Saturday, April 19, 2014

Quito Interested in Re-Acquiring Bieler?

Sporting KC designated player, Claudio Bieler has seen his minutes this season split between himself and Dom Dwyer. The two have alternated starts for the first seven games of Sporting's season. The split time as well as his lack of playing time in the second half of the 2013 season has led to plenty of speculation on Bieler's exit from KC, with former club, LDU Quito being the location that comes up regularly in discussions.

Those discussions picked up again this past week in the Ecuadorian media. In an interview, the club's president, Esteban Paz discussed the possibility of bringing back the Argentine who is a hero for the club. The story though seems to be one that the media there is building up, as Paz said that the possibility of Bieler returning is "remote." The reason for that Paz says has to do with Bieler's current wages. He would have to take a pay cut to return and Quito would likely need to get rid of some players to accommodate him.

Paz did mention that Sporting still owes the club money for when they purchased Bieler's contract from the club. Stating that they have opened discussions with MLS. The assumption here isn't that KC hasn't paid the transfer fee, if they hadn't, you would expect FIFA to be involved in the lack of payment. This situation more appears to be a situation where Sporting is staggering the fee out over a longer period of time than just paying it all up front.

An article yesterday indicated that Bieler would have to take a 50% pay cut from his current salary with Sporting KC if he wanted to return. The original article mentions that Bieler has had an argument with Peter Vermes and that could be seen as a reason for him wanting to leave KC.

But as I stated earlier, this whole thing seems to be a creation by the media in Ecuador as it was not something that was directly brought up by Paz, it was instead asked by media.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sporting Welcome the East

Sporting KC has spent the entirety of the early MLS season playing the Western Conference. The team's first five games have all been against the Western Conference, with Sporting earning a 2-1-2 record against the West going 1-1 on the road and 1-0-2 at home. But now Kansas City steps back into conference play as the team's next 10 games are against the Eastern Conference. Every team that KC plays between now and the team's break for the 2014 World Cup will be against a conference rival, starting this Saturday against Montreal.

The Impact come into tomorrow's game winless on the season, with a 0-3-3 record after drawing with the Chicago Fire 1-1 last week in Montreal. The Impact have two dangerous goal scorers now up top as they have Marco Di Vaio who scored 20 goals last year, and the recently acquired Jack McInerney, who scored in the team's draw last weekend. Another new face for the Impact is their coach, Frank Klopas. The former KC player moved to take over the job in Montreal after leaving the Chicago Fire at the end of last season. The big question on Montreal heading into this game is if the team will be adopting Klopas' tactics he's deployed the last few years at Sporting Park. This has involved packing it in, slowing the game down and trying to hit on the counter. This has led to two 0-0 draws and just three goals scored in the last four times these teams have met at Sporting Park. With that strategy picking up a point on the road, I'd expect similar tactics to be deployed by the Impact tomorrow.

And with the way that KC has finished chances at home, it's not overly surprising if they do. Sporting has yet to score from the run of play at home in league play this season. Their last goal at home from the run of play was in the Eastern Conference finals against Houston, a span of 505 minutes since Dom Dwyer beat Tally Hall that KC has gone without a goal in the run of play against MLS competition (their goal against Cruz Azul in the Champions League was a run of play goal though). The team has always struggled a bit offensively to put the ball away while generating a number of chances, but the team can't keep relying on penalty kicks or set pieces, someone needs to start finding goals from the run of play. The big question for Kansas City will be who is going to start up top for KC. Whether it'll be Dwyer or the team's designated player, Claudio Bieler. So far this season Peter Vermes has rotated the two with them alternating starts over the course of the first seven games in all competitions. If Vermes keeps to that pattern, Bieler should start this weekend. But the argument can be made that the lack of consistency is one of the things that is causing problems for the forwards. I think Vermes will try to correct that tomorrow and start Dwyer.

Kronberg
Myers - Collin - Besler - Sinovic
Olum - Nagamura
Feilhaber
Zusi - Dwyer - Zizzo

Number to Remember - 4 - In the theory of win at home, draw on the road, KC has dropped four points so far this season at home after draws with FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. It goes back to the team's lack of finishing.

Key Match Up - Lawrence Olum vs Felipe - With Oriol Rosell suspended for this game a lot will fall on the shoulders of Olum to fill that gap. Olum has done well in that position when called upon, including coming off the bench after only eight minutes in last year's MLS Cup final. Still Olum will need to be on his game tomorrow, Felipe can cause KC a number of issues in the midfield.

PREDICTION - I expect this game to be like the Fire games the past few years at Sporting Park. Which is to say I expect it to be a fairly ugly game unless KC can score early. In Klopas' tenure as Fire coach, KC's one win at Sporting Park came when they scored in the opening 10 minutes. The longer the game goes scoreless the further back Klopas had his team sit. I expect similar from Montreal. The difference with the Impact is that KC will have to be more mindful of the counter. With the likes of Di Vaio and McInerney, the Impact have more of an ability to hit back at KC when they push numbers forward than the Fire did against KC. The Impact though have been allowing a number of goals so far this year and that is something that will hopefully help KC confidence wise to find the net a couple times tomorrow night. With the extra break and more finishing practice over the past few weeks, I'd expect KC to come out on top of this one though.

SKC - 2 (Dwyer, Zusi)
MTL - 0

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sporting Anounce Prices for Manchester City Games

Sporting KC announced the prices for tickets for this summer's friendly against EPL side, Manchester City. As you'd expect with a game against one of the big EPL clubs played at a venue that has a maximum capacity of 21,650, the ticket prices are not cheap. Prices vary from $30 for standing room only tickets all the way to $350 for tickets in the Field Club in section F1. The Members' Stand is the second least expensive ticket at $50 and the South Stand comes in at $10 higher at $60.

Here's the full pricing structure.


Season ticket holders will get first stab at the tickets starting on Monday the 21st. The season ticket holder presale will run through Thursday. During that window they'll only have the ability to buy their current number of tickets. After that presale, season ticket holders will then have 24 hours to buy extra tickets for the game. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday after the two sales.

Kamara Out After Hernia Surgery - Former SKC Wizards Update

Middlesbrough hopes that he'll be back before the end of this season, but former KC forward, Kei Kamara is on the sidelines with an injury again. This time it is while he recovers from having sports hernia surgery. Kamara had the surgery last week and is expected to return to training soon. 

Also this week, Davy Arnaud edged closer to the 50 goal mark in MLS play for his career, he scored his 49th, the only goal of the game, in DC's 1-0 win over New York last weekend. Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Jamar Beasley
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gablejic
Josh Gardner
Aaron Hohlbein
Mike Jones
Neal Kitson
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Shavar Thomas
Diego Walsh
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 66 minutes, scoring a goal in DC's 1-0 win over New York.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in New England's 2-0 win over Houston.
Bobby Convey - New York - Did not dress in either of New York's games.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Did not dress in Salt Lake's 2-2 draw with Philadelphia.
Michael Harrington - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes in Portland's 1-1 draw with Chivas.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 1-1 draw with Chivas.
Eddie Johnson - DC - Started and played 84 minutes in DC's 1-0 win over New York.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Did not dress in Toronto's 1-0 loss to Colorado.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Portland - Did not dress in Portland's 1-1 draw with Chivas.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Did not dress in San Jose's 1-1 draw with Columbus.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Came off the bench and played 14 minutes in Columbus' 1-1 draw with San Jose.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Fort Lauderdale - Started and played 90 minutes in Fort Lauderdale's 2-0 win over Ottawa.

USL
Brian Fekete - Pittsburgh - Did not dres in Pittsburgh's 4-3 loss to Wilmington.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 4-0 win over Arizona. Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 1-0 loss to Dallas
Jonathan Leathers - Charlotte - Did not dress in Charlotte's 2-1 win over Richmond.
Kyle Miller - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in OKC's 4-0 win over Arizona. Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 1-0 loss to Dallas.
Mike Reidy - Rochester - Did not dress in Rochester's 1-1 draw with Dayton.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes, recording two assists in OKC's 4-0 win over Arizona. Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 1-0 loss to Dallas.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 2-1 loss to Charlotte.
John Wilson - Charleston - Started and played 90 minutes in Charleston's 1-0 loss to Orlando.

Indoor
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Servette FC - Switzerland - Did not dress in Servette's 3-0 loss to Schaffhausen.
Scott Angevine - Sporting Kristina - Finland - Season starts 4/27
Vicente Arze - FK Hoverla Uzhhorod - Ukraine - Came off the bench and played 29 minutes in Hoverla's 1-0 win over Metalurh Zaporizhya.
Federico Bessone - Millwall - England - Did not dress in Millwall's 2-2 draw with Watford.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Started and played 45 minutes in Chivas' 1-1 draw with Morelia.
Mitchell Cardenas - Atlético Coatzacoalcos - Mexico - Beat Inter Playa 4-0.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - No game this week.
Eloy Colombano - UAI Urquiza - Argentina - Did not dress in either of UAI's games.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Trinidad - No game this week.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Did not play in Deportivo's 1-0 win over Deportes Quindio.
Roger Espinoza - Wigan - England - Dressed but did not play in Wigan's 1-1 (2-4) PK shootout loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Herculez Gomez - Tijuana - Mexico - Did not dress in Tijuana's 1-1 draw with Tigres.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Suspended
Jeferson - Boavista - Brazil - No game this week.
Will John - AZAL - Azerbaijan - Started and played 90 minutes in Aza's 0-0 draw with Qabala.
Kei Kamara - Middlesbrough - England - out injured.
Igor Kostrov - FC Costuleni - Moldova - Lost 2-0 to Veris.
Carlos Marinelli - Universidad San Martin - Peru - Suspended for San Martin's 2-1 win over Cesar Vallejo.
Neven Markovic - Servette FC - Switzerland - Started and played 64 minutes in Servette's 3-0 loss to Schaffhausen.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Spartak's 1-0 win over Krylya Sovetov.
Michal Mravec - Podbeskidzie - Poland - Did not dress in Podbeskidzie's 1-0 win over Wisla Krakow.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Beat Vikingur Olafsvik 4-0 in the cup.
Yann Songo'o - Ross County (Blackburn) - Scotland (England) - No game this week.
Milos Stojcev - FK Sarajevo - Bosnia - Started and played 75 minutes in Sarajevo's 3-0 win over Zvijezda.
Matt Taylor - Preußen Münster - Germany - Dressed but did not play in Munster's 4-2 win over Hansa Rostock.
Ivan Trujillo - Deportivo Lara - Venezuela - Started and played 53 minutes in Lara's 0-0 draw with Aragua.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Duke Leaves OKC Win Early with Injury - Sporting Loan Update

The Oklahoma City Energy picked up the biggest win of their young history this past weekend against Arizona United. It came at a bit of a cost though as one of KC's two loaned players, Christian Duke, left the game after only nine minutes. His replacement, former SKC academy midfielder, David Leichty, picked up the assist on OKC's first goal as they cruised to a 4-0 win on the road.

Goalkeeper, Jon Kempin picked up his first win and first shutout of the season in the game. Kempin had to make three saves in the win, but OKC played 47 minutes up a man after a first half red card. OKC is back in action tomorrow night as they travel to Dallas to take on FC Dallas' reserves in a game.

Meanwhile in Orlando, Mikey Lopez was again an unused substitute for Orlando City as they pulled out a 1-0 win over the Charleston Battery. The Lions next game isn't until a week from tomorrow when they too will take on the FC Dallas reserves down in Dallas.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FCKC Draw Opener

From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City ties Sky Blue FC 1-1 in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season opener. Amy Rodriguez once again made FC Kansas City’s goal the first in the league. In front of 3,107 fans at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium, Rodriguez scored her first ‘Blues’ goal. Katy Freels scored the equalizer for Sky Blue FC early in the second half.

The ‘Blues’ played the first half with their traditional style of heavy possession. Sky Blue had a difficult time breaking through a dangerous midfield and defense; only tallying one shot on goal in the first half. FC Kansas City however had five on target with one finding the back of the net.

Rookie draft pick Kassey Kallman sent a ball across to Rodriguez who slid the ball by Sky Blue goalkeeper Jill Loyden. The goal came at the 42nd minute, which had Kansas City up at half time. Old friends Rodriguez and Lauren Holiday led the ‘Blues’ offensively with 6 and 4 shots, respectively.  Goal scoring Freels led Sky Blue with 3 shots for the night.

The second half saw the same level of intensity from both teams. Kansas City was determined to hold on to the lead created while Sky Blue fought back. A missed clearance led to Freels finding the back of the net unassisted. Rodriguez and Holiday worked the ball in the Sky Blue defense, but couldn’t get another goal. Even with substitutes from both teams, the score stayed at 1-1 at the final whistle.

FC Kansas City hits the road for the next two games. The ‘Blues’ will travel to Maryland to face the Washington Spirit on April 19 at 5:30p.m. CT, then on to Portland to visit the Thorns on April 26 at 9:00p.m. CT. Kansas City will return home on April 30 to take on the Chicago Red Stars at 7:00p.m. CT. For tickets and information call 855.4KC.GOAL or email tickets@kcprosoccer.com

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sporting Player Salaries Released

The MLS Players Union has released the first set of salaries for the 2014 season. As always these are probably a good base, but these probably are not the 100% number for many of the players. You have to remember that some salaries get paid down with allocation money, or retention funds (which KC used last year on both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi). Also remember that a player is a designated player if the transfer fee paid makes them a DP. So Claudio Bieler could either be paid down with allocation money, or his Designated Player status comes from a transfer fee that KC paid.

Zusi comes in as the highest paid player on Kansas City, with a base of $365,000, with Benny Feilhaber second at $325,000, and Aurelien Collin in third at $275,000. Bieler is fourth at $225,000, Paulo Nagamura is fifth at $220,000 and Besler is sixth at $200,000. After Besler comes one of KC's new signings, Toni Dovale, who sits at $180,000.

KC's other new signings are on the lower end. Andy Gruenebaum is making $85,000 which is a drop from his $92,200 he made last year with Columbus. KC's other acquisition from within MLS, Sal Zizzo, saw his salary increase, but only slight, from $76,781 to $77,000. The other new acquisitions this year are near the low end of the salary scale, Igor Juliao is making $48,500, while the two players that were drafted in the 2014 MLS draft, Alex Martinez and Victor Munoz (by DC) make $36,504.

When it comes to the players that stayed with KC, there was plenty of movement. The biggest move was Chance Myers, who with his new contract increased from $105,000 to $165,000. After Myers the biggest mover was starting goalkeeper, Eric Kronberg, who made a big jump himself of over $43,000 to $120,000. Oriol Rosell jumped up $40,000 himself, and Seth Sinovic made a jump of $35,000. The biggest drop, Nagamura, whose salary went down $40,000 this year.


Here is the full list.

Player - Base Salary - Guaranteed Compensation
Matt Besler - $200,000 - $200,000
Claudio Bieler - $225,000 - $225,000
Aurelien Collin - $275,000 - $281,250
Toni Dovale - $180,000 - $185,000
Christian Duke - $36,500 - $36,500
Dom Dwyer - $80,000 - $92,500
Kevin Ellis - $48,825 - $49,575
Benny Feilhaber - $325,000 - $337,187.50
Andy Gruenebaum - $85,000 - $85,000
Peterson Joseph - $51,150 - $51,150
Igor Juliao - $48,500 - $48,500
Jon Kempin - $70,000 - $77,083.33
Eric Kronberg - $120,000 - $120,000
Mikey Lopez - $85,000 - $157,000
Alex Martinez - $36,504 - $36,504
Jimmy Medranda - $48,504 - $48,504
Victor Munoz - $36,504 - $36,504
Chance Myers - $160,000 - $185,000
Paulo Nagamura - $220,000 - $220,000
Lawrence Olum - $48,825 - $48,825
Ike Opara - $97,500 - $103,705
Erik Palmer-Brown - $48,500 - $49,000
Jacob Peterson - $110,000 - $114,833.33
Oriol Rosell - $150,000 - $158,750
Soony Saad - $51,150 - $51,150
CJ Sapong - $95,000 - $112,000
Seth Sinovic - $125,000 - $131,750
Sal Zizzo - $77,000 - $91,045.71
Graham Zusi - $365,000 - $398,250

Sporting Lose Opara for the Season

Sporting Kansas City took a blow to its depth chart today with the announcement that defender Ike Opara will have ankle surgery that will keep him out for the rest of the 2014 season. Opara was injured in his last appearance for KC, against the Colorado Rapids almost two weeks ago. While attempting to clear a ball, Opara got hit on the ankle/leg by Rapid's midfielder, Jared Watts. Opara went down in a heap grabbing his leg, but in the process falling on the ball, which the referee felt was a hand ball, giving the Rapids a penalty kick.
In the aftermath of the call, Opara had to be stretchered off the field and was replaced by Aurelien Collin. After the game many KC fans in Colorado, including myself, saw Opara on crutches. The next day Tweets from Opara stated that it wasn't a break.
Jump ahead to the game last weekend against Real Salt Lake, Opara was not on the bench for KC. That wasn't overly surprising after the injury the weekend before, giving Opara a break made sense.
The news today though is a big blow for KC. Opara had become a solid contributor to Kansas City since the team traded for him before the 2013 season. Filling in when Matt Besler was away with the US team or Aurelien Collin was suspended, or when either needed a break, Opara appeared in 18 league games for KC, starting 15 of them. He also appeared in US Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, and playoff games. With his injury history in the past though, those were both career highs for the defender. He's missed a number of games due to injury in his career, including a broken left foot that caused him to miss a number of games when he was with San Jose.
The biggest blow this year will be for KC will be when Besler leaves to join the US team for the World Cup. With Opara out, the primary backup center back role will fall to Lawrence Olum. While Olum has played the center back position before, including in the 2012 US Open Cup final that KC won, he's spent most of the past year playing in the midfield, primarily as Oriol Rosell's back up in the deep lying midfield position. It shouldn't be a big change for him, but it'll still be a step down from Opara.
Behind Olum is where the bigger drop off is. KC's only other center back on the roster is 16 year old, Erik Palmer-Brown. The teenager, while appearing for the US youth team at a number of levels, including a call up to the U20 team for the Dallas Cup, likely is not in the position to be the primary back up while Besler is away.
If KC does want to make a move, they still have an open roster spot available. The player that they bring in likely won't be a big signing, depending on the team's hopes for the summer window, but they do have the ability to bring someone in if Peter Vermes wants to add to his depth.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Thomas Named OKC Captain - Former SKC Wizards Update

Sporting Kansas City's USL-Pro affiliate, Oklahoma City kicked off their season this past weekend in Los Angeles against Orange County and the LA Galaxy II. The team which features two loaned KC players, also features three former Sporting players and one former academy player. Of those six players with ties to Kansas City, another former Sporting player, Jimmy Nielsen, named one his captain. Michael Thomas, who has played in Sweden and KC in his career was named the Energy's first team captain by Nielsen ahead of their first games last weekend. Here's this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Jamar Beasley
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gablejic
Josh Gardner
Aaron Hohlbein
Mike Jones
Neal Kitson
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Shavar Thomas
Diego Walsh
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-0 win over New England.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Started and played 90 minutes in New England's 2-0 loss to DC.
Bobby Convey - New York - Started and played 90 minutes in New York's 2-2 draw with Montreal.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Started and played 55 minutes in Salt Lake's 0-0 draw with KC.
Michael Harrington - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Portland's 4-4 draw with Seattle.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 4-4 draw with Seattle.
Eddie Johnson - DC - Came off the bench and played 26 minutes in the USA's 2-2 draw with Mexico. Started and played 87 minutes in DC's 2-0 win over New England.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Did not dress in Toronto's 2-0 win over Columbus.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Portland - Did not dress in Portland's 4-4 draw with Seattle.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - No game this week.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Dressed but did not play in Columbus' 2-0 loss to Toronto.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Fort Lauderdale - Offseason.

USL
Brian Fekete - Pittsburgh - Started and played 45 minutes in Pittsburgh's 3-1 loss to Richmond.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Orange County. Started and played 45 minutes in OKC's 4-2 loss to LA.
Jonathan Leathers - Charlotte - Started and played 45 minutes in Charlotte's 1-0 loss to Dayton.
Kyle Miller - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Orange County. Started and played 83 minutes in OKC's 4-2 loss to LA.
Mike Reidy - Rochester - Did not dress in Rochester's 3-1 loss to Orlando.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Orange County. Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 4-2 loss to LA.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh.
John Wilson - Charleston - No game this week.

Other
Birahim Diop - New England Force

Indoor
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Servette FC - Switzerland - Did not dress in Servette's 1-0 win over Locarno.
Scott Angevine - Sporting Kristina - Finland - Season starts 4/27
Vicente Arze - FK Hoverla Uzhhorod - Ukraine - Came off the bench and played 33 minutes in Hoverla's 0-0 draw with Metalurh Donetsk.
Federico Bessone - Millwall - England - Did not dress in either of Millwall's games.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Did not dress in Chivas' 3-1 win over Pachuca.
Mitchell Cardenas - Atlético Coatzacoalcos - Mexico - Beat Toros Neza 2-1.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Started and played 90 minutes in Bengaluru's 2-0 win over Mohun Bagan.
Eloy Colombano - UAI Urquiza - Argentina - Did not dress in UAI's 2-1 loss to Tristan Suarez.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Trinidad - Started and played 90 minutes in W Connection's 6-1 win over Police FC.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Did not play in Cucuta's 3-0 loss to Depor FC.
Roger Espinoza - Wigan - England - Out injured.
Herculez Gomez - Tijuana - Mexico - Dressed but did not play in Tijuana's 3-1 win over Toluca. Did not dress in Tijuana's 2-0 loss to Cruz Azul in the CCL.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Suspended
Jeferson - Boavista - Brazil - Did not dress in Boavista's 2-1 loss to America RN.
Will John - AZAL - Azerbaijan - Started and played 78 minutes in Azal's 2-0 loss to Qarabag.
Kei Kamara - Middlesbrough - England - Dressed but did not play in Middlesbrough's 1-0 win over Derby. Did not dress in Middlesbrough's 3-1 win over Birmingham City.
Igor Kostrov - FC Costuleni - Moldova - Lost to Milsami 2-1. Lost 2-1 to Zimbru.
Carlos Marinelli - Universidad San Martin - Peru - Started and played 76 minutes before being red carded in San Martin's 3-0 loss to Cienciano.
Neven Markovic - Servette FC - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in Servette's 1-0 win over Locarno.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Started and played 90 minutes in Spartak's 1-0 loss to Ural.
Michal Mravec - Podbeskidzie - Poland - Did not dress in Podbeskidzie's 3-3 draw with Slask Wroclaw.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Beat Valur 2-1 in the league cup.
Yann Songo'o - Ross County (Blackburn) - Scotland (England) - Started and played 90 minutes in Ross County's 2-1 loss to Inverness.
Milos Stojcev - FK Sarajevo - Bosnia - Did not dress in Sarajevo's 0-0 draw wtih Rudar Prijedor.
Matt Taylor - Preußen Münster - Germany - Came off the bench and played 15 minutes in Munster's 2-0 loss to Darmstadt.
Ivan Trujillo - Deportivo Lara - Venezuela - Came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Lara's 3-3 draw with Zulia.