Former players wrap: 25/08/2014

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Europe:
Starting in Utrecht, Tommy Oar had a hand in both goals of Utrecht’s 2-1 win away to Feyenoord. Adam Sarota was an unused substitute, while Michael Zullo is out for the season with a knee injury. Utrecht have started the season well and sit 5th after 3 games. Elsewhere in the Netherlands, former short term loan signing Stef Nijland and PEC Zwolle sit equal top –second on goal difference- after winning all three of their o games to start the new season, most latterly a 2-1 win at home against Vitesse Arnhem. Nijland came off the bench just after the hour and ended up scoring the winner with 2 minutes to play. Zwolle are also trying to qualify for the Europa League, and drew 1-1 at home in the first leg against Sparta Prague- Nijland came off the bench.  Finally in the Netherlands, former youth team duo Alistair Quinn and Ken Dougall are playing for Dutch second division side SC Telstar. Both were unused subs in their 2-0 win over Achilles ’29. Telstar sit 15th after 3 games. Neither have made it onto the park so far this season.

Link to Feyenoord vs. Utrecht highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRCdD8g6MmU
Link to PEC Zwolle vs. Vitesse goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfxQmxOI3Ms

Elsewhere in Europe Robbie Kruse wasn’t in the matchday squad as Leverkusen beat Borussia Dortmund in the opening round of the Bundesliga. The winger has been linked to Hannover and others on a loan move after he missed last season with a knee injury. Ben Halloran was subbed at half time as Fortuna Düsseldorf lost 2-0 at home to Karlsruher, meanwhile Kwame Yeboah was an unused sub for Borussia Monchengladbach II in their home win against Sportfrendue Siegen. They sit 10th in the Regionaliga West after 4 games. Yeboah so far this season has made just the one substitute appearance.

Dario Vidosic was an unused substitute as FC Sion beat La Chaux- de Fonds in the first round of the Schweizer Pokal. Ivan Franjic is yet to make his debut for Torpedo Moscow as he’s still struggling with the injury he picked up in Brazil. His new team have made a mixed start to life in the Russian Premier League, sitting 12th of 14 teams after 5 games. They lost 3-0 at home to Krasnodar over the weekend. Finally in Europe, im not sure what’s going on with Julius Davies at Otelul Galati in Romania.

Asia:
Erik Paartalu was out injured from Muanthong United’s 2-0 loss against Chonburi. Gyeongnam drew 0-0 at home with Pohang Steelers, with Luke DeVere starting and playing just under an hour. Do-Dong Hyun has moved from J.2 side to the newly formed Indonesian Super League. Do was selected as the 2nd pick in the fourth round of the international player draft by North East United FC- a team that will be coached by Ricki Herbert. From what I can gather this is football’s answer to the successful IPL in Cricket.

Sergio van Djik has moved to Thai side Suphanburi, who had a 2-0 win over Sisaket. Van Djik has 1 goal in 8 games for his new side, who sit 6th in the Thai super league. Yuji Takahashi’s career seems to have stalled as he’s been left in the reserves at J.2 side Kyoto Sanga. Kyoto are 8th in the Japanese second division. Sayed Mohamed Adnan is back in Bahrain playing for Al Hadd whose season kicks off in the coming days. Mario Karlovic played a full 90 minutes for Terengganu in the Malaysian Cup. Michael Baird was a late substitute for PSM Makassar in their 3-1 win over Persela Lamongan in the Indonesian Super League. Dane Milovanovic was substituted after half an hour in New Radiant’s 3-1 win over Club Valencia. New Radiant sit top of the Maldives Dhivehi League with four rounds remaining. Finally in Myanmar, Matt Acton kept a clean sheet in Yangon United’s 1-0 win on the road against Nay Pyi Taw. Yangon are second on the table after 19 rounds.

Americas:
Issey Nakajima-Farran is at MLS side Montreal Impact however he’s splitting his time between the top team and the reserve teams. In the most recent MLS side he was an unused sub in a 4-2 loss to New York Red Bulls, however he played 90 minutes in the reserve teams 1-0 loss to Charleston Battery. In Brazil, Reinaldo is apparently close to making a return to the game after missing last season with a knee injury for Operário Ferroviário.

Women’s:
Katrina Gorry came on in stoppage time for Kansas in their 2-0 win over Nadine Angerer’s Portland Thorns. Finally, Clare Polkinghorne and her INAC Kobe Leonessa teammates finished 5th in the Japanese League 1 table. Elise Kellond-Knight and Tameka Butt were apart of an IGA FC team who finishes in 9th.

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