AMSTERDAM – Bobby Wood notched his first Union Berlin goal to give the hosts a second half lead on Sunday afternoon, but they would leak late to settle for a 2-2 share with 2. Bundesliga guests Kaiserslautern.
With his team down one, Wood came mere inches from reaching centering feeds on both sides of the break. After the capital crew equalized, Wood temporarily gave them the lead by bursting through the Red Devils defense to slot home on 72 minutes.
However, Kaiserslautern – who registered transfer interest in Wood this summer – tied the game for good with three minutes to play. The result kept the Iron Union winless through three rounds.
Over in England's Championship, Daniel Williams went the distance in central midfield as Reading remained winless on the young season following a 0-0 home draw with Leeds United. The US international pitched in with three interceptions, a tackle, a cross block and clearance.
Across the North Sea in the Eredivisie, Rubio Rubin went unused in FC Utrecht's 1-1 draw with visiting Heerenveen.
Turning focus to Norway's Tippeligaen, Rhett Bernstein scored on his return from injury to help Mjondalen get well with a 2-1 comeback victory over visiting FK Haugesund.
The hosts fell behind six minutes before the break when a corner kick header coming back off the post caromed in off Vancouver Whitecaps loanee Erik Hurtado for an own goal. Bernstein would tie the contest on 56 minutes by climbing the ladder to nod home a corner serve for his team-best fifth tally of the season.
Hurtado picked up a yellow card a moment later and was replaced in the 68th minute. Mjondalen kept the pressure on and shortly after Man of the Match Bernstein required some late treatment, former Dartmouth midfielder Craig Henderson popped up to bag the stoppage time winner from a goalmouth scramble. The victory allowed the Browns to snap an 11-game win drought and climb out of the bottom two.
Elsewhere, Bob Bradley's Stabaek pulled a rabbit out of the hat at Nadderud Stadion, striking twice in the final three minutes to earn a 3-2 derby win against Lillestrom. The ever-steady Cole Grossman put in another solid full shift in central midfield for the second place Blue Ones, who won their third straight league match to remain within seven points of leaders Rosenborg.
Alex DeJohn and IK Start had a particularly rough day at the home office, falling 4-0 to Odds BK. The defender's biggest mistake when he lost the scorer on the visitors' second goal, which came after just 12 minutes of play. Thanks to a losing streak that has seen them outscored 16-2, the hosts now hang just over the danger zone on goal differential.