By Leo Linden
It was a slow week for American soccer as the United States men’s national squads were off at all levels, leaving just a bit of action for Americans abroad in the Nordic countries.
Bob Bradley’s Stabaek side conceded early against Aalesund, but fought back for a 1-1 tie, thanks to Cole Grossman. The midfielder struck for his third tally of the season late in the first half to equalize the contest and eventually earn a point for Stabaek. After scoring two goals in his first five appearances, Grossman cooled off a bit, failing to net in nine straight before this weekend. However, Grossman plays defensive midfield, and any offensive production at that position is a bonus. Despite the goal coming from a fellow countryman, Bradley will still be disappointed with the tie and losing precious ground in the Tippeligaen race. His side still sit in second, but are now five points back.
The only other American to get meaningful minutes in Norway was Alexander De John, who played 88 minutes on the back line for Start in a 3-3 draw with Odd Ballklubb.
In Finland, Brian Span played a full 90 in both of IFK Mariehamn’s matches this week. The defender had a rough go last Wednesday, as his side conceded three times in a 3-2 loss to KuPS. However, on the weekend against FK Lahti, his line held a clean sheet in a goalless draw.
To round off the Veikkausliiga, Jordan Seabrook played 58 minutes for VPS in a 3-2 loss to Seinajoen JK. Though he only played two thirds of the contest, it’s the most the forward has played all year, which is a positive moving forward.
Sweden’s Allsvenskan is on break until July 4.