MN Migration: Washington Spirit Climb out of the Cellar

by on 10 August 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: Bunbury can’t regain his scoring form and Yueill sees San Jose’s Open Cup run end.

Kassey Kallman moved to the center of defense for the Washington Spirit in a 4-1 win over Sky Blue FC. Kallman had previously only played at left back for the Spirit. The return to a more familiar position showed in her play with a team-high eight interceptions and three clearances. The result was the Spirit’s first road win of the season, moving the team out of last place.

Kallman also featured at center back in a 3-0 loss to the Orlando Pride. While the Spirit defense as a whole struggled to deal with the attacking runs of Alex Morgan, Kallman dealt with a few dangerous chances from Marta.

Cody Cropper and the New England Revolution will have to wait for a second shutout. Cropper started in goal, but only made one save in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Fire. As has happened many times this season, the Revs’ defense could have done a better job of shielding its keeper. For his own part, Cropper could have done better on the Fire’s second goal.

With the scoreline at 3-1 in Chicago’s favor, Teal Bunbury came on for the Revolution. Shortly after entering the game he nearly scored on a breakaway. Bunbury tried to thread a shot past the keeper, but the ball was struck past the wrong side of the post. The winger also created three scoring chances during his 34-minute shift.

Eric Miller put in 78 minutes for the Colorado Rapids in a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The defender nearly set up an early goal, but most of his passing was clustered near the center line. After earning a caution for a hold on Brek Shea, Miller made way for Alan Gordon as the Rapids looked for a late winner.

Earning two starts in five days, Jackson Yueill seems to have solidified a place in San Jose’s starting XI. On Saturday the Quakes defeated Columbus Crew SC 2-1. Yueill played just shy of 90 minutes, and led his team with four chances created. The midfielder has not found his way onto the score sheet yet, but continues to see a lot of the ball.

Yueill started again on Wednesday in a U.S. Open Cup Semifinal against Sporting Kansas City. The rookie played a full 120 minutes as the game went to penalties. After five rounds the shootout was tied. Matt Besler scored from the spot and Tim Melia made a save of a Victor Bernárdez effort to end the Quakes’ hopes of reaching the final.

Calum Mallace did not play in the Montreal Impact’s 2-1 win against Orlando City SC.

Cat Parkhill was an unused substitute as FC Kansas City dropped to the bottom of the table after a 2-2 draw with the Boston Breakers.

Tyler David remained on the bench for Saint Louis City FC  in a scoreless draw with Swope Park Rangers.

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