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Odds & Ends: THEY WON!! Edition

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  • Thanks to defender Kevin Alston’s first regular season goal in his six year career, the New England Revolution defeated Houston Dynamo, 2-0, yesterday.  It wasn’t the Revs first win of the season, but it was the first that they earned by without the help of an own goal!  New England had plenty of chances to take the lead in the first half, but as has been the case in the post-Twellman Era they just couldn’t finish.  In the second half, however, they at least capitalized on the two mistakes the Dynamo made in their own end.  First, two failed clearance attempts by Houston led to the ball finding it’s way to Alston’s feet and he made no mistake with it, hitting it first time into the top corner.  The second goal came when Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall came out of the box to deal with a long ball from the New England back line and instead was beaten to it by Jerry Bengston, who rounded Hall and drove to goal, eventually putting it off the post and in as Hall and three of his defenders watched helplessly.  The only sour note in the match was an injury suffered by captain Jose Goncalves as a result of a bad tackle from Ricardo Clark.  I’ve never liked Clark or his game and this incident didn’t help.
  • Rangers lost, at home, to Dundee United in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup- could happen to a nicer club.  The winning goal was scored by Ross County youth product Gary Mackay-Steven.
  • In the other semi-final unfashionable St. Johnstone upset Aberdeen on the back of a brace by striker Stevie May.  The 21 year old May now has 25 goals in all competitions this season- are you listening Gordon Strachan?
  • Speaking of Scottish strikers (no, that’s not an oxymoron), the top two scorers in the English Championship are Ross McCormack and Jordan Rhodes.  Just putting that out there…
  • In one final bit of Scottish football news Greenock Morton were the first SPFL club relegated this season- they will drop from the Championship to League One.  This from a club that as recently as 2010-2011 finished above Ross County in the old First Division.
  • So, it seems like ol’ Clinton Drew Dempsey has figured out the “new” MLS.  Anyone care to put some money down on who wins the scoring title this season?

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