KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It was a rough weekend for the Americans and their respective teams in Norway's Tippeligaen as Rosenborg and Stabaek suffered humiliating defeats.
Stabaek 1 -3 Odd
Stabaek's run of good form came to crashing halt at home as second place Odd maintained their pressure on league leaders Molde with a come from behind win at the Nadderud Stadium.
The Blue Ones opened the scoring in the 28th as forward Franck Boli slotted the ball in the goal after a pass from midfielder Magne Hoseth.
After a brilliant start to the game, it all fell apart for Bob Bradley's team as Odd would even the score in the 37th minute. A cross from the right side of the field from Ole Halvorsen found the foot of forward Herolind Shala to slide past Stabaek goalkeeper Mande Sayouba to level the score. Odd took the lead in the 43rd minute as Halvorsen turned from provider to goal scorer, hitting a shot from just inside the box as Stabaek failed to clear it from the area.
Things went from bad to worst for Stabaek as winger Fredrik Brustad scored an own goal just before halftime to push the score to 3-1.
Despite being a man down early in the second half as midfielder Fredrik Nordkvelle was sent off for a second yellow card offense, Odd were able to hold for the win.
Andrew Jacobsen played the entire game, while Michael Stephens played 87 minutes in the loss. Neither made any significant impact on the game as Stabaek suffered a heavy loss.
Despite the loss, Stabaek remain in ninth place in the standings with 23 points, while Odd remain firmly behind the leaders in second place with 41 points.
Brann 3 - 1 Rosenborg
Rosenborg's chances of securing one of the Europa League places took a dent as relegation-threatened Brann boosted their chances of survival with a 3-1 win at home.
Brann were all business from the start of the game and opened the scoring in the 26th minute when defender Daniel Mojsov looped the ball over the Rosenborg defense from a corner kick. The home team would then double their lead in the 29th minute as midfielder Kasper Skaanes pounced on a saved shot from Rosenborg goalkeeper Alexander Hansen.
The Troll Kids' backs were against the wall, but they did not buckle under the pressure of the scoreline as they cut the lead in the 60th minute. A great pass from midfielder Jonas Svensson found Alexander Soderlund who slotted the ball home.
Rosenborg may have found a lifeline, but Brann would get the insurance goal they needed as Marcus Pedersen scored on a long-range strike in the 61st minute to seal the win.
Mikkel Diskerud saw 79 minutes of action for Roseborg, but was ineffective for a majority of the time.
Roseborg remain in fourth place, but lie four points out of the the final Europa League place. The victory for Brann puts them on 18 points, boosting their chances of coming out of the relegation zone.
Jeb Brovsky was an unused substitute as Stromsgodset knocked off Start 3-2. The win puts them in sole possession of third place in the standings.
Ethan Horvath did not make it on the bench as Molde maintained its hold on the top spot with a 2-1 win over Sarpsborg08. Josh Gatt is still out injured for Molde.