Fire Alumni Abroad

Former Fire defender and current U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra went 90 minutes in Saint Etienne’s 1-1 draw with Olympique Marseille Saturday in French Ligue 1 action. The result extended Les Verts unbeaten run to eight matches but dropped them from first to second place behind Bocanegra’s former team Stade Rennes.

Bocanegra and Saint Etienne will look to retake top spot in Ligue 1 when they return from the FIFA international break with a visit to 13th place Nice on October 16.

Former Fire midfielder Cuauhtemoc Blanco went the full 90 minutes in Irapuato’s 4-1 victory at La Piedad on Sunday at Estadio Juan N. Lopez. The victory extends La Trinca’s unbeaten run to five matches, placing them in fourth place, just three points back of Liga Ascenso leaders Tijuana.

Blanco and Irapuato will host Indios at Estadio Sergio Leon Chavez this Saturday as they keep up their chase for the top spot in the Mexican second division.

Fire defender Bakary Soumare helped Ligue 2 side US Boulogne to two draws in France this past week.

Last Monday, Soumare played the full 90 minutes as Boulogne played to a 0-0 draw against American goalkeeper Quentin Westberg and his side Evian Thonon Gaillard at the Parc des Sports in Annecy. The Malian international picked up a yellow card in the 41st minute.

On Friday, Soumare again went 90 minutes in Boulogne’s 1-1 tie at home against Le Havre. Soumare’s side went up 1-0 behind Gregory Thil’s 5th minute goal but surrendered a 59th equalizer from Walid Mesloub.

The two deadlocks leave Boulogne undefeated in the new campaign but sitting in ninth place at 2-0-7 with 13 points, four points back from Ligue 2’s final promotion place.

Former Fire winger DaMarcus Beasley was in the 18, but did not play as Hannover 96 fell 1-0 at home to St. Pauli. Hannover sit third in the Bundesliga at 4-2-1 on 13 points and will pay a visit to Bayern Munich on October 16 following the FIFA international break.

Striker Tomasz Frankowski was in the 18 but did not play in Jagiellonia Bialystok’s 1-0 over Gornik Zabrze Saturday. The result moves Jagiellonia to 6-1-1 and keeps the side atop the Polish Ekstraklasa with 19 points. The side will hope to extend its two point lead over second place Korona Kielce when they return to action against Polonia Bytom on October 16.