Stateside Scots | Moffat and New York Cosmos Set NASL Record

Written by Ian Thomson

Glaswegian midfielder Adam Moffat added another honor to his resume last week when his New York Cosmos clinched the North American Soccer League’s Fall Season title along with the No. 1 seed in the league’s upcoming championship playoffs.

Moffat helped the Cosmos to another piece of history on Saturday night. New York’s 4-0 win over fast improving Miami F.C. extended its unbeaten run at home to a league record of 19 games stretching back to September last year.

Former Elgin City player Moffat won back-to-back regular-season titles with Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew franchise in 2008 and 2009, the first of which was followed with the Crew lifting the MLS Cup. Moffat added Eastern Conference titles in 2011 and 2012 with Houston Dynamo under its Glasgow-born former head coach Dominic Kinnear.

Moffat joined the Cosmos ahead of the 2015 season that ended with the storied club winning its second Soccer Bowl championship since returning to competitive play in 2013 after a 28-year absence.

The Cosmos will host either Rayo OKC or MLS-bound Minnesota United in the NASL semifinal on Nov. 5.

Other Scots in action this past week included:


Major League Soccer

West Lothian-born midfielder Calum Mallace played the full 90 minutes as his Montreal Impact franchise ended the MLS regular season with a 3-0 loss at New England Revolution.

The result sealed a fifth-placed finish for Montreal in the Eastern Conference and a trip to No. 4 seed D.C. United this Thursday night in the first round of the league’s playoffs.


North American Soccer League

Indy Eleven look favorites to clinch the No. 2 seed in the NASL playoffs after a couple of impressive victories over the past week. Former Hamilton Accies and Clyde midfielder Nicki Paterson scored at late winner in Indy’s 3-2 win at the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Wednesday after Joe Cole had netted twice to haul the hosts level.

See Paterson’s winner at 5:23 on the highlights video below:

Paterson came on as a substitute Saturday night as Indy thrashed Puerto Rico 3-0 to maintain a two-point lead over F.C. Edmonton going into the final weekend of the regular season.

Edmonton, coached by former Hearts and St. Johnstone defender Colin Miller, overcome Jacksonville Armada 1-0 on Sunday via an injury-time penalty kick.


College Soccer – Men’s Division I

Former Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Bobby Clark saw his No. 4 ranked Notre Dame fall to a couple of 2-1 defeats in golden goal overtime against Northwestern and Duke as the perennial national championship challengers stumbled to a 10-4-1 win-loss-tie record overall (3-3-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference).

Better news from the Clark family came from Seattle where Jamie Clark, Bobby’s son, steered his No. 17 ranked University of Washington to a 3-1 win over state rival Gonzaga.

Former Rangers and Scotland youth defender Jordan Wilson helped his No. 18 ranked Kentucky side to a clean sheet in last week’s 1-0 overtime win against Bowling Green. Kentucky improved to 9-3-2 overall this year with the result.

Adam Wilson, Jordan’s younger brother, was on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline as his Cincinnati team (8-5-1, 3-2-0 in American Athletic Conference) was beaten by Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Former Morton forward Lewis Hawke scored twice from the penalty spot to give Furman a 2-0 lead against the University of North Carolina at Greensboro last Tuesday night before the visitors struck three late goals to pinch an unlikely win. Saturday’s scoreless tie at East Tennessee State moved Furman to a 6-6-3 record this year (2-4-2 in the Southern Conference).

Aberdonian defender Ben Davidson made a couple of substitute appearances as his South Carolina team (9-4-1, 4-0-1 in Conference USA) fell to a 1-0 loss against highly ranked Wake Forest before winning 3-2 at Old Dominion.

Davidson’s fellow Aberdonian Stuart Close set up the only goal in Cal State Northridge’s win at UC Riverside last Wednesday night. The Matadors advanced to a 7-6-3 overall record on the season (4-2-2 in the Big West Conference) with an impressive 3-1 win over UC Irvine on Saturday.

Saint Louis extended its winning start to the Atlantic 10 Conference season to six games with victories over Davidson and St. Bonaventure. Former Ross County and Inverness Caledonian Thistle youth player Duncan Corbett anchored the Saint Louis midfield in both matches as the Billikens improved to 7-4-3 overall this year.

St. Bonaventure had entered the weekend meeting with Saint Louis on a high after Paisley’s Kieran Toland helped the Bonnies to a 1-0 win over Alastair Berry’s George Washington University last Wednesday.

Former Hibernian youth and Scotland schoolboys forward Max Todd was a constant threat to Valparaiso’s defense as Illinois-Chicago secured a 1-0 win to move to 6-6-3 on the year (4-2-1 in the Horizon League).

Glaswegian midfielder Johnny McBeth set up Aboyne’s Hamish Ritchie for Hartwick College’s consolation goal in a 2-1 loss at Georgia Southern on Saturday. Former Liverpool and Inverness Caledonian Thistle fullback John Scott saw his Hawks drop to a 7-3-3 record overall (1-1-1 in the Sun Belt Conference) as the defeat followed Hartwick’s 1-0 loss at Colgate University last Wednesday.

First-year head coach James Hamilton steered his Iona side to a 3-1 win at Niagara on Saturday to improve to a 3-4-0 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (4-11-0 overall).

Christian McKenna scored a rebound after his early penalty kick had been saved to put Northeastern on the way to a 3-1 win over Holy Cross last Wednesday. The senior forward from Milton of Campsie helped his side to a 6-9-0 record on the year on Saturday as the Huskies (3-4-0 in the Colonial Athletic Conference) downed the University of North Carolina at Wilmington by a single goal.

Senior goalkeeper Jamie Cleland could not prevent Saint Peter’s from falling to 3-11-2 on the year after consecutive losses against Canisius and Marist.


College Soccer – Women’s Division I

Former Celtic and Scotland youth forward Lois Heuchan started twice as Kansas improved to 9-4-4 overall (4-1-2 in the Big 12 Conference) with a 3-1 win at Baylor on Sunday following Friday night’s 2-2 tie at Oklahoma.

Dalry’s Kathryn Hill set up Old Dominion’s consolation goal in Sunday’s 2-1 loss at North Texas in Conference USA play. The former Rangers Ladies and Scotland Under-19 defender also started in Friday’s 2-0 defeat at Houston-based Rice University as the Lady Monarchs slid to 5-11-0 on the season (3-5-0 in C-USA).

Former Scotland youth forward Emily McKerlie notched an assist on Friday as East Tennessee State thrashed Wofford by 4-0. The Dumfries native set up her team’s decisive second goal in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Furman as ETSU improved to 11-5-2 overall (6-2-1 in the Southern Conference).

Former Hearts Ladies defender Hannah Scott helped Mississippi Valley State to a 6-2 mauling of Alabama A&M on Sunday to lift the Devilettes to 4-8-2 this year (4-3-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference).


College Soccer – Men’s Division II

Invernesian midfielder Liam Watt made a couple of starts as No. 20 ranked Franklin Pierce improved to 10-3-0 this year (8-3-0 in the Northeast 10 Conference) with consecutive 3-1 wins over Bentley and Saint Rose.

A penalty kick from Bannockburn native David Cross sent Drury (10-3-3 overall, 8-3-3 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) on its way to a 2-0 win over William Jewell College. Fellow Scots Stephen Al-Sayed and Ben Bruce were also included in Drury’s starting line-up.

Glaswegian midfielder Ryan Murphy set up the only goal in King University’s win over Erskine on Saturday.


College Soccer – Women’s Division II

Banchory’s Catherine Thomson continued her excellent form this season with the golden goal in Delta State’s 2-1 win over Shorter University last Friday. Thomson has six goals and three assists in 15 games for the Lady Statesmen.

Senior midfielder Kirsten Reilly had a hat trick of assists during West Alabama’s 4-0 win over Spring Hill College on Friday.

Amy Lynch had an assist in Seton Hill’s 2-1 win over Indiana University of Pennsylvania last Wednesday. The Griffins followed up that result with a 3-1 victory over Millersville University on Saturday to improve to 7-6-2 overall this season (6-6-2 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – Men’s

No. 8 ranked Campbellsville University thrashed Pikeville 10-0 with Paisley’s Ross Lindsay involved in one of the goals. The undefeated Tigers boast an 11-0-2 record on the year.

Pitlochry’s Tom Sibbald came off the bench to notch an assist for Midland in its 3-1 win over Doane University last Tuesday. The senior fullback repeated the feat on Saturday as Midland improved to 14-2-1 on the year (7-1-0 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference) with a 3-0 win over Dordt College.


National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) – Women’s

Amy Burrows and Lauren Leslie had a busy week with three games for the University of Houston—Victoria that all resulted in wins. Sophomore midfielder Leslie capped the week with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-1 win over McMurry University to lift her team to an 11-3-1 record this year (8-1-1 in the Red River Athletic Conference).