Fire alumni abroad
Former Fire strikers Dipsy Selolwane and Tomasz Frankowski
hit the back of the net in their respective team’s victories this past week.
Currently playing for SuperSport United in the South African
Premier League, Selolwane played the full 90 in his club’s 2-1 win over
Mpumalanga Black Aces last Wednesday in Pretoria. Currently positioned 11th
in the table, the win stands as SuperSports first points of the season,
rebounding from their 3-0 opening day loss to Witts University on August 28.
Selolwane and SuperSport are back in action this Saturday as they visit
cross-town rivals and league-leading Mamelodi Sundowns.
Veteran Polish striker Tomasz Frankowski scored his
team-leading fourth goal of the season on Saturday, hitting the winner in
Jagiellonia Bialystok’s 2-1 come-from-behind win at home against Wisla Krakow.
Their fourth win since a scoreless draw with Slask Wroclaw on August 8, the
victory keeps Jagiellonia at the top of the Polish Ekstraklasa with an
undefeated 4-0-1 record as they travel to take on Arka Gdynia on Friday.
Former Fire attacker Cuauhtemoc Blanco went the full 90
minutes in Irapuato’s 1-1 draw with Pumas Morelos Saturday afternoon in
Cuernavaca in the eighth round of Mexico’s Liga de Ascenso. After starting slow
at the beginning of the season, Irapuato has taken 10 points from their last
five matches, currently sitting seventh with eight matches played. Blanco will
look to build up his two goals this season as he pays a visit to his former
club, third-place Veracruz this Saturday.
Defender and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos
Bocanegra went the full 90 at left back in St. Etienne’s 1-0 victory at French
Ligue 1 table-toppers and previously undefeated Toulouse Saturday night. Since
making the summer move from Stade Rennes to Saint-Etienne, Bocanegra has played
in four of his new club’s five league matches, helping Les Verts to a 3-1-1 record and third place in the early season
Ligue 1 table. Bocanegra and Saint-Etienne will look to build on their victory
when they host Montpelier this Saturday at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Malian international Bakary Soumare went the full 90 on the
backline in US Boulogne’s 1-1 draw with Le Mans Friday. Electing to stay with
Boulogne despite when they were relegated in May, Soumare has appeared in all
six games, playing in every minute of his club’s current Ligue 2 campaign. The
result takes Boulogne to 2-0-4 on this season, with their 10 points currently
good enough for fourth in the Ligue 2 table. Soumare and Boulogne will continue
to look for a quick return to Ligue 1 this Friday as they host Laval.
Having recently joined German Bundesliga side Hannover 96,
winger DaMarcus Beasley suited up for the north German club for the first time,
but did not play in the team’s 2-2 draw with Bayer Leverkusen. At 2-0-1 Hannover sit fourth in the
early Bundesliga table and Beasley will hope to make his debut this Saturday as
the 96ers visit Wolfsburg.
Paraguayan midfielder Lider Marmol (2008) was in the 18 but
did not play for Mexican First Division side Atlante in their 1-0 loss to
Estudiantes on Saturday. Sitting at 1-3-1, Atlante will look to gain points
this Saturday as they host Monarcas Morelia.