Last week Mukwelle Akale signed a two-year extension with Villarreal CF. Having finished his season with Villarreal CF C the midfielder has also been training with the first team. This looks promising for his future with the club, however, the 21-year-old first needs to earn a spot on Villarreal B.
Former Minnesota United FC player Ismaila Jome also put pen to paper this past week. Minnesota released Jome after last season. During the off season the winger-turned-defender trialed with New York Red Bulls 2, but did not come away with a contract. Recently, Jome returned to Minnesota to train with his former club before Nashville SC announced his signing. Jome will reunite with former teammates Justin Davis and Brandon Allen.
Head Coach Gary Smith describes the speedy winger as a "wide player, physically, athletically, and technically in a very good place." #OurTownOurClub
— Nashville SC (@NashvilleSC) May 22, 2018
Staying in the USL, Andrew Kendall-Moullin put in another 180 minutes this past week for Atlanta United 2. Typically a defensive midfielder for Atlanta, he shifted to the back line with mixed results. The midweek game ended as a 5-4 win over Toronto FC 2. While it was great for Atlanta to get its second win of the season, allowing four goals does seem to promise more. Kendall-Moullin did well to rack up a number of defensive actions..
In Atlanta’s second game of the week ended in a 2-1 loss to Louisville City FC. Once again Kendall-Moullin was active defensively.
Also pulling double duty was San Jose’s Jackson Yueill. The midfielder started for the Eathquakes in a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. While he didn’t connect with most of his attacking passes, he did set up one chance in the second half before making way in the 88th minute.
The second game did not go well for San Jose or Yueill. Still looking for a win against a team not Minnesota United, the Quakes fell to D.C. United 3-1. Yueill saw his night come to an end in 62nd minute after his role in the final two D.C. goals. The first came after the midfielder didn’t react quickly enough to a square pass. The second goal came after Yueill was stripped of the ball outside of his own penalty box. All of the blame should not be placed on Yueill, but his involvement could place him back on the bench.
Teal Bunbury started for the New England Revolution in a 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew SC. The forward managed two shots on target during his 90 minutes, but could not find the back of the net. Columbus kept most of his touches to the right flank and outside of the box
Cody Cropper did not dress for New England’s game against Columbus.
Calum Mallace dropped from LAFC’s bench for a 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers.
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