EUROPE: Taylor, Movsisyan score goals
Irvine's Matt Taylor scored his first goal for his new club and Pasadena's Yura Movsisyan, apparently set to stay with his team, netted his third of the season as the European season slowly begins its monthlong kickoff.
Taylor (Irvine HS and UCLA), who transferred to SC Paderborn of Germany's second division (after scoring 17 goals last season at third-tier Rot Weiss Ahlen), came off the bench to score the equalizer in a 1-1 draw Sunday with Fortuna Düsseldorf. He debuted the previous weekend in a 2-1 win over Hansa Rostock.
This week he takes on his former club: Rot Weiss is Paderborn's first-round foe in the Germany Cup.
Movsisyan (Pasadena HS and Pasadena City College) scored in FC Krasnodar's 2-2 draw at Spartak Nalchik as the Russian Premier League's returned from a monthlong break. His goal provided a two-goal lead in the 76th minute, was substituted three minutes later, and the Bulls conceded goals in the 87th and 90th minutes.
EDU'S UEFA CAMPAIGN: Fontana's Maurice Edu was in midfield as Rangers FC began defense of their Scottish Premier League title -- their 54th domestic league championship -- with a 1-1 draw at home Saturday against Hearts. It was former Rangers star Ally McCoist's debut as manager.
The Blues open their UEFA Champions League campaign Tuesday against Malmö FC. The second leg of the third-qualifying-round series will be in Sweden on Aug. 3.
- AREA PLAYERS IN EUROPE
M MAURICE EDU (Fontana)
Club: Rangers FC (Scotland, Premier League)
Last week: 90 minutes in a 1-1 tie Saturday vs. Hearts
Season: 1 league game (1 start)
Next: Tuesday vs. Malmö FC (Sweden) in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League; Saturday at St. Johnstone
Club: FC Krasnodar (Russia, Russian Premier League)
Last week: Started, played 78 minutes, with a 76th-minute goal as the ninth-place Bulls (5-5-7) tied, 2-2, Sunday at Spartak Nalchik
Season: 12 league games (7 starts) with 4 goals, 13 games (7 starts) with 4 goals in all competitions
Next: Sunday vs. first-place CSKA Moscow (12-1-4)
F MATT TAYLOR (Irvine/UCLA)
Club: SC Paderborn 07 (Germany, 2.Bundesliga)
Last week: Halftime substitute scored tying goal in the 74th minute of a 1-1 draw Sunday vs. Fortuna Düsseldorf
Season: 2 league games (0 starts) with 1 goal
Next: Saturday in German Cup first round at Rot Weiss Ahlen
F BOBBY WOOD (Irvine)
Club: TSV 1860 Munich (Germany, 2.Bundesliga)
Last week: Did not play in a 2-1 victory Saturday vs. Karlsruhe
Season: 0 games
Next: Friday in German Cup first round at Osnabrück