Ross County F.C. and second place Aberdeen F.C. played to a 1-1 draw in Dingwall yesterday. The general consensus seems to be that either County deserved all three points or that a draw was fair based on the whole of the match. Either way, the officiating was abysmal- resulting in a second Ross County goal not being given. Then again, Ross County were saved by the post/crossbar on several occasions, so I guess I’ll be happy with the point and move on. Speaking of that point, it moved County into 9th place and assuming Partick Thistle get pumped by Celtic today, County will still be there when they take on Celtic this weekend. Just as importantly, it puts them a full three points clear of St. Mirren and 24 ahead of Hearts, who will be relegated with a loss this weekend.
County’s goal came courtesy of Dutchman Melvin de Leeuw, it was his 7th of the season, which leads the club. This number becomes more impressive when you realize that he’s missed three matches and only averaged about 50 minutes per match in the remaining 27 matches. The bad news is that there’s a rumor that he’s having some issues with one of his knees which is limiting his playing time. The good news is that a healthy de Leeuw next year might mean the club have a player who could score 15-20 goals over the course of the season and that would change the club’s fortunes dramatically.
The New England Revolution have sent goalkeeper Matt Pickens to the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies for a transfer fee. You may remember that the club picked up the veteran earlier in the week on MLS’s version of the waiver wire. I have only two questions about this move: Are the two goalkeepers still at the club- Bobby Shuttleworth and Brad Knighton really better than Pickens, and what’s going to happen to that money when it arrives in Foxboro?