Fire Alumni Abroad

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 11th 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 35th 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 72nd 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 11th 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.