Korean Footballers Abroad + K League weekend listing 4/22-4/23: Son beast-mode continues

Son scores his 8th Premier League goal in '16/'17 season / Photo : Premiere League

I’ve been busy traveling so apologies for not getting last weekend’s roundup that had some bad news (Koo season ending injury) and good news, like Son scoring yet again, this time against Bournemouth. His form: smoking. His 19 goals across all competitions for Spurs ties a record, one that Cha Bum-Kun set in the 1985-1986 season in Germany.  We’ll get to that, video highlights to revisit Son’s 12th Premier League goal + more including K-League weekend listings and some jaw dropping Korea FA Cup mid-week results, but first, to Korean Footballers Abroad:

Weekend Preview – April 22nd

Ugh, Koo out for the season.

Day Time (ET) Player Club Opponent TV
Saturday 9:30 AM Ji Dong Won Augsburg Eintracht Frankfurt Fox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday 9:30 AM Koo Ja Cheol Augsburg Eintracht Frankfurt Fox Soccer 2 Go
Saturday 10:00 AM Ki Sung Yueng Swansea Stoke City NBCSN
Saturday 12:15 PM Son Heung Min Tottenham @Chelsea (Cup) Fox
Saturday 12:30 PM Park Joo Ho Dortmund Gladbach Fox Sports 2
Saturday 2:00 PM Kwon Chang Hoon Dijon Angers None
Sunday 11:30 AM Lee Chung Yong Crystal Palace @Liverpool NBCSN


Koo Ja Cheol — Koo is officially out for the season. Augsburg needed more Koos in their relegation fight, not zero.


Ji Dong Won — With Koo out and Finnbogason suspended for red card, Ji should start but remains to be seen at what spot.

Ki Sung Yueng — We will see what Clement saw in Ki’s performance last week… good enough relative to teammates, or bad in absolute terms? He should make the bench if not starting.

Son Heung Min — Remains to be seen how Poch handles a hot Son against desire to go to back three vs Chelsea. I think Poch will go with Son especially given how faster guys have done against Chelsea recently but Son will be on the bench if he doesn’t start.

Park Joo Ho — Doubt it… he did play with the reserves, so maybe he gets to warm the bench.

Kwon Chang Hoon — We will see if he’s fit but so far I’ve not seen positive signs that he’ll be ready this weekend for even bench duty.

Lee Chung Yong — Doubt it.

 

Heon has Son’s highlight reel from last weekend. He also posted recently a video originating from Spurs 2:2 draw last May in which Son scored before subbing out at the 64th minute.

It’s the 7th round of fixtures in the K-League Classic, here’s they look:

Saturday, April 22

Dragons
2:00 AM

Ulsan

Gangwon
2:00 AM

Suwon

Jeju United
2:00 AM

Daegu

FC Seoul
4:00 AM

Incheon
Sunday, April 23

Sangju Sangmu
2:00 AM

Gwangju

Jeonbuk
2:00 AM

Steelers

 

All times are in Eastern Time
Matches to look out for: Sunday’s showdown between Jeonbuk v Pohang Steelers. #1 v #2. Jeonbuk at 14 points, Pohang nipping at their heels at 13 points. K League United has a preview of that here.
Meanwhile Gangwon and Suwon go at it at the surreal venue that doubles as a ski jumping venue and football stadium. Steve Price, who has contributed to the Tavern in the past, wrote a piece about the venue for These Football Time. It got picked up by Gaurdian Sports and you can read his piece here.
I’ve actually got to go, but I will return to update on the Korea FA Cup including a very rare run in between Seoul FC and Anyang, who as a city of rabid supporters, were quite taken aback when Anyang suddenly went to Seoul World Cup stadium when the opportunity arose. Steve Price wrote about here.  But before I say adieu, here’s K _league challenge fixtures (soccerway.com):
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