Canadian Exports: Simeon Jackson scores goal that may save Millwall from relegation in England
Twice in his career, Simeon Jackson has scored the goal that got his team promoted; this past weekend, he may have helped save his team from relegation.
On Saturday, Jackson (above) came on as a second-half sub and scored his first goal since joining Millwall in February, an 88th-minute penalty that put his side up 2-1 against Blackburn. Millwall then conceded in stoppage time to finish 2-2, but that single point could prove vital in a tight relegation-zone battle in the Championship.
Randy Edwini-Bonsu also got on the score sheet on the weekend, notching his second for Stuttgarter Kickers in a 2-2 draw with Hansa Rostock on Saturday.
On the other end of the pitch, young goalkeeper Julien Latendresse-Levesque is continuing to make the most of the opportunity he’s been given. The 23-year-old from Montreal held a clean sheet for FC Lokomotive Leipzig on Saturday, his third clean sheet in four starts. He has yet to concede a goal from open play since making his first start of 2014 in early March.
Fellow ’keeper Kenny Stamatopoulos saw his first league action of the calendar year for AIK Stockholm, as they played their season opener on Monday, a 2-0 loss to IFK Gotenborg.
David Edgar, after riding the bench for months at Burnley, finally got back in the thick of things this weekend, playing 82 minutes in a 2-0 loss to Leicester. Fellow defender Andre Hainault made a late appearance for VfR Aalen in a 0-0 draw with Arminia Bielefeld.
Michael Petrasso, for the second straight week, was on the bench for Queens Park Rangers’ first team on Saturday; for the second straight week, though, he didn’t see the field. He did, however, go the full 90 for QPR’s Under-21 side two days later, in a 2-1 win over Brentford.
Canada’s midfield standbys did their usual 90 minutes’ worth of work for their respective clubs – Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Julian de Guzman (Skoda Xanthi), Pedro Pacheco (CD Santa Clara), Nik Ledgerwood (MSV Duisburg) and Samuel Piette (Fortuna Dusseldorf II).
Both Tam Nsaliwa and Tosaint Ricketts featured for Bucaspor in a 2-1 loss to Ankaraspor on Friday, though at different times – Nsaliwa played the first half, while Ricketts came in during the second half.
And a couple of other Canadian strikers – Olivier Occean (Kaiserslautern) and Caleb Clarke (FC Augsburg II) – also made second-half appearances for their club this week, but neither could find the back of the net.