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MN Migration: Miller Returns Home

by on 3 May 2018

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: Even opponents want Bunbury to score and Kendall-Moullin goes the distance in a pair of defeats.

Last Wednesday Eric Miller returned to full training with the Colorado Rapids. Despite this sign of progress he did not dress for the Rapids’ 2-1 loss to Orlando City SC. Then yesterday Colorado announced that Miller would be leaving as part of a trade with Minnesota United FC for Sam Nicholson. It was unlikely that the defender would break into the starting eleven at Colorado and Minnesota needs defenders. However, the move means this is Miller’s last appearance in this already sparse feature.

Moving on to our headline maker, Teal Bunbury scored his fourth goal of the season. He has now equaled his second highest production for the New England Revolution. Bunbury’s goal proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 defeat of Sporting Kansas City. The goal was not the prettiest, but it is one to remember.

Missing from the 18 against Kansas City, Cody Cropper still needs to prove himself to coach Brad Friedel. The keeper has not made the bench yet this season and, after the closure of the transfer window, will be sticking it out for the time being.

Jackson Yueill returned to the starting eleven for the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2-1 loss to Columbus Crew SC. The midfielder played the full game and could have earned a second assist on the Quakes lone goal. Yueill did well to switch the point of attack, but only managed one key pass.

Atlanta United 2 suffered two shutout defeats last week. The first was a 3-0 loss to the Charleston Battery. Andrew Kendall-Moullin had a busy 90 minutes in midfield and finished with three interceptions, two tackles, and one clearance. He also completed 94% of his 92 passes.

The scoreline was not as bad on the weekend, but the game was worse for Kendall-Moullin. In the 26th minute the midfielder lost the ball in his own box. Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC quickly converted the only goal needed to get three points. Kendall-Moullin’s passing dropped slightly to 81 percent, but he did make three clearances and two tackles.

Playing for pride Villarreal CF C came back from a goal down to defeat Buñol 2-1. Both of Villarreal’s goals came in the final 14 minutes. Mukwelle Akale came off the bench in the 63rd minute to help spark his team back to life.

Callum Mallace was present for LAFC’s home opener, but did not participate in the 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC.


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