MN Migration: Cody Cropper Earns First Shutout of the Season

by on 11 April 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: NWSL final rosters are released, Kallman tallies an assist, and David earns honors in his first start.

The New England Revolution defeated the Houston Dynamo 2-0 this weekend. Cody Cropper continued his run of starts in net for the Revs and was rewarded with his first shutout of the season. The New England defense did well to smother the Dynamo attack. Cropper finished the game with only one save, but came up big when called upon. Just after the hour mark, the Maple Grove native smothered a breakaway from league-leading scorer Erick “Cubo” Torres.

Teal Bunbury entered the game for New England in the 77th minute. Five minutes later, he had a chance to open his scoring account but his shot went high.

A late PK prevented the Colorado Rapids from being shutout by Sporting Kansas City. Eric Miller started at right back in a new-look defense that allowed three goals. Despite having his hands full on defense, Miller did get into the attack and nearly set up a tying goal in the first half.

The Washington Spirit beat the University of Virginia 2-0 to finish their preseason undefeated. Kassey Kallman played 71 minutes at left back and got involved in the attack early. In the 21st minute the Woodbury native pushed up the left side and found former Boston Breaker teammate Kristie Mewis for the opener.

While Kallman seems to have solidified her spot in the starting lineup, the release of the 2017 NWSL rosters was not as kind to the other Minnesota hopefuls. Cat Parkhill will remain with FC Kansas City as the backup keeper, but defender Rashida Beal was not selected. Former Gopher forward Simone Kolander was on trial with the Chicago Red Stars after going undrafted, but was unable to earn a spot in the final 20.

Tyler David earned his first start of the season for Saint Louis FC in a 3-2 win over New York Red Bulls II. David had an active 90 minutes in the midfield and put in a strong defensive performance that earned him the Man of the Match award from the St. Louligans, the STLFC supporters group.

Reno 1868 FC was on the losing side of a 5-3 result against Real Monarchs SLC. Jackson Yueill played the full 90 at left mid. The MTA product created some good chances for his side and had a go of his own, but the shot went straight to the keeper.

Calum Mallace was left on the bench in Montreal’s 2-0 loss to the LA Galaxy, but could see time this weekend while Marco Donadel serves his red card suspension.

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