Odds & Ends: Super Size Me Edition
- The New England Revolution defeated defending MLS champions L.A. Galaxy yesterday, 5-0. With Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez off on international duty I won’t make too much of this win, but there are a few things worth noting, the first of which being that even without Keane and Gonzalez the Galaxy are better than most teams in MLS! The Revolution goals came from five different players including Diego Fagundez (his 4th in the last 4 matches), Saer Sene (who appears to be regaining his form and fitness by leaps and bounds), and Kelyn Rowe, who as a second half substitute had a goal and two assists. Full credit should also be given to Bobby Shuttleworth for keeping another clean sheet. The Revolution are now just out of the playoff picture.
- The USMNT defeated Germany, 4-3, in a match that tells you pretty much everything you need to know about the USMNT. When they are firing on all cylinders they are a force to behold and can hang a bunch of goals on anyone at any time. And when they switch off, they are a mess. That’s the difference right there between being one of the dominant teams in CONCACAF and becoming one of the dominant teams in the world, the mental toughness to always play “your” game and to always finish off your opponent when you get the chance.
- Also, Clint Dempsey is a man- a MAN.
- The USWNT defeated Canada in what can only be described as a contentious match, with Canada trying to “get revenge” for last year’s Olympic semi-final loss. The talking point of the match came in injury time when, with the match already decided, Sydney Leroux- who played in Canada’s youth set up before switching permanently to the USMNT in 2011- scored the American’s third goal and, as players are wont to do, raised the crest on her shirt to her lips for a kiss, bringing boos from Canada’s supporters, whom she then “shushed.” Probably not the classiest move ever, but really, Canada, put your big girl pants on. It’s international soccer and things like this happen.
- Jose Mourinho has officially rejoined Chelsea. I like Mourninho and I don’t like Chelsea, but that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that the Premier League will once again be just that little bit more entertaining with him back in it.
- Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal have an interest in signing Wayne Rooney. Oh, Arsene. I’m not saying it would be a bad signing, but a) Rooney’s old coach David Moyes will probably talk him into staying, and b) even if you signed Wayne Rooney Robin van Persie isn’t coming back.
- Airdrie United F.C., formed in the ashes of Airdrieonians in 2002, have made a successful petition to once again become Airdrieonians F.C.. I applaud this change from a cosmetic and historical standpoint, but it doesn’t change the fact that they were relegated from the First Division last season.
- Ross County defender Grant Munro took to Twitter today to announce that he and his wife will welcome their third child this November. Congratulations to the Big Mun and the Big Missus and their growing family!
- Ross County F.C. are thought to be one of the clubs in the hunt to sign 24 year old midfielder Scott Arfield. Arfield came up with Falkirk before moving on to Huddersfield Town where his play was good enough to make him a regular in the Scottish U21 set-up and to bring him to the fringes of the full national team. He’s a quality player who would be a good signing under any circumstances, but especially given the departure of Paul Lawson and the “limbo” states of midfielders Richard Brittain (is he going to St. Johnstone or staying with County?) and…
- Iain Vigurs, whose deal with Oldham Athletic F.C. appears to have fallen through. Various outlets are suggesting that the deal had even reached the point of Vigurs being photographed in an Oldham kit (presumably holding an Oldham scarf above his head as these things seem to require) before talks broke down. It appears that Vigurs did not want to commit to a three year deal, which makes sense given that he probably sees the Championship as his ultimate destination.
- As reported here some weeks ago, goalkeeper Paul Gallacher- who appeared in one match for County after signing in mid-season- has moved on to newly-promoted Partick Thistle. The former Scottish international has signed a one year deal as both a player and a goalkeeping coach. One expects that getting cover for the goalkeeping position has now been added to Ross County’s “to do” list for the summer. Here’s the current squad list, also reflecting the fact that Martin Scott’s loan from Hibernian is over and that I’ve heard not a peep about him signing on a permanent basis with County and Iain Vigur’s saga:
- Michael Fraser (GK)
- Mark Brown (GK)
Paul Gallacher (GK)
- Branislav Micic (D)
- Grant Munro (D)
- Scott Boyd (D)
- Andre Hainault (D): Out of contract.
- Evangelos Oikonomu (D): Out of contract.
- Mihael Kovacevic (D)
Archie MacPhee (D)
- Stuart Kettlewell (M)
Paul Lawson (M)
- Richard Brittain (M): Has signed a pre-contract with St. Johnstone, trying to get out of it.
- Iain Vigurs (M): Out of contract with Ross County, but no longer going to Oldham Athletic.
- Rocco Quinn (M)
Martin Scott (M)
- Ivan Sproule (M)
- Alex Cooper (M)
- Steven Ross (M)
- Melvin de Leeuw (M)
- Mark Fotheringham (M): Contract expiring.
- Tony Dingwall (M)
- Steffen Wohlfarth (F): Probably leaving- girlfriend still in Switzerland.
Sam Morrow (F)
- Gary Glenn (F)
*that’s clearly a bespoke suit that the Special One is wearing- just look at the hand stitching around the collar and lapels!