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MN Migration: Hobbs and Stiever Get First Win

by on 13 September 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: Bunbury tallies his first assist, Mallace takes a knock, and Kallman plays spoiler.

Östersunds DFF took home three points for the first time since Tarah Hobbs joined the team with a 1-0 win over Mallbackens IF. Hobbs not only earned her first win, but also came away with her first shutout. An shot from distance in the first half nearly spoiled the afternoon, but the ball hit off the crossbar. In the second half Hobbs had to come off of her line numerous times to smother counterattacks.

Josee Stiever also performed well in the win. The goal frame twice prevented her from scoring her first goal of the season. However, the first time she hit the post the rebound was put away by a teammate for the game’s lone goal.

AC Sparta Praha rebounded quickly from their first loss of the season with a 4-0 win against FC Hradec Králové. Simone Kolander entered the game to start the second half, but did not come away with a goal or an assist.

Finishing on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline was Jackson Yueill. The midfielder started on the left side of the midfield for the San Jose Earthquakes. The game was dominated by Toronto FC as they became the first team to guarantee a playoff spot. Yueill did get a nice look at goal from outside the box, but sent his shot straight at the keeper.

The resurgence of Teal Bunbury continued thanks to a rather generous definition of an assist. The forward earned his fifth straight start for the New England Revolution. Though he did not score himself, Bunbury “set up” the game winning goal against the Montreal Impact.

 

The result also gave Cody Cropper his eighth shutout of the season. His first test came just 38 seconds into the game after a misplay by one of his defenders. Cropper made just one other save on the night, but did punch clear a couple services.

Eric Miller returned to the right side of the defense for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids came away with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. It was Colorado’s first win in 10 games.

The Washington Spirit dashed Sky Blue FC’s playoff hopes with a 2-1 win. Kassey Kallman started at left back and had a tough matchup in forward Sam Kerr. Kerr got the upper hand when she shrugged off a challenge from Kallman during the buildup to the first goal. However, late in the second half Kallman prevented Kerr from adding to her league-leading 16 goals.

Calum Mallace may have to wait longer to make his debut with Seattle Sounders FC. Mallace started for Seattle Sounders FC 2, but came out in the 41st minute due to an injury. Prior to his departure, the midfielder controlled the play in the center of the field and sent in a couple of shots from distance.

Tyler David stayed on the bench for Saint Louis FC’s 2-1 loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Cat Parkhill and FC Kansas City had their playoff hopes ended by a 0-0 draw with the Chicago Red Stars.


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