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Odds & Ends: Conspiracy Theory Addition

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  • As you all know by now the 2014 version of MLS Cup will see the New England Revolution taking on the Los Angeles Galaxy at the StubHub Center this Sunday afternoon.  This will also be Landon Donovan’s last match as a professional.  This is MLS.  Run by Don Garber.  Do I have to connect the rest of the dots for you, people!?  But seriously…sort of…there’s a part of me that thinks that if this match is close coming down to the final fifteen minutes something is going to happen to make sure that Donovan gets his sixth MLS championship.  So, the Revs will just have to get up 2 or 3 goals in the first half and make sure that the outcome is determined before the shenanigans begin.
  • Lee Nguyen was named to Major League Soccer’s “Best XI” today which is nothing more than he deserved and, I hope, merely a preview to his being named the league’s 2014 Most Valuable Player (not going to happen).  Nguyen joins a select group of Revolution players to earn this honor:  Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman, Clint Dempsey, Shalrie Joseph, Michael Pankhurst, and Jose Gonçalves.  That’s the makings of a pretty decent alumni squad, by the way.
  • If the Daily Record is to be believed (cough, cough) it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns for the Dutch contingent under George and Derek Adams at Ross County F.C..  Read for yourself, but I suspect- as is often the case- that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.  I say that partly because the article talks about the Dutch “stars,” a title to which only Melvin de Leeuw might have a claim, partly because several of the released players are still looking for new clubs, and that the remaining Dutch player- Darren Maatsen- still can’t break into the Ross County starting eleven under new skipper Jim McIntyre.  Then again, Derek and George are also still out of work, so who knows?
  • This has the feel of Everton’s recent attempt to redesign its iconic club crest.  I don’t know if I’d want to be the one answering the phones at the Nou Camp if this turns out to be true!  It’s not that it would make for a bad design, it’s just that, well, it’s Barca- can you imagine if Celtic turned out in stripes instead of hoops, or the Red Sox wore pinstripes?!
  • You might think that Robin van Persie’s flying header or James Rodriguez’s stunning volley- both from this summer’s World Cup would be locks to win the FIFA Goal of the Year.  Stephanie Roache of Ireland’s Peamount United F.C. would urge you to reconsider.
  • Highland League side Fort William F.C. currently sit 13th of 18 teams in the league with a total of 14 points after 19 matches.  That sounds pretty abysmal, but it is actually pretty remarkable.  Between 2005-2006 and 2013-2014 they only exceeded 10 points once and finished at the bottom of the table every time but one (when they finished second last).  There are still 15 matches left in the season- onward and upward!!
  • The Chicago Fire making a play to become the old New England Revolution with this move for a DP.

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