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MN Migration: Kolander Looks to Make History

by on 19 October 2017

In this week’s recap in Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: ÖDFF hope to stay up, Miller keeps out RSL, and David wears the armband to close the season.

A.C. Sparta Praha advanced to the round of 16 in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The side defeated Greece’s FC PAOK 8-0 on aggregate. Simone Kolander subbed in during the 53rd minute, but did not add to the 3-0 victory. Sparta Praha will face Linköpings FC of Sweden in the next round.

While Kolander continues to wait to become the first Minnesotan to score a Champions League goal, she is still finding the net in the Czech First Division. The forward went the full 90 against Lokomotiva Brno – Horní Heršpice in a 4-0 win. All four goals came in the first half with Kolander scoring the third. After a bad turnover, a teammate found the former Gopher alone at the top of the box. She took one touch before slipping the ball under the keeper.

Tarah Hobbs and Josee Stiever suffered another defeat while playing for Östersunds DFF. ÖDFF scored first and kept IFK Kalmar off the scoreboard for most of the game. However, Amanda Fredriksson scored in the 73rd and 91st minute for a 2-1 result. Hobbs went the distance in goal and fought hard to help her side come away with at least one point. Stiever earned another start, but was taken off in the 63rd minute. With three games left, ÖDFF are five points away from safety.

The New England Revolution defeated New York City FC 2-1 in the side’s final home game of the season. Teal Bunbury earned the start, but seems to have ended his late season offensive burst. The forward has not registered a goal or an assist in four games. His biggest contribution to the game was being fouled by Jack Harrison in the first half. Harrison was shown a straight red for the challenge (which has been rescinded).

Eric Miller helped earn the season’s 6th shutout for the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0, but had already lost the Rocky Mountain Cup for the year. Starting at left back, Miller didn’t have much of an impact in the attack, but tallied six clearances. The defender also came away with three tackles and two blocked shots.

In the final game of the season Saint Louis FC drew 1-1 with Bethlehem Steel FC. Tyler David wore the captain’s armband and went the distance for STLFC. The midfielder completed 78 percent of his passes and came away with five clearances.

Mukwelle Akale did not make the game day roster for Villarreal C in a 2-1 win over Silla C.F.

Jackson Yueill stayed on the bench for the San Jose Earthquakes’ 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Calum Mallace is still recovering from injury and missed Seattle Sounders FC 4-0 defeated of FC Dallas.

Cody Cropper did not play for the New England Revolution for the second straight game.


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