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Odds & Ends: New Crew Edition

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  • The Columbus Crew have a new logo and are now “Columbus Crew S.C.,” or as Columbus mayor and all around “look at me I’m important!!” guy Michael Coleman repeatedly said, “The Columbus Crew S.C.”  As for the new logo (above), it is very good, though not great, and that’s good enough because the old “hard hat” crest was the worst one in the league.  What’s the new worst logo/crest in MLS?  “Ladies and Gentlemen, your New England Revolution!!”
  • I can’t find video of it anywhere, but the best thing about the Columbus Crew S.C. re-branding announcement/party was a drunken (allegedly!) Frankie Hejduk leading the champagne toast.  Hejduk, wearing a Crew scarf and a chullo hat in Crew colors, gave a toast (of sorts), led the crowd in several call-and-response Crew chants, and generally bro-ed out.  It was pretty epic, bra’.  Seriously, though, I don’t think the Crew could have picked a better “brand ambassador” than Hejduk.  The only thing he didn’t do was stage dive…at least as far as I know.
  • Landon Donovan will play for and captain the USMNT for the last time tomorrow night at Rentschler Field outside Harford, CT tomorrow night and…meh.  I’m about as interested in this as I was in the never-ending Derek Jeter love fest that the Major League Baseball season became.  Enough already.  I could have gone to this match- I live only 45 minutes away- but that was never going to happen.  I’ll tune in tomorrow just in time for kick-off- it is a USMNT match after all- but I can do without the rest of the farewell circus.  Just as an aside, U.S. Soccer couldn’t find a better place (East Harford, CT?!) or opponent (Ecuador) for Landycakes Landon’s final match?
  • The New England Revolution travel up to Montreal to face the Impact this Saturday and there’s really only one thing that needs to be said- win and their in the playoffs.  Truthfully a draw will probably be good enough as the odds of the Revolution making the post-season already stand at 99+%, but the club will want to hold onto second place if not put some pressure on D.C. United as the season winds to a close.
  • Slovakia shocked Spain, 2-1, in European Championship qualification action today.  It was Spain’s first loss in a qualification match in over eight years.  Coming off the bench for Slovakia in the second half?  Ross County F.C. midfielder Filip Kiss!
  • Speaking of Ross County F.C., the club announced today that they have signed free agent midfielder Martin Woods through January with an eye towards keeping him beyond that.  The 28 year old Scot spent most of his career at Rotherham United F.C. and Doncaster Rovers F.C.- he was most recently with Barnsley F.C.
  • You’ve got to feel for the players and supporters at English Championship side Watford F.C. who now have their fourth manager in the last 37 days.  It alls started on August 31 when Italian Giuseppe Sannino resigned from his position- despite the club winning four of their first five matches- which he had only assumed last December.  His replacement, Spaniard Oscar Garcia Junyent lasted only eight days before being admitted to the hospital with chest pains and summarily resigning. He was replaced by Scot Billy McKinlay.  McKinlay, only recently named a first team coach by Garcia Junyent, guided Watford to a win and a draw in his eight day tenure before being replaced by former Chelsea player and Partizan Belgrade manager Slavisa Jokanovic.  If form holds Jokanovic has six days left before he is fire.
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