Fire Alumni Abroad

Boca, St.-Étienne top Lyon

Carlos Bocanegra
continued to help his new Ligue 1 side stay top of the table in France, playing
90 minutes as Saint Etienne downed Olympique Lyon  1-0 at Stade Gerland Saturday night. The U.S. captain was
the only non-Frenchman chosen for the starting 11 by
Les Verts manager Christophe Galtier, helping the side to their
fourth shutout in seven matches this season.

Bocanegra’s side is riding a six-game unbeaten run following
their 3-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the first match of the season on
August 7, signaling their intentions to challenge for their 11
th
Ligue 1 title and first since 1981.

Saint Etienne will look to extend their unbeaten run when
they welcome sixth-place Olympique Marseille to Stade Geoffrey Guichard this
Saturday.

In Poland, Tomasz
Frankowski
is helping to keep Jagiellonia Bialystok on top of the
Ekstrakalasa, going 82 minutes in a 2-0 win over Zaglebie Lubin Sunday
afternoon at Stadion Mieski Bialystok.

Like Saint-Etienne, Jagiellonia has suffered just one loss
this season, going  5-1-1 for 16
points, two ahead of Korona Kielce.

Frankowski and Jagiellonia will look to extend their lead
this Saturday when they travel to Stadion Ernesta Pohla for a showdown with
Gornik Zabrze.

Dipsy Selolwane
scored in the 35
th minute but it wasn’t enough as SuperSport
United’s fell 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns at Pretoria’s HM Pitje Stadium in South
African Premier Soccer League action on September 19.

Having transferred from powers Ajax Cape Town over the
summer, the Botswanan international has scored two of the club’s three goals in
Premier League play this season, but United currently sit on three points, 13th
in the 16 team league at 1-0-2.   

Off for nearly a month, SuperSport will look to climb up the
table when they take on Amazulu on October 16 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in
Durban.

Paraguayan Lider
Marmol
was an 80th minute sub in Atlante’s 2-2 draw with Pumas
UNAM Sunday at Estadio Olimpico Universitario in Mexico City Sunday afternoon.
Trailing 2-0 after 53 minutes,
Potros de
Hierro
pulled the score level as Peruvian striker Johan Fano netted in the
72
nd and 74th minutes, earning a valuable point for the
visiting team.

With a 2-5-2 record, Atlante currently sit fifth in their
six-team Mexican Apertura group on eight points.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco totaled
167 minutes over two matches, helping Irapuato to a win and a draw this past
week in Mexico’s Liga Ascensco (Second Division).  The former Fire midfielder went 77 minutes in a 0-0 draw with
his former club Veracruz last Tuesday, before playing the full 90 as
La Trinca downed Atlante II 2-1 at home
on Saturday.
 

With a 5-3-2 record, Irapuato sit sixth in the 18-team
second division table, just three points behind league leaders Lobos BUAP.  They next travel to Estadio Juan N.
Lopez to take on 11
th place La Piedad this Sunday.

Bakary Soumare went
90 minutes on the backline for Ligue 2 side U.S. Bolougne in the club’s 2-1
upset defeat of Ligue 1 Toulouse in the Coupe de la Ligue this past Wednesday.

Soumare’s side currently sit eighth in Ligue 2 on a 2-5-1
record, seven points back of league leaders Tours with one game in hand. They
take  on fourth place Evian Thonon
Gaillard at the Par des Sports in Annecy Monday night.