Odds & Ends: Everything is Happening at Once!! Edition
Important Soccer People
Major League Soccer announced today that NYC FC will be it’s 20th franchise (beginning play in 2015). The new club will be owned by the money behind Manchester City F.C. and the New York Yankees. Or, put another way, that’s me permanently alienated!
The previous announcement means that if the recently-retired David Beckham is going to purchase a team- which was part of his original contract and which he’s been speaking to MLS about recently- it is probably going to be an existing franchise. I have only two wishes on this topic: that he doesn’t buy the Revolution (although I hope somebody else does!) and that he renames the team “Golden Balls F.C.”
Ross County’s home attendance increased by 51% over last year. I have to say that while I was expecting a “bump” from the move into the Scottish Premier League, I wasn’t expecting it to be that big!
Ross County have already signed nine players to new contracts- Branislav Mcic, Grant Munro, Michael Fraser, Mihael Kovacevic, Stuart Kettlewell, Rocco Quinn, Alex Cooper, Gary Glen, and Steven Ross. Tune in later today for (I hope) a more detailed post about these signings.
No action will be taken against Heart of Midlothian this season as a result of one its parent companies going bankrupt. HOWEVER, should the other parent company follow suit over the close season Hearts will begin the 2013-2014 Scottish Premier League season with a 15 point deduction and that might be enough to see them relegated from the top flight for the first time since the 1982-1983 season.
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has named five uncapped players to his squad to face Croatia in June, they are Gordon Green of Brighton & Hove Albion who will receive his first cap at the age of 32(!), Stuart Armstrong of Dundee United, Ryan Jack of Aberdeen, Tony Watt of Celtic, and Gary Mackay-Steven of Dundee United AND a product of the Ross County youth system!!