BRENDAN WIMBERLY - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
With Aron Johannsson still out with a bum ankle, another young American striker emerged in the Eredivisie this week as Rubio Rubin made his debut for Utrecht.
Utrecht 2 - 1 Williem II
Rubio Rubin played the whole 90 minutes up front for Utrecht as they took down Willem II on Sunday.
With a bevy of injuries to his attacking corps, Utrecht coach Robby Alflen called on the 18-year-old striker, and Rubin's involvement paid dividends on the game's opening goal in the 64th minute. After a scoreless first half the striker was credited an assist when he touched on a bouncing cross that fell to Jens Toornstra, who blistered a shot into the lower right corner.
Robbie Haemouts equalized for Willem II in the 76th minute. After Robbin Ruiter parried away Terell Ondaan's shot, Haemouts latched on the rebound and volleyed it in from close range to make it 1 - 1.
Utrecht secured the three points in the 88th minute thanks to Leon de Kogel. Toornstra sent a low cross towards the far post where de Kogel got hist right foot to it to slide it in for the win.
Rubio impressed in his debut, providing Utrecht with plenty of work rate up front and getting involved in threatening situations. His next opportunity may come next Sunday when Utrecht face Feyenoord.
Fortuna Sittard 0 - 2 Jong Ajax
Dion Watson couldn't help Fortuna climb out of from a two-goal hole after coming on in the 66th minute on Saturday as Fortuna fell at home.
Sheraldo Becker put Ajax up with a dynamite goal in the 10th minute. The striker chased down Norbert Alblas long clearance before taking one touch to his left and curling a lethal, left-footed shot past Fortuna goalie Ferhat Kaya to take the early lead.
In the 30th minute, Riechedly Bazoerwas shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Fatih Turan. The referee's decision was a little harsh, but he made amends for it later on, showing Utrecht two reds, Ramon Voorm in the 54th minute and Jordy ter Borgh in the 69th minute, to go along with three yellows.
Voorm's infraction happened in the penalty area and Richairo Zivkovic buried the subsequent penalty kick to put Jong Ajax up 2 - 0 in the 55th minute.
Watson, brought on for Jeffrey Vlug on the left wing, made no discernible difference in the game, as Jong Ajax coasted to the win.
Fortuna are in action next on Friday when they play NEC on the road.
Jong Twente 2 - 2 Helmond Sport
Charles Kazlauskas played the entire game for Helmond who were able to claw back from two goals down to pick up a point on the road against Jong Twente on Monday.
Mexican starlet Jesus Corona gave Jong Twente the upper hand early on, scoring two goals inside the first eight minutes.
In the fourth minute, the youngster was just onside before receiving Felitciano Zschusschen's pass. Gillian Justiana and Jeffrey van Nuland tried tracking back to impede Corona, but the Mexican put a hard, right-footed finish past Helmond keeper Wouter van der Steen.
Corona increased Jong Twente's lead in the eighth minute, tapping home Merlin Schutte's low cross. Schutte, who was on the left wing, wasn't closed down by Kazlauskas soon enough, allowing the young German to set up Corona for his second goal.
Helmond began their trek back into the game in the 17th minute. First, Jong Twente goalie Sonny Stevens kept Kevin Visser's shot out of the net, but the rebound fell right to Oumar Diouck who slotted it in.
The comeback was complete in the 76th minute. Stanley Elbers, who had just been brought on five minutes beforehand, sent a thundering shot past Stevens into the top corner to knot the score.
Kazlauskas and Helmond have an abbreviated rest this week as their back in action against FC Oss on Friday.
Aron Johannsson is still recovering from ankle surgery and was not available for AZ's 3 - 1 loss to Ajax this weekend.