Thursday, July 30, 2009

Europa Cup LIVE-ish-esque

Let's not waste any time catching you up with today's Europa League third round qualifying first legs...

12.44 PM CT - Clint Dempsey is is starting for Fulham, who remain scoreless at Lithuanian side FK Vėtra as we near the break. Meanwhile Troy Perkins and Vålerenga have just cut their home deficit to 2-1, also near halftime.

12.48 PM - Just before intermission, Bobby Zamora put Fulham up 1-0.

Exec Earnie Stewart's NAC Breda will begin shortly at Polonia Warsaw. Club Brugge kicks off against visiting Finns Lahti in about 45, but Jared Jeffrey is not dressed. About a quarter hour after that, Ryan Guy should start as St. Pat's host Russian outfit Krylya Sovetov. And finally, at 2 PM CT, Johann Smith's Rijeka kick off against Ukrainian guests Metalist Kharkiv.

1.12 PM - Danny Murphy has Fulham up 2-0 just before the hour mark.

1.16 PM - I forgot to mention Eddie Johnson is on the Fulham bench today. Could we have two European debuts in Lithuania? Meanwhile, NAC has fallen behind Polonia Warsaw 1-0.

1.24 PM - Erm... apparently the Polonia goal was waved off when I turned my head. NAC's game is still scoreless midway through the first.

1.37 PM - Dempsey makes way for Seol (Fulham's second sub) in the 81st. Kwakman has put NAC ahead 1-0 near the break, while Club Brugge has immediately fallen behind Lahti 1-0.

Guy is starting for St. Pat's (who kick off in about 5 minutes), Smith on the bench for Rijeka.

1.41 PM - Seol makes it 3-0 Fulham in the 85th.

1.46 PM - Third Fulham sub, no EJ today.
Vålerenga are running out of time for an equalizer, about three minutes left there. Club Brugge ace Akpala has tied it 1-1 in the 12th minute.

1.54 PM - Fulham win 3-0 to get a road leg up, while
Vålerenga fall 2-1 at home, leaving them much work to do in the return.

2.10 PM - Blondel has put Club Brugge ahead 2-0 in the 35th.

Off topic note: I've also had a few emails asking about Livorno's chase of Ricardo Clark & Landon Donovan.

I spoke with club CEO Roberto Spinelli this morning. Despite Italian reports to the contrary, at this time there is no Donovan agreement for January and no Clark pre-deal agreement. Clark is holding a pre-deal offer from the club, but told them he is focusing on Houston right now... however, I've been told by a birdie that things have gone cool because he has other interest now. I do not know from whence it came.

2.37 PM - Lahti (who have 38-year old Jari Litmanen pulling the strings) has knotted it up at Club Brugge, 2-2 in the 50th minute.

2.46 PM - Rijeka are down 1-0 to Metalist in the 42nd minute.

2.56 PM - NAC Breda have closed out a tidy 1-0 away win over Polonia Warsaw. St. Pat's are still scoreless near the hour.

4.18 PM - Happy goals aplenty! Ahmad Sharbini has Rijeka back to even at 1-1 in the 57th minute, O'Brien fires St. Pat's ahead 1-0 in the 71st and Blondel bags his second near time to boost Club Brugge to up 3-2.

4.22 PM - Club Brugge wins 3-2.

4.44 PM - St. Pat's finish 1-0 victors. Meanwhile, a 10-man Metalist is back up on Rijeka 2-1 with five minutes left.

4.53 PM - Rijeka lose 2-1 at home (I somehow missed that Smith was brought on for Anas Sharbini in the 17th minute. Oops!).

Cut me a break and let me post the Top 5 List tomorrow. Thanks. Enjoy your evenings...

- Greg Seltzer


corky said...

Since you mentioned him, what are the expectations for Jared Jeffrey this season? I know he'll probably go to Egypt with the U-20 team, but I'd love to see him get some time and maybe a few starts at Club Brugge.

Greg Seltzer said...

Despite all the time he'll miss early, I'm bettin' on Jared to get some Jupiler time this season. It probably won;t be a lot, but some.

The Clueless Yank said...

Greg - you see the story on soccernet about McInerny trialing with a 1st division club in Holland? Any idea who that might be? His family are keeping mum.