Former Lane United FC forwards Khiry Shelton (Sporting KC) and Kyle Coffee (Real Monarchs SLC) both got on the scoresheet this past week, while midfielder Hassani Dotson (Minnesota United FC) scored a Goal of the Week contender. Read more below!
KHIRY SHELTON – SPORTING KANSAS CITY (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Shelton played the full 90 minutes in Sporting Kansas City’s 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. Manager Peter Vermes trotted out a slightly different formation with Khiry lining up on the right wing of a 4-1-4-1.
The former Reds’ striker was back in his more familiar #9 role for SKC’s midweek match-up against FC Dallas and produced a gorgeous front-foot finish to earn his side a 1-1 draw. Prior to his early second-half equalizer, Shelton had a couple of good chances in the first half, shooting high from 15 yards and sending a contested header inches wide.
With the two points, Sporting Kansas City maintained their spot atop the Western Conference standings and will take on the Houston Dynamo this Saturday.
HASSANI DOTSON – MINNESOTA UNITED FC (MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER)
Dotson’s phenomenal left-footed strike from outside the area wasn’t enough to prevent Minnesota United FC from losing 3-1 to FC Dallas last Saturday. After falling behind 2-0 at the half, the former Reds midfielder, who was not in the starting lineup, was sent on and pulled one back for MNUFC but that was as close as they’d get. Dotson was once again named the Bell Bank Man of the Match by his club, the third time since play has restarted that he’s won the honor.
Dotson has made quite a name for himself for scoring stunning goals and you can see all of them compiled in one place here.
MNUFC wrapped up a tough week with a 3-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday evening. Dotson had four total shots but was unable to replicate his stunner from the weekend. They’ll look to get back into the win column on Saturday against Real Salt Lake.
KYLE COFFEE – REAL MONARCHS SLC (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
Kyle Coffee scored an 81st minute equalizer for Real Monarchs against El Paso Locomotive FC last Saturday, August 29th. Coffee’s goal was a beautiful left-footed strike from about 12 yards out. Unfortunately, the Monarchs gave up the winner five minutes later, but Coffee’s goal was a bright spot on an otherwise disappointing night for the Monarchs. Coffee had a goal called back for offside in the first half and also registered two shots on goal and created two chances.
Coffee and his teammates are back in action on Friday against the Tacoma Defiance.
JARET TOWNSEND – SPORTING KANSAS CITY II (USL CHAMPIONSHIP)
Jaret Townsend came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute of SKC II’s 2-1 win over FC Tulsa last Saturday. Townsend embodied the spirit of SKC II’s gritty victory; winning three of his four attempted ground duels, drawing two fouls, and sticking in a tackle to help preserve three points.
JOHN GALAS & AJ VALENZUELA – FC TUCSON (USL LEAGUE ONE)
Head coach John Galas and FC Tucson must have been feeling some serious déjà vu last Saturday as they lost 2-1 for the third time this season (their other loss was also by a single goal). Just like in their other losses, they enjoyed a majority of the possession but couldn’t turn their superiority on the ball into a victory. Valenzuela, for his part, missed the game due to undisclosed medical reasons.
They’ll do battle with former FC Tucson head coach Darren Sawatzky and the Richmond Kickers once again this Saturday.
XIMO MIRALLES – CD NUMANCIA (SPANISH SECOND DIVISION)
Goalkeeper Ximo Miralles, who played for AD Alcorcón and their B squad last season, has signed a two-year contract with CD Numancia of Spain’s Second Division. For our Spanish-speaking readers, you can see more details here. We wish Ximo the best of luck on his new professional adventure!
Goalkeeper Luis Barraza was not on the team sheet for either of NYCFC’s two matches last week, while fellow netminder Matt Bersano was the backup to Daniel Vega for the San Jose Earthquakes in their 5-1 loss to LAFC on Wednesday. Midfielder Will Seymore returned to the matchday roster for Sligo Rovers after recovering from his hamstring strain, but did not see the field in the 3-1 Bit o’ Red victory over University of College Dublin AFC in the FAI Cup Round of 16. Akeem Ward was forced to sit out of North Carolina FC’s match on Wednesday evening against Birmingham Legion FC due to a 2-match suspension. He will also miss his team’s upcoming game this weekend against the Charlotte Independence.