Odds & Ends: “Please note, there is no commentary.”
Tam Hanlon (above) of Pollok Juniors F.C. (a Scottish Junior side) scored a hat trick this past weekend- it was pretty good. Have a look.
Ross County’s Liam Boyce will be recalled to the Northern Ireland squad for their next round of matches. Not surprising given that he has five goals in the first two matches of the Premiership season. A few kind bounces and he’d probably have seven or eight. If he keeps this up (and that’s what he did for the first half of the season last year) County should be alright.
Speaking of County, everyone seems to think that the recent departures of Richard Foster and Brian Graham to Hibernian will free up money for County to welcome back Gary Mackay-Steven to Victoria Park. While I’d love to see GMS return to the club where he began as a youth player before high-profile moves to Liverpool and Celtic sandwiched around a long stint at Dundee United, if it’s just a season-long loan from Celtic, well, that seems like a high price to bay. If, on the other hand, GMS- who is a few weeks away from fitness- is looking to sign-on for this season and perhaps another one (or two), I think it would be a great move- he’s still only 25!
The New England Revolution finally made a new signing, bringing in goalkeeper Cody Cropper, most recently of MK Dons (BOOOO!) in England’s League One. Cropper, a native of Georgia, played in the youth set-up at Ipswich Town, and was on the books at Southampton before his season at MK Dons and has been a regular for the United States at the U20 and U23. It would be a great signing for the Revolution except that they don’t really need a goalkeeper. Going into next season with a tandem of Cropper and Shuttleworth will certainly be an upgrade over Shuttleworth and Knighton, but given all of the Revs current “issues,” is a goalkeeper really the priority?
Speaking of the Revs, they crashed and burned against the Columbus Crew- who hadn’t won on the road in their last ten matches!- on Saturday to bring their current losing streak to four matches. They gave up another early goal and were just never in the match- at all. Jay Heaps has begun to talk publicly about it being time for a formation change, because, you know, that’ll fix everything.
I pulled the trigger on a County away top (even with the “misplaced” badge…although having said that, I’ve seen some recent pictures of County players in which the badge is correctly spaced between the stripes, so who knows!) so every trip to the mailbox gets me all excited that, “this might be the day!!”