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MN Migration: Akale Gives Villarreal CF C Hope of Promotion

by on 27 April 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: Kallman takes the “Iron Woman” crown, Miller comes home, and David earns another start.

Six minutes into the game, Mukwelle Akale scored the eventual game winner for Villarreal CF C against Ontinyent CF. After receiving a through-ball into the box, Akale held off a tackle and slipped his shot through the keeper’s legs. The winger continued to push forward and nearly got his second, but his shot found the crossbar. Villarreal’s 2-0 win leaves it just one point out of a promotion playoff position with three games to go.

Cody Cropper and the New England Revolution pulled double duty in MLS action this past week. On Wednesday, the Revs played to a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. Cropper made three saves during the game including this kick-save:

In its second game, New England played D.C. United to a 2-2 draw. Cropper again made three saves, but a shot from distance beat the Rev’s keeper before Sébastien Le Toux chipped him two minutes later.

Teal Bunbury did not see time in the first game for New England, but he did enter in the 75th minute against D.C. The midfielder is struggling to make a push for more playing time and his attempt on a possible late game-winner didn’t help.

In his return home, Eric Miller went the distance for the Colorado Rapids in a 1-0 loss to Minnesota United FC. The Loons tended to use the opposite side for their attacks so it was a quiet night defensively for Miller. The defender did venture forward and should have earned an assist in the 61st minute. Miller sent a low cross to Dominique Badji, but he hit the crossbar from the top of the six-yard box.

After a full 90 for the Washington Spirit, Kassey Kallman holds the record for the most consecutive regular season minutes in the NWSL. Last season Kallman reached the 3,780 minute mark if you included her two playoff appearances with FC Kansas City. Unfortunately the Spirit let a 1-0 lead slip away by allowing an 86th minute equalizer to the Orlando Pride.

Tyler David went 76 minutes for Saint Louis FC in a losing effort against the Charlotte Independence. The final scoreline of 2-1 was reached after an active first 30 minutes. David did well to spread the width of the field while tallying five recoveries and three interceptions.

Calum Mallace was an unused substitute in Montreal’s 3-3 draw with the Philadelphia Union.

Jackson Yueill returned to the San Jose Earthquakes, but stayed on the bench in a 2-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo

Cat Parkhill did not see time for FC Kansas City as they lost 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars.


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  • David Lipset

    what happened to the rest of the Lady Gophers’ who were trying to get into the Women’s League; one was drafted by KC I recall?

    • Kyle Nelson

      None of them were offered contracts.