Scottish national team forward Kim Little enjoyed a remarkable National Women’s Soccer League debut with the Seattle Reign last season by picking up the Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot trophies at the end of a year that yielded four Player of the Month awards.
Little’s exceptional form continued last weekend with the 25-year-old from Mintlaw netting her first NWSL hat trick in Seattle’s 3-0 win at the Houston Dash.
The former Hibernian and Arsenal Ladies star sealed her treble with a jinking solo effort inside Houston’s penalty box that bore a resemblance to Archie Gemmill’s famous goal for Scotland against the Netherlands in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
Aberdonian defender Rachel Corsie helped to preserve Seattle’s clean sheet at the other end while Little moved into second place in this year’s goal scoring chart.
Other news from Stateside Scots this week:
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Major League Soccer
Shaun Maloney’s first season in the United States appears to be reaching an abrupt end with the Chicago Fire’s designated player reportedly close to joining Hull City.
“It’s not official yet, but basically Shaun, for family reasons, has asked to have a chance to go back,” Fire head coach Frank Yallop told Chicago’s Daily Herald newspaper.
Chicago sits at the foot of the MLS Eastern Conference.
Owen Coyle, Maloney’s former head coach at Wigan Athletic, saw his Houston Dynamo side throw away a two-goal halftime lead to tie 2-2 at the Portland Timbers. The result leaves Houston in eighth place in the Western Conference with the top six reaching the playoffs.
Heavy defeats for Orlando City and New York City F.C. ensured that Montreal Impact kept its current playoff spot in the Eastern Conference despite a 1-0 home loss to the lowly Philadelphia Union. West Lothian’s Calum Mallace played 81 minutes for an Impact team that handed an MLS debut to Didier Drogba.
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North American Soccer League
Former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stuart Campbell was thrust into the Tampa Bay Rowdies’ head coaching job on an interim basis last Friday after club owner Bill Edwards relieved Dutchman Thomas Rongen of his duties.
The Rowdies fell to a 3-1 home loss against Minnesota United on Saturday night.
Glaswegian midfielder Adam Moffat snagged the clinching goal for the New York Cosmos in a 3-1 win at the Carolina RailHawks. The NASL’s Spring Season champions remain joint-second in the Fall Season standings with a trip to the leading Ottawa Fury coming up on Wednesday night.
Colin Miller’s F.C. Edmonton remains level with the Cosmos in the fall standings after losing 2-0 at home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
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United Soccer League
Paul Dalglish’s Austin Aztex kept alive its diminishing postseason hopes with a 1-0 win over the Orange County Blues. Austin sits nine points outside the Western Conference’s playoff zone with five games remaining.
Arizona United stayed one point ahead of the Aztex with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps reserve team in Phoenix. Former Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Ross County defender Scott Morrison played the full 90 minutes for the hosts.
Inverness-born defender Tom Parratt played 76 minutes as his struggling Wilmington Hammerheads side held Montreal Impact’s reserve team to a scoreless tie.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
The women’s college season began this past weekend with teams commencing the non-conference portion of their 2015 schedules.
Claire Emslie’s Florida Atlantic enjoyed a fast start with back-to-back wins against Sunshine State rivals. Former Scotland youth captain Emslie grabbed a goal and an assist in the Owls’ 4-1 win over Stetson last Friday.
North Ayrshire’s Kathryn Hill notched Old Dominion’s first goal of the season in a 4-2 loss at Virginia Commonwealth last Friday. The third-year midfielder then set up Old Dominion’s final goal in a 3-0 win over Canisius in its home opener on Sunday.
No. 23-ranked Kansas suffered a disappointing start to the season with a scoreless tie at Minnesota on Sunday following Friday’s 3-0 loss at Nebraska. Castle Douglas native Lois Heuchan appeared as a substitute during both games.
Hannah Scott’s Mississippi Valley State also suffered two opening weekend defeats against Oral Roberts and Southeastern Louisiana. The second-year defender from Bonnyrigg appeared as a substitute in both games.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
The men’s programs concluded their preseason preparations this past weekend.
Auchterarder’s Adam Wilson was on target for Cincinnati in the Bearcats’ 2-1 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. His elder brother Jordan Wilson endured a rough night as his Kentucky side fell 3-0 at Wake Forest.
Former Celtic youth midfielder Ciaran McKenna played for 55 minutes as a substitute as Duke tied 1-1 with No. 17-ranked Charlotte.
Nov. 20, 2014 — Mixed Fortunes As Men’s NCAA Tournament Begins