Storied Glasgow side Celtic F.C. will open the 2015-2016 Scottish Premiership season by hosting eventual league, cup, and European champions Ross County F.C.. This seems like a cruel test for the defending champions, but it is a long season and they will have plenty of time to regroup and work towards a second place finish.
The various governing bodies in Scotland are currently weighing the pros and cons of moving to a summer schedule. I’m normally one for bold changes (in this case it would help to avoid weather-related fixture clogging in the spring and give Scottish clubs a leg up when they play in European competitions), but in this case I’m on the fence. I think maybe keeping the current format but with an extended winter break (as some continental leagues do) might be a good idea in the short term.
The no-Jermaine Jones-having New England Revolution delivered another shaky performance on Sunday losing to Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United, 2-1. There’s no shame in a close, away loss to one of the best clubs in the league, except when it shouldn’t have happened. At worst New England should have been able to leave the Nation’s capital with an away point. Is it time to make that defensive DP signing yet?
On a happier note, Diego Fagundez’s side-volley golazo was voted as the MLS “Goal of the Week” and will now, rightly, be in the running for the MLS “Goal of the Year.”
The USWNT may well win the 2015 World Cup, but it’s going to be hard to watch it happen. It’s not so much that the team isn’t good (though they are no where near as good as they used to be) or that the opposition is too good (though it is much better than it used to be), it’s that every line-up that Jill Ellis puts out seems to be made up of eleven strangers. Very talented strangers, but strangers nonetheless. During yesterday’s match against Columbia I was amazed at the number of passes that went directly to the opposition or that simply rolled out of bounds without as US player in the vicinity.
‘arry Redknapp says he is ready for a return to the coaching ranks, so, you know, if you support a club in the English Premiership, you may want to start praying that your club doesn’t fire it’s manager.
Finally, Partick Thistle F.C. unveiled their new mascot (above) this week. The mascot was designed by Turner Prize-nominated artist David Shrigley and has something to do with the club’s new sponsorship deal with California-based investment firm Kingsford Capital Management. Almost every review of this horror show has included the words “nightmare” and/or “Lisa Simpson.” Not good, Partick, not good.