MEGHAN BRENNAN - Thursday, October 21, 2010
A trio of Americans will be involved in Sunday's Start – Stabaek match while Graham Dugoni and Joe Bendik will also see action in Norway this weekend
Start – Stabæk
Three Americans go head to head in the Eliteserien this weekend; Clarence Goodson and Hunter Freeman of Start and Mikkel Diskerud of Stabæk meet Sunday at Sør Arena.
Diskerud will start at right midfield for Jan Jonsson, while Goodson is will be at center back for Knut Tørum. Freeman, however, who normally starts at right back, is questionable due to a knee injury suffered in training.
Start defender Rolf Daniel Vikstøl will return to play following his suspension due to yellow card accumulation.
Stabæk striker Daniel Nannskog remains injured and will not likely play for the remainder of the 2010 season.
The hosts are currently eighth in the league while their visitors are eleventh. Both teams search for their first win in over four games as Start has not won since September 19th and Stabæk since August 29th.
Moss – Mjøndalen
Graham Dugoni and Mjøndalen hope to secure an easy win against the 1. Division's 14th placed team Sunday when they take on Moss at Melløs Stadion.
Dugoni is likely to start at center back for the guests who are currently one win out of ninth place.
Both teams appear to have full squads available for the match.
The last time these two teams faced off Mjøndalen fell to moss 1-3 in the fourth round of play.
Sogndal - Sandnes Ulf
Reserve keeper Joe Bendik may make his second regular season start against Sandnes Ulf Sunday at Fosshaugane Stadion.
Bendik, who started a handful of Norwegian Cup matches earlier this summer, was called upon to take his place between the pipes yesterday after starting goalkeeper Piotr Leciejewski received a red card in last weekend match versus Løv-Ham.
Bendik helped Sogndal defend their first place position in the 1. Division by posting a shutout yesterday against a second placed Fredrikstad squad.
With a healthy ten point lead on Fredrikstad and a game scheduled against the league's 12th places team, Bendik may again see a start in net.
Both teams appear to have a full lineup available.
Neither Steve Clark nor Kenneth Di Vita Jensen are likely to play as Hønefoss takes on Strømsgodset at Marienlyst Stadion Sunday.
Colin Burns will watch from the bench as the reserve keeper when 1. Division's third placed Sogndal take on NIL-Trysil Sunday at home.