BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Friday, October 18, 2013
Aron Johannsson heads back to Holland this weekend as AZ take on Cambuur, while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond face PSV's youth side in the Eerste Divisie.
AZ - Cambuur
After scoring his first international goal for the USMNT on Tuesday, Aron Johannsson gets back on the field in Holland on Sunday when AZ host Cambuur.
After dropping their last game to Groningen, AZ will be hoping for three points to get back into the top eight in the Eredivisie.
Currently sitting in ninth place, AZ are only one position away from a potential Euro League spot in the packed middle of the Eredivisie standings.
Johannsson has grabbed headlines for his goal scoring prowess, and justifiably so. The Alabama native has scored five goals in the Eredivisie in nine appearances, and another five between the Europa League, Dutch Super Cup, and the KNVB Cup.
Cambuur have seen ties dissolve in the second half in each of their last two games. Currently at 14th place in the Eredivisie, the team from Leeuwarden have only been able to manage nine points from nine games thus far.
AZ will be without Donny Gorter and Eli Babalj due to injuries, while Marco van der Heide and Bart van Brakel are both out injured for Cambuur.
Helmond Sport - Jong PSV
Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport take on Jong PSV Friday afternoon in a battle between two of the Eerste Divisie's leakiest defenses.
Although they lead the league in goals this season, Helmond have not been able to replicate that success on the defensive end.
Kazlauskas, 30, is the senior member of Helmond's corps which otherwise consists of players in their early twenties and late teens.
Despite the struggles of the defensive unit, Kazlauskas has brought a measure of consistency and versatility to Helmond this, starting all 12 league games while rotating between right back and defensive midfield.
Jong PSV, the youth team of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, have struggled in their first season in the fully professional Eerste Divisie.
Although they're currently in 18th place in the 20 team league, the PSV youngsters have managed to win two out of their last three in the league.
Neither team are reporting any injuries, but Helmond left back Gillian Justiana will have to miss the game due to a yellow card suspension, while Uruguayan U-20 international Ruben Bentancourt will miss the game for Jong PSV for the same reason.