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Few Canucks had a successful weekend, as the struggles so evident at the national team level are reflected at the players' clubs.

While 2013 is arguably the worst year in memory for the Canadian men's national team, the club situations of many of its players is a reflection of the struggles seen at the international level.

Several Canucks continue to struggle for playing time, and this past weekend was no different. The ones who are playing with any regularity are experiencing rollercoaster seasons, and it seems as though the year cannot end quickly enough for most involved in Canadian soccer.


The Canadian getting the most minutes at the highest level in England is the one who has turned down numerous calls by his national team. Junior Hoilett is a regular starter for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship, and on Saturday he was once again in the starting XI as he played 82 minutes in a 2-2 draw at Millwall.

QPR looks a good early bet to promote back into the Premier League, and Hoilett would likely move up with the London side. Whether he will ever don the Maple Leaf is another issue altogether.

One Canadian who has represented his nation at all levels is David Edgar, who returned from the international break to make a cameo appearance in Burnley's 1-0 win at Ipswich Town.

Edgar subbed in at the 88th minute to provide defensive help as his side held on to the narrow victory.

Down a rung in League One, striker Iain Hume remained on the bench for Preston North End's 2-1 victory at Gillingham.

Hume played 45 minutes for Canada earlier in the week, and it appears as though the diminutive attacker was only going to be summoned by PNE if needed.

Elsewhere in the English third tier, Marcus Haber played the second half of a rare Friday fixture as Notts County fell 2-0 at Swindon Town.


In the Bundesliga, Simeon Jackson was nowhere to be found as his team, Eintracht Braunschweig, dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Schalke 04 on Saturday.

Over the course of the season, Jackson has gone from starter to substitute to not even in the matchday squad, a disturbing trend only made worse by the fact that Braunschweig is dead last in Germany's top flight and desperate for goals.

Elsewhere in the German top division, Marcel de Jong played the final 21 minutes for FC Augsburg in a 2-1 loss to VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday.

Augsburg has coolled off after a hot start to the 2013-14 campaign, and de Jong has seen more playing time as a result.

Meanwhile in the 2. Bundesliga, defender André Hainault played a surprisingly large part of VfR Aalen's 3-0 rout of Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.

Hainault subbed into the match in the 25th minute and helped his side preserve the clean sheet, something that will hopefully lead to a larger role for the Quebec native. Prior to the weekend, the 27-year-old had played just five total minutes this season.

On Sunday, striker Olivier Occean lined up as a starter for FC Kaiserslautern and played 65 minutes as his team battled to a 2-2 draw with Karlsruher SC.

Kaiserslautern sits in fourth in the 2. Bundesliga.

Over in Cologne, Rob Friend remained on the bench as his team, 1860 Munchen, played to a scoreless draw with 1. FC Koln.

Friend has had some limited success this season, but his role clearly seems to be that of a veteran backup who can pot the odd goal when called upon. With that in mind, it's a bit strange that he was left on the bench with Monday's match begging for some attacking options.


Fresh off backstopping Canada versus Australia, goalkeeper Milan Borjan appeared to head straight back into Roberto Carlos' doghouse as the 26-year-old was not included in the game day squad for Sivasspor in a 0-0 draw with Trabzonspor.

Borjan's days appear to be numbered at the club, which is currently sixth in the Süper Lig.

Also missing out on his team's fixture over the weekend was Atiba Hutchinson, although his situation is different as he is an automatic starter for Beşiktaş when healthy.

Hutchinson left last week's Canada camp with an injury, and he did not regain fitness in time for Beşiktaş' scoreless deadlock with visiting Rizespor.

Down a level in Turkey's 1. Lig, Canadian pair Tosaint Ricketts and Tam Nsaliwa were both in the starting lineup for Bucaspor in a 2-0 loss to 1461 Trabzon. Ricketts played the entire match while Nsaliwa was replaced in the 43rd minute.


While Julian de Guzman was out injured, his club, SKODA Xanthi, ran roughshod over Kalloni on Sunday, winning 5-1.

The match, played at Kalloni's stadium, had only 174 people in attendance, which was probably a good thing for the home side considering the scorline.


Nearby in the Cypriot first division, Daniel Haber played the final 23 minutes for Apollon in a 4-0 victory over AE Kouklion.

Haber has been getting consistent minutes off the bench in his first season with Apollon, and the strategy seems to be holding as the club doesn't appear to need help in the scoring department at the moment.


While he wasn't a part of the latest Canada friendly, goalkeeper Kenny Stamatopoulos continued to impress in the Allsvenskan, posting a shut out for AIK in a 1-0 win over IFK Norkopping.

AIK has been near the top of the table since Stamatopoulos took over the starting job under tragic circumstances earlier this year, and the club seems all-but-assured of European play next season.

Down in the second division, Nik Ledgerwood put in a 90-minute shift for Hammarby and was shown a yellow card in a 1-0 loss to visiting Degerfors.

Sitting in fifth place with six games remaining, Hammarby looks destined for another year in the second tier unless the club can put together a monumental run to end the season.


It was the penultimate weekend of the season for the Finnish top flight, and defender Roger Thompson played 90 minutes for IFK Mariehamn in a 3-3 draw at TPS.

Compatriot Charlie Trafford remained on the bench for Mariehamn.

Elsewhere in the Veikkausliiga, Frank Jonke lined up at striker and played the full game for hapless Jaro, which fell 3-0 at VPS.

Jaro sits second-last in the league.


Half a world away, young striker Lucas Cavallini watched from the bench as Nacional cruised to a 3-0 win over Wanderers on Sunday afternoon.

Cavallini will continue to await his opportunity, as the 20-year-old is currently behind some potent attacking weapons at the Uruguayan giant. 



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