The New England Revolution found themselves down 0-1 in Houston on Thursday only to win 2-1 thanks to two second half goals by…wait for it…Lee Nguyen. Nguyen now has 17 goals this season. The most by any midfielder in MLS. The most by any American in MLS. Eight of those goals have been match-winners. Despite all of these things he will finish no higher than third in the MLS MVP race behind Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins. I say “no higher” than third because I’m pretty sure there will be plenty of voters who will find a reason to put him about fifth, behind Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry. Or maybe even 7th, behind Bradley Wright-Phillips and Dom Dwyer. I can’t argue (too much) about a few of these players finishing above Nguyen, but I can’t help but think that playing for (unfashionable) New England is going to drop him down a few notches on its own. Oh well, we’re going to the playoffs no matter what. I’ll take “Lee Nguyen, MLS Cup MVP” over, “Lee Nguyen, Regular Season MVP” any day.
Ross County F.C. were- predictably- pasted 5-0 by Celtic yesterday. No point in getting upset about it. Even if Ross County were having a dream season rather than a nightmare season you’d probably have penciled this one in as a loss when the schedules were announced this past summer. Let’s just hope the loss wasn’t a momentum killer and that the club can get back on track against St. Mirren and at least move into a tie for last place. Oh, and for what it’s worth, every other club in the lower half of the table save Dundee F.C. lost this weekend, so County didn’t actually lose any ground on the clubs it needs to catch in order to avoid relegation.
By the way, Ross County have signed former Motherwell captain Paul Quinn. I’m not sure that’s going to solve anything, but apparently we beat out Championship side (hee hee!) Hibernian for his signature, so there’s that.
The pissing contest currently raging between USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann and MLS supremo Don Garber is entertaining if nothing else. I have to say that I tend to agree with pretty much everything that Klinsmann has said so far. It’s hard to side with Garber’s logic when- at least in my mind- it goes something like, “You can’t say Michael Bradley coming to MLS (and Toronto at that!) is a mistake- we paid him a lot of money!!” Hey, Don, Leeds United once paid £4.5m for Tomas Brolin- what’s your point?
I don’t know if I was more stunned to learn that Sunderland were beaten 8-0 by Southampton or that Southampton are in third place? Two own goals? And this is the club where Jozy Altidore can’t get off the bench? Really? The club’s leading scorer through eight matches is Scotland’s Steven Fletcher with a total of….two goals. See you in the Championship, Gus Poyet!
For the record: When I was complaining about the never-ending Derek Jeter love-fest that was the ENTIRE Major League Baseball season I didn’t realize that Landon Donovan’s victory tour was going to dwarf it in relative terms. Every time I see “LegenD” I want to scream. Thank you for your contribution to the league and to the USMNT, Landon, but we’re done now.