RICH FIDLER - Sunday, August 14, 2011
Jozy Altidore made a second half substitute's appearance during Saturday's road loss to FC Twente while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport held on for a victory on Friday night.
FC Twente 2 - 0 AZ Alkmaar
Alkmaar went on the road and lost on Saturday afternoon following last weekend's opening day victory of the Eredivisie season.
The home team wasted little time taking the lead, when defender Dwight Tiendalli's inswinging free-kick found the head of Marc Janko for the goal in the third minute.
Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov saved the home team from losing their lead just after the half-hour mark when he pushed Brett Holman's blast from 20-yards just past the post.
Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz, who entered at halftime for the home team, gave them a two-goal cushion in the 66th minute when he chipped AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvarado from a dozen yards.
Jozy Altidore entered the game two minutes later for Johann Berg Gudmundsson, as head coach Gertjan Verbeek pushed attackers on the field in hopes of getting back in to the game.
The closest the visitors came was just before the final whistle as midfielder Rasmus Elm's free-kick was tipped over the bar by Mihaylov.
AZ will headto Norway to play face Adin Brown's former club Aalesund in the Europa League on Thursday, before turning their attention back to the league schedule against NEC next Sunday at home.
Helmond Sport 3 - 2 Sparta Rotterdam
Wisconsin native Charles Kazlauskas went the full ninety minutes for head coach Hans de Koning as they defeated a Sparta Rotterndam team that finished with nine men.
The visitors broke onto the scoreboard in the 12th minute thanks to Jaime Bruinier's easy finish after Helmond defender Philipp Haastrup misjudged a long ball played in to the penalty area.
Sparta's Marten de Roon entered the game in the 58th minute and found himself with two yellow cards by the 82nd minute for the first dismissal of the game.
During his brief time on the field de Roon saw Helmond's Erik Queke level the score at one goal each in the 65th minute when he followed up on poor punch of a shot by goalkeeper Nico Pellatz.
Job van der Linden put the home team up for good in the 72nd minute with his perfectly placed left-footed free-kick from just outside the penalty area that left the goalkeeper stunned.
De Roon's trip insider the penalty area for his second yellow card resulted in Philipp Haastrup stepping up to the spot where he slotted home the penalty in the 82nd minute.
The visitor's defender Gijs Luirink was shown a straight red card just two minutes later by referee Serdar Gözübüyük after a clumsy challenge from behind.
Nine-men Sparta pulled a goal back in second-half stoppage time following a horrendous back-pass from van der Linden. The poor ball easily played attacker Joshua John in against Björn Sengier, he rounded the stunned goalkeeper for the consolation.
Helmond will head on the road next Friday to face Go Ahead Eagles.