MICHAEL ADUBATO - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
It was a quiet weekend in Belgium for the Yanks as only Brendan Hines-Ike saw action over the weekend in Pro League action.
Excel Mouscron 2-0 KV Kortrijk
Brendan Hines-Ike put in his usual customary 90 minute shift as Kortrijk travelled down the road for a Sunday afternoon matinee derby, however came up short as their hosts scored twice to secure all the points.
As the saying goes, it's a game of two halves but this time when it came to finding the back of the net, both halves belonged to the hosts. It did however take them until two minutes before the intermission to strike goal. Diogo Lucas Queirós, the Portuguese defender who just arrived from FC Porto on loan bagged his first goal for his new team. In the second half, the second goal came from his team mate and fellow Iberian, Aleix García. The Spaniard is also a loanee, having left Manchester City this summer for a chance at first team ball in Belgium.
The loss for Kortrijk pushes them down to 11th place. Up next will be a visit from KV Mechelen over the weekend.
Isiah Young was an unused substitute when OH Leuven converted a late penalty kick to tie the score and give them a point on the road against Union St Gilloise. Young hopes to be back in action this coming weekend when his Unionists travel to Westerlo on Saturday night.
Ethan Horvath stayed rooted to the bench as Club Brugge went up against their roommates, rather Cercle Brugge, who share the Jan Breydel Stadium with them. Club came out on top, winning the contest 2-0 and now sit in second place, one point behind Standard Liege. The Flemish team however has a game in hand.
Next up for Club will be a midweek Champions League game against Galatasaray from Turkey before welcoming RSC Anderlecht in one of the biggest games on the Belgian Pro League calendar.
Kenny Saief remains in Anderlecht exile as his teams got back to losing ways when they hosted Royal Antwerp at the Stade vanden Stock on Sunday afternoon. The visitors scored first in the second half but les Mauvres found the equalizer 15 minutes later. A strike three minutes from full time settled the dispute however and the Great Old headed home with all the points.
Anderlecht, who are only 3 points better than the team at the bottom of the standings will try again over the weekend when they travel to Brugge.