MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, October 5, 2020
Sergino Dest may have left for the Spanish sun, but a few Yanks made it onto the field over the weekend in the Netherlands with mixed results in both first and second division action.
PSV II 3-0 Telstar
It was one of those Yanks vs. Yank games in Eindhoven over the weekend where Chris Gloster was subbed in the 62nd minute but by that time Telstar's Sebastian Soto had already left the field of play. The Jong PSV team did come out on top though thanks to three second-half strikes by three different players.
The first half was relatively quiet though it was the Telstar club that came close to scoring and would have if not for the great reflexes of Maxime Delanghe, who made a pretty impressive save to deny the visitors. Kristófer Kristinsson had the best chance for PSV but it all came to nothing.
The breakthrough came after the break courtesy of Nigel Thomas with Justin de Haas proving the assist. Three minutes later, on the hour mark, Icelander Kristófer Ingi Kristinsson scored his first of the season and his first for his team, having arrived in the summer from Grenoble in French Ligue 2.
Not being able to reply to going behind by a pair of goals, PSV stuck the fork in the proverbial Telstar turkey in the 79th minute and they were done. Djenairo Daniels did the damage, having come on for his Icelandic teammate a dozen minutes earlier.
After six games, Telstar sits in the fifth spot while PSV II is three places lower. Gloster and his side will head to Volendam next, while Soto and Telstar look forward to hosting TOP Oss.
Luca de la Torre watched from the bench as his Heracles side fell to Vitesse Arnhem by a 3-0 score. They have only picked up one point out of the nine on offer after winning their season opener now find themselves in the bottom half of the Eredivisie standings. All is not lost as they will go at it again after the international break when they host Waalwijk.
Ulysses Llanez made his first appearance for Heerenveen as he came off the bench to play 15 minutes in their 1-1 tie with Utrecht.
Desevio Payne never got onto the field for his Emmen side as they drew on the road against Twente with American-born Dutch defender Kik Pierie playing 87 minutes; both teams scored a goal each. Emmen is just one spot out of the relegation zone after collecting only two points from four games.
Next up will be a Sunday matinee at home when they welcome fellow strugglers, Fortuna Sittard, after the break of course.
Mael Corboz was a second-half substitute, coming on in the 56th minute in Go Ahead Eagles defeat at the hands of visiting Utrecht II. After going down two goals to none, the American and his team fought back and scored goals in the 78th and 88th minute to tie things up; however, an Utrecht strike in stoppage time denied the Eagles any points. They'll be back in action against Maastrict when action resumes.
Ajax II was ripped apart by NAC Breda, letting four goals fly into the back of their net. Alex Mendez came off the bench in the 60th minute when his team was already down by a pair of goals. Next up will be a battle against AZ Alkmaar II.