the tanner ba'

Odds & Ends: The Sounds of Silence Edition

Not a fan, if I'm honest.

Not a fan, if I’m honest.

  • Here we are less than 48 hours before the January transfer window opens and there is not so much as a “peep” from Dingwall.  I don’t mean that the club hasn’t leaked any information on possible signings, I mean there is nothing to report about possible new players- not even rumors!  There have been a few people speculating about who might be a good signing, but no actual rumors to debate.  To be clear, this doesn’t so much “concern” me as it bores me!  I’m sure there will be some additions and subtractions to the Ross County roster over the next month, but half of the fun of being a County supporter over the past few years was this January equivalent of baseball’s “hot stove league.”  What do we need?  Who’s available?  What can we afford?  Who needs to go?  All of which is a way to skirt the biggest question:  can we avoid relegation?
  • 17 year old German-Ethiopian-American Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem has been granted United States citizenship and this is…great news?!  The Hertha Berlin and Arsenal product was raised in the U.S. and Germany and has played for various German National team age-group sides over the years, though he has only two first team appearance for Arsenal (last years F.A. Cup and this year’s Champions League), but then again, he is only 17.  The significance of Zelalem becoming a U.S. citizen is, of course, that he can now pay for the USMNT.  I am going to assume that this is a wonderful thing as, not being an Arsenal or Germany U16 supporter I’ve never seen him play.  Hell, as far as I know he only exists on the internet.  Let’s hope he’s more Messi than Adu.
  • Oguchi “Gooch” Onyewu has sign on for the remainder of the season with Championship side Charlton Athletic.  I believe that is the footballing equivalent of “tapping out.”
  • Speaking of Adu…and tapping out.  Freddy is without a club again.  Maybe his personality just gets in the way of his ability, or maybe whatever ability was once there just isn’t there anymore.  Either way, he’s only 25.
  • Dear Mix Diskerud:  If Celtic really are interested in signing you- run.  You’d be better off coming to MLS and playing for Chivas USA.  Sincerely, WeeFuse.
  • Remember this quote from New England Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez when you’re tempted to lump him in with Giuseppe Rossi and Nevin Subtonic in a few years, “”Right now it’s kind of hard to say,” Fagundez said of the U.S. national team program. “They haven’t even approached me, and it looks like they’re not interested in me. I can’t keep waiting for them. I’ll see where this takes me. That’s why I’m going to Uruguay, I want to go there and represent the jersey and represent the country well.”  He can’t become a U.S. citizen until 2018 (when he’ll be 22) and apparently Klinsmann and co. can’t be bothered to wait.
  • Due to complications during his recent kidney transplant surgery, former D.C. United, New England Revolution and USMNT midfielder Clyde Simms needs another donor- let’s hope he finds one.  As the brother of kidney donor (my sister) and recipient (my brother) this issue hits close to home for me.  Looking for a second person to step forward as a donor may seem to be a lot for Simms to ask believe me when I tell you that everyone involved will be thrilled when Clyde gets his new kidney and returns to full health.  Hang in their, Clyde.
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