Alumni Abroad Update
Rain caused postponements in northern France at the weekend
as both French-based Fire alumni Carlos Bocanegra and Bakary Soumare saw their
matches rescheduled because of water logged pitches.
The big news at midweek, Bocanegra returned to action for Saint-Etienne, playing 90 minutes
in Les Verts 2-0 away loss to Auxerre
in the quarterfinals of the French Coupe de la Ligue. The defeat was the club’s
third straight across all competitions.
Looking to rebound in the league on Saturday, Saint
Etienne’s visit to Valenciennes was postponed with the Stade Nugesser pitch
reportedly holding puddles of water ranging from 5-10 centimeters. Sitting atop La Championnat less than a month ago, Bocanegra’s side has fallen
to 10th position, having not won a league game since a 1-0 victory
at Olympique Lyon on September 25. All is not lost though as Les Verts (5-4-3;
18 points) sit only four points behind current league leaders Brest with a game
in hand on the tight Ligue 1 table
Soumare and Ligue
2 side US Boulogne saw their home match against Metz postponed due to the rain
as well. Having just taken their first league loss of the season last Monday in
a 2-0 defeat at Tours, Boulogne (3-1-10) are mid-table on 19 points, six points
back of the last Ligue 2 promotion place with a game in hand. Soumare’s side will shift focus to the
Coupe de France with a first round home match against third-division Pacy
Valle-d’Eure this Saturday.
Veteran Polish striker Tomasz
Frankowski went 70 minutes in Ekstraklasa league leaders Jagiellonia
Bialystok’s 1-1 draw at second-place Korona Kielce.
Kamil Grosicki put Jagiellonia up nine minutes in and
Frankowski was brought off in the 70th minute for midfielder Maciej
Makuszewski as Jaga went into a more defensive posture to preserve their lead.
Korona equalized five minutes from time through Croatian Aleksandar Vukovic. The
result keeps Jaga (8-3-2; 26 points) two points ahead of their table-top rivals
in the Ekstraklasa table and with eight goals Frankowski stays tied atop the
goal scoring table with Polish midfielder Andrzej Niedzielan.
Jagiellonia will take on last place
Cracovia Krakow this Saturday.
Blanco played 90 minutes and picked up a
yellow card, helping Irapuato to a 1-1 draw against Club Leon in Mexican Liga
de Ascenso play Saturday.
The result leaves Irapuato sixth in the
Mexican second division and matches them with third place Durango in the
Apertura playoffs. Irapuato will play host in the two-leg series this Tuesday
with the return leg at Durango on Friday.
Paraguayan defender Lider Marmol
went 90 minutes in Atlante’s 1-1 season-ending draw at Toluca on Saturday. The
result leaves them out of the Apertura playoffs, finishing with a 4-9-4 record
and 5th place in Group B. Though a poor season, Atlante did come in
with a strong finish, going unbeaten in three of their final four league games.
Botswanan international Dipsy Selolwane went 90 minutes in
back-to-back games this week as SuperSport United kept their mid-table pace in
the South African Premier Soccer League.
United came back from 2-1 down Wednesday,
using a 75th minute goal from Morgan Gould to earn a 2-2 draw away
at Maritzburg United.
Sunday, United ran out to a 2-0 first
half lead behind goals from Gould and Kermit Erasmus before Bloemfontein
Celtic’s Prince Hlela pulled one goal back in the 62nd minute. The
strike wasn’t enough and United went out 2-1 winners at home.
The four points moves Selolwane and
SuperSport to 3-3-2 (11 points) and keeps the side in ninth place in the
16-team table. United will look to move up as they visit last-place Moroka
Swallows this Saturday.
Guerrero went 90 minutes at right back as
Motagua downed Victoria 3-0 in Honduran league play. The result moves Motagua
to 4-7-6 (18 points) on the season and the side will look to move up to close
out the season by finishing seventh in the table as they visit Deportes Savio
in their league finale this Sunday.
Beasley was in the 18 but did not play in
Hannover’s 1-0 win at Mainz on Saturday. The victory moves the north German
side to 6-5-1 (19 points) and 7th place in the Bundesliga table.
Hannover will host ninth place Hamburg
Jeff Crandall is the Team Writer for the Chicago Fire. Follow him on Twitter