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Odds & Ends: More like “Smell-tic” Edition

A white visor, Coach?  Really?

A white visor, Coach? Really?

  • Hot on the heals of being bounced out of the League Cup by Ross County (WOOOOO!!) Celtic were beaten 2-1 by Aberdeen in Premiership competition.  I invite you watch Craig Gordon’s “efforts” on what turned out to be the winning goal by the Dons’ Simon Church- not…good.  If I were Ronny Deila I’d be polishing up my C.V..  Celtic’s lead over Aberdeen is now only three points, both clubs have played 24 matches.
  • There’s a rumor floating around that Ronny Deila’s days are numbered and that Ryan Giggs may jump ship at Manchester United to take the job.  Giggs, one of my favorite players ever, should not do this.  Ever.  I can understand that he feels stifled/frustrated/sickened by the trajectory of things at United, but the top spot at Parkhead is not the answer.  It is the very definition of “no win situation” and “dead end” job.  Also, even as a rookie manager he could do much, much better.
  • Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke called it quits after a 1-0 loss to Hamilton last Saturday.  Currently in the relegation playoff spot (11th) Killie are thought to be looking at Billy Davies, jobless since getting the axe at Nottingham Forest almost two years ago, and Ally McCoist, who ended his career at Rugby Park and has not worked since be placed on “gardening leave” by Rangers over a year ago.
  • The New England Revolution opened their preseason with a 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes with goals from Kelyn Rowe and Charlie Davies.  Glad to see those two get on the score sheet immediately, but let’s face it, it was a scrimmage and nothing should be read into it.
  • U.S. Soccer is suing the USWNT.  I believe, years from now, law students all over the country will study this landmark case which will have come to be known as Spite v. Face.
  • L.A. Galaxy have completed their signing of Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong.  No word yet on who will be the first MLS player to receive a karate kick to the chest by de Jong.
  • Finally, new dad Stuart Holden called a halt to his injury plagued career yesterday.  Holden’s retirement message made it clear that he’s “got his mind right” about this being the right time and embracing the future, but reading it still made me very sad.  His career had too much promise and he worked to hard to have to tap out so young.  I sincerely wish him success in every aspect of his life as he hangs up his boots.

5 comments on “Odds & Ends: More like “Smell-tic” Edition

  1. Kevin
    February 4, 2016

    Is it ironic or just plain sad that one guy who played a role in ending Holden’s career is signed the same day he calls it quits?

    • weefuse
      February 4, 2016

      I’ll go with sad. I have to wonder how many MLS/USMNT know his history and how many players he has injured?

  2. Kevin
    February 4, 2016

    Half of me is kind of hoping everyone on the current Houston Dynamo roster knows/remembers. Especially when they play the Galaxy the first time.

  3. finalynsh
    February 5, 2016

    I’ll always consider Holden a heart breaking loss of what could have been one of the countries top midfielders for years. He had such great potential from what he displayed in his little time over seas. Absolute shame.

    • weefuse
      February 5, 2016

      Indeed. At the very least one has to wonder what the last World Cup would have been like- not to mention the shambles the national team is currently in.

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