Fire Alumni Abroad

Saint Etienne used goals from Laurent Batlles and Bakary Sako on both sides of halftime to earn a 2-0 victory at Monaco on Sunday.

U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra started the match, going the full 90 for les Verts. The former Fire defender provided some controversy in the first half when it appeared he handled the ball in his own penalty area, but the official ignored Monaco’s calls for a penalty.

The result snaps the club’s 10-match league winless streak dating back to a 1-0 victory over Olympique Lyon on September 25.

The result extends Saint Etienne’s unbeaten streak to five matches and moves the club to 6-4-7 on the campaign and 7th in La Championnat (25 points).

The club will host Ligue 1 bottom dwellers Arles on Saturday.

Bakary Soumare went 90 minutes in U.S. Boulogne’s 2-0 loss at 17th place Metz in Ligue 2 action on Tuesday.  The result takes Boulogne to 4-3-10 (22 points) and drops the side to 11th place.

Soumare was not in the 18 for the club’s 1-0 early round Coupe de France win over fifth division side Roye on Saturday.

Boulogne and Soumare will return to Ligue 2 action when they visit 7th place Châteauroux on Friday.

Botswanan international Dipsy Selolwane and South African Premier League club SuperSport United fell 2-0 to Platinum Stars on Saturday.

Down 2-0 at the half, the former Fire striker entered to start the second interval but couldn’t help United break through.

The result drops SuperSport to 3-4-3 (12 points) and 12th in the 16-team South African table.

Selolwane and United will visit 5th place Golden Arrows this Saturday.