2-1 win vs. Erfurt.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Jann George (Jahn Regensburg) – Jann came off the bench and played 37 minutes Saturday in Jahn Regensburg’s 2-0 win at Unterhaching.

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Dion Acoff (Thróttur Reykjavík) – Dion started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 90th minute GOAL Saturday in Thróttur Reykjavík’s 4-1 win at BÍ/Bolungarvík.

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 4-1 loss vs. Thróttur Reykjavík.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul came off the bench, played 30 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Pachuca.

Jonathan Bornstein (Querétaro) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Querétaro’s 2-0 win at Atlas.

Edgar Castillo (Monterrey) – Edgar started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Monterrey’s 3-0 loss at Pumas.

Gabriel Farfán (Chiapas) – Gabriel was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Chiapas’ 0-0 draw at Dorados de Sinaloa.

Greg Garza (Club Atlas) – Greg started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Atlas’ 2-0 loss vs. Querétaro.

Alejandro Guido (Club Tijuana) – Alejandro started and played 60 minutes Saturday in Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Pachuca.

Miguel Ibarra (Club León) – Miguel came off the bench and played 12 minutes Saturday in León’s 3-1 win at Santos Laguna.

Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Michael started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Tijuana’s 2-1 loss at Pachuca.

Justin Allen Perez (Monterrey) – Justin was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Monterrey’s 3-0 loss at Pumas.

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Gringo started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 67th minute yellow card Saturday in Tigres’ 1-0 loss vs. Toluca.

 

ASCENSO MX (Second Division)

Sonny Guadarrama (Atlante) – Sonny started and played 60 minutes Friday in Atlante’s 1-0 loss vs. Necaxa.

Emanuel Guzman (Venados FC) – Manny started and played 85 minutes Friday in Venados’ 4-2 loss vs. Mineros de Zacatecas.

Alonso Hernandez (FC Juarez) – Alonso started and played 63 minutes Saturday in Juarez’s 1-0 win vs. Lobos BUAP.

Benji Joya (Necaxa) – Benji was not in the squad Friday for Necaxa’s 1-0 win at Atlante.

Julio Morales (Coras de Tepic) – Julio started and played 79 minutes Friday in Coras’ 3-3 draw vs. Murciélagos.

Jesús Vazquez (Leones Negros) – Jesús started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Leones Negros’ 2-2 draw at Atlético San Luis.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Groningen’s 2-1 friendly win at Roda JC Kerkrade.

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht)

  • Rubio came off the bench and played 23 minutes Friday in Utrecht’s 3-2 friendly loss vs. Derby County.
  • Rubio started, played 78 minutes, and scored a 77th minute GOAL Monday in Utrecht’s 2-0 friendly win vs. FC Lienden.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett was not in the squad Sunday for Mjødalen’s 2-2 draw at Sarpsborg 08.

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny came off the bench and played 2 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Ålesund.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Start’s 3-0 loss vs. Viking FK.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 74th minute yellow card Saturday in Stabæk’s 2-2 draw at Haugesund.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Ålesund.

 

OBOS-LIGAEN (Second Division)

Paul Torres (Sandnes Ulf) – Paul came off the bench, played 15 minutes, and scored an 89th minute game-winning GOAL Sunday in Sandnes Ulf’s 3-2 win vs. Bryne.

Bobby Warshaw (Bærum) – Bobby started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bærum’s 1-0 loss vs. Ranheim.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin was not in the squad Friday for Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Bray Wanderers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 1-0 loss vs. Bray Wanderers.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 16 minutes Friday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 3-0 win at Sligo Rovers.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Anyang’s 2-1 win vs. Ansan Police.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was not in the squad Sunday for Göteborg’s 1-0 loss at Falkenbergs.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Helsingborg’s 2-1 win at Atvidabergs.

 

DIVISION 2 (Fourth Division)

Anthony Allison (Sandvikens IF) – Anthony was not in the squad Sunday for Sandvikens’ 4-0 win vs. Avesta.

Lewis Ellis (Bodens BK) – Lewis started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodens’ 6-0 loss vs. Skellefteå FF.

Eddy Prugh (Bodens BK) – Eddy was not in the squad Sunday for Bodens’ 6-0 loss vs. Skellefteå FF.

 

SWITZERLAND

SWISS SUPER LEAGUE (First Division)

Maki Tall (FC Sion) – Maki was not in the squad Sunday for Sion’s 1-0 win vs. St. Gallen.

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   July 24, 2015 (8:41 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jose Torres in a USMNT jersey, but he continues to prove himself an essential part of Tigres’ lineup in Mexico, and now finds himself on the verge of a major championship. Just back from a long layoff for surgery to repair a herniated disc, “Gringo” inserted himself right back into the starting XI for the Copa Libertadores semifinals. On Wednesday night, he put in another solid 90 as Tigres got a gigantic 3-1 win in the second leg against Brazilian titans Internacional. Tigres took the series 4-3 on aggregate, and move on to face Argentina’s mighty River Plate in the two-leg final. Tigres will host the first leg next Wednesday.

The preseason friendly action continued across Europe. We’ve got as much of it covered as we could find, as we try to get a handle where our Yanks stand for their upcoming seasons. Jon-Paul Pittman figures to be a central figure again at Grimsby Town. He bagged a hat trick on Wednesday in a 6-0 friendly win over Brigg Town.

Julian Green continues to get scattered minutes on tour with Bayern Munich. He played 17 off the bench in a friendly vs. Inter Milan in China, subbing on for Robert Lewandowski. According to one report, Julian played a minor part in the build-up to Mario Götze’s 80th minute game-winning goal. It’s still expected that Julian goes on loan before the summer is out.

Molde FK advanced in 2015-16 UEFA Champions League Qualification. Despite a 1-0 loss at FC Pyunik, Molde won the series 5-1 aggregate. New #1 GK Ethan Horvath sat this one out with the large 5-goal cushion. Cesar Romero was not in the 18 for Pyunik, and likely has played his last game in Armenia. Molde next faces Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) in the Third Qualification Round.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

ARMENIA

ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Cesar Romero (FC Pyunik) – Cesar was not in the squad Tuesday for Pyunik’s 1-0 win vs. Molde FK (Norway) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualification Round. Pyunik was eliminated 5-1 on aggregate.

 

ENGLAND

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) – Cody was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in MK Dons’ 1-1 friendly draw vs. Mansfield Town.

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane came off the bench and played 45 minutes Tuesday in Huddersfield Town’s 3-1 friendly loss at Grimsby Town.

Charlie Horton (Leeds United) – Charlie was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Leeds’ 2-1 friendly loss vs. Eintracht Frankfurt in Austria.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson started and played 63 minutes Wednesday in Fulham’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Hertha BSC.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Forest’s 1-1 friendly draw at Doncaster Rovers.

Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC) – Andrija came off the bench and played 5 minutes Tuesday in Reading’s 2-0 friendly win at Bristol Rovers.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Birmingham City’s 2-0 friendly win at Shrewsbury Town.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny came off the bench and played 15 minutes Tuesday in Reading’s 2-0 friendly win at Bristol Rovers.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 22 minutes Tuesday in Chesterfield’s 3-1 friendly loss vs. Hull City.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started and scored THREE GOALS (24’, 49’, 80’) Wednesday in Grimsby Town’s 6-0 friendly win at Brigg Town.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Julian Green (Bayern Munich)

  • Julian came off the bench and played 17 minutes Tuesday in Bayern’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Inter Milan.
  • Julian was on the bench but did not play Thursday in Bayern’s 0-0 (5-4 PEN) friendly loss vs. Guangzhou Evergrande.

 

REGIONALLIGA (Fourth Division)

Jann George (Jahn Regensburg) – Jann started and played 67 minutes Tuesday in Regensburg’s 3-1 win vs. Ingolstadt II.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Gringo started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 36th minute yellow card Wednesday in Tigres’ 3-1 win vs. Internacional (Brazil) in the 2nd leg of the Copa Libertadores Semifinals. Tigres advanced 4-3 on aggregate.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Tuesday in Molde’s 1-0 loss at FC Pyunik (Armenia) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualification Round. Molde advanced 5-1 on aggregate.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   July 22, 2015 (10:15 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Valentin

 

We turn to Norway again for our headline player in this edition, where Zarek Valentin scored his first goal for Bodø/Glimt. The former Chivas USA and Montreal Impact defender’s 21st minute strike on Saturday gave his club the early 1-0 lead vs. Molde FK. Zarek broke free on a run down the right wing, received a perfect through ball, took a touch and tucked it beneath a sprawling Ethan Horvath. Suddenly surging Bodø/Glimt won its fourth straight (2-1 final), while Molde dropped its second straight at home in league play (highlights).

In Finland, Brian Span notched his third of the season for IFK Mariehamn. His 12th minute goal gave his club a 3-1 lead, capping a blistering sequence that saw Mariehamn score three in a nine-minute, uh, span. Mariehamn went on to win a wild 4-3 affair, and lifted them into 4th on the table, just 3 points back of Europa League positions (highlights).

Also of note: Geoff Cameron put in a 90 minute stint at center back on Saturday for Stoke City, which bears watching as it relates to his future role with both Stoke and the USMNT. Stoke downed the hosts Singapore Select XI 2-0 in the third place match of the Barclays Asia Trophy. Meanwhile, Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1 in the Final, though neither Gedion Zelalem nor Tim Howard played a part.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this past weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BULGARIA

A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)

Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started and played 79 minutes Sunday in Litex Lovech’s 2-0 win vs. Ludogorets.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Jablonec’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Varnsdorf.

 

DENMARK

SUPERLIGA (First Division)

Ryan Johnson Laursen (Esbjerg) – Ryan started, played 84 minutes, and drew a 70th minute yellow card Monday in Esbjerg’s 1-1 draw at Aalborg.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started at center back and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stoke City’s 2-0 win vs. Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy Third Place Match.

Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur) – Cameron came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Reading FC.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Everton’s 3-1 loss vs. Arsenal in the Barclays Asia Trophy Final in Singapore.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal) – Gedion was not in the squad Saturday for Arsenal’s 3-1 win vs. Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy Final in Singapore.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons)

  • Cody started and played 70 minutes Saturday in MK Dons’ 6-0 friendly win at Newport Pagnell Town.
  • Cody started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in MK Dons’ 2-1 friendly loss at Chesham United.

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Huddersfield Town’s 2-0 friendly win vs. Leyton Orient.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Fulham’s 3-1 friendly win at Crawley Town.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 friendly win at Stevenage.

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Birmingham City’s 1-1 friendly draw at Kidderminster.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Stephen McCarthy (KuPS) – Stephen started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in KuPS’ 1-1 draw vs. Inter Turku.

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in VPS’ 1-1 draw vs. Rovaniemi.

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 12th minute GOAL Saturday in Mariehamn’s 4-3 win vs. Jaro.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison started and played 45 minutes Friday in Mikkelin’s 1-0 loss at AC Oulu.

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu started, played 44 minutes, drew a 39th minute yellow card and a 44th minute yellow/red card Friday in Ekenäs’ 1-0 loss at TPS.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Kultsu’s 1-0 win at FC Lahti.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew an 81st minute yellow card Friday in Kultsu’s 1-0 win at FC Lahti.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Julian Green (Bayern Munich) – Julian came off the bench and played 8 minutes Saturday in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 friendly win vs. Valencia in Beijing.

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) – Jerome came off the bench and played 45 minutes Sunday in Stuttgart’s 1-0 friendly win vs. VfR Aalen.

Alfredo Morales (FC Ingolstadt 04) – Alfredo came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Ingolstadt’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Udinese.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb came of the bench and played 6 minutes Sunday in Freiburg’s 1-0 friendly loss vs. Málaga.

Bobby Wood (1. FC Union Berlin) – Bobby came off the bench and played 25 minutes Saturday in Union Berlin’s 2-0 friendly win vs. Crystal Palace.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 62 minutes Saturday in Sandhausen’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Stuttgart Kickers.

 

ICELAND

ÚRVALSDEILD (First Division)

Chukwudi Chijindu (Keflavík ÍF) – Chukwudi started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Keflavík’s 7-1 loss at Vikingur Reykjavík.

 

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started and played 87 minutes Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 2-2 draw vs. Selfoss.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana) – Paul came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Tijuana’s 2-0 friendly loss vs. Athletic Bilbao in Boise.

Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana) – Michael started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Tijuana’s 2-0 friendly loss vs. Athletic Bilbao in Boise.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Groningen’s 3-0 friendly loss at Southampton.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny came off the bench and played 10 minutes Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Molde FK.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 60th minute yellow card Saturday in Molde’s 2-1 loss vs. Bodø/Glimt.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 21st minute GOAL Saturday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Molde FK.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan was on the bench but did not play Friday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 2-0 win at Drogheda.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was not in the squad Sunday for Göteborg’s 2-2 draw at Norrkoping.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Helsingborg’s 3-1 win vs. AIK.

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   July 18, 2015 (1:29 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Horvath

 

Two Americans went head-to-head in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday. Hey, that’s something, isn’t it? Even if it was way off in the deep shadows of the Second Qualification Round. Molde FK goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and FC Pyunik forward César Romero faced off in Norway. Ethan, who now finds himself as the newly anointed #1, pitched a shutout to boot en route to a 5-0 home win in the first leg. His teammates gave him an easy time of it, preventing the Armenian champs from logging a single shot on goal. Molde looks to close out the series next week in Yerevan.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jose Torres on the field. He’d been out since December following surgery to repair a herniated disc with a long, slow recovery to full fitness. On Wednesday night he hit the ground running in Brazil, starting and going 90 in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores Semifinals vs. Internacional. Gringo and his Tigres teammates found a key late away goal, and will head back home with a manageable 2-1 deficit.

Several of our Premier League Yanks are in Singapore this week for the preseason Barclays Asia Cup. Tim Howard’s Everton and Geoff Cameron’s Stoke City clashed on Wednesday in the tournament’s semifinal round. Timmy posted a clean sheet as the match ended scoreless before it went to penalties. His save on Stoke’s fourth attempt was the difference, as the Toffees advanced 5-4 after the kicks. Meanwhile, Gedion Zelalem made a 26-minute sub appearance for Arsenal in a 4-0 win over the host team, Singapore Select XI. Everton faces Arsenal in the final on Saturday.

And in Germany, Jerome Kiesewetter played the second half for VfB Stuttgart on Thursday. He knocked home a brace with goals in the 77th and 89th minutes, bringing his preseason scoring total to three. Granted, this pair came at the tail end of a 13-0 massacre vs. amateur side TSV Ilshofen, but Jerome’s making a solid push for an increased role in the coming season.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

ARMENIA

ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Cesar Romero (FC Pyunik) – Cesar started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Pyunik’s 5-0 loss at Molde FK (Norway) in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualification Round.

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Gent’s 1-0 win vs. Club Brugge in the Belgian Super Cup.

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) – Geoff started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Stoke City’s 0-0 (5-4 PEN) loss vs. Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy Semifinals in Singapore.

Tim Howard (Everton) – Tim started, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet, and made a penalty shootout save Wednesday in Everton’s 0-0 (5-4 PEN) win vs. Stoke City in the Barclays Asia Trophy Semifinals in Singapore.

Gedion Zelalem (Arsenal) – Gedion came off the bench and played 26 minutes Wednesday in Arsenal’s 4-0 win vs. Singapore Select XI in the Barclays Asia Trophy Semifinals in Singapore.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons)

  • Cody came off the bench, played 30 minutes, and made 2 two saves, and allowed the tying goal Tuesday in MK Dons’ 1-1 friendly draw at Limerick (Ireland).
  • Cody was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in MK Dons’ 3-0 friendly win at Cabinteely (Ireland).

Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) – Jonathan started and played 45 minutes Tuesday in Birmingham City’s 3-0 friendly win at Nuneaton Town.

 

FINLAND

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in ESC’s 2-0 win vs. P-lirot.

Timothy Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet Thursday in ESC’s 2-0 win vs. P-lirot.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in GBK’s 3-1 win at Club 07.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) – Jerome came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored TWO GOALS (77’ & 87’) Thursday in VfB Stuttgart’s 13-0 friendly win vs. TSV Ilshofen.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb came off the bench and played 18 minutes Tuesday in Freiburg’s 0-0 friendly draw vs. FC St. Pauli.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Gringo started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Tigres’ 2-1 loss at Internacional (Brazil) in the 1st leg of the Copa Libertadores Semifinals.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio started Thursday in Utrecht’s 4-0 friendly win vs. Dundee United (Scotland).

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet Tuesday in Molde’s 5-0 win vs. FC Pyunik (Armenia) in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualification Round

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was not in the squad Thursday for Göteborg’s 0-0 draw at Slask Wroclaw (Poland) in the 1st leg of the Europa League 2nd Qualification Round.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   July 14, 2015 (9:23 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

JKeegan

 

We head to the Republic of Ireland to kick off this edition of The OT Report. Our man Jake Keegan stole the show with a hat trick on Saturday for Galway United. He got the scoring started early with a 12th minute strike in the first half. After Limerick pulled level, Jake answered with two second half goals, sending his club well on its way to a 4-2 away victory. Jake now has nine goals across all competitions, with seven coming in league play, good enough to rank him 7th overall in Premier Division scoring. Galway United posted extended highlights (skip to 0:20, 3:37, 4:41 for Keegan’s goal sequences.)

In Finland’s third tier, J.C. Mack scored his second goal of the season for Ekenäs Sport Club. His 16th minute tally set the pace for a 5-1 ESC win vs. KaaPo.

Goalkeeper Quentin Westberg is racking up the starts for Sarpsborg 08 in Norway. He was between the sticks again Sunday, posting his first clean sheet of the season in league play. His three saves were enough to hold Bob Bradley’s Stabæk to a 0-0 draw, an excellent away result for Sarpsborg.

There was a plethora of preseason friendly action across Europe, with a few noteworthy performances:

Andrew Wooten scored again for SV Sandhausen, continuing his hot preseason form, as SVS topped Caleb Stanko’s Freiburg 2-1.

U-20 World Cup veteran Desevio Payne scored an early goal for FC Groningen in a 5-1 friendly romp over fellow Dutch side FC Emmen.

Duane Holmes picked up an assist for Huddersfield Town in a 3-1 friendly win over Aston Villa in Portugal (erroneously credited as a goal by some score trackers).

And lastly, Jon-Paul Pittman also had an assist for Grimsby Town in a 2-1 friendly win vs. Derby County.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Gent’s 1-0 friendly loss at KSV Roeselare.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Jablonec’s 3-2 friendly win vs. TSV Buchbach (Germany).

 

ENGLAND

PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Tim Howard (Everton) – Timmy started, played 45 minutes, and kept a first half clean sheet Saturday in Everton’s 4-0 friendly win at Swindon Town.

 

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) – Cody started and played 45 minutes Monday in MK Dons’ 4-0 friendly win at St. James’s Gate (Ireland).

Duane Holmes (Huddersfield Town) – Duane started, played 61 minutes, and contributed a 32nd minute ASSIST Saturday in Huddersfield Town’s 3-1 friendly win at Guiseley.

Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) – Emerson started and played 45 minutes Saturday in Fulham’s 3-1 friendly win vs. Aston Villa in Portugal.

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played 45 minutes Sunday in Forest’s 1-1 friendly draw at Mjallby AIF (Sweden).

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly started and played 45 minutes Friday in Chesterfield’s 4-0 friendly win at Buxton FC.

 

CONFERENCE PREMIER (Fifth Division)

Jon-Paul Pittman (Grimsby Town) – Jon-Paul started, played the full 90 minutes, and contributed a 28th minute ASSIST Saturday in Grimsby Town’s 2-1 friendly win vs. Derby County.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Stephen McCarthy (KuPS) – Stephen was on the bench but did not play Sunday in KuPS’ 1-0 loss at Ilves.

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in VPS’ 2-1 loss at Jaro.

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at Inter Turku.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mikkelin’s 2-0 loss vs. TPS.

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Ekenäs’ 3-1 win vs. Haka.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Kultsu’s 2-2 draw at Sudet Wolves.

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 16th minute GOAL Saturday in ESC’s 5-1 win vs. KaaPo.

Timothy Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in ESC’s 5-1 win vs. KaaPo.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Kultsu’s 2-2 draw at Sudet Wolves.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in GBK’s 2-0 loss vs. FC YPA.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Julian Green (Bayern Munich) – Julian started and played the full 45 minutes (mini-game) Sunday in Bayern Munich’s 0-0 (4-3 PEN) friendly loss vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) – Jerome came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Stuttgart’s 4-1 friendly loss at BSC Young Boys (Switzerland).

Mario Rodriguez (Borussia Mönchengladbach) – Mario came off the bench Saturday in Gladbach’s 0-0 (4-3 PEN) friendly win vs. Bayern Munich.

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (FSV Frankfurt) – Shawn started and played 45 minutes Saturday in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-0 friendly loss vs. Rapid Wien.

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb came off the bench and played 25 minutes Saturday in Freiburg’s 2-1 friendly loss vs. SV Sandhausen.

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 71 minutes, and scored a 9th minute GOAL Saturday in Sandhausen’s 2-1 friendly win vs. SC Freiburg.

 

3.LIGA (Third Division)

Marc Heider (Holstein Kiel) – Marc started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Holstein Kiel’s 1-0 friendly loss vs. SønderjsykE (Denmark).

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 2-1 loss at Grotta.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Desevio Payne (Groningen) – Desevio started, played 45 minutes, and scored a 2nd minute GOAL Saturday in Groningen’s 5-1 friendly win at FC Emmen.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett came off the bench and played 7 minutes Sunday in Mjøndalen’s 2-1 loss vs. Bodø/Glimt.

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny came off the bench and played 7 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Mjøndalen IF.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex came off the bench and played 22 minutes Sunday in Start’s 2-1 loss at Tromsø.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole was not in the squad Sunday in Stabæk’s 0-0 draw vs. Sarpsborg 08. He was away attending his sister’s wedding.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 3 saves Friday in Molde’s 1-0 loss vs. Haugesund.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Mjøndalen IF.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin started, played the full 90 minutes, made 3 saves, and kept a clean sheet Sunday in Sarpsborg’s 0-0 draw at Stabæk.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin was not in the squad Saturday for Galway United’s 4-2 win at Limerick.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started, played the full 90 minutes, and played THREE GOALS (12’, 62’, 74’) Saturday in Galway United’s 4-2 win at Limerick.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Anyang’s 2-1 win vs. Hummel.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was not in the squad Sunday for Göteborg’s 0-0 draw vs. Norrkoping.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Monday in Helsingborg’s 1-0 loss vs. Djurgården.

 

DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)

David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David came off the bench and played 1 minute Sunday in Dalkurd’s 3-1 win vs. IFK Lulea.

Christian Eissele (Brage) – Christian was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Brage’s 3-0 loss vs. Sodertalje.

Jochen Graf (Carlstad United BK) – Jochen started and played 89+ minutes Sunday in Carlstad United’s 2-1 win vs. Pitea.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Landskrona’s 1-0 loss vs. Qviding.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK) – Josh exited Molde’s May 22 match at Mjøndalen with a non-contact injury, and was described by witnesses as “holding his knee.” He had just entered the match 4 minutes earlier, making his first appearance after two years spent recovering from ACL/LCL injuries. Gatt tweeted an update on June 18, indicating he’d be back soon, and the club website provided further details (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. He missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He’s expected to remain out of action well into the 2015-16 season, but is nearing an extension deal with Borussia Dortmund (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a concussion on June 28 vs. Sarpsborg 08. He sat out Viking’s July 5 match vs. Ålesund, but is expected to return soon (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   July 10, 2015 (1:51 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Bjørn

 

July brings us the early rounds of European qualification, populated by so many dozens of obscure clubs that you might swear some of them were completely made up. We can prove at least some of them really exist, because some of our Yanks were in action.

Bjørn Maars Johnsen continued his scoring knack with Bulgarian side Litex Lovech. He scored two goals Thursday in Europa League qualification play to give his club a second half lead in the second leg vs. Trnava. Unfortunately the Slovakian side found an equalizer, and would hold on for a 2-2 draw, which was enough to eliminate Litex on away goals, 3-3 on aggregate (highlights).

Cesar Romero plays on in Armenia, despite rumors of his transfer elsewhere. For a chance, he didn’t score, but he put in a solid 90 as FC Pyunik won its away leg 2-1 at S.S. Folgore of San Marino. Pyunik advanced 4-2 on aggregate and will face Ethan Horvath & Josh Gatt’s Molde in the UEFA Champions League 2nd Qualification Round.

Preseason friendlies are cropping up across Europe as the new seasons approach. Rubio Rubin scored a second half brace on Tuesday as FC Utrecht won 3-0 at Achille 29. After subbing on at halftime, Rubio found the back of the net in the 54th minute and again in the 78th.

After a long climb back from injury, Caleb Stanko made his return to the pitch for SC Freiburg. He made a 30 minute substitute appearance in a 1-0 friendly loss vs. Spartak Moscow. It was the first action for Caleb since suffering a torn ACL in September 2014.

And elsewhere in the 2.Bundesliga, Bobby Wood made his debut for Union Berlin on Thursday. He played the final 10 minutes in a 1-0 friendly loss vs. Austria Vienna, as he builds fitness and makes his case for a prominent role with his new club.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

ARMENIA

ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Cesar Romero (FC Pyunik) – Cesar started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 92nd minute yellow card Tuesday in Pyunik’s 2-1 win at S.S. Folgore (San Marino) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League 1st Qualification Round. Pyunik advanced 4-2 aggregate.

 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

PREMIJER LIGA (First Division)

Danijal Brkovic (FK Olimpic Sarajevo) – Danijal started and played 65 minutes Thursday in Olimpic’s 0-0 draw at Trnava (Slovakia) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League 1st Qualification Round. Olimpic was eliminated 1-1 aggregate on the away goals tiebreaker.

 

BULGARIA

A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)

Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started, played the full 90 minutes and scored TWO GOALS (25’ & 56’) Thursday in Litex Lovech’s 2-2 draw vs. Jelgava (Latvia) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League 1st Qualification Round. Litex was eliminated 3-3 aggregate on the away goals tiebreaker.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and played 75 minutes Wednesday in Jablonec’s 0-0 friendly draw vs. SK Rapid Wien.

 

ENGLAND

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (Second Division)

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) – Eric started and played 45 minutes Wednesday in Nottingham Forest’s 4-2 friendly loss vs. Odense BK (Denmark).

Andrija Novakovich (Reading FC) – Andrija came off the bench and played 4 minutes Wednesday in Reading’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. the Thailand All-Stars in Bangkok.

Danny Williams (Reading FC) – Danny started and played 45 minutes Wednesday in Reading’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. the Thailand All-Stars in Bangkok.

 

LEAGUE ONE (Third Division)

Gboly Ariyibi (Chesterfield) – Gboly came off the bench and played 37 minutes Thursday in Chesterfield’s 3-0 friendly win at Matlock Town.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started and played 45 minutes Thursday in VPS’ 4-0 loss at AIK (Sweden) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League 1st Qualification Round. VPS was eliminated 6-2 aggregate.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 55th minute yellow card Wednesday in Ekenäs’ 1-1 draw vs. JJK Jyväskylä.

 

GERMANY

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (FSV Frankfurt) – Shawn started and played 45 minutes Wednesday in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-1 friendly win at SV Scholz Grödig (Austria).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb came off the bench and played 30 minutes Tuesday in Freiburg’s 1-0 friendly loss vs. Spartak Moscow.

Bobby Wood (1. FC Union Berlin) – Bobby came off the bench and played 10 minutes Thursday in Union Berlin’s 1-0 friendly loss at Austria Wien.

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey was not in the squad Tuesday in Bolungarvík’s 2-2 draw vs. Haukar. He was serving a suspension for a red card in the previous match.

 

NETHERLANDS

EREDIVISIE (First Division)

Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht) – Rubio came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored TWO GOALS (54’ & 78’) Tuesday in Utrecht’s 3-0 friendly win at Achilles 29.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played 56 minutes Tuesday in Galway United’s 4-2 loss vs. Dundalk.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Galway United’s 4-2 loss vs. Dundalk.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 25 minutes Thursday in St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 2-0 loss vs. Skonto (Latvia) in the 2nd leg of the UEFA Europa League 1st Qualification Round. St. Patrick’s was eliminated 4-1 aggregate.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Wednesday in Anyang’s 1-1 draw at Bucheon FC 1995.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett exited Mjøndalen’s June 24 match vs. IL Hødd with an unspecified injury just 12 minutes after entering as a substitute. He is expected to miss up to two weeks (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK) – Josh exited Molde’s May 22 match at Mjøndalen with a non-contact injury, and was described by witnesses as “holding his knee.” He had just entered the match 4 minutes earlier, making his first appearance after two years spent recovering from ACL/LCL injuries. Gatt tweeted an update on June 18, indicating he’d be back soon, and the club website provided further details (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. He missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He’s expected to remain out of action well into the 2015-16 season, but is nearing an extension deal with Borussia Dortmund (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a concussion on June 28 vs. Sarpsborg 08. He sat out Viking’s July 5 match vs. Ålesund, but is expected to return soon (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He is back in training with the club for the 2015 Apertura preseason and spoke to the media on June 15 and is still aiming to return for the Copa Libertadores semifinals in July (link).

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   July 7, 2015 (7:45 PM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Stadler

 

It was the Andrew Stadler Show once again in Sweden. Landskrona’s American striker and leading scorer is on a tear and came up big again over the weekend. His 67th minute goal Monday was all the scoring his club would need to hold off Kristianstads for a 1-0 road victory. Andrew has now scored in three straight, and six of the last eight games. He brings his season total to eight across all competitions. Meanwhile, his great run of form has led Landskrona to 19 points earned in that eight-game span, moving up to fifth place on the Division 1 Södra table.

Also in Sweden, Jochen Graf scored his second of the season for Carlstad United. His 4th minute strike got things rolling early on the way to a 3-2 win over Christian Eissele’s Brage.

An All-Yank goalkeeper clash was the highlight in Norway. Newly minted Molde starter Ethan Horvath went head-to-head with Sarpsborg 08’s Quentin Westberg. Horvath didn’t have to do much heavy lifting on the day, making one save in a 4-1 away win for the defending Tippeligaen champs (highlights).

In Iceland, Joey Spivack has had better days. He picked up a pair of first half yellow cards that led to a 33rd minute sending-off. 10-man (and last place) Bolungarvík didn’t fare so well after his departure, falling 3-0 at third-place Fjardabyggd.

Walter Kromholz knocked home his third goal of the season in Finland. His 4th minute tally set the tone early, as Kultsu FC would steamroll ahead to a 4-1 home win vs. Myllypuro.

A couple of goals in preseason friendly action:

Jerome Kiesewetter got the start up top for VfB Stuttgart Sunday, and made the most of it. He put one in the back of the net in the 2nd minute vs. Czech club Viktoria Plzen. Stuttgart went on to win a high scoring 6-3 affair.

And in Austria, Nermin Crnkic scored for Jablonec in a neutral site friendly vs. Shawn Barry and FSV Frankfurt. Nermin’s 34th minute goal helped earn a 2-2 draw for the Czech side.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started Friday in Gent’s 3-1 friendly loss at FC Krylia Sovetov Samara (Russia).

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and scored a 34th minute GOAL Saturday in Jablonec’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. FSV Frankfurt.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Stephen McCarthy (KuPS) – Stephen was on the bench but did not play Sunday in KuPS’ 3-1 loss vs. Jaro.

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in VPS’ 0-0 draw vs. Inter Turku.

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Mariehamn’s 0-0 draw vs. Ilves.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison started and played 75 minutes Sunday in Mikkelin’s 1-1 draw vs. VIFK.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Kultsu’s 4-1 win vs. Myllypuro.

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in ESC’s 4-0 win at BK-46.

Timothy Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started in goal, played the full 90 minutes, and kept a clean sheet Sunday in ESC’s 4-0 win at BK-46.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 4th minute GOAL Sunday in Kultsu’s 4-1 win vs. Myllypuro.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in GBK’s 1-0 win at FC Klisto.

 

GERMANY

BUNDESLIGA (First Division)

Jerome Kiesewetter (VfB Stuttgart) – Jerome started and scored a 2nd minute GOAL Sunday in Stuttgart’s 6-3 friendly win vs. FC Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic).

 

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Shawn Barry (FSV Frankfurt) – Shawn started and played 45 minutes Saturday in FSV Frankfurt’s 2-2 friendly draw vs. Jablonec (Czech Republic)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started and played 45 minutes Sunday in Sandhausen’s 2-0 friendly win vs. Aalen.

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started, played 33 minutes, drew a 20th minute yellow card and a 33rd minute yellow/red card Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 3-0 loss at Fjardabyggd.

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Rosenborg.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Start’s 4-1 win vs. Stabæk.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stabæk’s 4-1 loss at IK Start.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 1 saves Friday in Molde’s 4-1 win at Sarpsborg 08.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 1-0 win vs. Rosenborg.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin started, played the full 90 minutes, and made 2 saves Friday in Sarpsborg’s 4-1 loss vs. Molde FK.

 

OBOS-LIGAEN (Second Division)

Alex Horwath (SK Brann) – Alex started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Brann’s 2-1 win vs. Kristiansund.

Paul Torres (Sandnes Ulf) – Paul was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Sandnes Ulf’s 1-0 win at Honefoss.

Bobby Warshaw (Bærum) – Bobby started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bærum’s 5-0 loss at Jerv.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin started and played 67 minutes Saturday in Galway United’s 1-1 draw at Sligo Rovers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Galway United’s 1-1 draw at Sligo Rovers.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Anyang’s 0-0 draw at Suwon City.

 

SWEDEN

ALLSVENSKAN (First Division)

Heath Pearce (IFK Göteborg) – Heath was not in the squad Sunday for Göteborg’s 2-2 draw at Sundsvall.

Matt Pyzdrowski (Helsingborgs IF) – Matt was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Helsingborg’s 3-2 loss at BK Häcken.

 

DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)

David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not played Sunday in Dalkurd’s 1-1 draw at Soderstalje FK.

Christian Eissele (Brage) – Christian started and played 82 minutes Sunday in Brage’s 3-2 loss vs. Carlstad United.

Jochen Graf (Carlstad United BK) – Jochen started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 4th minute GOAL Sunday in Carlstad United’s 3-2 win at Brage.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started, played 90+ minutes, and scored a 67th minute game-winning GOAL Monday in Landskrona’s 1-0 win at Kristianstads.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett exited Mjøndalen’s June 24 match vs. IL Hødd with an unspecified injury just 12 minutes after entering as a substitute. He is expected to miss up to two weeks (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK) – Josh exited Molde’s May 22 match at Mjøndalen with a non-contact injury, and was described by witnesses as “holding his knee.” He had just entered the match 4 minutes earlier, making his first appearance after two years spent recovering from ACL/LCL injuries. Gatt tweeted an update on June 18, indicating he’d be back soon, and the club website provided further details (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. He missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He’s expected to remain out of action well into the 2015-16 season, but is nearing an extension deal with Borussia Dortmund (link).

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. suffered a concussion on June 28 vs. Sarpsborg 08. He sat out Viking’s July 5 match vs. Ålesund, but is expected to return soon (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He returned to training but still missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He is back in training with the club for the 2015 Apertura preseason and spoke to the media on June 15 and is still aiming to return for the Copa Libertadores semifinals in July (link).

 
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The OT Report – Midweek Edition
   July 4, 2015 (11:27 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Romero

 

A little housekeeping on this Independence Day. While we’ve all been engrossed in the triumphs of the USWNT and USMNT, there were other Americans in action in Europe this week.

The early Qualification Rounds for the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League and Europa League got underway.

Last season’s Armenian Golden Boot winner, Cesar Romero, may have played his last game this week for defending champions FC Pyunik. Transfer rumors continue to suggest he’s on the move. If that’s the case, he went out in style. Cesar subbed on at halftime vs. San Marino Champions S.S. Folgore and scored less than three minutes later. It held up as the game-winner, and Pyunik takes a 2-1 lead heading into the away leg of the UCL First Qualification Round (highlights).

Jordan Seabrook scored on Thursday to give Finnish club VPS a 2-0 lead over Sweden’s AIK in a Europa League First Qualification Round matchup. After scoring in the 65th minute, Jordan was subbed off three minutes later. Within two minutes, AIK was on the board and a later equalizer ended the 1st leg at 2-2. Coincidence? Hmm (highlights).

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Daniel Brkovic had an assist Thursday to give Olimpic Sarajevo the early lead vs. Slovakian club Trnava. The match would end in a 1-1 draw. The return leg looms ahead in this UEL First Qualification Round battle.

Andrew Wooten scored for the second straight match as SV Sandhausen continued its preseason prep. His goal came in the 15th minute of a 5-0 rout over German fifth division side TSG Pfeddersheim.

And back in Finland, way down in the depths of the fourth division, Freddy Adu scored a goal for KuFu-98, the reserve side of KuPS. Freddy hit a nice free kick just outside the top of the 18, curling it over the wall and into the upper right corner. It was his first goal since September 2012, when he played for the Philadelphia Union (highlights).

Nothing new on the injury front to report, so we’ll forgo “On The Shelf” for this edition.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there so far this week (Tuesday thru Thursday):

 

ARMENIA

ARMENIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (First Division)

Cesar Romero (FC Pyunik) – Cesar came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored a 48th minute game-winning GOAL Tuesday in Pyunik’s 2-1 win vs. Folgore (San Marino) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League First Qualification Round.

 

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

PREMIJER LIGA (First Division)

Danijal Brkovic (FK Olimpic Sarajevo) – Daniel started, played the full 90 minutes, and contributed a 14th minute ASSIST Thursday in Olimpic’s 1-1 draw vs. Tranava (Slovakia) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

BULGARIA

A FOOTBALL GROUP (First Division)

Bjørn Maars Johnsen (Litex Lovech) – Bjørn started and played the full 90 minutes Thursday in Litex Lovech’s 1-1 draw at Jelgava (Latvia) in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Jordan Seabrook (VPS) – Jordan started, played 68 minutes, and scored a 65th minute GOAL Thursday in VPS’ 2-2 draw vs. AIK in the 1st leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League First Qualification Round.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

Craig Hill (Kultsu) – Craig started in goal and played in the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Kultsu’s 4-4 draw at Kiffen.

Walter Kromholz (Kultsu) – Walter started and played the full 90 minutes Tuesday in Kultsu’s 4-4 draw at Kiffen.

 

KOLMONEN (Fourth Division)

Freddy Adu (KuFu) – Freddy started and scored a free kick GOAL Thursday in KuFu’s 3-0 win vs. Kings 98.

 

GERMANY

2.BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew started, played 45 minutes, and scored a 15th minute GOAL Wednesday in Sandhausen’s 5-0 friendly win at TSG Pfeddersheim.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin was on the bench but did not play Wednesday in Anyang’s 2-2 draw vs. Gangwon.

 
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The OT Report – Weekend Edition
   June 30, 2015 (9:22 AM) by Roderick MacNeil
 

Eissele

 

Hey, we’ve got goals to report!

Christian Eissele got back in the groove in Sweden with a brace over the weekend. He found the back of the net late in the first half and again in the 90th minute on Sunday to propel IK Brage to a 3-1 win over Nykopings. Christian now has four goals on the season. Meanwhile Brage has climbed into the top half of the 14-team Division 1 Norra table.

A couple of other usual suspects in Scandinavia got on the board:

Andrew Stadler continued his run of great form with his seventh of the season across all competitions for Landskrona. He hit paydirt in the 24th minute of a 4-2 win vs. Hollvikens. Andrew has now scored in five of the last seven games.

Anthony Allison also got back in the scoring act with another goal for Sandvikens IF. His late first half strike helped earn a 2-2 draw at Gamla Upsala SK. Anthony’s team-leading 10th goal of the season puts him second overall in Division 2 Norra Svealand, while his club sits second on the league table, just four points back.

In Finland’s top flight, Brian Span scored his sixth of the season for IFK Mariehamn. He broke free in the box and received a short through-ball in the 81st minute and put home the game-tying goal. Mariehamn came away with an important road point in a 1-1 draw at HIFK, keeping pace in the race for a Europa League position (highlights).

Finally a few goals in early preseason friendlies: Andrew Wooten in Germany, Nermin Crnkic in the Czech Republic, and Kenny Saief in Belgium. Matt has you covered with links on those goals here.

Here’s the full rundown how everyone did over there this weekend (Friday thru Monday):

 

BELGIUM

JUPILER PRO LEAGUE (First Division)

Kenny Saief (K.A.A. Gent) – Kenny started, played 66 minutes, and scored an 18th minute GOAL Saturday in Gent’s 2-2 friendly draw at SK Deinze.

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

SYNOT LIGA (First Division)

Nermin Crnkic (Jablonec) – Nermin started and scored a 35th minute GOAL Saturday in Jablonec’s 1-1 (3-2 PEN) friendly win at Brno.

 

FINLAND

VEIKKAUSLIIGA (First Division)

Brian Span (IFK Mariehamn) – Brian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored an 81st minute game-tying GOAL Sunday in Mariehamn’s 1-1 draw at HIFK.

 

YKKONEN (Second Division)

Harrison Hanley (Mikkelin Palloilijat) – Harrison started and played 62 minutes Sunday in Mikkelin’s 3-0 loss at JJK Jyväskylä.

Etchu Tabe (Ekenäs) – Etchu started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored a 71st minute game-tying goal Sunday in Ekenäs’ 3-2 win at FC Jazz.

 

KAKKONEN (Third Division)

J.C. Mack (Ekenäs Sport Club) – J.C. started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in ESC’s 1-0 loss at MuSa.

Tim Murray (Ekenäs Sport Club) – Tim started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in ESC’s 1-0 loss at MuSa.

Lawrence Smith (GBK Kokkola) – Lawrence started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in GBK’s 1-1 draw vs. OPS.

 

GERMANY

2. BUNDESLIGA (Second Division)

Andrew Wooten (SV Sandhausen) – Andrew came off the bench, played 45 minutes, and scored an 80th minute game-winning GOAL Saturday in Sandhausen’s 1-0 friendly win vs. Würzburger Kickers.

 

ICELAND

1. DEILD KARLA (Second Division)

Joey Spivack (BÍ/Bolungarvík) – Joey started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Bolungarvík’s 2-1 loss vs. Fram Reykjavik.

 

MEXICO

LIGA MX (First Division)

Miguel Ibarra (Club León) – Miguel started Sunday in León’s 0-0 (7-6 PEN) friendly loss vs. Deportivo Saprissa (CRC).

 

NORWAY

TIPPELIGAEN (First Division)

Danny Cruz (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Danny was not in the squad Sunday for Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Vålerenga.

Alex DeJohn (IK Start) – Alex came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Start’s 3-1 win vs. Ålesund.

Cole Grossman (Stabæk) – Cole started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Stabæk’s 3-2 win vs. Strømsgodset IF.

Ethan Horvath (Molde FK) – Ethan was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Molde’s 1-1 draw at Rosenborg.

A.J. Soares (Viking FK) – A.J. started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Viking’s 3-1 win vs. Sarpsborg 08.

Zarek Valentin (FK Bodø/Glimt) – Zarek started and played the full 90 minutes Sunday in Bodø/Glimt’s 2-1 win at Vålerenga.

Quentin Westberg (Sarpsborg 08 FF) – Quentin was on the bench but did not play Sunday in Sarpsborg’s 3-1 loss at Viking FK.

 

OBOS-LIGAEN (Second Division)

Alex Horwath (SK Brann) – Alex started in goal and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Brann’s 1-1 draw at Bærum.

Paul Torres (Sandnes Ulf) – Paul came off the bench and played 5 minutes Sunday in Sandnes Ulf’s 3-1 win vs. Strømmen.

Bobby Warshaw (Bærum) – Bobby started and played the full 90 minutes Monday in Bærum’s 1-1 draw vs. SK Brann.

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION (First Division)

Kevin Garcia (Galway United) – Kevin came off the bench and played 45 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Shamrock Rovers.

Jake Keegan (Galway United) – Jake started and played the full 90 minutes Friday in Galway United’s 2-1 loss vs. Shamrock Rovers.

Morgan Langley (St. Patrick’s Athletic) – Morgan came off the bench and played 20 minutes Friday in St. Patrick’s Ahtletic’s 3-0 win vs. Longford Town.

 

SOUTH KOREA

K LEAGUE CHALLENGE (Second Division)

Austin Berry (FC Anyang) – Austin started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Anyang’s 2-1 loss at Goyang Hi.

 

SPAIN

SEGUNDA DIVISIÓN B (Third Division)

Shaquell Moore (Huracán Valencia CF) – Shaq was not in the squad Sunday for Huracán’s 2-0 loss at Huesca in the 2nd leg of the Segunda B Promotion Playoffs. Huesca won 3-1 aggregate.

 

SWEDEN

DIVISION 1 NORRA (Third Division)

David Abidor (Dalkurd FF) – David was on the bench but did not play Saturday in Dalkurd’s 3-1 win vs. Huddinge.

Christian Eissele (Brage) – Christian started, played the full 90 minutes, and scored TWO GOALS (45+2’, 90’) Sunday in Brage’s 3-1 win at Nykopings.

Jochen Graf (Carlstad United BK) – Jochen came off the bench and played 45 minutes Saturday in Carlstad United’s 2-1 win vs. Vasteras SK.

 

DIVISION 1 SÖDRA (Third Division)

Andrew Stadler (Landskrona) – Andrew started, played 90+ minutes, and scored a 24th minute GOAL Monday in Landskrona’s 4-2 win vs. Hollvikens.

 

DIVISION 2 (Fourth Division)

Anthony Allison (Sandvikens) – Anthony started, played the full 90 minutes, scored a 43rd minute GOAL, and drew an 84th minute yellow card Saturday in Sandviken’s 2-2 draw at Gamla Upsala SK.

Lewis Ellis (Bodens BK) – Lewis started and played the full 90 minutes Saturday in Bodens’ 2-0 win at Anundsjö IF.

Eddy Prugh (Bodens BK) – Eddy started, played the full 90 minutes, and drew a 65th minute yellow card Saturday in Bodens’ 2-0 win at Anundsjö IF.

 

ON THE SHELF – The OT Injury Report

Freddy Adu (KuPS) – Freddy tweeted on June 16 that he had picked up an unspecified minor injury “hoped to be back in full training soon”. He was not in the 18 for KuPS’ June 18 match at IFK Mariehamn (link).

Rhett Bernstein (Mjøndalen IF) – Rhett exited Mjøndalen’s June 24 match vs. IL Hødd with an unspecified injury just 12 minutes after entering as a substitute. He is expected to miss up to two weeks (link).

Terrence Boyd (RB Leipzig) – Terrence is recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus suffered on December 7, 2014 and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. He underwent additional surgery on May 6 to remove a cyst on his calf along with a routine procedure to flush out his knee. There is still no timetable for his return (link).

Joshua Gatt (Molde FK) – Josh exited Molde’s May 22 match at Mjøndalen with a non-contact injury, and was described by witnesses as “holding his knee.” He had just entered the match 4 minutes earlier, making his first appearance after two years spent recovering from ACL/LCL injuries. Gatt tweeted an update on June 18, indicating he’d be back soon, and the club website provided further details (link).

Joe Gyau (Borussia Dortmund) – Joe is recovering from a second knee surgery following his initial injury suffered on October 10 playing for the USMNT vs. Ecuador. He missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season. He’s expected to remain out of action well into the 2015-16 season, but is nearing an extension deal with Borussia Dortmund (link).

Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg) – Caleb is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in training in early September 2014. He returned to training but still missed the remainder of the 2014-15 season (link).

Jose Torres (Tigres UANL) – Jose is recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk. The procedure took place on January 19 and recuperation was expected to take 10 to 12 weeks. He is back in training with the club for the 2015 Apertura preseason and spoke to the media on June 15 and is still aiming to return for the Copa Libertadores semifinals in July (link).

 
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