Our alums went five-for-five in helping their squads earn victories this past weekend! Read all about their triumphs below.
KHIRY SHELTON – SPORTING KANSAS CITY (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Shelton and Sporting Kansas City locked up first place in the Western Conference this Decision Day with a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in a blistering Utah blizzard. Playing a full 90 minutes, Shelton deflected a pinball into the back of the net at the very end of the first half to make it 1-0. He added four successful aerial duels and five hard-fought ground duels to his 27 accurate passes, something that shouldn’t be taken lightly in the heavy snow. You can watch his post-game interview here.
Kansas City will host the eighth-seeded San Jose Earthquakes in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, November 22nd at 1pm PST on Fox Sports 1.
HASSANI DOTSON – MINNESOTA UNITED FC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
While Dotson was expected by many—including Minnesota United FC manager Adrian Heath—to miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury, he appeared for the final 15 minutes of MNUFC’s 3-0 trouncing of FC Dallas after having been absent for the team's previous three matches. Dotson completed seven passes on only 17 touches and Minnesota scored just four minutes after his arrival to put the match to bed.
The Loons, who finished fourth in the West, will now host the fifth-seeded Colorado Rapids on Sunday, November 22ndat 4:30pm PST on ESPN.
XIMO MIRALLES – CD NUMANCIA (SPANISH SEGUNDA B DIVISION)
CD Numancia bounced back from their first loss of the season on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over CD Lealtad. Miralles earned his second shutout on the young season, making a handful of saves in the second half to preserve the lead, including one phenomenal stop on a 1-on-1 from point-blank range. His performance led to his selection in the Team of the Week in Spain's Second Division, Group 1.
In his post-game press conference, Numancia manager Manix Mandiola highlighted that, “When the team really needs someone that transmits confidence, he’s there. He’s playing very well.” Numancia how have 7 points from four matches and are tied in first place in their division with three other teams.
Up Next: Saturday 11/21 at Real Oviedo B
WILL SEYMORE – SLIGO ROVERS (LEAGUE OF IRELAND PREMIER DIVISION)
Sligo Rovers wrapped up their 2020 League of Ireland campaign with a 2-0 victory on the road to Dundalk. Seymore started on the bench but was inserted in the 79th minute with his side holding onto a 1-0 lead. The central midfielder helped see out the win and add another in stoppage time. The win moved the Bit O’Red up into a fourth-place finish, the first time they’ve ended the season in the top half of the table since 2016. It’s a worthy accomplishment after sitting bottom of the table at the restart.
Sligo remain alive in the FAI Cup and will take on Derry City in the quarterfinals the week after next, and still have a shot at qualifying for the Europa League, depending on Cup results.
Next Up: Friday 11/20 vs Derry City (FAI Cup)
JOEL RYDSTRAND – CD SAN ROQUE DE LEPE (SPANISH TERCERA DIVISION)
Rydstrand maintained his stronghold on the starting holding midfield role as he played the full match to help lead CD San Roque de Lepe to a 2-1 victory over La Palma CF in the Huelva derby on Sunday. The win moves San Roque into a tie with two other clubs for 3rd place in Group 10-B of Spain’s Tercera División.
Next Up: Sunday 11/15 vs Córdoba CF B