Stateside Scots Roundup: Maloney’s Stint Ends as Men’s College Season Begins

Written by Ian Thomson

Shaun Maloney’s 8-month stint in Major League Soccer ended last week when he joined English Championship side Hull City from the Chicago Fire franchise. The Aberdeen-raised attacking midfielder scored three goals in 14 MLS games for the struggling Fire.

Maloney cited his prominent role with Scotland’s national team during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as a reason behind his move.

“Physically it’s far better for me that I’m back in the United Kingdom,” Maloney told the Scottish media.

Other news from Stateside Scots this week:

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Major League Soccer

Maloney’s former Wigan Athletic boss Owen Coyle led his Houston Dynamo franchise to a much-needed 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday night. Houston sits three points outside of the Western Conference playoff spots with seven games of the regular season remaining.

Calum Mallace and his Montreal Impact franchise sits one point beneath the Eastern Conference’s playoff line after falling 2-1 at Toronto F.C. on Saturday. The loss rounded out a tough week for Montreal against its Canadian rivals. Vancouver defeated the Impact by 2-0 last Wednesday to seal a 4-2 aggregate triumph in the Canadian Championship Final.

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North American Soccer League

Adam Moffat’s New York Cosmos moved to within two points of the NASL’s Fall Season summit with a 3-2 win over the struggling Carolina RailHawks following a scoreless tie at the league-leading Ottawa Fury last midweek.

Ottawa conceded ground on Saturday night by letting a two-goal lead slip to tie 2-2 with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Former Bristol Rovers and Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stuart Campbell was in full charge of the Rowdies for the first time after being installed as interim head coach the previous week.

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United Soccer League

Paul Dalglish’s hopes of leading the Austin Aztex to the USL playoffs in the club’s first year were virtually extinguished on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to the Western Conference leading Oklahoma City Energy.

Arizona United’s slim hopes of reaching the postseason were kept alive with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy’s reserve team in Phoenix. Former Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Ross County fullback Scott Morrison was involved in the buildup to Arizona’s late winner.

Former Scotland U-21 midfielder Kevin Kerr stands the best chance of reaching the playoffs. Kerr’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds occupy the sixth and final qualifying spot in the Eastern Conference after a 1-0 win at Louisville City.

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National Women’s Soccer League

Mintlaw’s Kim Little helped to ensure that the Seattle Reign ended the NWSL’s regular season with an unbeaten home record. Little supplied the inswinging cross that allowed Welsh midfielder Jessica Fishlock to rescue a 1-1 tie against Sky Blue with four seconds of regulation time remaining.

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College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Bobby Clark’s No. 4-ranked Notre Dame started its season with two tough games at the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. Clark’s Fighting Irish were held to a scoreless tie by perennial power Maryland before edging Indiana 1-0 win the second period of overtime.

Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, also enjoyed back-to-back clean sheets to start off the new campaign. His No. 10-ranked University of Washington side defeated Gonzaga and the University of California, Davis in Seattle.

The No. 12-ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore County dispatched Central Arkansas by 5-0 on Sunday with Inverkeithing’s Michael Scott headed the opening goal. Scott’s Retrievers began the season last Friday with a 2-2 tie against Fairfield.

Former Rangers and Scotland youth team defender Jordan Wilson helped No. 14-ranked Kentucky to a 2-1 comeback win over Valparaiso last Friday that drew 2,137 home fans in Lexington.

Valparaiso was then beaten 1-0 in overtime three days later by a Cincinnati team containing Adam Wilson, Jordan’s younger brother. The first-year midfielder notched his first collegiate assist in the Bearcats’ 3-2 win over Northern Kentucky to start the season.

Former Morton striker Lewis Hawke grabbed his first goal of the year in Furman’s 1-1 tie with Seton Hall on Sunday. The Paladins began the season with a 2-1 overtime loss against North Carolina State last Friday.

Celtic youth product Ciaran McKenna made a couple of substitute appearances for Duke as the Blue Devils began the year with wins over Saint Mary’s College and DePaul.

Former Aberdeen, Blackburn Rovers and Scotland Schoolboys goalkeeper Lenny Wilson made four saves in his collegiate debut for Hartwick College against New Hampshire. Wilson could not prevent his team from falling to a 2-1 loss. Glaswegian defender Ross MacKinnon notched a late consolation for the Wick. Head coach John Scott’s team bounced back to win 1-0 on Monday night against a St. Bonaventure team including Paisley native Kieran Toland.

West Calder’s Simon Doherty was kept quiet as his Cal State Bakersfield team lost 4-0 at Denver in its season opener.

Falkirk native Declan Winters started for South Carolina Upstate in the Spartans’ 2-0 loss to the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan set up both goals in Kansas’ 2-1 win over North Texas on Sunday. The win lifted the Jayhawks to a 2-1-1 record (two wins, one loss, one tie) after sealing their first win over Southern Methodist University last Friday.

Claire Emslie’s Florida Atlantic won its third straight game against Sam Houston last Friday to put together its best start since 2003. The Owls’ run ended on Sunday with a 2-0 loss at No. 4-ranked Texas A&M.

First-year forward Emily McKerlie played the full 90 minutes as her East Tennessee State side beat Tennessee Tech by 1-0 in its home opener. The Bucs dropped to a 3-1 record on the year after Sunday’s 2-0 loss to North Carolina State.