Most of Europe's leagues have finished up for the season, but the players that we're focused on play in summer leagues both here and abroad, so it's full steam ahead. And we start with a player that is really getting going lately:
Major League Soccer (MLS)
Justin MeramÂ has done it again. The Shelby Township native scored his second goal in two games for the Columbus Crew on Saturday, this time against the San Jose Earthquakes in California. After impressing in the second half the previous week against FC Dallas, Meram earned the start this time. He made coach Robert Warzycha's decision pay off. As the clock ticked past 45 minutes and approached halftime, Meram received the ball near the top corner of the box, and curled it up and into the far upper corner to give the Crew a 1-0 lead going into the break. (VIDEO below)
Unfortunately for Meram and the Crew, San Jose's Alan Gordon equalized in the 90th minute to earn a point for the Earthquakes. The match finished 1-1.
Head coach Warzycha admitted his decision worked out to play Meram recently. "You put in some guys because you want to score goals. Obviously he's getting in the right spots. The two goals that he scored, they were first-class goals. He is capable of doing that. I'm glad he's in the right spots and he's finishing well." Meram is not looking back at his lack of playing time, and now that he's found his groove, he wants to keep it up. "Now I'm here and I've scored a couple goals here, and I want to keep on scoring every game. That's my mentality. I want us to get wins day in and day out."
Jacob PetersonÂ (Portage) played the final 31 minutes on the left wing for Sporting Kansas City in their match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. His only shot was late in the match as he tried to create a magical moment for Sporting. In the 92nd minute, with the game tied 2-2, he received a cross and attempted a bicycle kick, but it went awry and away from the net. The match finished in a draw.
Colin RolfeÂ (Canton) played in the Houston Dynamo's reserve match Wednesday morning against the Colorado Rapids, coming in at the 81st minute, with the match tied at 1-1. Rolfe quickly made his mark, scoring for the Dynamo in the 88th minute to give his club the 2-1 lead. It did not hold, though, as the Rapids' trialist Kevin Garcia tied the match in stoppage time.
North American Soccer League (NASL)
Kate HowarthÂ (Grand Blanc) earned her second and third starts for the New England Mutiny this weekend as they played two games this weekend. First, on Saturday, they hosted the ASA Chesapeake Charge. In the 18th minute, she earned her first career assist as her throw-in to Jenny Maurer led to a goal blasted from 30 yards out. The Mutiny would go on to win 4-2. Then, on Sunday, the Mutiny traveled to play the Philadelphia Fever. Howarth would try again for that elusive first goal, but Fever goalkeeper Michele Dalton was up to the task, making a save on Howarth in the 17th minute. The game finished in a 2-2 draw.
Norway - Tippeligaen
Josh GattÂ (Plymouth) also got two games in this week for Molde, but came off the pitch before finishing the match each time. First, on last Wednesday, he played 78 minutes and earned a yellow card against Fredrikstad in a 2-0 win. Then, on Sunday, he played 86 minutes against Sandnes Ulf, scoring the first of two goals for Molde in the 26th minute, as his club once again came away with a 2-0 victory.
NOTE: After next week's edition of Michiganders in the Pros, the weekly updates will be a little bit lighter, as both Major League Soccer and Norway's Tippeligaen break for international play.