MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, December 7, 2020
Luca de la Torre was the only American to get significant minutes as a few of the other guys came off the bench to play a few minutes in Dutch weekend action.
Feyenoord 0-0 Heracles
Lucas de la Torre got the nod for Heracles and put in a tough 81-minute shift as the team from Almelo held their own and got out of Rotterdam with a point against Dick Advocaat's Feyenoord, even though they had to play half of the second half down with ten men.
To be fair, it was a game of not too many chances as the hosts could only manage three shots on target, which was better than just one by Heracles with Feyenoord winning the possession game.
Lucas Schoofs fired the first real shot of the night in the 11th minute when Lucas Schoofs tried his luck but was unable to beat Nick Marsman between the posts for the 15 time Eredivisie champions.
The Rotterdammers soon got into the game but Janis Blaswich was in the right place to make the save from Luciano Narsingh. The Heracles keeper had to call on lady luck when he was beaten by Tyrell Malacia, but instead of scoring, the Dutchman rattled the crossbar.
The second half started off at a snail's pace and things didn't seem to change much until Turkish striker Sinan Bakis was shown a second yellow card in the 66th minute and got himself sent to the showers, which put Heracles into defensive mode.
Blaswich had to be called on soon afterward when Orkun Kökcu got off a good shot at the Heracles goal. They were ineffective without the man down but managed to hold on to gain a valuable point.
The Almelo boys, sitting in 13th place, will welcome Fortuna Sittard over the weekend.
Sebastian Soto missed Telstar's 2-1 home loss to Cambuur due to red card suspension. It should however take part midweek when the USA faces El Salvador in a friendly in Florida.
Desevio Payne didn't suit up for Emmen's 2-1 loss to Sparta Rotterdam but will be hoping to take part when ADO Den Haag to town over the weekend.
Ulysses Llanez played the last 19 minutes for Heerenveen as his team threw away a three-point performance by allowing PSV Eindhoven to score a 92nd-minute equalizer. On the other side of the field, Richard Ledezma came on in the 78th minute for PSV. Both Americans will hope to get in some more minutes next time when Heerenveen travels to Arnhem to take on Vitesse and PSV hosts Omania Nicosia midweek in Europa League action. They'll then have their next league game at home against Utrecht.
Mael Corboz was nowhere to be found for the Helmond Sport vs. Go Ahead Eagles clash. His Eagles however did come away with a 2-0 victory. Next up is a weekend visit from NAC Breda where they'll hope to continue their winning ways.
Chris Gloster didn't take part in PSV II's 1-1 draw with Roda JC over the weekend. He will hope to suit up for their next game which will be a visit to TOP Oss.