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Wrap up of performances by overseas based kiwi players - NZF

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Below is a wrap of performances by the overseas-based New Zealand players and coaching professionals in recent days.

Kyle Adams (Rio Grande Valley, USA): Assumed his usual position at the heart of the defence as Rio Grande Valley wrapped up their season with a 1-1 draw at home to San Antonio in a south Texas derby. Adams enjoyed a strong personal season, starting in over two thirds of the Toros’ games, but his side struggled to make a significant mark on the United Soccer League (USL) and finished 13th on the Western Conference standings.

Kosta Barbarouses/Jai Ingham/Storm Roux (Melbourne Victory, AUS): Have been preparing for the big A-League kick-off, which for the Victory is a local derby against Melbourne City on Saturday night. "We’ve worked so hard now for a number of weeks and this is the week we’ve been building up to," Barbarouses says. "So it’s time to fine tune a few things, the boys are fit and ready to go. What better way to start the season than a derby so everyone is really looking forward to it."

CJ Bott/Hannah Wilkinson (Vittsjo GIK, SWE): Wilkinson has suffered a crushing disappointment after tearing the ACL in her right knee - the second such injury of her career. She now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines and will certainly miss the Football Ferns’ OFC Women’s Nations Cup campaign next month in New Caledonia. Bott played 90 minutes but couldn’t prevent a 2-0 loss away to Djurgarden, meaning Vittsjo are now staying out of the relegation zone by the slimmest of margins on goal difference.

Michael Boxall (Minnesota United, USA): Started at the heart of the Minnesota defence as a Colorado Rapids side featuring fellow All Whites Tommy Smith and Deklan Wynne came to town. Boxall and his team mates would have been fully expecting to pocket three points as the Rapids were on a lengthy losing streak but shocked Minnesota by dishing out a 2-0 defeat to the Loons.

Myer Bevan/Cory Brown (Fresno, USA): Brown was named on the bench but Bevan started up front as Fresno closed out their USL season at home in front of over 6,200 fans. Bevan had a shot blocked early on and came off with 20 minutes remaining as the Foxes fell 1-0 to Real Monarchs. Bevan did not manage to score in his seven outings for Fresno while Brown had 14 appearances across the season.

Elliot Collier (Indy Eleven, USA): Came off the bench shortly after half-time in a 1-0 loss to Louisville City that wrapped up Indy Eleven’s regular season in the USL. Collier and co have earned an immediate opportunity to exact some revenge on Louisville though as they will face the same opponents on Saturday in the first round of the play-offs.

Max Crocombe (Salford City, ENG): Was an unused substitute as Salford scored with one of the last kicks of the game to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw against Braintree Town. The dramatic result extended the Ammies’ unbeaten run to 13 league games and meant they held on to the National League’s top spot. Crocombe is currently being kept out of the team by Chris Neal and will aim to make the most of any opportunities that may arise in the coming weeks.

Simon Elliott (Sacramento Republic, USA): The former All White has taken Sacramento to the USL play-offs, in which they will host Swope Park Rangers in the first round on Saturday. Republic clinched second place in the Western Conference after defeating Las Vegas Lights 1-0 and will be confident in facing seventh-placed Swope Park after already beating them twice this season, 3-1 on both occasions.

Jake Gleeson/Bill Tuiloma (Portland Timbers, USA): Gleeson successfully underwent surgery in mid-August to repair bilateral tibial stress fractures and is expected to be out for a couple of months. The news on Tuiloma is brighter though with the versatile All White playing for nearly 70 minutes - his first start for the first team since June - in a 4-1 win over Real Salt Lake. Tuiloma started the move that brought the opening goal and also forced a diving save with a header in the second half. With two games to play, Portland are now on the brink of the Major League Soccer (MLS) play-offs.

Cameron Knowles (Portland Timbers 2, USA): Has guided Portland’s second string to a place in the USL play-offs, where they will come up against James Musa’s Phoenix Rising on Friday. Coach Knowles has already resided over the most successful campaign ever for Timbers 2, who finished the regular season with a club record tally of wins and points, earning them a first-ever play-off berth.

Clayton Lewis (Scunthorpe United, ENG): Was finally given a chance at first-team level by Scunthorpe boss Stuart McCall in a Checkatrade Trophy game against Lincoln City and played for 74 minutes as the Iron lost on penalties after a 1-1 draw. He was then named as an unused substitute in a 2-0 loss to Peterborough United in League One but could be in line for another opportunity this weekend as the Scunthorpe midfield has been hit hard by injuries.

Stefan Marinovic (Vancouver Whitecaps, CAN): Celebrated his 27th birthday earlier this month and marked the milestone by putting in a big performance as the Whitecaps boosted their MLS play-off hopes with a vital 2-1 win over Toronto. The win puts Vancouver within three points of Real Salt Lake for the sixth and final play-off position, and two behind seventh-placed LA Galaxy with a game in hand on both clubs. Marinovic made five saves to deny Toronto, including a pair from close range.

Meikayla Moore/Emma Rolston (MSV Duisburg, GER): Moore has quickly become a key member of the Duisburg defence and again lined up in her customary role of centre back away to Freiburg. The Football Fern helped keep a clean sheet in the 2-0 win as Duisburg claimed their second victory in a row and climbed to seventh in the Frauen Bundesliga. Rolston has found game time hard to come by since arriving in May and was not involved in the match.

James Musa (Phoenix Rising, USA): Was not involved in the Rising’s final pair of regular season USL matches due to injury but now has the club’s first ever play-off outing to look forward to. It will come against a fellow Kiwi as the Phoenix will face Portland Timbers 2, coached by former New Zealand youth international Cameron Knowles. Musa has already played a big part as the Rising broke several club records throughout the campaign, helping secure 19 wins from their 34 matches so far.

Erin Nayler (Girondins de Bordeaux, FRA): Has begun the season in outstanding form, keeping three clean sheets as Bordeaux have put together a five-match unbeaten run. Her latest shut-out came in a scoreless stalemate at home to Guingamp, which kept Bordeaux in third place with a game in hand. She will now face her previous club, defending champions Olympique Lyonnais, as Bordeaux look to make up ground on the leading pair.

Ria Percival (West Ham United, ENG): Was in the starting line-up on a humbling afternoon for the Hammers, in which they were outclassed 7-1 by a Manchester City outfit in scintillating form at the space-age Etihad Academy Stadium. Having beaten Yeovil Town in the previous match, West Ham couldn’t make it back-to-back victories and are now eighth in the 11-strong FA Women’s Super League.

Matt Ridenton (Newcastle Jets, AUS): Will face his former team mates in the opening round of the A-League with the Jets set to take on the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday evening at Westpac Stadium. The 22-year-old spent five seasons at the Phoenix but could ironically make his Newcastle debut against his former employers after joining Ernie Merrick across the ditch.

Ali Riley (Chelsea, ENG): It’s been a long time coming due to injury but the Football Ferns captain has finally made her first appearance in a Chelsea shirt. It didn’t come in happy circumstances though, Riley coming on after an hour with her side already four goals down to a rampant Arsenal and unable to inspire a comeback in the 5-0 loss. She will hope to get some more minutes under her belt on Thursday morning (NZT) when Chelsea look to bounce back at home to Fiorentina in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Tommy Smith/Deklan Wynne (Colorado Rapids, USA): Smith was again granted a starting spot as the Rapids finally snapped an eight-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Michael Boxall’s Minnesota while Wynne entered the fray as a half-time substitute. A bit of the gloss was taken off the long-awaited win for Smith though as he was sent off deep into stoppage time after an altercation with the Minnesota bench.

Rebekah Stott (Melbourne City, AUS): Will again feature in the professional game down under after confirmation of her re-signing with Melbourne City, with whom she won the W-League title last season. Stott returns to Australia following a stint in the United States with Sky Blue FC and will kick off a new campaign with Melbourne on October 28 at Canberra United.

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