Toronto F.C.’s recent slide out of Major League Soccer’s playoff spots has coincided with a quad muscle injury sustained by veteran Scottish defender Steven Caldwell.
The Reds’ captain returned to action Sunday to lead his team to a 3-0 win over Chivas USA, ending a 6-game winless streak and keeping Toronto within three points of the Eastern Conference’s fifth and final playoff place.
Other Scots making an impression in North American soccer this weekend:
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Former Hearts winger Andrew Driver played 82 minutes of the Houston Dynamo’s 0-0 tie at Philadelphia Union that saw the Texans lose further ground in the race to the playoffs.
Glaswegian midfielder Adam Moffat was a late substitute for F.C. Dallas in its 2-1 defeat at the Los Angeles Galaxy.
West Lothian-born midfielder Calum Mallace played the full 90 minutes of the Montreal Impact’s 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. Results elsewhere made Montreal the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention.
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North American Soccer League
Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton leapfrogged the Tampa Bay Rowdies to climb into third place with a 1-0 win over the Floridians.
Struggling Ottawa Fury climbed off the foot of the NASL standings with a 3-0 win at the Atlanta Silverbacks. Former Hamilton Accies midfielder Nicki Paterson picked up a yellow card after entering the game on 76 minutes.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Bobby Clark, the reigning college Coach of the Year, saw his Notre Dame side surrender a one-goal lead and a man advantage to tie 1-1 at Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash between two of college soccer’s top programs.
Lenient refereeing spared Glaswegian midfielder Michael Tuohy a second booking in Pittsburgh’s 1-1 tie with North Carolina State in the ACC. North Berwick native Hamish Law saw 19 minutes of action as a Pitt substitute.
Mason Robertson, the son of former Aberdeen and Rangers full-back David, scored the only goal in Washington’s 1-0 win at Florida Gulf Coast last Thursday. Robertson was on target again Sunday as Jamie Clark’s side won 2-1 at South Florida.
Former Stirling Albion youth forward Chris Paton twice came close to giving Northern Illinois a shock lead over Marquette before falling 2-0.
Prestwick native Sam Bell helped Western Michigan to its fourth straight victory – a 2-1 win at Green Bay.
Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott saw his Hartwick College side fall behind twice against New York state rival Albany before battling to a 2-2 tie. Glaswegian defender Ross MacKinnon set up Hartwick’s second equalizer with fellow Scots Marc Russell, Jamie O’Grady and Marc Berry making a contribution.
Almost 2,000 fans watched the University of Maryland, Baltimore County hosting state rival Loyola. Inverkeithing native Michael Scott started for UMBC in the 1-1 tie.
Paisley’s Kieran Toland registered six of St. Bonaventure’s eight shots during his team’s 5-0 loss to Rider, a third straight defeat for the Bonnies.
Ross Morison, a forward from Linlithgow, started for Central Florida-based Stetson in the Hatters’ 3-2 loss at Philadelphia’s LaSalle.
Second-year defender Jordan Wilson, from Auchterarder, helped Kentucky to a clean sheet in a scoreless tie with a Furman side featuring Morton youth product Lewis Hawke in its attack.
West Calder’s Simon Doherty followed up his goal in Cal State Bakersfield’s 1-1 tie with Virginia Commonwealth last Thursday with an assist in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime win over Drexel.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
Scottish U-19 youth international Claire Emslie started for Florida Atlantic in its 2-1 overtime loss to CSU Bakersfield on Friday and in the Owls’ 1-0 win over Wofford on Sunday.
Bonnyrigg’s Hannah Scott was a substitute for Mississippi Valley State in its 3-1 loss to the University of Louisiana-Monroe, the Devilettes’ seventh straight reverse.
Banchory native Catherine Thomson was a substitute in Mississippi-based Delta State’s 2-0 loss to Gulf South Conference rival Valdosta State.
Sept. 18, 2014 — Stateside Scots: Hamish Law, University Of Pittsburgh Forward