The Slovak Super Liga got underway this weekend with Eduvie Ikoba and his AS Trencin side opening up the season Friday night when they hosted Zlate Moravce at their Sihot Stadium. 

The American started the game on the bench as he was feeling under the weather during the week but was brought on in the 67th minute for Rahim Ibrahim.  The game was all but over by this time as the team from the western part of Slovakia put four goals past their visitors before the intermission and ended up with a 4-0 victory.

The first ball to find the back of the net came after just 13 minutes when a shot from distance was pushed away by Matus Kira between the posts, but it fell kindly for Adam Tucny who scored the first goal of the new season from six yards out.

Jakub Kadak doubled the lead just 16 minutes later when a ball played over the top was mishandled by Kira, letting the hometown hero put his name on the score sheet.  He did it again, completing his brace in the 41st minute after some poor defending.  Ibrahim assisted on this one. 

Kadak then turned provider four minutes later when his free-kick into the box was met by the head of Richard Krizan, who placed it just inside the far post.

“It was a good game, “ Ikoba told Yanks Abroad.  “I came on as a sub because I’ve been sick all week, but we scored four goals in the first half so it was a comfortable win.”

With the best possible start to the new campaign, Trencin will make the 80 mile trip to the capital city to take on Slovan Bratislava, who are the defending champions.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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