Employed as a defender for most of his career, David Edgar is now being used in the midfield for club and country. Goal recaps that and other Canadians Abroad weekend action.
After seeing spot duty while his Burnley side rose to the top of the Championship early this season, David Edgar appears to have made a breakthrough -- albeit not where he might have expected to.
While his starting spot in Burnley's back line seems to have been a thing of the past, Edgar has recently seen increased playing time as a midfielder. Over the past two matches, including Saturday's 2-2 league draw with Millwall, the 26-year-old played 90 minutes as a defensive-minded central midfielder for his club.
Burnley had been experimenting with the idea in recent weeks, and Edgar also played that role for Canada in its most recent match last month.
Elsewhere in England's second tier, non-commital Canadian Junior Hoilett started and earned a yellow card in 80 minutes of work for Queens Park Rangers.
QPR defeated visiting Derby County in the contest, and the club now sits in third place after 14 games played.
Down a rung in League One, Iain Hume played 70 minutes for Preston North End in a 1-1 draw with former club Tranmere Rovers.
Meanwhile, fellow striker Marcus Haber watched from the bench as Notts County was routed 3-0 at Coventry City.
Notts County is dead last in League One.
One former benchwarmer who has turned things around lately is goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld, who seems to have won back his starting job with Eliteserien side Vålerenga.
The 35-year-old went 90 minutes in goal in a 1-0 loss at Aalesund on Sunday, which was his third consecutive start after spending most of the season as a backup.
Another veteran 'keeper seeing action in Northern Europe is Kenny Stamatopoulos, who backstopped AIK to a season-ending 2-1 victory over Helsingborg.
AIK finished the season in second place in the Allsvenskan, good enough for a spot in next year's Europa League.
At the southern end of the continent, Julian de Guzman was again absent from SKODA Xanthi's matchday roster as the club fell 2-0 at Levdiakos.
De Guzman is still carrying an injury he picked up while representing Canada last month..
Striker Daniel Haber made a cameo on Saturday, subbing in deep into injury time for Apollon Limassol in a 2-0 over APOEL.
Eight games into the season, Apollon sits atop the Cypriot first division.
Back to playing 90 minutes after a brief bout with injury, Atiba Hutchinson is once again a staple in Beşiktaş' starting XI. On Sunday, the versatile 30-year-old played a couple of positions on the field as his club battled to a scoreless draw with Karabükspor.
Beşiktaş sits in fifth place in Turkey's Süper Lig.
One of the teams Beşiktaş is chasing is Milan Borjan's Sivasspor, which currently occupies third place on the league table.
Unfortunately, Borjan has had very little to do with his club's success so far, as the goalkeeper has spent several weeks inexplicably in head coach Roberto Carlos' doghouse after beginning the season as the starter.
Borjan was nowhere to be seen for Sivasspor's 4-0 rout of hosts Gazientepspor on Monday, as the 26-year-old was once again left out of the matchday roster. This comes just days after Borjan backstopped Sivasspor to a 3-1 win in cup play -- his first action for the club in quite some time.
Down a rung in the Turkish 1.Lig, Tosaint Ricketts lined up at striker for Bucaspor on Saturday and played 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Samsunspor. Tam Nsaliwa did not dress for the match.
In the Bundesliga, Eintracht Braunschweig surprised Bayer Leverkusen with a 1-0 victory thanks to a late Dominic Kumbela strike.
Kumbela is one of the reasons that Canadian striker Simeon Jackson has struggled to see playing time this season, and the 26-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native did not dress for Friday's rare victory.
Jackson has played 413 minutes for Braunschweig this season, with the majority coming in the first month of the campaign.
Another Canuck struggling for playing time in the Bundesliga is Marcel de Jong, who has seen just 155 minutes of action so far.
The left back made a cameo over the weekend, subbing in during second half stoppage to help FC Augsburg see out a 2-1 win over Mainz 05.
Meanwhile in the 2. Bundesliga, striker Rob Friend has not lacked for action in 2013-14, and he put in another 90 minutes for 1860 München in a 3-1 loss to Dynamo Dresden.
Elsewhere in the German second tier, André Hainault was one of a handful of Canadians who made the briefest of cameos for their teams. Hainault was a 96th minute entrant for VfR Aalen in a 1-0 victory over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Friday, presumably to help ensure the shut out and eat some seconds off the clock at the end of the match.
Forward Olivier Occean saw a bit more of the field, however, as he played the final 16 minutes for FC Kaiserslautern in a 4-1 win over FC St. Pauli.
Occean has made 12 league appearances for 609 minutes since joining FCK on loan over the summer.
Lucas Cavallini, the lone Canadian plying his trade in a top South American division, subbed in after just 10 minutes of Saturday's 2-1 loss for Bacional versus Liverpool in the Uruguayan Primera Division.
Cavallini made the rare early exit after subbing into a match, as Nacional summoned Santiago Garcia to replace the 20-year-old attacker in the 78th minute.