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Turkish-based Atiba Hutchinson and Tosaint Ricketts were some of the few Canucks called into action over the weekend. Goal recaps that and other Canadians Abroad weekend action.

Just when it appeared that Canadians had broken through in their respective European sides, this past weekend served as a stark reminder of just how tenuous the jobs are for many of our overseas compatriots.

Aside from a small handful of players, most Canadians are struggling just to establish themselves as regulars with their clubs.


One of the most dependable Canadian players over the past decade has been Atiba Hutchinson, who is always a 90-minute man for both club and country when healthy.

Hutchinson continues to be the flag-bearer for Canucks in Europe, doing so this season in the black and white of Beşiktaş in the Turkish Super Lig. On Monday, the 30-year-old lined up in the midfield as his club battled to a 1-1 draw with visiting Sivasspor.

Beşiktaş is in third place and on pace for European play, which Hutchinson had become accustomed to with his previous clubs.

On the other side of the 1-1 result, goalkeeper Milan Borjan was once again left off the team sheet for Sivasspor. The 26-year-old has been relegated to cup duty for the club, and it would not be A surprise to see him join aNother side when the trasnfer window opens.

Down a rung in the 1. Lig, striker Tosaint Ricketts was coming off a memorable midweek fixture which saw him score a thunderous winner in the domestic cup over Hutchinson and Beşiktaş. On Monday, he was in the starting lineup for Bucaspor and played the full match in a 2-2 draw with Mersin İdmanyurdu.


Normally a starter, veteran defensive midfielder Julian de Guzman was left on the bench for SKODA Xanthi, which on Sunday cruised to a 3-0 rout of visiting Veria.

Xanthi is in fifth place in the Greek Super League, and de Guzman should find his way back into the starting XI in short order if recent history is any indication.


In the Cypriot 1. Division, young attacker Daniel Haber has found his transition from the Israeli league to be a difficult one.

Haber was not on the team sheet for Apollon Limassol's disappointing 2-1 loss to Nea Salamis over the weekend, but with the side hitting a bit of a skid in recent weeks the 21-year-old might be in line for some minutes soon.


Canada has two representatives in the German Bundesliga, and neither player was considered crucial to his side this week.

For FC Augsburg, Marcel de Jong came off the bench in the 91st minute as the club looked to solidify a 1-0 away win at Hamburger SV.

De Jong's cameo played a small part, as his team did hold on for the three points.

Despite only making a token appearance, he still saw playing time on over the weekend, which is more than Simeon Jackson can say.

The 26-year-old striker remained on the bench for Eintracht Braunschweig in a 2-0 home loss to Hertha BSC, making it the first time in a few weeks that Jackson failed to see the pitch during league play.

Meanwhile in the 2. Bundesliga, Kevin McKenna was on the bench for FC Köln for the second straight week after a long layoff.

McKenna's side easily dispatched visiting FSV Frankfurt by a 2-0 scoreline, maintaining its perch at the top of the league standings. Given Köln's success so far in the campaign, McKenna can expect to be eased back into the side with caution.

Also watching from the sidelines on Saturday was veteran forward Rob Friend, whose 1860 München won 2-1 over Union Berlin.

Joining Friend and McKenna on the unused substitute list was defender André Hainault, who sat on the sideline as his club, VfR Aalen, fell 4-2 to SC Paderborn.

One veteran in the German second tier has been getting regular playing time lately, however. Olivier Occean was in the starting XI for FC Kaiserslautern again on Monday, although his presence wasn't enough as the team fell 1-0 to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Occean has seen major minutes for FCK in recent games, with the club fighting to stay in the top three. Monday's setback was not enough to displace Kaiserslautern's hold on third place.


In England's Championship, defender-midfielder David Edgar got off the bench in the 76th minute for Burnley, helping his side to a 1-0 victory over Barnsley on Saturday.

The versatile Canadian has slotted in at various positions for the league leader this season, and he was called upon to help lock up a crucial three points that allowed the club to climb back into first place.

The team Burnley leapfrogged in the standings was Queens Park Rangers, who were held to a scoreless draw by Blackburn Rovers over the weekend.

Starting for QPR was Junior Hoilett, who played the first 58 minutes before being replaced by Croatian international Niko Kranjcar.

Meanwhile in FA Cup action, Iain Hume was held out of Preston North End's squad as the club defeated League Two's Wycombe Wanderers by a 1-0 score.

Also seeing time in England's fabled cup competition on Saturday was youngster Mike Petrasso, who subbed in at the 57th minute for Oldham Athletic in a 1-1 draw with Mansfield Town.



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