Malik Tillman gave PSV a taste of what they can expect this season with a stunning debut, while Justin Che notched an assist as Den Haag took advantage of poor corner defending in their big win.
Ricardo Pepi and Malik Tillman were consigned to PSV Eindhoven’s bench ahead of their critical Chammpions League visit to Glasgow, leaving Djordje Mihailovic as the only Yank to see action in the Eredivisie this weekend.
Ricardo Pepi came off the bench to play a few minutes, while Taylor Booth had to leave the game before halftime as PSV Eindhoven started the new Dutch Eredivisie season with a win over FC Utrecht.
A penalty-shootout loss to Sparta ended Taylor Booth and Utrecht’s shot at European qualification, although the American ended a successful first season at the club with a strong substitute performance.
Ricardo Pepi was held goalless in his final game with Groningen, while Djordje Mihailovic and AZ Alkmaar were unable to claim their golden chance to jump into the Eredivisie top three.
Taylor Booth’s assist was not enough to keep Utrecht from falling against a far superior Ajax side, Kik Pierie’s first goal for Excelsior ensured that they are free from any relegation danger, while Ricardo Pepi and Groningen allowed six goals for the third time this season.
Ricardo Pepi once again saw the Groningen fans force the suspension of a game for the relegated team, while Gedion Zelalem returned to the Den Bosch starting lineup in their home draw.
Ricardo Pepi finally saw one of his goals help Groningen earn points, although a draw did little to stop the team’s spiral towards relegation, while Anthony Fontana finally earned a start for promoted Zwolle, albeit in a losing performance.
Ricardo Pepi’s impressive strike for Groningen was for naught as they lost yet again, while Taylor Booth and Utrecht had their dominant performance ruined by three disallowed goals.
USMNT interim head coach Anthony Hudson has called in a 24-man roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League matches against Grenada and El Salvador, in the first gathering of the first-choice regulars since last year’s World Cup.