Odds & Ends: Am I Really Doing This Again? Edition
Ross County F.C. announced this week that fullback Andrew Davies has signed a contract extension with the club that will keep him at Victoria Park through the 2018-2019 season. This is great news as Davies has been an automatic selection for the starting eleven since he joined the club. This is also surprising news because as recently as last season he was looking to get out of his contract early to return to England because his family “had not settled in” the Highlands. I guess they like it after all!
Ross County released forward Kyle MacLeod this week and he promptly signed with Brora Rangers and scored a brace on his debut. Before you start second-guessing the club’s move, he was probably sixth on the depth chart (behind at least Boyce, Schalk, Curran, and Dow, and probably behind Greg Morrison and the recently acquired Milan Lalkovic as well) and Brora play in the Highland League- four division below the Premiership. Still, he’s a local boy, so it would be nice to see him use Brora as a launching pad to get back into league football at some point.
Last session my indoor soccer team was 5-2-1 and only missed out on promotion through goal differential (and a single goal at that!). Through three matches this session we are 0-3 as a result of matches that ended 0-5, 1-6, and 2-7. We have all of the same players and are playing all of the same teams save one. No idea what’s going on, but I can tell you that it hasn’t been much fun! Fourth match is tonight.
Yesterday New England Revolution president Brian Bilello tweeted that the club had signed two international CBs using TAM (“targeted allocation money”) and that they would be introduced to the public next week. I want to be excited about this. The club definitely needs to rebuild its central defense and any players signed using TAM must make between $480,625 and $1.om, so at least in theory these should be good players. That said, I’ve been a Revolution supporter since Day One and should no better than to let my imagination get the better of me. We’ll see…
Joining the Revs preseason training (which started yesterday) are Emmanuel Appiah (a Ghanian midfielder with one MLS match to his credit), Otis Earle (defender, son of Robbie Earle, and at age 25 has played one US Open Cup match for FC Dallas), and Tyler Turner. Turner is really the only one who piques my interest. He’s a defender, a local kid (Milford, CT), not-yet-21, played sporadically for Orlando City last season, and has been capped by the USMNT U23 side.
With the umpteenth effort by the Kraft family to secure a soccer-specific stadium for the Revolution in Dorchester on life support there is a Twitter campaign going on at the moment to try and solicit the help of Boston mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusett’s governor Charlie Baker to revive the plan. I hope it succeeds. In the meantime I’ll continue to drag my ass to Gillette once a season as a token of my support. Or is that “my token support?”