Olivier Occean is back in familiar territory – and back on the score sheet.
The 33-year-old striker, who joined Norwegian side Odds BK on a six-month loan in January, bagged a goal on Saturday in an offseason friendly, a 2-1 loss to Vestsjælland. Occean, who is on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany, previously played for Odd from 2004 to 2006.
The native of Brossard, Quebec, has six goals in 29 appearances for Canada, but hasn’t featured since being sent off (and subsequently receiving a six-game suspension from FIFA) in a World Cup qualifier against Cuba in October 2012.
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Marcel de Jong will be looking for some new territory, as the 28-year-old has officially parted ways with FC Augsburg. De Jong, who rarely saw playing time in the Bundesliga this season, did have some interesting remarks about his future. The fullback/winger is reportedly open to a move to MLS.
Fraser Aird entered some exciting new territory on Sunday, as he got the start for Rangers in the first Old Firm showdown since 2012. But the Scottish League Cup semifinals didn’t turn out very well for the 20-year-old or his team – Aird only played the first half, and Rangers ended up losing 2-0 to Celtic.
David Edgar is settling in at his new club, going the full 90 for Huddersfield Town for the first time since joining the club on loan last month. Unfortunately for his side, they fell 2-1 to Leeds United on Saturday.
Luca Gasparotto is back in his now-familiar territory at Airdrieonians after spending three weeks with Canada’s under-20 team. He was back in his regular spot on the backline for the Scottish League One club on Saturday, playing the entirety of a 1-1 draw with Brechin City.
Nik Ledgerwood also got back into action for his club, as Energie Cottbus played their first league game of 2015 following a winter break. Ledgerwood went the full 90 and picked up a yellow card, as his side fell 2-0 to Rot-Weiss Erfurt on Saturday.
Pedro Pacheco pulled off a similar trick, also going the distance and also receiving a booking in Santa Clara’s match against Sporting Covilha on Wednesday. His side did a little better on the scoreboard, though, emerging with a 1-1 draw.
Junior Hoilett came on as a second-half substitute for Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, but was unable to prevent his side from falling to a 3-1 defeat against Stoke City.
Daniel Haber (Ayia Napa) and Tosaint Ricketts (Hapoel Haifa) put in 90 minutes of work for their respective clubs this past week, though neither could find the score sheet. Meanwhile, Simeon Jackson came on as a late sub for Coventry City in a 2-2 draw with Rochdale on Saturday.