KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
There were wins all around for the Norway-based Yanks, with Mikkel Diskerud and Rosenborg maintaining third and Michael Stephens, Andrew Jacobson and Stabaek moving up the standings.
Rosenborg 3 - 0 Aalesund
The Troll Kids redeemed themselves from last week's disappointing loss to Haugesund with a resounding win over Aalesund at the Lerkendal Stadium.
The home side got things going early in the game when a series of good passes led to Mike Jensen scoring Rosenborg's first goal from outside the box in the sixth minute.
After several attempts by Aaselund to level the score, Rosenborg would double their lead. A wayward shot by Tore Reginiussen found the foot of Holmar Eyjolfsson just before halftime.
The team would round out the scoring early in the second half when a corner taken by Diskerud found the head of Tomas Malec.
Diskerud played the full 90 for the Trondheim-based side as they remain in third place in the standings.
Stabaek 2 - 0 Lillestrom
After suffering a league and cup loss, the Blue Ones finally returned to winning ways as they knocked off Lillestrom at the Nadderud Stadium.
Stabaek scored the game's first goal only three minutes in when Fredrik Brustad headed in the ball after a cross from the right by Stephens.
Luc Kassi would extend Stabaek's lead in the in the 41st minute after redirecting a cross from Ville Jalasto into the back of the net.
Lillestrom had a couple of chances to get back into the game, but saves by Mande Sayouba ensured Stabaek would get the shutout. The team could have increased their lead even further, but Magne Hoseth's penalty was saved by Lillestrom's Arnold Origi.
Jacobson played the entire game, while Stephenson was subbed out in stoppage time.
The win pushed Stabaek up to seventh place in the standings.
Jeb Brovsky was not in the lineup as Stromsgodset beat Viking 2-1 to stay two points behind Rosenborg for the second Europa League spot.