It's been a while since our last post, so read on below to catch up on all your favorite former Reds!
HASSANI DOTSON – MINNESOTA UNITED FC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Dotson played in all four matches for the USMNT U-23 squad in Olympic Qualifiers, scoring a brace in the second game against the Dominican Republic last week before the team bowed out to Honduras in the semifinals.
These were Dotson’s first four competitive caps for the National Team at any level, having only logged one U-23 friendly appearance in 2019. Dotson certainly didn’t disappoint, with two game-sealing goals in just 28 minutes and solid outings all-around. Head Coach Jason Kreis had great things to say about Dotson after the match.
Dotson now returns to join Minnesota United FC in preseason. The Loons will open MLS regular season play in Seattle on Friday, April 16th.
Next Up: MNUFC will travel West to face Seattle in newly-named Lumen Field on April 16th.
JOEL RYDSTRAND – CD SAN ROQUE DE LEPE (SPANISH TERCERCA DIVISIÓN)
Since our last blog post, Rydstrand and his CD San Roque de Lepe teammates have been on an absolute tear, winning seven games while drawing once and losing only once, as well. Their 2-1 victory over Pozoblanco last weekend clinched the Group X – Subgroup B championship with one match to play.
With the first phase of the season all but complete, the club from the province of Huelva in southwestern Spain will compete for promotion to Segunda RFEFin Phase Two. The Swedish midfielder has been a driving force to the team’s success, playing nearly every minute of the season save for the last match which he sat out due to accumulation of yellow cards.
Next Up: Sunday 4/4 at Gerena
WILL SEYMORE – FINN HARPS FC (LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION)
The central midfielder’s time at his new club got off to a phenomenal start as Harps won their first two matches of the season. In their opener, they blanked Bohemians 1-0. Seymore started on the bench but came on in the 84th minute to help see out the victory. He earned the start the following week and played the entire match helping his squad take down Dundalk by a score of 2-1. He had one chance just inside two minutes, but his rocket from 25 yards sailed over the crossbar.
With the two wins, Finn Harps FC sit second in the league table going into the weekend.
Next Up: Saturday 4/3 at Drogheda United
XIMO MIRALLES – CD NUMANCIA (SPANISH SEGUNDA B DIVISION)
Since we last checked in, CD Numancia have won three games against only two losses, with four draws mixed in. Miralles has played every minute of the season between the sticks for his club and earned a clean sheet last weekend, a 5-0 drubbing of Covadonga. He finishes the first stage of the season with a sparking 0.78 Goals Allowed Average.
Numancia’s final result allowed them to wrap up the first stage of the season in 4th place in their sub-group, which allows them to enter the six-match second stage with options of earning promotion to the newly created Primera División RFEF (comprised of 40 teams divided into two groups of 20).
Next Up: Saturday 4/3 at Compostela
JOSÉ TERRÓN – UC CARTES (SPANISH TERCERCA DIVISIÓN)
Terrón has been playing his trade in Spain’s Third Division this season with Cantabrian side Union Club Cartes. He’s made himself a mainstay at left back and helped his team to a fifth-place finish in their group. With Phase One complete and their presence at the same level for next season secured, they’ll battle for a spot in the promotion playoffs in Phase Two.
Next Up: Sunday 4/11 vs Textil Escudo
FRANCESCO TIOZZO – USD ADRIESE 1906 (ITALIAN SERIE D)
USD Adriese have racked up a record of 4 wins, 4 draws, and 5 losses over the past few months, as Tiozzo has helped them continue to climb out of the bottom spots to where they currently sit, in 11th place. With eleven matches left to go in the season, they’re only five points behind fifth-place, the final promotion playoff spot.
Next Up: Sunday 4/11 vs Chions
LUIS BARRAZA - NEW YORK CITY FC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Luis Barraza has been getting good minutes in goal during NYCFC’s preseason campaign, although he is still expected to be Sean Johnson’s backup once the regular season approaches. Barraza played the entire second half of NYCFC’s first preseason match against Chicago on March 13th, first half of a 3-2 win over Orlando on the 18th, and a full 90 and clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Columbus on the 24th. NYCFC were slated to face Nashville SC on the 27th, but that match was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Next Up: NYCFC will start their MLS season at DC United’s Audi Field on April 17th.
MATT BERSANO – SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
After being re-signed to a one-year contract last month, Matt Bersano and the San Jose Earthquakes have been practicing and scrimmaging each other in Santa Barbara. They have added two preseason matches, but there has been no coverage of any preseason matches thus far.
Next Up: San Jose will begin MLS play against the Houston Dynamo on April 16th.
JOHN GALAS – FC TUCSON (USL LEAGUE ONE)
FC Tucson manager John Galas was excited about the results from Wednesday’s preseason doubleheader against the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy II (the first a 2-1 loss, the second a 2-1 win). Check out his post-match comments here!
Next Up: Galas and FC Tucson will begin their regular season on the road against South Georgia Tormenta FC on Saturday, May 1st.
NICK MOON – INDY ELEVEN (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
Nick Moon and Indy Eleven have been gearing up for the regular season with a squad full of trialists and intrigue as Tyler Pasher, Indy’s leading scorer from last season, has departed and leaves a huge opportunity for another player to step in as the main goal-scorer. That very well could be Moon, who was tied for second in the team’s goals last year.
Moon has played in roughly half of Indy’s preseason minutes, and he tallied an assist against DePauw University in the 69th minute last Saturday.
Next Up: Indy Eleven open their USL Championship slate at Birmingham Legion FC on May 1st.
KHIRY SHELTON – SPORTING KANSAS CITY SC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Shelton opened the scoring for SKC in a 3-3 preseason draw against the Portland Timbers last week with a beautiful shot into the top corner. He has played in each of Kansas City’s first three preseason matches and will likely be in a starting role when the regular season rolls around.
Shelton also appeared on Sporting Kansas City’s The Early Bath podcast last week. Check it out here!
Next Up: SKC will open their MLS season against the New York Red Bulls on April 17th.
ÁLEX PANTOJA – CD GUADALAJARA (SPANISH TERCERA DIVISIÓN)
Pantoja, who was enjoying a productive season with CD Guadalajara, suffered a torn meniscus and partially torn ACL during a training session at the end of January. The good news is that the midfielder had a successful operation at the beginning of March and is on the path to recovery. You can stay tuned in to his progress by following him on Instagram, where he often posts rehab videos to his story.
ALBERT ESCUIN – CP VILLARROBLEDO (SPANISH TERCERA DIVISIÓN)
Goalkeeper Albert Escuin has been on the shelf since January due to a cervical sprain, which has been causing him dizziness. He is back training with the club and we hope to see him in action soon!
AMER SASIVAREVIC – OKC ENERGY FC (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
Sasivarevic has continued to rehab from the ACL surgery he had last year and recently had another minor operation to clean up some cartilage in the same knee. He’s doing well and hopes to get back on the pitch soon.