Spain’s era-defining victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final may have brought the season to a close for many a football fan and player, but the global game is permanent, and the world’s leagues and cups continue on through the summer. Here’s how June worked out for the world’s Lost Boyos.
Richard Dorman opened his account for SJK with the third goal in a 3-1 win against Viikingit on June 30th. It was a third straight win for SJK in a month that began with two defeats.
Dorman missed the month’s first game, a defeat against runaway Ykkönen, Finland’s second level of football, leaders, RoPS. He returned for the 3-1 defeat to Oulu, but then three straight wins against JIPPO, HIFK, and Viikingit has seen move into second place, 5 points behind RoPS.
Rhys Weston‘s transfer to Iceland continues to go successfully. Weston extended his unbeaten start in Reykjavik, playing in wins against Fram and Selfoss, before finally tasting defeat against Breidabilik. KR are currently second in the Úrvalsdeild, Iceland’s highest football league, just four points off the top and with a game in hand.
It was also a successful month for KR in the cup. Weston appeared in wins against ÍA and a revenge 3-0 victory over Breidabilik. They now face ÍBV in the quarter finals of the Icelandic Cup next month.
Buriram United completed a domestic treble in 2011 and had some impressive early results in the Asian Champions League in 2011. Michael Byrne didn’t start when Buriram visited Chainat in the Thai Premier League. Buriram won 3-0. Byrne returned to the starting eleven in Chainat’s only other league fixture in June. Chainat took an 85th minute lead away to TOT, but the hosts equalised two minutes later as the game ended 1-1.
Mika Chunuonsee‘s Bangkok FC continue to sit mid-table in Thai Division 1. In June, Chunuonsee started in the 2-2 draw with promotion-chasing city rivals Bangkok United and the 2-1 defeat against Phuket. Bangkok hit seven against league whipping boys Chanthabuti, but Chunuonsee did not start the game.
Vancouver Whitecaps remain in the end-of-season play-off hunt in MLS Western Conference. The Whitecaps, for whom former Wales midfielder Carl Robinson in assistant manager, began June with a three-game unbeaten home stand (two wins and a draw) before ending the month with a 3-0 loss at the LA Galaxy’s Home Depot centre.
In the US third-tier, the USL Pro, it was another good month for Lost Boyos Anthony Pulis and Gareth Evans. Evans’s Wilmington Hammerheads became the first team to defeat Pulis’ Orlando CIty this season with a 3-1 home win to start off a busy June. Evans also featured in wins against Harrisburg City (2-0), Richmond Kickers (2-1), and LA Blues (4-2), where the league’s third Lost Boyo, Chad Bond, continues to struggle to get a game. The Hammerheads also had back-to-back losses against Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-1, a game that Evans didn’t feature in) and Dayton Dutch Lions (4-0).
Anthony Pulis got his second goal of the campaign with a penalty in a 2-2 draw against the Dayton Dutch Lions. Orlando also got wins over Antigua Barracuda (2-0) and Harrisburg City (3-0) as they continue to lead the league into the final stages and towards the play-offs.