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Odds & Ends: Meh. Edition

Before you get all nostalgic, they were terrible.  Get a Nutty Buddy instead.

Before you get all nostalgic, they were terrible. Get a Nutty Buddy instead.

  • I didn’t like the USMNT’s new home kits when they first came out and I said so.  However, I was willing to wait until I saw them “in action” a few times before completely writing them off.  Well, now I’m doing that.  They are without a doubt the worst kits the USMNT has ever worn- including the “denim” stars and stripes kits they wore for the 1994 World Cup and the “off the rack” Adidas templates they wore in the years before that.  What you may ask are the best kits they’ve worn?  I’m partial to pretty much any (home or away) of the retro and/or be-sashed kits they wore early in this century, but my all-time favorite is the “alpine blue” away kit they wore during WC qualification matches leading up to the 1998 tournament.  In case you were wondering, it had navy shorts and navy socks.  Please also note that the USSF crest would have been on the chest and the shirt number would have taken its place in the center on the actual match jersey.
  • Anyway, they wore the stupid popsicle kits in the recent warm-up match against Azerbaijan.  A match that told us essentially nothing we didn’t already know:  the defense is a little shaky, the team tends to play down (or up) to the level of its competition, Wondo is the best possible kind of “pest,” and Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson are better than most people realize.  How weird was it to have the opposition coached by USMNT “assistant” Berti Vogts?  I have to wonder if something like that has ever happened before.  One final note for anyone trying to put a positive shine on the match- Ghana are going to be a lot better than that- never mind Portugal and Germany!!
  • The New England Revolution have risen to #2 in the MLS “Power Rankings,” eight Revolution players are on the MLS All-Star ballot (four of them- Nguyen, Fagundez, Mullins, and Farrell- should make it), and they hold a comfy five point lead in the Eastern Conference.  Fun stuff, and made that much better by the fact that their recent success has been the result of playing positive, attacking soccer.  There’s more than one manager in the U.S. and abroad who might want to think about that for a while…
  • Neil Lennon has left Celtic and only Celtic supporters care.  That’s no knock on Lennon or on Celtic supporters, just a comment on the state of football in Scotland.
  • All is quiet in Dingwall with Ross County manager Derek Adams recently stating that there are not likely to be any additional signings until the end of June.  I can only hope that this means he already has his targets lined up and ready to sign on the dotted line, because that doesn’t leave very much time before the beginning of the preseason and other clubs have already been actively signing players.  (Everything will be fine, he knows what he’s doing, there won’t be a repeat of last season….SERENITY NOW!!!)
  • Finally, Scotland played Nigeria this week in a World Cup tune-up match (for Nigeria) and the result was a 2-2 draw with Scotland- unfortunately- giving up a late equalizer.  That being said, they are the reigning African champions and Scotland have now gone unbeaten in six matches during which time they have never given up more than two goals, kept four clean sheets, drawn with the U.S., defeated Poland and Norway, and defeated Croatia twice.  The Wee Man might just be working something of a miracle and WeeFuse could not be happier!
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