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Ross County/New England Revolution Roster News and Rumors

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Lots going on today so I’m going to have to speed through it!

Ross County News

  • Midfielder Rocco Quinn has left the club and signed with Championship side St. Mirren F.C. through the end of the season.  Quinn’s playing time has diminished in recent years as County have solidified their place in the Premiership, but it should not be forgotten that he played his part in getting County to the top flight.  Never a star, but always a solid player for the club I hope he is remembered for that and not for an “unfortunate incident” with a wheelie bin.

Ross County Rumors

  • That the club might be looking to lure Paul Quinn back from Aberdeen.  I’m going to go ahead and say that this one might have some legs.  Quinn did very well during his season at County and his move to Aberdeen was a kind of muddy affair that almost didn’t happen.  He’s only appeared in eight league matches for the club this season so I could see him coming back to County through the end of the season (on loan or otherwise.  He’s just the kind of veteran defensive presence the club could use- I’d like to see this happen.
  • That County are interested in the Edinburgh-born Canadian international Iain Hume.  Hume has a decent record scoring goals (10-ish a season when playing on a regular basis) in the English Championship/League One and is scoring with regularity for his Indian club at the moment, but, meh.  He’d clearly be behind Boyce, Curran, Schalke, and Graham (at least) if they are all healthy, so unless they can get him on the cheap as a squad player, why?
  • That County are interested in midfielder Kevin Thomson.  Five years ago?  Sure, sign him up!  Now?  Don’t think so.  Hibernian let him walk last year, as did Dundee this past week.  No thanks.

New England Revolution News

  • With their picks in the first and second rounds of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft the club selected Jordan McCrary (10) and Michael Gamble (30).  McCrary is a defender out of UNC and Gamble a forward/midfielder out of Wake Forest.  If you’re a long time Revolution supporter you’ll see a pattern here- drafting players out of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Coach Jay Heaps (Duke), defender Andrew Farrell (Louisville), forward Sean Okoli (Wake Forest), defender Chris Tierney (Virginia), Darius Barnes (Duke), and defender London Woodberry (Maryland- left ACC in 2014) are all currently on the roster.  Former players Taylor Twellman (Maryland), Michael Parkhurst (Wake Forest), Pat Phelan (Wake Forest), Zach Schilawski (Wake Forest), Wells Thompson (Wake Forest), and Leo Cullen (Maryland) are just a few of the ACC players who have done well for the club (and beyond) over the years.  In short, drafting from the ACC has worked far more often than not for the club so I have high expectations for both players.

New England Revolution Rumors

  • In response to a question on Twitter club president Brian Bilello stated (I’m paraphrasing) that the club’s intention was to bring in 2-3 “top of the roster” free agents ahead of the 2016 MLS season.  Encouraging words…if they are true.  I have a feeling that this is going to turn into a case of, “Well, we identified the players we wanted, but we just couldn’t come to terms with them on contracts, so we got (points to bench)…these guys.”  We’ll see.

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