rolfe’s still got it!

chris rolfe celebrates for AaB
don't worry flyer faithful: rolfey's still got the magic touch.

i have to say that one of the main (and many) reasons  i plan to never live in the outer suburbs of ft. wayne, indiana, is the crummy internet infrastructure. my parent’s live outside the city limits in a tiny, amish-dominated town, and around 75% of the time i spend there their web is either down or running at levels slightly slower than dial-up. having just spent (a lovely and enjoyable) easter weekend at my parent’s house, that drastically reduces my capicity to watch and follow my beloved world of footie.

so it wasn’t until last night, when we got home and finally settled back in, that i rolled across this web gem (skip to about 1:50 in the video):

oh yeah… rolfe’s still got it.

having just come on as a 60th minute substitute, rolfe’s goal was the second between a pair from morten rasmussen in aalborg’s 3-3 tie away at 7th placed fc nordsjælland. a great run from the ohioan, a nice little juke, and a great long distrance strike… it’s like times of old.

just in case you’ve been living under a rock, or at least not the rock that is dayton, ohio, chris’ season in denmark is just getting underway after a long, injury-induced spell on the sidelines. his absence has been undfortunate for AaB, as they’ve been fighting to avoid relegation all season.

the weight of the kettering native’s quick contribution can’t really be underestimated. currently, Aab sit 11th place in the 12 team danish SAS-ligaen, and the bottom two are relegated at the end of each season. the good news is that the tie pulls them even on points (28) with 10th place randers fc, and just two points shy of 6th place.

a tightly packed bottom of the table may help to keep AaB up, assuming they can earn some points in their remaining six fixtures. and a somewhat favorable remaining schedule could help them in their efforts:

date location opponent current position points / goal differential
4/30 home fc midtjylland 2nd 41 pts / +11
5/8 home lyngby 9th 29 pts / -9
5/15 away esjberg 12th 25 pts / -14
5/19 away silkeborg if 5th 35 pts / -4
5/25 home sonderjyske 8th 30 pts / -9
5/29 away fc coppenhagen 1st 67 pts / +41

while it won’t be an easy task for aalborg, it’s definitely one that is more achievable than not. (ignoring coppenhagen, of course, as they have been taking it easy since wrapping up the league title ages ago). and just in case you wanted to watch any of the remaining matches, take a look at the instructions that i posted in one my articles from last season.

here’s hoping that rolfey’s timely return to action may give the danish side the boost they need to acheive survival.

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