With most European domestic leagues kicking off in a matter of weeks, friendly matches dominate this week’s edition of Aussies Abroad. Elsewhere, ‘Super Timmy’ Cahill grabbed his fifth goal in six games in China while Matilda’s striker Michelle Heyman scored her first goal for Western NY Flash in the NWSL.
In the Irish Premier Division, Mark Griffin was missing due to injury as Bohemian FC won 1-0 at home over Sligo Rovers.
In the Irish First Division, Dylan Mernagh was missing due to national team commitments (Universiade) as Waterford United played out a 1-1 draw with Cabinteely FC.
In the Prva Liga in Croatia, Tomislav Mrcela played a full match as Lokomotiva Zagreb list 2-1 away to RNK Split. Steven Ugarkovic came on in the 70th minute as NK Osijek drew 1-1 at home to Dinamo Zagreb. Roko Strika was not in the squad for NK Zagreb as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Inter Zapresic.
In the Liga I in Romania, Anthony Carter was an unused substitute for CFR Cluj as they won 1-0 at home to FC Ripensia Timisoara.
In the One Deild Karla in Iceland, Kile Kennedy played a full match for KF Fjardabyggd as they lost 3-0 at home to UMF Grindavik.
In the second leg of round two qualifiers in the UEFA Champions League, Tom Rogic was an unused substitute for Celtic FC as they won 2-0 at home to UMF Stjarnan of Iceland. Paul Katsetis was not in the squad for FK AS Trencin as they lost 2-0 away to FC Steaua Bucharest.
In the first leg of round two qualifiers in the UEFA Europa League, Mustafa Amini played a full match while Jack Duncan was an unused substitute for Randers FC as they played out a scoreless draw with Swedish side IF Elfsborg. Tomislav Mrcela played a full match as Lokomotiva Zagreb won 2-1 at home to PAOK Salonica of Greece.
In the Toppserien in Norway, Eliza Campbell was missing due to injury as Medkila IL lost 2-0 at Valerenga.
In the Chinese Super League, Adrian Leijer played a full match for Chongqing Lifan as they lost 2-0 at home to Shanghai Shenhua, for whom Tim Cahill was not in the squad. Matthew Spiranovic was not in the squad for Hangzhou Lucheng as they played out a goalless draw with Henan Jianye. Josh Mitchell was not in the squad for either match as Liaoning Hongyun first lost 2-1 away to Changchun Yatai before losing 1-0 at home to Guangzhou Hengda. Earlier in the week, Cahill played a full match and scored as Shenhua won 3-1 at home to Beijing Guo’an. Leijer also played a full match as Chongqing won 3-1 away to Hangzhou Lucheng.
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In the China League One, Jonas Salley played a full match for Nei Mongol Zhongyou as they came back to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Qingdao Zhongneng.
In the Japanese J-League, Mitchell Duke played a full match for Shimizu S-Pulse as they drew 2-2 with Nagoya Grampus. Nathan Burns was an unused substitute for both matches as FC Tokyo first won 3-1 at home to Albirex Niigata before playing out a 0-0 draw with Montedio Yamagata. In a match played earlier in the week, Duke played until the 82nd minute as Shimizu played to a goalless draw at Kashima Antlers.
In the Thai Premier League, Matt Smith played a full 90 minutes in both matches this week as Bangkok Glass first played out a scoreless draw with Buriram United before drawing 2-2 with Suphanburi FC. Brent McGrath played until the 62nd minute as Port FC lost 2-1 at home to Nakhon Ratchasima. Michael Cvetkovski did not play for Navy FC as they won 2-1 at TOT SC. Earlier in the week, McGrath played a full match as Port lost 1-0 away to Chainat FC.
In the Division One League in Thailand, Goran Subara played a full match for Police United as they lost 1-0 away to Bangkok FC. Kyle Nix was not in the squad as PTT Rayong FC won 3-1 at home to Samut Songkhram. In matches played earlier in the week, Subara again played a full match as Police United won 2-1 at home to Krabi FC. Nix was again not in the squad as Rayong drew 1-1 away to Sukhothai FC.
In the Thai Division Two League North Eastern Region, Adriano Pellegrino played a full match as Udon Thani FC won 2-1 away to Khon Kaen United. Elsewhere, in the Northern Region, Aaron Evans was missing due to suspension as Kamphaengphet FC was held to a 1-1 draw at home to Phayao FC.
In the Malaysian Super League, Robbie Cornthwaite played a full match as Selangor FA lost 3-1 away to Johor Darul Ta’zim.
In the C-League in Cambodia, Josh Maguire was missing due to suspension as Western University lost 2-1 away to Asia Europe University.
In the Argentinean Cuarta, Gavin de Niese played a full match for CA River Plate as they lost 1-0 at home to rivals Boca Juniors.
In Major League Soccer in the United States, Andy Rose played a full match as Seattle Sounders lost 1-0 at home to Colorado Rapids.
In the final round of matches in the USL Premier Development League, Aaron Schneebeli was not in the squad for Forest City London as they ran out 5-0 winners over Pittsburgh River Hounds U23.
In the National Women’s Soccer League in the USA, Ellie Brush played a full match for Houston Dash as they lost 2-1 at home to Chicago Red Stars. Michelle Heyman played until the 79th minute and scored her side’s final goal as Western NY Flash were held to a 3-3 draw by Sky Blue FC, for whom Caitlin Foord and Samantha Kerr played full matches. Hayley Raso came on in the 73rd minute while Lydia Williams was not in the squad as Washington Spirit won 3-0 at home to Seattle Reign. Kyah Simon was not in the squad for Boston Breakers as they drew 1-1 with Chicago Red Stars.
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In club friendlies this week, Ryan McGowan was in the starting eleven for Dundee United as they lost 4-0 away to FC Utrecht, for whom Adam Sarota was not in the squad. Bradden Inman was in the starting eleven for Crewe Alexandra as they won 4-1 away to Nantwich Town. James Haran was in the starting eleven for Queens Park Rangers U21 as they crushed Italian Serie D side Verbania Calcio 15-0. Gethin Jones played a full match for Everton FC U21 as they won 2-1 away to Bohemian FC, for whom Mark Griffin was missing due to injury.
Bailey Wright played until the 68th minute while Neil Kilkenny was missing due to injury as Preston North End won 1-0 at home over Hearts FC. Massimo Luongo played until the 66th minute as Queens Park Rangers lost 1-0 away to French giants AS Monaco. Chris Ikonomidis played until the 62nd minute as Lazio lost 1-0 at home to Vicenza. James Meredith played until the 60th minute as Bradford City lost 1-0 away to Scottish side St. Mirren. Kenneth Dougall played until the 60th minute as Sparta Rotterdam lost 3-1 away to PEC Zwolle.
Mile Jedinak played until half-time for Crystal Palace as they lost 2-0 away to Union Berlin. Adam Federici also played until half-time as AFC Bournemouth won 2-1 at home to Exeter City. Jason Davidson played until half-time as Huddersfield Town won 2-0 away to Leyton Orient. Milos Degenek was another to play until half-time as 1860 Munich lost 2-1 at home to English Premier League side Swansea City.
Mathew Leckie came on in the 46th minute as FC Ingolstadt won 1-0 at home to Udinese. Adam Taggart also came on in the 46th minute as Fulham FC won 3-1 away to Crawley Town. Tom Rogic came on in the 60th minute as Celtic FC won 4-1 away to SD Eibar. Ben Halloran came on in the 64th minute as FC Heidenheim won 2-1 away to Eintracht Frankfurt. Chris Ikonomidis came on in the 67th minute as Lazio lost 3-1 away to Belgian side RSC Anderlecht. Jamie Street came on in the 81st minute as Workington AFC lost 2-1 away to Annan Athletic. Luke Wilkshire was an unused substitute for Feyenoord as they lost 2-1 away to VVV-Venlo. Rhain Davis was also an unused substitute as Altrincham FC won 1-0 away to Stalybridge Celtic.
Earlier in the week, McGowan was in the starting eleven for Dundee United as they lost 3-0 away to Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. Leckie played until half-time as Ingolstadt won 2-0 at home to FC Brno. Federici came on in the 46th minute and kept a clean sheet as Bournemouth won 4-1 away to MLS side Philadelphia Union. Degenek was also a half-time substitute as 1860 lost 3-1 away to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen. Meredith came on after the break as Bradford won 3-0 away to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell FC. Wright came on in the 46th minute and set up a goal as Preston won 4-0 away to Bamber Bridge.
Finally in transfer new this week, Matthew Spiranovic has continued the A-League exodus to Asia, joining Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Lucheng, while Michael Zullo has left Dutch side FC Utrecht and joined Melbourne City on a one-year deal, while a medical is all that stands between Adelaide United winger, Awer Mabil’s dream move to Danish Superliga side, FC Midtjylland.2 comments