Sunday, March 6, 2022

Two For The Road

Pardon the slack around here, I suddenly had to go into evacuation arrangement mode as flights out of St. Petersburg were being cancelled right and left. Took some days, but through way of Turkey I'm now safely in Italy for the time being. I'm on limited internet here, so I'll get back to clearing off my notepad (it's so long now) probably next week when I'm back in the States. For now, let's just tidy up the goal clip queue.

Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic got some tremendous road service from Burnley and he obliged by capping off a 4-0 win on Saturday.






Over in the Swiss Super League, Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok nodded home the early opener in a 2-2 draw with Luzern and moved two up atop the league Golden Boot chart in the process.








- Greg Seltzer

Friday, February 25, 2022

Draw Bridges

Seven Americans will soon continue their quest for glory in UEFA's two consolation cup tournaments, and on Friday they learned which clubs will stand in their way in the Europa League and Europa Conference League rounds of 16. As it turned out, none of them will face each other at this juncture. And thus, we can root for them all to safely reach the quarters, which kick off on March 9th for the former and the next night for the latter.

EUROPA LEAGUE

Rangers (James Sands) v Red Star Belgrade
Braga v Monaco
Porto v Lyon
Atalanta v Bayer Leverkusen
Sevilla v West Ham United
Barcelona (Sergiño Dest) v Galatasaray
RB Leipzig (Tyler Adams) v Spartak Moscow
Real Betis v Eintracht Frankfurt (Timothy Chandler)


EUROPA CONFERENCE LEAGUE

Leicester City v Rennes
Olympique Marseille (Konrad de la Fuente) v FC Basel
PAOK v Gent
Vitesse v AS Roma
PSV Eindhoven (Richy Ledezma) v FC Copenhagen
Slavia Prague v LASK
Bodø-Glimt v AZ Alkmaar
Partizan Belgrade v Feyenoord (Cole Bassett)




- Greg Seltzer

On The Board

Ladies and gentleman, Marseille winger Konrad de la Fuente is now officially a top tier goal scorer in Europe. The USMNT youngster applied a cool finish to a stoppage time counter to hammer the 3-0 (and 6-1 aggregate) nail in Qarabag's Europa Conference League coffin as the visitors eased on to the round of 16. I will come back monetarily with that full draw, along with that of the Europa League, in order to highlight the Americans still alive in those cup-chasing draws.







- Greg Seltzer

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

"A good, good night at the office."

Those were the exact words from the play-by-play man as Christian Pulisic departed 10 minutes from time with Chelsea holding a 2-0 lead against Champions League round of 16 opening leg guests Lille. Though it was far from his only contribution, the US star was the man who doubled the home side's lead by clinically finishing off a jailbreak move. 










- Greg Seltzer

Monday, February 21, 2022

A Twenty Something

It may have been a mere penalty kick, but the Jordan Siebatcheu Pefok opener in Young Boys' 2-2 draw with Grasshopper was more significant than it was exciting. The strike gave him an even 20 across all competitions this term, making him the sixth American to hit that goal milestone for a single European top flight campaign.

The US striker joins Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, Aron Jóhannsson, César Romero and Giuseppe Rossi (yes, I am counting him here, he's still an American and I'm frankly over that debate now) in that exclusive club - we'll see if Christian Ramirez can make it a magnificent seven.









- Greg Seltzer

Sunday, February 20, 2022

You can't stop Brenden Aaronson.

That's it. No additional clause needed. After burying the simple capper in Red Bull Salzburg's leave-it-late 2-0 victory over Wolfsberger, Brenden Aaronson has goals in three consecutive matches across all competitions and either a tally or a helper in five straight. This victory allowed the champs to open up a 17-point edge on their second place Sunday visitors.










- Greg Seltzer