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The 32-year-old striker scored his team's opener, but it wasn't enough to avoid a loss. Goal recaps that and other Canadians Abroad weekend action.

This time of year usually sees the fewest number of Canadians playing professional soccer, as MLS is rounding down and the Scandinavian leagues have already wrapped things up for the season.

That leaves the players employed in leagues that follow the more traditional European calendar as the only ones still active. Fortunately, some of those leagues boast quite a bit of Canadian talent, and some of the more familiar names are still going strong.

GERMANY

After a sluggish return to the 2. Bundesliga, it appears that Olivier Occean has regained his mojo in that circuit. The big striker scored for the second straight week for FC Kaiserslautern, this time in a 3-2 loss at Dynamo Dresden on Saturday.

Despite the defeat, Kaiserslautern remains in a promotion spot for the time being. If Occean continues to hold his form, he'll be another weapon for FCK in its quest to get back into the top flight.

On Friday, defender André Hainault started on the bench for VfR Aalen, subbing in for the final nine minutes as the club grabbed a 3-1 road victory at Union Berlin.

Hainault's spot duty over the past several games is an improvement over earlier in the season, when the MLS alumnus was struggling to even make the bench.

One player who will be happy to sit on the bench for his team's match is Kevin McKenna, who returned to FC Köln's game day roster after a prolonged injury layoff. The 33-year-old remained on the sidelines for the entire match on Friday, which ended in a 3-0 win at St. Pauli.

Another vet watching from the periphery over the weekend was Rob Friend, with the striker watching from the bench as his club, 1860 Munchen, won 2-1 at VfL Bochum.

Up in the Bundesliga, forward Simeon Jackson had the unenviable task of starting against Bayern Munchen in the Allianz-Arena. The 26-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., lined up on the left side of a three-pronged attack for Eintracht Braunschweig, which was predictably kept quiet by the Champions League holders in a 2-0 victory for Bayern.

Jackson played 58 minutes in the loss.

Elsewhere in Germany's top flight, Marcel de Jong was a late entrant for FC Augsburg on Saturday. The left-sided Canadian played the final six minutes of regulation, plus stoppage, as Augsburg drew host Hertha BSC 0-0.

ENGLAND

In the second-tier Championship, David Edgar continued to see substantial minutes for Burnley. 

Over the weekend, Edgar started and played the first half as his side fell 2-1 at Huddersfield Town. The loss was a blow to Burnley's promotion chase, as the club slipped out of the league's top spot for the first time in quite a while.

Meanwhile, attacker Junior Hoilett started on the bench for Queens Park Rangers and subbed in at the 77th minute as his side squandered a first half lead en route to a 2-1 loss at Doncaster Rovers.

QPR is third in the Championship after 17 rounds of play.

Down a rung in League One, Iain Hume played the final seven minutes for Preston North End in a 1-0 victory over visiting Bristol City. PNE's win keeps it atop the chasing pack -- just below the first and second place teams on the table.

Elsewhere in England's third tier, young wide man Michael Petrasso subbed in at minute 73 for Oldham Athletic in a 1-1 draw with Bradford City. Also, Marcus Haber was not in the lineup in Notts County's 1-0 loss to Brentford.

GREECE

On Sunday, Julian de Guzman lined up in his usual central midfield spot and played the first 56 minutes for SKODA Xanthi in a scoreless draw at Panionios.

The match, in which de Guzman picked up an early yellow card, was played in front of just 394 fans.

CYPRUS

League-leading Apollon Limassol maintained its place at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at AEK Larnaca on Monday, with young Daniel Haber playing the final 19 minutes of the contest.

Apollon is now three points clear atop the standings, but there is still a ton of football to be played.

TURKEY

Atiba Hutchinson got to experience one of the world's most intense atmospheres on Saturday, as he travelled with Beşiktaş to take on Super Lig pace-setter Fenerbahçe.

Hutchinson played the entire match, earning a 66th minute yellow card as the two sides traded blows en route to a 3-3 draw. 

Elsewhere in Turkey's top flight, goalkeeper Milan Borjan was once again left out of Roberto Carlos' roster as their club, Sivasspor, was hammered 3-0 at home to Antalyaspor.

The loss is Sivasspor's second in a row, and one has to wonder if the Brazilian manager will be forced to turn to Borjan if things stay the same over the next several weeks.

In the second-tier 1. Lig, striker Tosaint Ricketts was placed in Bucaspor's starting lineup and repaid his coach's faith by scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 victory over Adanaspor.

Ricketts has four goals in 11 league appearances for Bucaspor so far this season.

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