Atiba Hutchinson's PSV Eindhoven stayed within one point of the Eredivisie lead over the weekend, while many other Canadians struggled for playing time.Hutchinson goes 90 in crucial PSV victory
PSV Eindhoven held the Eredividies lead for much of the 2012-13 campaign, but a recent dip in form saw Ajax assume the top spot in the Dutch first division.
PSV entered this weekend just one point behind the league leader, and it took care of business by defeating RKC Waalwijk by a 2-0 scoreline. Unfortunately for PSV, Ajax was also victorious, but at least it stayed within one result of regaining the top position.
As per usual, Atiba Hutchinson started and played 90 in PSV's win on Saturday, and he'll be expected to put in similar shifts for the remainder of the season as the Eindhoven side looks to pip Ajax at the finish line.
Hoilett, QPR drop massive EPL contest
In a completely different end-of-season race, Queens Park Rangers travelled to Aston Villa for a match that will likely have massive repercussions at the bottom of the English Premier League table.
QPR absolutely needed a victory over Villa to boost its hopes to stay in the top tier, but instead it was the home side that managed a 3-2 victory over the desperate Londoners.
The Rs now sit seven points behind Aston Villa, which holds the final spot above the relegation zone. Had QPR won the match -- which saw Junior Hoilett play the final 45 minutes -- it would have been within one point of safety.
Jackson sits during Norwich draw
Elsewhere in the EPL, striker Simeon Jackson was on the bench but did not play during Norwich City's 1-1 deadlock a Sunderland on Sunday.
Jackson seems to have lost his playing time to Kei Kamara, the on-loan forward from Sporting Kansas City. Kamara has played in nearly every match since his arrival at Carrow Road, dropping Jackson even further down the forward pecking order.
Edgar not in matchday squad for Burnley
Down in England's Championship, David Edgar was left off the squad list for Burnley's 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.
Burnley is in 11th place after 38 games.
Haber starts in Stevange rout
In England's League One, Marcus Haber started and played 73 minutes for Stevenage in a 4-0 blowout of visiting Sheffield United.
The result was surprising as Sheffield is in the midst of a promotion battle while Stevenage is mired in 15th place and looking at another year in the third tier.
Hume makes late appearance
Also in League One, table-toppers Doncaster Rovers maintained their status with a 1-1 draw versus Portsmouth.
Striker Iain Hume, who has been battling fitness issues over the past several weeks, played the final 11 minutes for Doncaster.
Hainault benched in Scotland
Still trying to crack a hot starting XI that has charged up the Scottish Premier League standings since his arrival, André Hainault watched from the sidelines as Ross County lost 2-1 to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
The result allowed ICT to leapfrog Hainault's side, with the teams sitting in third and fourth spots.
Hirschfeld does not play in Norway opener
Goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld occupied the unfamiliar role of backup over the weekend, as his club Vålerenga opened its 2013 Eliteserien campaign with a 3-1 loss at Brann.
The three goals allowed may give Hirschfeld the chance to win his starting job back from new No. 1 Gudmund Kongshavn.
Ricketts a halftime sub for Sandnes Ulf
Elsewhere in Norway's top division, striker Tosaint Ricketts started on the bench and entered the match in the 46th minute as his new club Sandnes Ulf fell 2-0 at Strømsgodset.
Ricketts joined Sandnes Ulf after a brief stint as Hirschfeld's teammate at Vålerenga.
De Jong watches as Augsburg grabs narrow victory
Marcel de Jong's participation in FC Augsburg's 1-0 win over host Hamburger SV was limited to the bench, as the left back stayed on the sidelines as his club grabbed an important three points.
The win puts Augburg four points clear of the automatic drop zone, although it still occupies the Bundesliga's relegation playoff spot.
Occean-less Eintracht falls to Stuttgart
The news doesn't get better elsewhere in the German top flight, as striker Olivier Occean was not even dressed for Eintracht Frankfurt's 2-1 loss to visiting Stuttgart.
Eintracht is in a dogfight to hold on to Germany's final Champions League spot, and Occean doesn't appear to be in the club's plans despite its poor form in recent weeks.
Friend goes 90 in scoreless draw
Meanwhile in the 2. Bundesliga, big striker Rob Friend played the full match for 1860 München as it fought to a 0-0 draw with Hertha BSC on Saturday.
1860 is in fifth place with eight games remaining.
Edwini-Bonsu not in Braunschweig roster
Like many of his compatriots this week, Randy Edwini-Bonsu was not in the matchday roster as Eintracht Braunschweig preferred other options in a 1-0 win over VfL Bochum.
Braunschweig is looking like a sure-fire candidate to promote into the Bundesliga, although it's highly unlikely that Edwini-Bonsu will follow the team to the next level.
De Guzman a full participant for Jahn Regensburg
At the other end of the 2. Bundesliga table, SSV Jahn Regensburg played to a 1-1 draw with Erzgebirge Aue. Julian de Guzman went the full 90 in the draw, which is likely to have no effect on Jahn Regensburg's attempts to stave off relegation this season.
The club is eight points from safety with just eight matches left on the calendar.
Borjan, Sivasspor squander early lead
Over in Turkey, Sivasspor took a 17th-minute lead but ultimately fell 2-1 at Akhisar Belediyespor.
Milan Borjan put in his usual 90 minute shift for Sivasspor, which sits in 10th place in Turkey's top flight.
Nakajima-Farran a late entrant for Alki
In nearby Cyprus, Issey Nakajima-Farran was called upon in the 77th minute by Alki Larnaca in a 3-0 win at Ayia Napa.
Alki has climbed to 10th in the Cypriot first division.
Klukowski features in big APOEL win
Mike Klukowski played all 90 minutes as his side APOEL demolished Paphos by a 6-0 scoreline on Sunday.
The result sees APOEL into sole custody of the top spot in Cyprus.
Cavallini on the scoresheet in Uruguay
Down in Uruguay, 20-year-old striker Lucas Cavallini scored his second goal of the Clausura over the weekend, although it wasn't enough as his side Juventud de Las Piedrs fell 2-1 at Danubio.
Four games into the Clausura, Juventud is in ninth place.