The 2020-21 football season kicked-off in Netherlands as the first matchweek of Keuken Kampioen Divisie – the second-tier of Dutch football – started on Friday with two matches. One of the last matches of the weekend was the clash between Almere City and MVV Maastricht that marked Michael Woud‘s official debut for Almere.
Woud is on loan from Willem II until the end of the season in order to have more game time in a professional league in Europe. The 21-year-old goalkeeper from New Zealand made his first intervention of the match in the fourth minute when he slid into the grass to stop MVV’s attack. He did not have a lot of job in the first half as Almere City dominated the match. In the 40th minute he saved a shot from the right without many difficulties.
Almere kept the dominance in the second half and created many goal chances, but they did not manage to push the ball into the net. On the other hand, MVV Maastricht tried to find the net in counter-attack situations and long range shots, but Woud was always there to hold the ball tight. At the final whistle the score was a nil-nil draw which means that the young goalkeeper debuted with a clean sheet. Woud had a 8.1 rating at SofaScore – the highest rating of a player in the match.
Woud is one of the most talented footballers from New Zealand and he played a key role in the U-20 National Team in the last two U-20 World Cups in 2017 and 2019. He has also played two matches for New Zealand National Football Team at senior level. Oceania Football Center congratulate him for the great performance in his debut.