Alumni Abroad

Former Fire forward Andy Herron kept up his goal scoring pace, striking a 4th minute penalty to put Universidad de San Carlos’ up 1-0 over Guatemalan giants Comunicaciones at the Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City on Saturday.

The early goal was the Costa Rican international’s ninth of the season and ranks him fourth in the Liga Nacional, just three behind league leader and former LA Galaxy midfielder Guillermo “Pando” Ramirez. 

Veteran Guatemalan international Dwight Pezzarossi equalized the match in the 72nd minute forcing the sides to share a 1-1 draw.

Though unbeaten in their last four matches, San Carlos still sit on 16 points (4-9-4) keeping them bottom of the 12-team Liga Nacional, but los Chalaneros will have the opportunity to move up as they host Penarol la Mesilla, who sit just one point ahead of Herron’s side, this Wednesday at the Estadio Revolución.

Mexican legend Cuauhtemoc Blanco went the full 90 minutes in Irapuato’s dramatic 3-2 win over Estudiantes de Altamira on Saturday night.

In a relatively tame first half, midfielder Gerardo Gomez got Blanco’s side on the board in the 25th minute and put the side up 1-0 going into the half.

Estudiantes’ Josue Castillejos responded in the 60th minute and things got better for the visitors as Irapuato defender Luis Cano was sent off for a second yellow card in the 62nd.

Playing a man down, los Freseros got a second goal from Gomez in the 68th before Estudiantes’ substitute striker Ricardo Rocha equalized again just a minute later.

Argentinian striker Oscar Gonzalez entered the match for Chilean attacker Reinaldo Navia in the 76th minute and hit the winner just two minute later, giving Irapuato all three points as the side fights for positioning in the Liga de Ascenso table.

The result moved los Freseros to 8-6-2, keeping the side in sixth place in on 26 points. Blanco and Co. will conclude the Apertura with a visit to Club Leon this Saturday.

U.S. international DaMarcus Beasley made his second consecutive appearance for Hannover 96 Saturday but the north-German side fell to a second-consecutive 4-0 loss at the hands of Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Coming on in the 57th minute with 96 down just 1-0 from Shinji Kagawa’s 11th minute goal, Beasley won a number of free kicks and set up a stoppage time effort from Sergio Pinto but Tunisian defender Karim Haggui’s 77th minute sending off seemed to mark the downfall for Hannover.

Already down 2-0 at the time of the sending off, Nuri Sahin had the resulting penalty saved but Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowsi stretched the score to 4-0 in the 81st and 90th minutes respectively.

The result means Hannover have lost four of their last five league matches and drops the side to 5-5-1 (16 points) and 10th in the Bundesliga table. Beasley and American compatriot Steve Cherundolo will hope to get 96 back to winning ways when they visit Mainz this Saturday.

Tomasz Frankowski went the full 90 minutes but couldn’t add to his Polish league leading eight goals as Jagiellonia Bialystok fell 2-0 at Legia Warszawa on Saturday.

Despite the loss, Jagiellonia (8-3-1; 25 points) still sit on top of the league after second-place Korona Kielce (7-3-2; 23 points) fell 2-1 at Arka Gdynia on Saturday.

Frankowski and Jagiellonia can increase their lead at the top or fall to second as they visit Korona in a top of the table clash on Sunday.

Paraguayan defender Lider Marmol went 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card as Atlante fell 1-0 to Club America through Vicente Vuouso’s 65th minute goal in Mexican Primera play Saturday in Cancun.  

The result drops Potros de Hierro to 4-9-3 (15 points) and fifth in the Apertura Group B. Marmol and Atlante will look to end the season on a high note as they visit Toluca on Sunday.

Midfielder Ivan Guerrero went 90 minutes in Motagua’s 1-1 draw at Real Espana in Honduran Liga Nacional play on Sunday. The result snapped Ciclon Azul’s three-match losing streak in what has been an uncharacteristic season for the Honduras giants.

Currently sitting second from bottom of the 10-team table, things won’t get easier as Motagua hosts league-leading Victoria Sunday before closing out the season at Deportes Savio on November 20.

Botswanan international Dipsy Selolwane started and went 60 minutes in SuperSport United’s 3-0 loss at the hands of Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals Saturday in Pretoria.

Currently ninth in the 16-team table, SuperSport (2-3-1; 7 points) returns to South African Premier League play on Wednesday as they host Maritzburg United.


U.S. captain and Saint Etienne defender Carlos Bocanegra was kept out of a fourth consecutive match with a neck injury as les Verts fell 2-1 at home to Lorient. The injury was suffered in a2-1 loss at Nice on October 17 which seemed to start the club’s current skid.

Having been at the top Ligue 1 at the season’s interim, Saint Etienne have slipped recently, failing to a 5-4-3 record and sixth place. The side have failed to win a league game since a September 25 victory over Lyon, with their only win in that time being a 1-0 victory over Bordeaux in the Coupe de la Ligue.

Originally scheduled to be out for three weeks, Bocanegra should be set to return soon.

Former Fire defender Bakary Soumare will look to help Ligue 2 side US Boulogne extend its 13-match league unbeaten streak as they take on Tours on Monday  beginning at 1:30pm CT.