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Odds & Ends: Better Late Than Never Edition!!

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I’m just back from my trek to Maryland to race yesterday and, lo and behold, I have “Old Guy Indoor Soccer” tonight, not tomorrow night!  Here are the two things I wanted to pass along from this weekend’s action here and abroad.

The New England Revolution defeated Columbus Crew S.C., 3-1, to complete their 7-3 aggregate pummeling of the Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinals.  New England’s seven goals were the most ever scored by a club in the current home-and-away format.  Here are the highlights:

It was also announced this weekend that USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called both Jermaine Jones up for the matches against Columbia and Ireland.  Both players participation in these friendlies will hinge on the Revolution’s progress in the MLS playoffs, but it appears that Nguyen’s MVP-caliber season has registered with Klinsmann and that Nguyen will likely be part of the national team set-up when the matches begin to count this January.  Nguyen’s next cap will be his first since the three he earned in 2007- I can’t think of another player who has been “out in the cold” for so long before being called back to the national team.

New England will meet NY Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Earlier in the weekend there was good news from Scotland, where Ross County F.C. travelled to Kilmarnock F.C. and emerged from a Ayrshire Monsoon with a 3-0 victory over the home side.  The win gives County eight points (I know, I know…) which is enough to  tie with St. Mirren for second-last place (St. Mirren have a better goal differential) and bring them within six points of their next opponent, 9th place St. Johnstone.  The highlights:

Great to see home-grown player Tony Dingwall get a shot with the senior side and to make the most of it- he was terrific on Saturday!

Alright, time to shake off the road weariness and get ready for my game!

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