Glasgow-born Dominic Kinnear’s 9-year run as the head coach of the Houston Dynamo could be coming to an end, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle newspaper this week.
The Dynamo won consecutive Major League Soccer championships in 2006 and 2007, the team’s first two years in the league after relocating from San Jose, Calif. David Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy prevented Houston from adding further titles by beating the Texans in the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup Finals.
Kinnear’s parents migrated to Northern California when he was three years old. The Chronicle suggests that the San Jose Earthquakes have received permission to approach Kinnear about taking over the team next season.
Other news from Stateside Scots this week:
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Former Scotland defender Steven Caldwell deflected a shot into his own net as Toronto F.C. fell two goals behind the Portland Timbers at BMO Field before mounting a second-half comeback to snatch a 3-2 win.
Calum Mallace came closest to finding the net for Montreal Impact in a 2-0 loss at Columbus Crew, only for Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark to thwart the 24-year-old midfielder by clawing away his dipping volley.
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North American Soccer League
Former Rangers defender Greg Shields won the battle between two Scottish assistant coaches with Old Firm ties. Shields’ Carolina Railhawks eked out a 1-0 win at former Celtic full-back Paul Telfer’s Indy Eleven.
Colin Miller, another ex-Dunfermline defender, steered his F.C. Edmonton side to a 1-1 tie against the New York Cosmos that keeps the Eddies in joint third place with the Railhawks.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Over 3,000 fans in South Bend, Indiana watched Bobby Clark’s Notre Dame overcome North Carolina in an Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight clash between two of the country’s top ranked teams.
Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, led his University of Washington side to a 2-1 overtime win at Pacific Northwest rival Portland.
Former Celtic youth player Christian McKenna inspired Northeastern to a 3-2 overtime win at Stony Brook on Sunday with two goals to cancel out the hosts’ early two-goal advantage. The Huskies had blown a two-goal lead at Boston rival Harvard in midweek after McKenna set up the second goal in Harvard’s 3-2 win.
Simon Doherty’s equalizer for Cal State Bakersfield on Thursday could not prevent his side from falling to a 2-1 overtime defeat at Cal State Northridge. The West Calder native grabbed his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s 5-0 thumping of Sacramento State.
Ex-Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott saw his winless Hartwick College side drop to 0-6-3 on the season after consecutive defeats at Cornell and Bryant. Jamie O’Grady and Marc Russell, from Falkirk and Glasgow respectively, came close to scoring in the Hawks’ 1-0 loss at Cornell. Galashiels native Marc Berry notched his first collegiate goal in Hartwick’s 4-2 reverse at Bryant while Russell pitched in by setting up the other strike.
First-year midfielder Kieran Toland grabbed his first collegiate goal in St. Bonaventure’s 3-2 overtime loss against Canisius. The Paisley native couldn’t repeat his exploits in a 1-0 defeat by Bowling Green despite hitting the target with each of his three attempts.
Auchterarder native Jordan Wilson played the full 110 minutes, including two 10-minute overtime periods, as Kentucky opened its Conference USA season with a 0-0 tie at Florida Atlantic. The Wildcats set an attendance record in midweek when 3,368 fans watched Wilson and his colleagues match a strong Louisville team before losing 2-1.
Glaswegian midfielder Michael Tuohy played for 78 minutes of the University of Pittsburgh’s 4-1 loss at Louisville on Saturday. Tuohy missed the Panthers’ 1-1 tie with Niagara in midweek that featured a substitute appearance by former Hibernian youth forward Hamish Law.
Northern Illinois tied Milwaukee 2-2 in Wisconsin with Glaswegian forward Chris Paton helping the Huskies to recover from a late two-goal deficit.
Tain’s Alan Duff made a substitute appearance as his Binghamton side was edged 1-0 in midweek by No.18 ranked Syracuse. A 2-0 loss at Princeton on Saturday extended the Bearcats’ goalless sequence to five games.
Former Livingston youth forward Michael Scott started for UMBC in the Baltimore school’s defeats to William & Mary and George Mason.
Forfar native Michael Hutcheon made a couple of substitute appearances as Virginia-based Radford won 1-0 in overtime at Appalachian State and trounced Presbyterian by 6-1 in its Big South Conference opener.
Linlithgow’s Ross Morison received 44 minutes of playing time from the bench as Stetson began its Atlantic Sun Conference campaign with a 6-0 mauling of North Florida.
Sam Bell’s Western Michigan thumped the visiting Northern Kentucky by 4-0 in Kalamazoo.
Furman held James Madison to a 0-0 tie in Greenville, South Carolina with former Morton youth forward Lewis Hawke starting for the Paladins.
Fort Wayne, Indiana-based IPFW began its Summit League campaign with a 4-0 win over state rival IUPUI. Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown played the full 90 minutes for the Mastadons.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
A corner kick from Penicuik’s Claire Emslie led to Florida Atlantic’s goal in a 1-0 win over Conference USA favorite Charlotte in midweek. The Owls dropped to 1-1 in conference play after Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss against Old Dominion that included another goal created from an Emslie set piece.
Hannah Scott, a first-year defender from Bonnyrigg, could not prevent her Mississippi Valley State team from registering its eight straight loss this year – a 3-1 defeat by Howard in the Devilettes’ Southwestern Athletic Conference opener.
Banchory native Catherine Thomson featured in back-to-back losses for Cleveland, Mississippi-based Delta State that drops the Gulf South Conference school to 0-5 in its division.
Sept. 22, 2014 — Stateside Scots Round-Up: Caldwell Leads Toronto To Victory
Sept. 18, 2014 — Stateside Scots: Hamish Law, University Of Pittsburgh Forward