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Odds & Ends: Well, I Guess I Had It Coming Edition


  • Last week, with all the confidence of an anonymous keyboard warrior I posted that there was not a chance in hell that the New England Revolution were going to make another signing during the Summer Transfer Window.  And what did they do?  They signed forward Krisztian Nemeth.  Nemeth is a good player with MLS experience and certainly brings something to the table.  How Jay Heaps is going to find playing time for him remains to be seen.
  • I’ve also been taking some shots at Teal Bunbury for the decreasing production we’ve seen from him every year since joining the club.  And what has he done?  He’s started scoring goals.  He has four at the moment and I’d love to see him keep adding to that total even though it makes me look like a hack.
  • Ross County F.C. lost 2-1 to Aberdeen, and while I want the club to win every match, I’m fine with that.  Losing to the top teams is to be expected, what’s important is to play well while doing so in order to keep spirits up when the club plays opponents they need to beat in order to remain in the Premiership, like, say, Motherwell this weekend!
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. have raised £500,000 to keep themselves solvent, but I have a hard time believing that they are out of the financial woods just yet.  I still think they are going to have a hard time winning promotion back to the Premiership at the end of the season and it wouldn’t shock me if they were on the fringes of the relegation battle at some point.  Neither scenario bodes well for the club financially and I have to wonder just what the future holds- or how long it will be?
  • Also, I’m not trying to tell you how to run your club, but for a Championship side to have four goalkeepers on the senior roster (one is also the GK coach, to be fair) and two more out on loan in the Highland League, seems, I don’t know, excessive?
  • Freddy Adu was recently on trial at newly promoted Polish side Sandecja Nowy Sacz, apparently against the wishes of the club’s coach, Radoslaw Mrockzkowski, who loudly voiced his belief that the club had arranged the trial as a publicity stunt.   That seems likely, and it’s also sad.  Nevermind whether Adu was ever actually as good as MLS/Nike said he was, it’s never good to see somebody essentially be reduced to trading on their own failure/downfall.  I hope somebody close to Freddy will counsel him to move on from the game- at least as a player- but I think if that was going to happen it would have years ago.

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