Jóhannsson runs scoring streak to five games; helping AZ Alkmaar to pair of victories.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Thursday, August 22, 2013) -- Icelandic-American striker Aron Jóhannsson extended his scoring streak to five goals in five matches in a pair of AZ Alkmaar victories.
Tonight, Johannsson gave his Dutch side a 2-0 lead in an eventual 3-1 victory over host Atromitos of Greece in the first leg of their Europa Cup play-in series.
Jóhannsson scored in the 74th minute. He started his run from midfield down the right side, taking a pass from reserve midfielder Willy Overtoom. He proceeded into the penalty area, avoiding a sliding defender before firing a right-footer into the near side of the net.
Jóhannsson was replaced two minutes into stoppage time.
On Saturday, Jóhannsson started visiting AZ off with a striker in the fourth minute of a 2-1 victory over RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie.
The 22-year-old was the recipient of a deflection in the box and he lifted his shot over RKC goalkeeper Jan Seda to give visiting AZ a 1-0 advantage. He was removed in the 74th minute.
Jóhannsson, whose first two goals came on penalty kicks, now has three goals in league play, one in the Europa League and one Dutch Super Cup. AZ is one of four clubs tied for fourth place in the Eredivisie at 2-1-0 with six points.
Jóhannsson, who grew up through the Icelandic national youth system, impressed in his U.S. debut, coming on in the 63rd minute of the Americans’ 4-3 comeback victory August 14 over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.
U.S. midfielder Sacha Kljestan has started the Belgium season in an opportunistic manner. For the second week in a row, he scored for RSC Anderlecht in an easy 3-0 shutout of Waasland-Beveren in the Pro League.
Kljestan opened the scoring by pouncing on a ball left sitting six yards after a free kick led to a scrum in the penalty area.
Eighteen-year-old American striker Paul Arriola had a most productive debut with Club Tijuana in Mexico’s Liga Bancomer MX. Entering the match in the 84th minute, he scored his first professional goal in a 2-1 loss to Monterrey.
Arriola’s goal tied the match in the 88th minute, a minute after earning a yellow card. Then, Humberto Suazo quickly found net in the 89th minute to give the hosts the win.
Mexican-American defender Edgar Castillo played 90 minutes and American midfielder Joe Corona played 85 minutes for Tijuana, while American defender Greg Garza played the final nine minutes.
American striker Herculez Gomez has missed Tijuana’s five matches this season with a right knee injury he aggravated playing for the U.S. men in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. Gomez was troubled by the ailing knee when he picked up a knock in the Gold Cup.
Gomez could miss another month or more, which would rule him out for the next two key CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, in Costa Rica September 6 and against Mexico four days later in Columbus, Ohio.
“It’s nothing serious,” Gomez told MLSsoccer.com by phone from Tijuana. “I had a little bit of a knee issue and I just needed to get it cleaned out.”
U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan made three saves, leading Aston Villa to a stunning 3-1 decision over heavily-favored Arsenal in the English Premier League opener for both sides.
Tim Howard, who starts ahead of Guzan for the U.S. men, was not credited with a save for Everton which drew 2-2 with Norwich City.
Howard controlled his area well and on several occasions caused attackers to shoot high or wide with aggressive moves.
U.S. forward Jozy Altidore made his Sunderland debut in a 1-0 loss to Fulham. Despite the defeat, Altidore gave The Lads fans reason for hope, causing the Cottagers’ defense more than a few problems.
U.S. defender Geoff Cameron had a respectable afternoon for Stoke City in a 1-0 loss to Liverpool.
Maurice Edu has a sports hernia and fellow U.S. midfielder Brek Shea a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee and were unavailable for Stoke. Shea should return by Labor Day; Edu possibly sooner.
American Brad Friedel was the backup keeper to Hugo Lloris for Tottenham Hotspur tonight in a 5-0 romp over host FC Dinamo Tbilisi of Georgia in the first leg of a Europa League play-in series.
Friedel was also on the bench Sunday for a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
In the second-division English League Championship, American defender Eric Lichaj played 90 minutes for Nottingham Forest in a 3-0 whitewash of Bolton Wanderers, who were reduced to 10 men for the closing 37 minutes because of a red card.
American defender Tim Ream dressed, but did not play for Bolton.
German-American midfielder Danny Williams played the final 21 minutes for Reading, which blew a two-goal advantage with 11 minutes left and settled for a 3-3 draw with Watford.
American defender Zak Whitbread dressed, but did not play for Leicester City in a 1-0 victory over Derby County.
U.S. defender Jonathan Spector remains out from facial fractures suffered from an accidental knee to his face in July for Birmingham City.
In the German Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones went the distance for FC Schalke 04 and received one of his frequent yellow cards in its 4-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg.
German-American left back Fabian Johnson played 90 minutes for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in a 5-1 rout over Hamburger SV.
American midfielder Joe Gyau did not dress for Hoffenheim.
German-American defender Timmy Chandler played the final 32 minutes and was cautioned for FC Nürnberg in a 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin SC.
German-American attacker John Anthony Brooks played the final seven minutes for Hertha.
U.S. defender Michael Parkhurst did not dress in FC Augsburg in a 1-0 loss to Werder Bremen.
American goalkeeper David Yelldell was not dressed for Bayer Leverkusen in its 1-0 decision over VfB Stuttgart.
German-American striker Shawn Parker did not dress for 1. FSV Mainz 05, a 2-1 winner over SC Freiburg.
In the second-tier 2. Bundesliga, German-American midfielder Alfredo Morales played 90 minutes for FC Ingolstadt 04 in its 1-0 loss to TSV 1860 Munich.
American midfielder Bobby Wood played the final 22 minutes for 1860.
German-American striker Andrew Wooten played the first 83 minutes for 1. FC Kaiserslautern in a 2-1 triumph over FC Erzgebirge Aue.
U.S. midfielder Alejandro Bedoya made his debut in France’s Ligue 1 for FC Nantes, playing the final 38 minutes in a 2-1 loss to Lorient.
Bedoya almost scored in stoppage time when he was first to a loose ball deep in the Lorient box, but defender Lamine Koné cleared the American's shot off the goal-line.
In Norway’s Eliteserien, American keeper Steve Clark was in the Hønefoss BK net for a 1-0 loss to Sandnes Ulf.
American midfielder Mix Diskerud played 70 minutes for Rosenborg BK in a scoreless draw with Vålerenga IF.
Eighteen-year-old keeper Ethan Horvath did not dress for Molde FK in its 1-1 draw with Odd BK.
American midfielder Jonathan Okafor played 90 minutes and was shown a yellow card in the 57th minute for MYPA in a 1-1 draw with Inter Turku in Finland’s Veikkausliiga.
In Denmark’s Superliga, American midfielder Conor O’Brien went the distance for FC Nordsjælland in a 2-1 victory over Aalborg BK.
American defender Babajide Ogunbiyi went the distance and was issued a yellow card in the 52nd minute for Viborg FF, which used three goals by Thomas Dalgaard for a 3-0 triumph over SønderjyskE.
Randers FC has sent American forward Charlie Davies to Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution on a six-month loan. The Revolution has an option to buy Davies outright at the conclusion of the loan.
Davies, 27, played 23 times for Randers in 2012, but did not score a goal. In 2011, he found net 11 times for D.C. United in MLS.
Davies was a rising star for the U.S. men when, on October 13, 2009, he broke curfew while with the U.S. in Washington, D.C. for a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica. At 3:15 a.m., he was a passenger in a car that was in a horrific accident in nearby Arlington, Va. A woman passenger was killed and Davies was left with a multitude of serious injuries.
After scoring five goals in 33 caps and carrying great expectations, Davies never again played for the U.S.
In Brazil’s Serie A, American midfielder Freddy Adu did not dress for Bahia, which drew 0-0 with Santos.
In the Liga Bancomer MX, U.S. midfielder José Torres played 90 minutes for Tigres UANL, a 3-0 loser to Santos Laguna.
American defender Jonathan Bornstein did not dress for Tigres.
U.S. defender Michael Orozco Fiscal and midfielder DaMarcus Beasley both went 90 minutes for Puebla, which defeated Chivas de Guadalajara 4-2.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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