Scotland followed up their 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic in Prague with a 1-0 victory over Denmark at home. Yes, both were friendlies, but both opponents fielded something closely resembling their “Best XI,” and Gordon Strachan countered with a mixture of seasoned veterans and international debutantes. Perhaps as important as the results was the fact that the reviews of the newly-capped players, some of whom started, ranged from “good” to “excellent.”
Things have not been going quite as well for the USMNT… An embarrassing (that’s an understatement) loss in Guatemala was followed by a 4-0 win over that same country that righted the World Cup qualification ship. That said, as nice as that 4-0 score looks on paper I can’t say that I thought the U.S. played all that well. They played like they should have against a much weaker opponent and that’s about it. The best thing that happened was that 17 year old Christian Pulisic (above) made his debut and in doing so became a U.S. international, not a Croatian international.
By the way, enough with Edgar Castillo.
Back in club news, Ross County’s Liam Boyce fractured his wrist (the same one he fractured earlier this season) while training with Northern Ireland and Jackson Irvine somehow suffered some ligament damage to his ankle- both will be back in action after the Scottish Premiership “splits.” Hopefully County will still be in the top half of the table when said split takes place!
You know, it’s not so much that Aston Villa are going to be relegated, it’s that they are making it look worse than just about any club I remember. Fine, you’re terrible and you’re going down, at least do it with a little bit of dignity, okay?
Will Wayne Rooney be in MLS by the 2017? I think he might be. The only problem is that there’s about a 99.99% it will be with the L.A. Galaxy or with New York (Red Bulls, not City- for obvious reasons.
Closer to home, tonight is my final indoor match until November. 😦