BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, September 21, 2012
Jozy Altidore brings his goal-scoring streak with Alkmaar to Breda, while Charles Kazlauskas and Helmond Sport defend their undefeated record.
NAC - AZ Alkmaar
Jozy Altidore will look to continue his hot streak on the road, when his Alkmaar teammates face off against NAC Breda on Sunday afternoon in Rat Verlegh Stadion. Currently in seventh place in the Dutch Eredivisie standings, the Cheese Farmers hope to add to their eight points after five games.
In his last outing, Altidore charged into the lead of the goal scorers table, notching a trio in a 4-0 rout of Roda JC Kerkrade and bringing his season total to seven.
In spite of commemorating the club's 100th anniversary last Wednesday, Breda have little to celebrate in the Eredivisie, and sit on two points among the minnows in the cellar. The Yellow Army succumbed 2-1 last Sunday to the club of Heracles Almelo. Only Alex Schalk and Anthony Lurling have pushed the ball over the goal line this season, twice and once respectively.
Neither side have injuries and absences to report.
The encounter will also feature the return of Alkmaar's current Director of Football Affairs, and former U.S. Men's National Team member Earnie Stewart to his former club in Breda.
Helmond Sport - Fortuna Sittard
Helmond Sport look to continue their stellar start in the Eerste Divisie on Friday as they host Fortuna Sittard.
Milwaukee son Charles Kazlauskas can expect his sixth start in as many games in the Helmond midfield at Stadion De Braak.
Belgium-born Turkish striker Emrullah Gülenç has been on fire for Helmond Sport in the opening five games of the season, already notching nine goals, more than twice as much as anyone else in the league. Three of those came last week at FC Eindhoven last Friday in a back-and-forth affair resulting in a 4-3 win for the Helmonders.
Ninth-place Fortuna are still trying to find their rhythm, having earned points in their three home games, but unable to find the back of the net on the road.
Both clubs look to field full squads.