|By ALAN NICOLEA
Socceroos Alex Brosque and Mile Jedinak were the pick of the Australians abroad this week, after strong performances for United Arab Emirates and English Championship clubs Al Ain and Crystal Palace respectively.
Brosque once again played a leading hand for Al Ain - this time in the AFC Champions League - scoring a goal and winning a penalty in the 3-1 victory over Al Hilal.
Jedinak, meanwhile, was unlucky not to score in the 1-0 win over Derby County on Friday, after his thunderous 25-yard strike hit the bar.
Jedinak, however, did give away a penalty late in the contest, but thankfully saw the ensuring spot kick from Ben Davies saved by goalkeeper Julian Speroni.
In Austria, James Holland continues to have success with Bundesliga club Austria Vienna, performing well in recent wins over Ried and Wacker Innsbruck as his side edge closer to the league title.
Elsewhere, Australia's United States-based players returned to action in the first week of the 2013 MLS season.
Tim Cahill's New York Red Bulls gave up a 3-1 lead at Portland to draw 3-3 in their opener, while Andy Rose started before later being substituted in Seattle's 1-0 home loss to the Montreal Impact.
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Jedinak thanks the Crystal Palace fans after an eventful win over Derby County on Friday.
James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played 90 minutes and performed well in the 3-1 victory over Ried on Wednesday. Also played 90 minutes in the 4-0 win over Wacker Innsbruck on Saturday.
Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Did not play in the 2-0 defeat to Randers on Sunday.
Adam Federici (Reading) – Missed the 3-1 defeat to Everton on Saturday due to an ankle injury he suffered in training.
Brad Jones (Liverpool FC) – Still recovering from injury and missed out as Liverpool beat Wigan Athletic 4-0 on Saturday.
Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Aston Villa play Manchester City on Monday.
Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Currently sidelined with a foot injury.
Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Played 90 minutes and performed well in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland on Saturday.
Sebastian Usai (Blackburn Rovers) – Not in the squad as Blackburn Rovers suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Peterborough United on Saturday.
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minutes and was heavily involved in the 1-0 victory over Derby County on Saturday. He nearly scored a cracking goal in the first half but his thunderous 25-yard shot struck the bar. The Australia international's match nearly turned sour late on, when he gave away a penalty for a foul on Ben Davies in the 87th minute. Thankfully, goalkeeper Julian Speroni saved Davies' spot kick, allowing Crystal Palace to hold on to a crucial victory.
Patrick Kisnorbo (Ipswich Town) – Yet again on the bench as Ipswich Town lost 1-0 to Leicester City on Saturday.
Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – An unused substitute in the 0-0 draw with Blackpool on Saturday.
Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Returned from suspension, played 90 minutes and was booked in the 1-0 defeat to Leeds United on Saturday.
Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Played 90 minutes and was booked in the 2-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday.
Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) – On the bench in the 2-1 victory over Cardiff City.
Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Mainz 05 on Sunday.
Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) – Did not play in the 1-1 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – On the bench as Borussia Dortmund lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich on Wednesday in the DFB Pokal Cup. Warmed the bench again on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund secured a 3-1 victory over Hannover 96.
Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Borussia Dortmund II did not play on the weekend as their match against SV Stuttgarter Kickers was suspended.
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Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – An unused substitute in the 1-1 draw with Koln on Sunday.
Apostolis Giannou (PAOK Thessaloniki) – Did not play in the 4-2 win over Panionios on Sunday.
Giannis Simosis (Kerkyra) – On the bench in the 2-1 victory over Platanias on Saturday.
Adam Sarota (Utrecht FC) – Set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Tommy Oar (Utrecht FC) – Played 80 minutes before being substituted for Bob Schepers in the 2-0 defeat to Vitesse on Saturday.
Michael Zullo (Utrecht FC) – Did not play in the 2-0 loss to Vitesse after hurting his ankle against Roda JC the previous week.
Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Did not play in the 3-1 defeat to ADO Den Haag on Sunday.
James Troisi (Atalanta) – On the bench as Atalanta defeated Seina 2-0 on Sunday.
Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 2-0 defeat to Grosseto on Saturday.
Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – On the bench as Vitoria Setubal lost 2-0 to Pacos de Ferreira on Saturday.
Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Al Arabi play tomorrow
Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to Al Ahli in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Umm Salal play Monday
Luke Wilkshere (Dinamo Moscow) – Dinamo Moscow resume their campaign next week.
Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Started on the bench before replacing Arvydas Novikovas in the 45th minute in the 2-0 defeat to St. Mirren on Wednesday. The Australia defender then scored an own goal before being replaced in the 52th minute by Fraser Mullen in the 2-1 loss to Motherwell on Saturday. He diverted Nicky Law's strike into his own net in the eighth minute.
Tom Rogic (Celtic) – Enjoyed a starting birth for Celtic but struggled in possession and was replaced in the 54th minute for Joe Ledley in the 2-1 defeat to Motherwall on Wednesday. He did not play in the 2-1 victory over St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Kerem Bulut (Akhisar Belediyespor) – On the bench in the 1-0 defeat to Elazigspor on Saturday.
Aziz Behich (Bursaspor) – Made his debut and played 90 minutes alongside Anton Ferdinand in the 1-0 defeat to Sivasspor in the Turkish Cup on Thursday.
Ersan Gulum (Besiktas) – Played 90 minutes in the 3-2 victory over Fenerbahce on Sunday.
Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng) – Shandong Luneng resumes their campaign next week.
Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Found himself on the scoresheet yet again for Al Ain, scoring his side's second goal in the 3-1 victory over Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday. The Australia international also won a penalty early in the second half after being fouled by Salem Al Dossary, but Mirel Radoi’s spot kick was well saved by Abdulla Al Sdairy. Also played 88 minutes before being substituted for Fawzi Fayez in the 1-0 win over Al Jazira on Sunday.
Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Played 77 minutes before being replaced by Saleh Hamad in the 2-1 victory over Dibba Al Fujairah on Sunday.
Dino Djulbic (Al Wahda) – Played 90 minutes and was solid in the 1-0 victory over Al Shaab on Saturday.
Richard Porta (Dubai) – Played 90 minutes in the 4-1 defeat to Al Nasr on Sunday.
Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls) - Had a full game for the Red Bulls, who led 3-1 after just 28 minutes before conceding twice in the second half to draw 3-3 with the Portland Timbers.
Andy Rose (Seattle Sounders) - Started and played 62 minutes before being substituted in Seattle's 1-0 loss at home to the Montreal Impact.