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Odds & Ends: Spring Has Sprung Edition

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  • The New England Revolution announced this week that they have signed academy midfielder Zachary Herivaux (above) to a professional contract.  The 19 year old becomes the club’s third “home grown” player after Scott Caldwell and Diego Fagundez.  Herivaux was born in Osaka, Japan to Haitian parents and grew up in nearby Brookline, MA, thus making him eligible to play for any of the three countries in question.  Herivaux has played for both the United States U15 side and the Haitian U20 side in recent years.
  • Former Scotland captain Colin Hendry’s post-football life continues to be a shambles.  Since retiring he’s been fired by Blackpool F.C., resigned as manager of Clyde F.C., seen his wife die after a botched plastic surgery disaster, declared bankruptcy due to a gambling addiction, lost his license for drunk driving, and now been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend.  Up until that last one it was easy to have some sympathy for him, now, not so much.
  • As expected, League Two wooden spoon holders Montrose F.C. will meet Highland League Champions Brora Rangers F.C. to determine which club will win a place in League Two for the 2015-2016 season.  Brora defeated Lowland League champions Edinburgh City F.C. 4-2 on penalties to win the chance to move up to league football.
  • Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership title and midfielder Stefan Johansen was the Premiership player of the year and…nobody cares.  I kid you not, I follow this league and when Johansen’s award was announced my reaction was, “Who?”
  • Confirmed promotions in Scottish football:  Heart of Midlothian F.C. return to the Premiership, Greenock Morton return to the Championship, and Albion Rovers are promoted to League One.
  • Confirmed relegations in Scottish football:  St. Mirren F.C. drop to the Championship (trust me, this will happen on Saturday), Cowdenbeath F.C. drop to League One, and Stirling Albion F.C. drop to League Two.
  • Congratulations to A.F.C. Bournemouth on their promotion to the Premier League.  I’d love to see Brentford join the Cherries (and Watford F.C.) next season- always nice to see fresh faces in the top league.
  • Finally, a feel good story- sort of!- about a professional athlete that I never knew had a link to American soccer.
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