UPDATE: Odds & Ends: So much is going on! Edition
- Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. Captain Richie Foran (above) was arrested in downtown Inverness following a “team building” outing. When police arrived at the scene- at 3:30am- they found Foran hiding under a car outside of the Miami nightclub. No one seems to be quite sure “what” happened, but whatever it was Foran was involved enough- based on eyewitness testimony- to have spent the night in jail. Nothing about this should be shocking- the 33 year old Foran was suspended from Ireland’s U21 squad for boozing/breaking curfew, he was convicted of assault in 2004 when, after being sent off while playing an away match for Carlisle United he got into a fight in the directors’ box of the home side (Lincoln City). A year later he was fined and had to pay court costs and compensation after he head-butted a man in the face. County fans will want to enjoy this and not to think about Rocco Quinn and his wheelie bin.
- Ross County are in the Netherlands as I type, playing FC Den Bosch for the second year in a row. It’s so hot there at the moment (94 degrees at kick-off) that at the midway point of the first half the match was stopped for a water break. No word on whose mom brought the orange slices. 0-0 as the second half commences.
- Here are just a few of the names being mentioned in connection with Ross County as the pre-season enters its second half- some of these are much more/less probable than others! Davide Petrucci (Manchester United), “a Greek striker”, Murray Davidson (free agent), Orhan Mustafi (Grasshopper Zurich)*, and Brian McLean (Dundee United) appears to still be a target.
- Here’s all I can say about the USMNT’s play thus far in the Gold Cup: this is the first time under Jurgen Klinsmann that I feel like the team is doing what it should- putting a hurting on the opposition on a routine basis even without some of its best players (Howard, Dempsey, Bradley, Altidore, etc.). Not only that, but Klinsmann is getting a good, long look at some of those players who could make a very strong bench in Brazil and maybe even sneak into the starting 11. In my opinion, Nick Rimando, Joe Corona, and Wondo have all done their prospects a world of good. Also, way to play yourself off the squad, Brek Shea.
*The club has confirmed that Mustafi is on trial for the week.
- So sad to see Tito Vilanova have to step down at Barcelona to fight cancer again. Best of luck to him and best of luck to his replacement Gerardo Martino. Martino has a HUGE task ahead of him, but he’s shown the ability in the past- with Newell’s Old Boys and Paraguay- to get teams to punch above their weight, so with the talent available to him at the Camp Nou he should have fighting chance of holding of Real Madrid and making hay in Europe.
- Here now, a list of New England Revolution players who have as many or more goals this season than DP “striker” Jerry Bengston: Jose Goncalves, Juan Toja, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Chad Barrett, Diego Fagundez, Dimitry Imbongo, Juan Agudelo, Saer Sene, and Ryan Guy. To be fair, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and coach Jay Heaps each only have one goal less than Bengston. Jerry, why don’t you go ahead and take a seat on that bus over there with Milton Caraglio, Jose Moreno, and Edgaras Jankauskas.
- I loved Ally McCoist as a Scotland international. I loved Ally McCoist as the lead in the amazingly bad movie A Shot at Glory. This is Ally McCoist when he took over as Rangers’ manager two years ago at age 48, this is McCoist two weeks ago at age 50. The Old Firm is like a cancer, folks, a cancer.