Just a brief update today- just got home from work and I’m ALL in.
Ross County F.C. began their preseason schedule with a 1-0 away win at Elgin City F.C.. Setting aside the promoted development team players (and there are A LOT of them!) there was only one new face in the crowd today and that was of trialist John Herron- and he scored the winning goal!
Herron, 23, is an attacking midfielder from Bellshill (birthplace of my grandmother™) who began his career in the Celtic youth set up before making two appearances for the senior side (his professional debut came against County!). Herron was loaned out to Cowdenbeath before being released by Celtic in 2015. He then joined Blackpool F.C. where the story was much the same- a handful of appearances for the senior side, a loan spell (Dunfermline last year), and then the decision to terminate his contract “by mutual agreement.” Herron has been capped by Scotland up through the U21 level and might be a nice signing for County.
And speaking of nice signings for County…well, I’ll just re-use this picture and you can imagine them holding this year’s top:
Yep. Apparently those wages that weren’t enough to keep Kenny at County started to look a little better when he looked for another club, so he’s back for another season. I think this is good for everyone involved. Kenny is a dependable and versatile player and if he has another good season and wants to leave again he’ll probably get better offers than he did this time around.
Finally, the USMNT plays Ghana today in their last match before the start of the Gold Cup. I want to take a moment to wish “good luck” to the New England Revolution’s Kelyn Rowe, who will get his first- overdue!- cap if his name is called, to Dom Dwyer, who became an American citizen in March and is looking for his first cap, and to Kenny Saief, who was born in Florida, grew up in Israel, and is now making a bit of a name for himself at KAA Gent in Belgium. Kenny was capped twice for Israel but had a change of heart earlier this year and successfully petitioned FIFA to make a one time change of nationality. I think it is especially important to recognize Dwyer and Saief (though he has always been a U.S. citizen) in times like these because they only reinforce the belief- my belief- that there are many ways to “be” and/or “become” an American and that they are all equal and all valid. Good luck, boys!