Canadians Abroad Recap: Occean makes history with first goal for Eintracht Frankfurt

Olivier Occean became the first Quebec-born player to score a goal in a major European league when he opened his Bundesliga account on Sunday.
Occean grabs first goal in Bundesliga in Eintracht win

Brossard, Quebec, native Olivier Occean became the first player from his province to score in a major European league on Sunday when he potted the second of Eintracht Frankfurt's three goals in a 3-2 victory over Hamburger SV.

The victory is Frankfurt's third straight to start the season, putting the newly promoted side atop the Bundesliga alongside powerhouse Bayern Munich.

De Jong watches as Augsburg draws

Marcel de Jong remained on the bench on Friday as his club FC Augsburg played to a scoreless draw with visiting VfL Wolfsburg. The result gives Augsburg its first point in three matches to start the Bundesliga campaign so far.

De Jong had featured for 90 minutes in Panama for the Canadian national team just three days prior to his club's draw.

Edwini-Bonsu not dressed as Braunschweig keeps rolling

In the second division, Eintracht Braunschweig maintained its perfect start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Jahn Regensburg on Saturday, winning its fifth consecutive match and staying atop the 2. Bundesliga with 15 points.

Canadian striker Randy Edwini-Bonsu was not in the matchday 18, as he continues to battle for playing time within a potent Braunschweig attack.

Saarbrücken drops second straight

Adam Straith went 90 minutes in defence and picked up a 37th minute yellow card as his side FC Saarbrücken fell 2-0 to visiting Rot-Weiss Erfurt in the German 3. Liga.

Saarbrücken is in 13th after nine rounds.

PSV loses 1-0

Atiba Hutchinson went his customary 90 minutes at right back for Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in a losing effort, as PSV fell 1-0 at FC Utrecht.

The loss ends a five-game winning streak that PSV had put together across all competitions.

Jackson starts in Norwich deadlock

In the English Premier League, Simeon Jackson started up top for Norwich City as the Canaries battled to a 0-0 draw with West Ham United on Saturday.

Jackson looked the liveliest of the Norwich attackers, giving West Ham 'keeper Jussi Jääskeläinen a couple of scares in his 63 minutes on the pitch.

De Guzman, Swansea fall to Aston Villa

Swansea suffered its first loss of the 2012-13 campaign on Saturday when it travelled to Villa Park and dropped a 2-0 decision to Aston Villa.

Canadian-born Jonathan de Guzman played the entire match in central midfield, although he, like the rest of his team, was largely ineffective over the 90 minutes.

Hoilett remains in the doghouse as QPR draw

Junior Hoilett didn't see the pitch for a second straight game as his new side QPR hosted Chelsea in what ended up being a 0-0 draw.

The 22-year-old has publicly asked for patience from QPR supporters as he adjusts to a new team and system under Mark Hughes.

Edgar benched as Burnley wins big

After playing two matches for Canada in last week's international break, David Edgar rejoined Championship side Burnley in time for its 5-2 win over pointless Peterborough United, but he remained on the bench as his side handily dispatched the league's bottom feeder.

Expect Edgar to win his starting spot back in short order, as he has been an integral part of the Burnley back line in recent months.

Stevenage draws as Haber goes 90

Fresh off scoring a game-winning goal on the previous match day, Marcus Haber was back in Stevenage's starting lineup against Crewe Alexandria. The young attacker went 90 minutes but didn't figure in the scoring as the sides battled to a 2-2 draw.

Stevenage is currently in third place in England's League One.

Hume a late sub for Doncaster in away victory

Iain Hume continued to work his way to match fitness as he was a late sub for Donceaster Rovers in a 2-1 win at Colchester United.

Hume entered the match in the 82nd minute, after all the scoring had already taken place. His new side is in ninth place after having completed five matches.

Hirschfeld injured, Ricketts not dressed as Vålerenga hammered

Goalkeeper Lars Hirschfeld only lasted 45 minutes in Vålerenga's 3-0 loss at Rosenborg in the Norwegian Tippeligaen over the weekend, as the shot-stopper had to leave the match with an ankle injury.

It isn't seen as too serious, however, and Hirschfeld is expected to make a full recovery in time for Vålerenga's next league match.

Fellow Canadian Tosaint Ricketts, who joined Hirschfeld at the club earlier this month after a protracted dispute with his previous team, was not dressed.

AIK keeps pace in Sweden with third straight win

Kenny Stamatopoulos served as the backup goalkeeper for AIK, which rolled to a 3-0 win at Djurgårdens IF in the Swedeish top flight on Sunday.

The win is AIK's third consecutive victory in league play, and fifth in all competitions. It helped AIK keep pace with league leader Elfsborg, which has a two-point cushion atop the Allsvenskan.

Attakora debuts for FC Haka in draw with Trafford's Mariehamn

Defender Nana Attakora got his first start for Finnish side FC Haka over the weekend, going 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw with IFK Mariehamn. Canadian Mason Trafford played the entire match for Mariehamn.

Attakora, who was cautioned in the 43rd minute, joined Haka earlier this moth after a long spell without a club. He previously played for the San Jose Earthquakes in MLS, but his only competitive football in 2012 came when he captained Canada's U-23 side in Olympic qualifying at the beginning of the year.

Jonke, Jaro held to scoreless draw

Also featuring in Finland's Veikkausliiga was Frank Jonke, who lined up at striker for cellar dwelling Jaro in a 0-0 draw at HJK.

The result wasn't enough to help Jaro out of the basement, as the club trails Attakora's Haka by one point after 26 games played.

Borjan's Sivasspor loses narrowly to Trabzonspor

Milan Borjan got the call to start in goal for Sivasspor, although his club suffered a 1-0 defeat at Trabzonspor in Turkish Süper Lig action.

In the early goings of the 2012-13 season, Sivasspor sits in 13th. Borjan appears to have won the starting spot after an up-and-down season last year which saw the 24-year-old head to Romania on loan in search of playing time.

Nakajima-Farran goes 81 minutes in Larnaca win

In nearby Cyprus, AEK Larnaca remained perfect after two games thanks to a 2-0 win over Apollon FC.

Midfielder Issey Nakajima-Farran started and played 81 minutes in the victory, earning himself a 71st minute caution.

Klukowski goes unused in APOEL victory

Also in the Cypriot top flight, left-footer Mike Klukowski watched from the bench as his new club APOEL defeated Doxa 3-1 to remain atop the standings.

Klukowski has yet to appear for APOEL in the league, but he has featured in one of the club's Europa League fixtures so far this season.

Cavallini's Juventud falls to Cerro

Youngster Lucas Cavallini went 90 minutes for Uruguayan Primera Division side Juventud de Las Piedras in a losing effort, as his team fell 2-0 at Cerro.

Three games into the season, both sides are tied at three points.

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