Two exports from the northeast of Scotland will compete for the National Women’s Soccer League title next month when the Seattle Reign faces F.C. Kansas City in a rematch of the 2014 championship decider.
Aberdeen-born pair Kim Little and Rachel Corsie helped regular season winners Seattle to a comfortable 3-0 win over the Washington Spirit on Sunday night in front of an announced crowd of 5,021 at its Memorial Stadium.
Little, the reigning NWSL Most Valuable Player, set up United States national team star Megan Rapinoe for the second Seattle goal with 15 minutes remaining.
The championship game takes place on Oct. 1 at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. F.C. Kansas City pulled off a 2-1 win in last year’s final after Seattle had lifted the regular season crown.
Other news from Stateside Scots this week:
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Major League Soccer
“Fragile,” “soft” and “disappointing” were some of the words used by Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle to describe his side’s 3-1 home loss to Western Conference stragglers Real Salt Lake. The defeat leaves Houston six points out of a playoff spot with six games remaining in the regular season.
Montreal Impact stayed in the Eastern Conference’s playoff zone with a scoreless tie at the Los Angeles Galaxy that saw West Lothian-born Calum Mallace squaring off against Steven Gerrard in the midfield.
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North American Soccer League
Glaswegian midfielder Adam Moffat hobbled out of the New York Cosmos’ 1-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada on 28 minutes to be replaced by former Spain midfielder Marcos Senna. Real Madrid legend Raul scored the winner late in the second half with a piece of individual brilliance.
Ex-Scotland Under-21 midfielder Stuart Campbell was handed his first defeat since his official appointment as head coach of the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Former St. Johnstone and Hearts defender Colin Miller steered his F.C. Edmonton side to a 1-0 win over the Rowdies on Sunday afternoon.
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United Soccer League
Scott Morrison’s Arizona United was eliminated from the USL’s playoff race with a 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake’s reserves.
German-born midfielder Kevin Kerr displayed some nifty footwork to create the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ equalizer in a 1-1 tie at the Wilmington Hammerheads that keep the Hounds in control of landing an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Pittsburgh needs four points from this week’s final two games to be assured of qualification.
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College Soccer – Men’s Division I
Bobby Clark’s No. 2-ranked Notre Dame extended its shutout streak to begin the season to a record 488 minutes with a 1-0 win over No. 9-ranked Clemson in the Fighting Irish’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Notre Dame improved to four wins and a tie (4-0-1 overall, 1-0-0 ACC) with the result.
Jamie Clark entered the weekend with his University of Washington sitting four places below his father’s Notre Dame in the NCAA rankings and also boasting an impressive shutout streak. Washington’s run improved to 470 minutes after Friday night’s 1-0 win over the University of British Columbia.
Former Livingston U-19 forward Michael Scott and his No. 11-ranked University of Maryland, Baltimore County side fell to a surprising 1-0 defeat at fellow Baltimore school Loyola despite outshooting the hosts 19-9 and winning all 12 corners during the game.
Jordan Wilson’s No. 15-ranked Kentucky endured a difficult week with a scoreless tie at Memphis following a 2-0 home loss to Louisville. His younger brother Adam Wilson also suffered defeat despite setting up Cincinnati’s goal in a 2-1 loss to crosstown rival Xavier.
Former Morton striker Lewis Hawke and his Furman side continued its stuttering start to the year with a 1-1 tie against the College of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Furman edged to one win, one loss and two ties (1-1-2) this season.
Ciaran McKenna turned down a 3-year pro contract with Celtic to join Duke University this summer. The midfielder from Uddingston grabbed his first collegiate goal with a dipping 35-yard strike in the Blue Devils’ 5-1 win over Loyola last week. McKenna followed that up by playing 82 minutes as Duke (4-0-1) began its Atlantic Coast Conference campaign by holding reigning national champion Virginia to a 2-2 tie.
Ex-Liverpool and Inverness Caledonian Thistle fullback John Scott steered his Hartwick College side to the Gonzaga Tournament title in the state of Washington with two overtime victories over Gonzaga and Houston Baptist University. Falkirk’s Jamie O’Grady notched the golden goal in a 2-1 win against the hosts after three minutes of the second added period. O’Grady repeated his overtime heroics with 11 seconds remaining against HBU when he tapped home a loose ball following Marc Berry’s cross. It was O’Grady’s second goal of the game following his earlier penalty kick. Galashiels native Berry provided two assists. Hartwick’s 5-game unbeaten run lifts them to 3-1-2 on the year.
Glaswegian midfielder Spencer Brown started for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in its 6-0 thrashing of Asbury and subsequent 2-0 loss to Northern Kentucky.
Former Stirling Albion youth forward Simon Doherty was on target for Cal State Bakersfield in the Roadrunners’ 3-2 loss to No. 19-ranked Loyola Marymount. Doherty’s side finished the weekend with a scoreless tie against a Cal State Northridge team including Glaswegian midfielder Bradley Mulvey.
Falkirk’s Declan Winters helped South Carolina Upstate to a 2-1 win over Wofford.
Saint Peter’s University fell to a 3-2 loss at Binghamton before tying St. Francis Brooklyn 1-1 with Dunfermline native Jamie Cleland keeping goal for the Peacocks.
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College Soccer – Women’s Division I
Former Celtic and Scotland youth team player Lois Heuchan started twice for Kansas as the Jayhawks fell 2-1 at Wyoming before going on to a 2-1 win at Colorado College.
Penicuik’s Claire Emslie, another former Scotland youth player, helped Florida Atlantic to extend its best start in program history on Friday night with the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Southeast Missouri. The Owls dropped to six wins, two losses on the season on Sunday after a 1-0 defeat at Brown.
Dumfries native Emily McKerlie was narrowly off target with a late free kick that could have rescued a tie for East Tennessee State against Marshall. The 2-1 loss dropped the Bucs to a 4-3 record on the season.
Bonnyrigg’s Hannah Scott and Banchory’s Catherine Thomson lined up on opposing substitutes’ benches last Friday as Scott’s Mississippi Valley State romped to a 6-0 win over Delta State. Mississippi State ended the weekend with a 5-2 loss at Central Arkansas. Thomson helped to shore up Delta State’s midfield in a scoreless tie against Louisiana State University at Alexandria.
Third-year defender Kathryn Hill experienced back-to-back games against two of the nation’s top women’s programs. Hill’s Old Dominion fell to consecutive 3-0 losses at Virginia rivals William & Mary (ranked No. 25) and top-ranked Virginia.
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