KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Brian Span and Mariehamn secured a win to reach the top three in Finland's Veikkausliiga in a quiet weekend for Americans playing in northern Europe.
IFK Mariehamn scored early in the first half to secure a 2-1 win over JJK.
Brian Span started for the defending league champions in the game and played 72 minutes in the win.
The Islanders opened the scoring just four minutes into the game when Aleksei Kangaskolkka collect a long ball in the area and left for teammate Robbin Sellin to blast past JJK goalkeeper Teppo Marttinen.
The visitors added their second in the 20th minute as Kangaskolkka got on the score sheet himself when Span stopped a pass from going up field, allowing the Finnish forward to collect the loose ball and fire a low curling shot outside the area that beat Marttinen.
JJK would cut the deficit in the 30th minute when Samu Suoraniemi finished a pass from Toni Tahvanainen.
Both teams had chances to score in the second half, but the scoreline would remain as it was.
Mariehamn now sit in the third place in the standings with 20 points - eleven points off the top spot currently held by HJK.
In the Ykkonen, Felix da Bona and Etchu Tabe started for EIF in their 1-0 loss to Oulu.
Stefan Antonijevic watched from the bench as Lillestrom went to earn a 1-0 win over Viking.
Ethan Horwath watched from the bench in Brann's 5-0 demolition of Stabaek.