The Portland Timbers took an early lead against the New England Revolution with a volley from Diego Valeri. The well-hit strike left Cody Cropper little he could do to prevent the goal. Cropper was only called upon one other time in the game, but it was a routine save. The Revolution pressed to pull level and brought on Teal Bunbury in the 69th minute. Fifteen minutes later, Kei Kamara played a ball to Bunbury at the near post. The forward back-heeled the low cross on target only to see the keeper slap the ball down. Luckily Lee Nguyen was there to bury the rebound.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 3, 2017
In NWSL preseason play, the Washington Spirit remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win over Duke University. Kassey Kallman started her third-consecutive game slotting in at left back. The Spirit defense had a rocky start, including a last ditch clearance from Kallman early in the game, but cleaned up in the second half.
FC Kansas City defeated the University of Nebraska 2-1. Cat Parkhill did not come off the bench, but former Gopher Rashida Beal entered in the 67th minute at center back.
Simone Kolander featured for the Chicago Red Stars in the team’s final games of the Thorns Spring Invitational. The former Gopher was a late sub in a 2-1 defeat to the Houston Dash. Kolander played the entire second half of a 0-0 draw with the USWNT U23s. While unable to score, she did come close with a shot off the cross bar.
Saint Louis FC needed a late own goal to claim a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Fury. Tyler David entered the game in the 90th minute to help hold the result for six minutes of stoppage time.
Jackson Yueill returned to action with Reno 1868 FC, San Jose’s USL affiliate, in a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps 2. Yueill went the distance for Reno at left midfield and created a few, though fruitless, scoring opportunities.
Villarreal CF C suffered their first loss of 2017 this weekend. A 3-1 scoreline against Rayo Ibense ended the team’s undefeated streak at 13 games. Mukwelle Akale scored the lone goal for Villarreal just five minutes after entering the game.
Calum Mallace was an unused sub for Montreal Impact in a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire.
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