MN Migration: Miller Shifts Along the Back Line for Colorado

by on 27 June 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally out of the state: Kassey Kallman helps the Washington Spirit earn a shutout and Teal Bunbury nearly plays hero.

Last season, injuries forced Eric Miller to demonstrate his utility on defense. This season, that ability is coming into play again. After staying on the bench in a 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, Miller started at center back on Saturday. The defender has now played every position along the back line and continues to perform well. Miller led the Rapids’ defense with 10 clearances on the way to a 1-0 loss to Atlanta United.

The New England Revolution gave up an early goal to Toronto FC and then conceded another in stoppage time to lose 2-0. Cody Cropper couldn’t do much on either goal, but did manage to make a highlight save early in the game.

Teal Bunbury was subbed on in the 79th minute after a collision left defender Antonio Mlinar Delamea with a broken nose. The winger has yet to play more than 24 minutes in a game, but made a case for more time. With just a few minutes left in regulation, Bunbury nearly pulled the Rev level, but the keeper answered with a big save.

Kassey Kallman made her second-straight start for the Washington Spirit against Portland Thorns FC. Both Kallman and the Spirit are enjoying a rebound from earlier this season. The defender put in another strong shift at left back and lead her team with five tackles in a 1-0 win. The result leaves Washington unbeaten in three games.

Saint Louis FC had a tough night dealing with FC Cincinnati. An early own goal put STLFC behind and by the half, was outshot 10-4. Tyler David came on at halftime as one of two subs to shore up the center of the field. St. Louis settled the game, but couldn’t prevent finishing on the wrong side of a 2-0 scoreline.

Callum Mallace stayed on the bench for both of Montreal’s games this week. First, the Impact drew Toronto FC 1-1 in the first leg of the Canada Championship final. Then the Impact lost 4-1 to Columbus Crew SC.

Jackson Yueill did not feature in the San Jose Earthquake’s 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake. The recent dismissal of coach Dominic Kinnear could mean a change in his level of involvement in the future.

Cat Parkhill remained an unused substitute in FC Kansas City’s 1-1 draw with Seattle Reign FC. 

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