RICH FIDLER - Sunday, March 23, 2008
Michael Bradley scored twice as Heerenveen came back from two goals down, while TOP continue their slide losing by three goals on the road.
Heerenveen 4 - 3 Roda JC Kerkrade
Bradley, who saw his United States Under-23 counterparts qualify for the Olympics earlier this week, scored two goals for his club team to lead them to the comeback home victory in his 90 minutes of action.
Roda were on the board in the 25th minute when Gianni Zuiverloon misplayed a floating Cheik Ismael Tiote pass. Roland Lamah took the ball down in stride and blasted a shot that beat Heerenveen keeper Rob van Dijk to far side netting.
Just two minutes laterthe visitors extender their lead when Lamah found Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo in the penalty area. The home goalkeeper misjudged the ball and the 22-year old headed past Heerenveen's backup to extend the lead.
In the 34th minute Bradley scored his first goal of the game when Gerald Sibon pulled Roda goalkeeper Bram Castro out to challenge him along the end line. Sibon crossed the ball back to Bradley who perfectly placed the ball at the far post to give the home team hope.
The hope was short lived when just three minutes later Roda would get their third. Midfielder Willem Janssen rose above a stagnant defense to head home Anouar Hadouir's free kick.
Paulo Henrique, who was brought on at the half for an injured Sibon, made the most of his first two minutes when he scored with a sliding right footed shot following a pinpoint toe poke from Michael Dingsdag to cut the lead in half.
Four minutes later Roy Beerens scored his fifth of the season when he took a pass from Miralem Sulejmani in to the penalty area. The Dutch striker slammed home a shot with his right foot that Castro deflected with his feet but couldn't stop crossing the goal line.
Bradley tallied his second - and the game winner - in the 61st minute following a mess of a corner kick from both sides. The initial serve from Beerens was cleared, only to be deflected back in to the area and the American smashed home a side-volley for his team leading fifteenth league goal.
The Frisians will host Ajax next Saturday at Abe Lenstra Stadium looking to extend their three-game winning steak.
FC Volendam 3-0 TOP Oss
TOP and head coach Hans de Koning continued their poor play on Friday night when they were defeated by league leaders FC Volendam.
Charles Kazlauskas started and went the distance in defense this week for a team that has only won a single game since early February and continues to struggle against teams ahead of them in the standings.
The first goal of the match came in the 29th minute for the home team when Mathieu Boots headed home Abdelhali Chaiat's pass, a goal that would stand up to be the game winner due to TOP's offensive ineffectiveness.
Netherlands Antilles midfielder Boy Deul would double the lead just four minutes before the halftime whistle when he redirected a pass from Jack Tuyp past TOP keeper Wilko de Vogt.
TOP's road defeat would be capped by Tuyp's league leading 22nd goal in the 62 minute. The visitors were pushing forward in an attempt to breakthrough, but the home team caught them on the counter with the 24-year striker expertly putting the ball past de Vogt.
TOP will head to De Langeleegte on Friday to face BV Veendam, a team that sits just two points behind in the standings.