Matt Turner

There were mixed fortunes for the Yanks in European action with Turner and Siebatcheu tasting victory, while Wingo and Diskerud suffered defeats.

Arsenal 3 – 0 Bodo-Glimt

Matt Turner was selected to protect the Arsenal goal against Norwegian champs Bodo-Glimt and the Jersey boy excelled by keeping a clean sheet and a few half-decent saves for the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.  The London club scored thrice with goals from Eddie Nkeitiah, Rob Holding and Fabio Vieira.

The Gunners had the best of the first half, with the first goal coming after just 23 minutes. After Gabriel Martinelli picked out Kieran Tierney down the left wing, the Scotsman fired a screamer that rattled the far post.  Nkeitiah was on hand to knock the rebound into the back of the Norwegian net.  Three minutes later the Gunners doubled their lead when Rob Holding headed Vieira’s corner kick past Bodo’s Russian keeper.

Although the team from above the Arctic Circle got back into the game, Turner stood strong between the Arsenal sticks and denied the visitors’ four shots on goal from crossing his line.  Vieira then put the game to bed in the 84th minute, sealing the victory.

Up next for the North Londoners is a massive game against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, however their American keeper will sit this one out.

Malmo 0 – 1 Union Berlin

The Swedes of Malmo remained consistent in Europa League action, dropping their third of three games in the competition against Jordan Siebatcheu and Union Berlin on Thursday night. 

The American put in a 74 minute shift for the Germans but was unable to find the back of the net.  Malmo’s Yank, Romain Gall, never left their bench. 

Union’s only goal came after 68 minutes when Sheraldo Becker found the back of the net in Sweden.  Those were the Berliner’s first points in the competition. 

Up next for the Germans is a trip to Stuttgart, while Malmo hosts Varnamo before the two teams meet again.

Omonia Nicosia 2 – 3 Manchester United

The Cypriot side came close to their first Europa League points but in the end it was not to be as Mix Diskerud and Omonia fell at the hands of Manchester United on the island nation.  The American got the start and played 72 minutes before being subbed by Nikolas Panagiotou, who scored a late goal for Nicosia, though it was too little, too late.

Karim Ansarifard hit the first of the game, to give the hosts the lead after 34 minutes.  From then on it was all United, who scored their three goals in the second half.  Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Rashford again did all the damage.

Doing a lot better in the Cyprus league, Omonia will head to Limassol for their next game, before heading to Old Trafford for the return leg with Manchester. 

Red Star Belgrade 4 – 1 Ferencvaros

Henry Wingo and his Hungarian team had a game to forget when they traveled to Serbia and got torn apart by Red Star at Rajko Mitic Stadium.  The Sergian league leaders

Notes 

Richard Ledezma made the bench but never got off of it when PSV traveled to Switzerland to take on and beat up on FC Zurich by a 5-1 score line.  The American will hope to make it onto the field on Sunday when they travel to Heerenveen.

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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