Stateside Scots Round-Up: Roxburgh’s Red Bull Eyeing MLS Exit

Written by Ian Thomson

Former Scotland national team manager Andy Roxburgh could see his tenure as sporting director of Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls franchise coming to an abrupt end.

Red Bull GmbH, the Austrian energy drink maker that purchased and rebranded New York’s MLS outlet in 2006, could be looking to exit the North American soccer market according to a recent Sports Illustrated article.

Roxburgh was appointed to his current role in November 2012.

Other news from Stateside Scots this week:

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Steven Caldwell’s high-spending Toronto F.C. missed the chance to climb into the Eastern Conference’s five playoff spots by falling to a 3-0 defeat at the Los Angeles Galaxy.

A late substitute appearance from former Hearts winger Andrew Driver failed to turn around the Houston Dynamo’s 1-0 deficit at New York Red Bulls. The loss leaves Glasgow-born head coach Dominic Kinnear’s Dynamo seven points short of a playoff place with four regular season games remaining.

West Lothian-born midfielder Calum Mallace played 90 minutes for Montreal Impact in a 0-0 tie at the Chicago Fire.

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North American Soccer League

Ottawa Fury midfielder Nicki Paterson capped his side’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Silverbacks last Wednesday with the second goal. The former Hamilton Accies man also started in Saturday’s 1-1 tie at the San Antonio Scorpions.

F.C. Edmonton’s hopes of catching Minnesota United at the top of the fall season standings took a knock with a 1-1 tie at the Tampa Bay Rowdies that leaves Colin Miller’s side six points off the pace.

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College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s No. 1 ranked Notre Dame, the defending national champions, fell to a shock 1-0 home defeat to Boston College in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Clark described the result as a “tough pill to swallow” after the Fighting Irish outshot their opponents by 19-3.

University of Washington head coach Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, steered his Seattle-based team to top spot in the Pacific 12 Conference with home wins over California and Stanford. Mason Robertson notched his sixth goal of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Stanford to extend Washington’s winning streak to seven games.

Stirling Albion youth product Simon Doherty was named as the Western Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 22-28 after notching two goals and an assist. Doherty’s Cal State Bakersfield began conference play on Saturday with a 5-1 thumping of San Jose State watched by 2,014 fans.

North Berwick native Hamish Law scored his second collegiate goal to put the University of Pittsburgh on course for a 2-0 win at city rival Robert Morris. Neither Law nor Glaswegian midfielder Michael Tuohy could find the net on Saturday as the Panthers fell 3-0 to Virginia in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Former Liverpool and Inverness full-back John Scott led Hartwick College to its first point in the Sun Belt Conference with a 0-0 tie against Appalachian State. Scott fielded five Scots in his starting 11 – Glaswegians Ross MacKinnon and Marc Russell, Marc Berry from Galashiels, Inverness native Hayden Hollinger and Falkirk’s Jamie O’Grady.

Ex-Celtic youth player Christian McKenna set up the winning goal as Northeastern began its Colonial Athletic Association season with a 1-0 win at Charleston, South Carolina.

Former Livingston U-19 forward Michael Scott created the winner in UMBC’s 2-1 victory over UMass Lowell in the Baltimore-based school’s America East Conference opener.

Former Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson’s Kentucky side remains unbeaten in Conference USA play (0-0-2). The sophomore defender played all 110 minutes, including two overtime periods, as the Wildcats tied with Old Dominion.

Lewis Hawke came closest to breaking the deadlock during Furman’s 0-0 tie with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro last Tuesday when his header thumped against the crossbar. A 1-0 win over Virginia Military Institute on Saturday extended Furman’s unbeaten run to eight games.

Stirling Albion youth product Chris Paton started for Northern Illinois in the Huskies’ 2-0 loss at Dallas-based Southern Methodist University and a scoreless tie at nearby Loyola Chicago.

Paisley’s Kieran Toland endured a tough Atlantic 10 Conference debut as his St. Bonaventure side crashed to a 3-0 loss at No. 8 ranked St. Louis.

Linlithgow native Ross Morison made a substitute appearance in Stetson’s 1-0 overtime loss at Florida Gulf Coast in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown’s IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne) dropped to a 3-5-3 record this year after back-to-back single-goal losses against Bowling Green and Western Illinois.

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College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Penicuik native Claire Emslie led Florida Atlantic’s offensive output with three shots against state rival Florida International. The former Scotland youth captain was unable to break the deadlock as the Owls edged to 6-5-2 overall this year and 1-1-1 in Conference USA play.

Banchory native Catherine Thomson grabbed her first goal of the year during Delta State’s 6-0 thrashing of Talladega College.

First-year defender Hannah Scott from Bonnyrigg helped Mississippi Valley State to two Southwestern Athletic Conference points with ties against Jackson State and Southern University.


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Sept. 22, 2014 — Stateside Scots Round-Up: Caldwell Leads Toronto To Victory

Sept. 18, 2014 — Stateside Scots: Hamish Law, University Of Pittsburgh Forward