Friday 10 August
There were two English scorers in the qualifying round of the Women’s Champions League. Unlike the men’s competition, the qualifying round in the women’s tournament is a group stage made up of ten groups of four. Former Everton player Caitlin Hayes scored a brace for Cypriot side Barcelona FA as they defeated Olimpija Ljubljana 6-0 away from home. Yasmin Bunter, formerly of Fulham, scored during Basel’s 3-0 win over Israeli side Maccabi Kiryat Gat.
In the German fourth tier, Jake Hirst came off the bench to score on his debut for Kickers Offenbach however his side slipped to a 2-1 defeat. The 22-year-old forward is playing in the fourth-tier for the first time this season.
Saturday 11 August
Matthias Fanimo‘s side NŠ Drava kept up their 100% start to the season in the Slovenian second-tier with a 3-0 win over Bilje. The English winger bagged a brace as he made it ten goals in 15 league appearances over two seasons in Slovenia.
In France, 17-year-old defender Jonathan Panzo made his debut for Monaco’s B team in the fourth tier of French football, playing the full ninety in a 2-2 draw with Saint-Priest. The defender who was part of England’s under-17 World Cup winning squad last year, made the move to Monaco from Chelsea earlier in the summer.
In Italy, Cy Goddard was an unused substitute for his new side Benevento as they beat Serie A side Udinese 2-1 in the Coppa Italia. The midfielder joined the Serie B side from Tottenham recently.
Over in the American second tier, two Englishmen were involved in a ten goal thriller as Louisville City beat New York Red Bulls II 6-4. Cameron Lancaster was man of the match as he scored a hat-trick and picked up an assist. The former Spurs man is now on 13 league goals for the season. Paco Craig also played for Louisville.
Sunday 12 August
There were contrasting fortunes for two English defenders in the Eredivisie on Sunday. Jake Clarke-Salter had a league debut to remember for Vitesse as he scored his second ever senior goal in a 5-1 win over Groningen as made the Eredivisie team of the week. Max Clark was an unused substitute for Vitesse. However, Greg Leigh‘s debut for NAC Breda didn’t quite go to plan as his new side were defeated 5-0 by AZ.
Another English centre back on the scoresheet over in the continent was Elliott Moore as he scored in OH Leuven’s 2-1 win over Union-Saint-Gilloise. The second-tier side are managed by Nigel Pearson and also started with George Hirst up front and he provided the assist for Moore’s goal.
Ash Kigbu made his debut in the Austrian Bundesliga, playing the last 10 minutes in a goalless draw with Rapid Wien in what was the young defender’s first ever senior appearance.
In America, the English centre backs kept on scoring as Jack Elliot bagged a brace for Philadelphia Union in their 3-2 win over New England Revolution. It was the first time in the history of the Union that one of their defenders has scored twice in a match.
Bradley Wright-Phillips also scored what now seems like his customary goal as his 15th strike of the season was enough for New York Red Bulls to beat Chicago Fire 1-0.
Fresh from having his nose broken last week, Wayne Rooney provided two assists during DC United’s 3-2 win over Orlando City including an incredible tackle and pass for DC to get a last minute winner.
In the USL, Real Monarchs lost to OKC Energy, despite having two Englishmen score. Both Charlie Adams and Jack Blake both scored but it was not enough to prevent a 3-2 loss. It was Blake’s first goal since moving on loan from Tampa Bay Rowdies. Jack Barmby also scored for Portland Timbers 2.
Finally, Rachel Daly scored both her teams’ goals as Houston Dash beat Sky Blue 2-1 in the top flight of women’s football in America.