[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
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
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
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.