MN Migration: Kolander Scores a Brace and Features in the Champions League

by on 5 October 2017

In this week’s recap of Minnesotans playing professionally outside of the state: A tough midweek in MLS, the season comes to a close for Kallman and Parkhill, and Akale goes the distance.

After missing her team’s last game with a quad injury, Simone Kolander scored twice as a second half sub. The forward entered the game when Sparta Praha was ahead 3-0 over FK Dukla Praha. In the 50th minute, Kolander beat the keeper to a cross at the far post to make it 5-0.

In the 79th minute, she tapped in the final goal of the 10-0 win after the keeper missed getting a foot to a low cross.

Kolander also became the second Minnesotan to play Champions League soccer in a 5-0 win over PAOK. The former Gopher entered in the 69th minute, but couldn’t replicate her previous performance.

Things did not go as well for Tarah Hobbs and Josee Stiever in their 4-0 loss to AIK. Östersunds DFF allowed all four goals before the 32nd minute. As AIK sat back, ÖDFF pressed forward, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Mukwelle Akale earned his second start of the season for Villarreal C. His time has been limited so far, but Akale went the full 90 in a 1-1 draw with Atlético Levante. The forward had a chancce to score in the 50th minute, but pushed his shot wide with just the keeper to beat.

The NWSL season wrapped up for Kassey Kallman and the Washington Spirit with a final loss. The Spirit held a 2-0 lead until Seattle Reign FC scored three in the final 19 minutes. Kallman went the full 90 at left back.

Cat Parkhill finished her second season without seeing any minutes for FC Kansas City. Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dash in its season finale.

For the third straight away game, an early ejection led to another heavy loss for the New England Revolution. The Revs suffered a 6-1 loss to Orlando City SC after going down to 10 players in the 11th minute. Cody Cropper came away with five saves including a stop on Kaká, but his tired defense could not hold. He also made a tackle outside of his box to stop a breakaway opportunity.

Teal Bunbury also went the full 90 in the loss. The forward spent most of his night defending and came away with five interceptions and four recoveries. He did manage one chance on goal early in the game, but his header hit off the far post.

In the Rev’s second game of the week, Bunbury came on in the 66th minute in a 0-0 draw with Atlanta United. Once again, his play nearly led to a scoring opportunity, this time as a provider. Bunbury sent a low cross to Juan Agudelo right in front of goal, but a last second challenge by a defender blocked his shot. Cody Cropper was on the bench for the game.

Eric Miller had a rough outing in a 2-0 loss to FC Dallas. The Colorado Rapids defender went the full 90 at right back, but ended up involved in both of the goals. The first came after Miller let a ball roll through the box past him only to see it slammed into the net. The second goal came after some pretty poor defending on the opposite side, but Miller was beaten to the resulting cross. Miller stayed on the bench for the Rapids’ 2-1 win against the Montreal Impact over the weekend.

For the fourth time in six games, the San Jose Earthquakes allowed four goals, losing 4-1 to the Chicago Fire. Jackson Yueill started in the center of the midfield, but did not perform well until the second half. The rookie completed 18 passes in the first 45 minutes, but jumped up to 49 in the second. Yueill also came away with five recoveries and two tackles, all came in the second half. The Quakes defeated the Portland Timbers 2-1 during the weekend. Yueill did not see any time.

Tyler David had a quiet shift for Saint Louis FC in a 2-0 loss to the Harrisburg City Islanders. David entered the game in the 66th minute, but only attempted seven passes and did not register a defensive play.

Calum Mallace remains unavailable for Seattle due to an injury. The Sounders lost 3-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC and 2-0 to the Philadelphia Union.

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