As the lone Minnesotan playing during the winter months, Mukwelle Akale is enjoying a successful season. Last we saw, the forward made his first appearance for Villarreal CF C in nearly two months. Since then, Akale has missed just one game while notching three goals and two assists.
This past weekend he set up the eventual game winner in a 2-1 win over Silla CF during a 76 minute shift at forward:
— J.R. Eskilson (@JREskilson) March 4, 2018
Back in the states the New England Revolution opened the 2018 season against the Philadelphia Union. The Revs had both center backs ejected during the 2-0 loss. Teal Bunbury went 90 minutes and lead his team with four shots.
Cody Cropper did not travel with the team because of an illness.
Also absent from start of the season was Calum Mallace. The midfielder missed the debut of LAFC in a 1-0 win against Seattle Sounders FC.
Couldn’t be more proud of my teammates. Hoping to get healthy soon and be a part of this amazing experience. #lafc
— Calum Mallace (@CMallace10) March 5, 2018
Jackson Yueill will still have to wait to play against his hometown team. The San Jose Earthquake midfielder stayed on the bench during a 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC. San Jose went up 2-0 in the first half and added a third before Minnesota scored twice in the final 10 minutes.
During the off season Saint Louis FC changed coaches and began a roster overhaul. Tyler David found himself without a team. Nothing came through in the U.S. and he is now heading to Scandinavia. The midfielder has a trial with FC Haka in Finland’s second division.
Wishing the absolute best for our buddy @T_David25 as his soccer journey takes him to Europe. Always a fan favorite on and off the field. Give us shout when you get back in town man, can’t wait to hear your stories. pic.twitter.com/o8Fo3SWXGm
— St.Louligans ☠️ (@StLouligans) February 27, 2018
Both Cat Parkhill and Kassey Kallman will not be participating in the upcoming NWSL season. Parkhill was not signed by Utah Royals FC (formerly FC Kansas City) and Kallman announced that she would not be returning this year.
With a conflicted heart, I’m announcing that I will not be returning to the NWSL for this upcoming season as of now. Stepping away from the game I love has been a tough decision, but I’m certain it’s the right decision for me at this time. I’m definitely not calling it a retirement. If situations align in the future I would love nothing more than stepping back on the field in the best league in the world. With that said, I am so excited that after more than 7 years of distance, @emillller and I will be living in the same place. #DenverHereICome #NowINeedAJob
Eric Miller and the Colorado Rapids had a bye week to start the season.
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