Taylor hits hat trick in Germany

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Matt Taylor, a former UCLA star who scored six goals in four MLS seasons (2004-2007), scored a hat trick for German Second Division TuS Koblenz in a 5-0 win over Kaiserslautern on Sunday. In England, Clint Dempsey got his first EPL start of the season on a weekend in which few Americans saw action but Carlos Bocanegra helped Rennes to an impressive win in France.

Taylor, 26, played one season for Kansas City and three for Chivas USA before joining TuS Koblenz in August. He scored in his debut and now has four goals and one assist in five games for the 11th place team.

In the German First Division, defenders Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) and Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) faced off in a 1-1 tie. Michael Bradley stayed on the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach in its 2-1 loss to Cologne. Gladbach is in last place with one win and six losses and fired Coach Jos Luhukay a day after the loss.

Dempsey, who had been limited to two appearances off the bench in this EPL season, went the full 90 as Fulham fell, 1-0, at West Brom.

The only other Americans to see EPL action last weekend were goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Friedel. Howard and Everton tied Newcastle, 2-2. Friedel and Aston Villa went down, 2-0, to Chelsea.

Neither DaMarcus Beasley nor Maurice Edu played for Glasgow Rangers in a 1-0 loss to St. Mirren.

In Spain, Jozy Altidore didn't make the squad for Villarreal, a 2-1 winner over Real Betis.

In France, Bocanegra helped Rennes' defense continue its fine form as it won, 3-0, over Lyon, the previously unbeaten seven-time defending champ. Adu did not play in Monaco's 2-0 loss to St. Etienne.

In Belgium, Oguchi Onyewu and Standard Liege fell, 4-1, to Club Brugge on Sunday.

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