MEGHAN BRENNAN - Sunday, May 23, 2010
A battle between yanks highlights Monday's action in the Eliteserien as Hunter Freeman and Start visit Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek.
Stabæk - Start
Round 13 of the 2010 Eliteserien season matches up Norwegian-American Mikkel Diskerud in Stabæk's midfield with Hunter Freeman of IK Start's defense at Ullevaal Stadion on Monday.
Starting at right back, Freeman will man Knut Torum's defensive line without fellow American Clarence Goodson at his side.
Goodson is currently at training camp with the U.S. men's national team.
In addition to Goodson, Torum will be without Serbian defense man Branislav Milicevic due to a groin injury.
Injury reports from the home team are extensive but improved from weeks past. Jan Jonnson's available lineup now includes Daniel Nannskog, Palmiers Palmason and Diogo.
Still sidelined are Morten Skjønsberg and Torstein Andersen Aase while Pontus Farnerud's status for the match remains uncertain yet doubtful.
The improved health of Jonnson's players have accompanied improved results after a dire start to the 2010 season.
Most recently Stabæk overcame 2. Divison team and nearby neighbors Baerum, 0-2, in the second round of the Norwegian Cup and Strømsgodset, 3-1 in the last week's Eliteseren play.
Freeman and Start will arrive at Stabæk's borrowed home of Ullevaal Stadion following two wins of their own.
The most recent came last Wednesday in the second round of the Norwegian Cup, a 2-1 win over 2. Division Mandalskameratene.
After twelve rounds of play, Start sits at seventh in the rankings and holds steady as the league leading goal scorers with 24 while Stabaek sits at ninth with 15.
The last time Stabaek played host to Start's squad they overcame the visitors 5-0 in the 19th round of the 2009 Eliteserien.
Despite his first start in over a month, due to a quad injury, in the Norwegian Cup win over 2. Division Valdres, goalkeeper Steve Clark will watch Hønefoss take on Brann at AKA Arena from the sidelines. Striker Kenneith Di Vita Jensen is a likely second half substitute.
Tyrel Lacey continues post operation rehab on his knee and will not be available in net as Lyn travels to the 1.Division's sixth ranked Bryne on Monday.
Goalkeeper Colin Burns earned his second start of the season for Sarpsborg last Wednesday in the 2-1 Norwegian Cup win over Asker. He is however, unlikely to start once 1. Division play resumes Monday as Sarpsborg hosts Sandnes Ulf.
Joe Bendik too made his second start between the pipes for Sogndal last Wednesday as his team overcame 2. Division Forde 3-2. He will watch from the sideline as his team takes on Bodø/Glimt whom continue their quest for promotion from their second position in the rankings.