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Odds & Ends: Scary Monster Edition

...and then I snuck up behind him and...

                                              “…then I snuck up behind him and…”

  • Three Ross County players- Andrew Davies, Jackson Irvine (for the second time!), and Michael Gardyne- made the Scottish Premiership “Team of the Week” for their efforts in the 4-0 win over Kilmarnock F.C. on Saturday.  By my count that brings the total number of County players being recognized in the first five matches to five (Craig Curran and Marcus Fraser were previously recognized) and that, my friends is a good sign.  Usually County players get this kind of recognition in the spring when they are part of yet another Houdini-like escape from the drop.  Well done, boys!
  • Continuing on with things Scottish, Seattle Reign and Scotland midfielder Kim Little scored at hat trick against the Houston Dash this weekend.  No point wasting time watching the first goal, we’ll skip ahead to her video game-worthy third goal.  They call her “The Little Show” for a reason.  Oh, and just in case you were wondering, last year’s NWSL leading scorer (and assister!), MVP, and “Best XI” player wasn’t one of your USWNT superstars, it was Kim Little.
  • Darren McGregor, Rangers “Player of the Year” in 2014-2015 has left the Championship (hee hee!) side “by mutual consent” after only three matches.  I wish this club would evaporate, but if they are going to hang around I appreciate that they continue to make me laugh.
  • Speaking of Rangers and laughing.  Arsenal (and now the U.S.’s) Gedion Zelalem has signed with them on loan.  This kid appears to have an unlimited future ahead of him in the game of football and somebody thought it was a good idea to throw him into the on and off-the-pitch cluster@#$%! that is Ibrox?  It was nice knowing you, kid.
  • I dislike the L.A. Galaxy.  I dislike many of their players.  I think they are spearheading a movement in MLS which is going to turn it into a league of perennial “haves” and “have nots,” but at the same time, I love football.  So, to watch the way this team has been playing on offense lately has been breathtaking.  They score when they want, they score how they want, and they don’t care who the opposition is.  Sunday they beat NYCFC 5-1 and it wasn’t even that close.  Zardes, Keane, Gerrard (ick), dos Santos (over-rated, clap, clap, clap-clap-clap!), and Lletget (how is he uncapped!?) were giving up easy goals to try to create even easier ones for their teammates.  The implications of this team and the way it was built may be bad for the future of MLS, but they sure are fun to watch.
  • I love this kid (skip ahead to 1:45).  This is everything good about football.  I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often.

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