Former Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stuart Campbell was thrust into a tough position last month when Tampa Bay Rowdies owner Bill Edwards fired the team’s head coach Thomas Rongen after eight months on the job.
Campbell had joined the Rowdies’ coaching staff as a full-time assistant in 2014 after winding down his playing days with the Floridians following a career largely spent in England’s lower leagues with Grimsby Town and Bristol Rovers. Edwards appointed him as Rongen’s successor two weeks ago.
The New York Cosmos provided the opposition for Campbell’s first home game in charge of the Rowdies last Saturday. Added spice was given to the contest with Tampa Bay celebrating the 40th anniversary of the team’s inauguration against its biggest rival from those original NASL days of Pele and Rodney Marsh.
Campbell’s team gave the 5,630 fans at Al Lang Stadium plenty to cheer during a 2-0 win over the league leaders that kept Tampa in the hunt for one of the NASL’s four championship playoff places.
“New York came in on a great run of form and they’re a great team with great players,” Campbell told Rowdiessoccer.com after the game.
“We worked hard this week in training and the players have done everything the coaching staff has asked of them.”
Other news from Stateside Scots this week:
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Major League Soccer
West Lothian’s Calum Mallace played a part in helping Didier Drogba to a perfect hat trick – right foot, left foot, header – in the Ivorian’s first start for the Montreal Impact. Mallace provided the cross for Drogba’s third goal in a 4-3 win over the Chicago Fire that lifts Montreal into the Eastern Conference’s playoff spots.
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North American Soccer League
Former Hearts defender Colin Miller saw his F.C. Edmonton side lose ground in the Fall Season standings with a 1-1 home tie against Minnesota United.
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United Soccer League
Paul Dalglish’s Austin Aztex gave their fans something to cheer with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders reserve team in their final home game of the club’s inaugural USL season.
Former Aberdeen left-back Scott Morrison and his Arizona United side fell to a 3-2 home loss against Real Salt Lake’s reserve team that leaves them eight points out of the Western Conference playoff zone with three games remaining.
German-born midfielder Kevin Kerr notched his ninth league goal of the season for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in a 1-1 tie with the Charleston Battery that left the Hounds one point off the Eastern Conference’s playoff spots with three games left.
Former Hamilton Accies right-back Tom Parratt and his Wilmington Hammerheads teammates are virtually consigned to finishing with the lowest points tally in the USL after taking one point from back-to-back games against the Charlotte Independence last week.
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National Women’s Soccer League
Mintlaw’s Kim Little and Aberdeen’s Rachel Corsie helped the Seattle Reign to end the NWSL’s regular season with a 2-1 win at the Washington Spirit. The teams meet again in Seattle on Sunday when the No. 1 seeded Reign hosts a playoff semifinal. A repeat of last year’s championship game could be on the cards with defending champion F.C. Kansas City traveling to the Chicago Red Stars in the other semifinal.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Veteran college coach Bobby Clark led his No. 5-ranked Notre Dame side to the school’s invitational Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament crown with shutout wins over the University of South Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Bobby’s son Jamie Clark and his No.7-ranked University of Washington side emerged from a cross-country trip to Philadelphia with a scoreless tie and a 1-0 win over Pennsylvania and Drexel respectively. Mason Robertson featured as a substitute in both games for the Huskies.
Former Rangers and Scotland youth team defender Jordan Wilson helped his No. 17-ranked Kentucky side to beat Wright State by 2-1 last Friday. Wright State bounced back Monday night with a 3-0 win over a Cincinnati team featuring Jordan’s brother Adam Wilson.
Hartwick College’s strong contingent of Scots playing under head coach John Scott enjoyed a productive weekend at the 40th annual Mayor’s Cup in Oneonta, New York. Falkirk native Jamie O’Grady scored twice in a 2-2 tie against Bucknell with Glaswegian midfielder Marc Russell setting up both goals. Aberdonian goalkeeper Lenny Wilson earned a shutout as the Hawks finished the weekend with a scoreless tie against Saint Francis University. O’Grady was named as the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week with Wilson earning a share of the Defensive award.
Ex-Morton forward Lewis Hawke was on target as Furman grabbed its first victory of the year with a 2-1 win over Winthrop.
Inverkeithing’s Michael Scott notched an assist as his University of Maryland, Baltimore side recovered from losing an early goal to beat Oakland by 2-1.
West Calder’s Simon Doherty was involved in the buildup for Cal State Bakersfield’s goal in a 1-1 tie at Sacramento State that edged the Roadrunners to a 1-1-1 record this year.
Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown helped Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) to back-to-back wins over the weekend during a road trip to Edinburg, Texas. The Mastodons beat Houston Baptist by 2-1 before seeing off University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by 3-2.
Declan Winters enjoyed a relaxing Saturday evening in defense as the Falkirk native’s South Carolina Upstate side cruised to a 7-0 win over Presbyterian.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
Lois Heuchan and her Kansas side fell to back-to-back single goal overtime losses against Santa Clara and Oregon State to drop to a 2-3-1 record this year.
Former Scotland youth team captain Claire Emslie chalked up an assist in Florida Atlantic’s 4-1 win over Miami in Boca Raton.
Banchory’s Catherine Thomson helped Delta State to a 1-0 win over Montevallo in its first competitive game of the season.
First-year forward Emily McKerlie started twice as her East Tennessee State side clocked up a 4-2 win over Eastern Kentucky before being humbled 6-1 by Navy.
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