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Odds & Ends: One Hand Clapping Edition

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  • Not much to report from the New England Revolution camp.  There were reports a few days ago that the Revolution were interested in Syrian-Swedish left back Gabriel Somi- and his Wikipedia page shows him to be a Revs player- but there has been no confirmation from the club, so…  There were also reports around that time that the club was pursuing Ghanian midfielder Thomas Abbey, but that rumor seems to have cooled off.
  • The USSF announced the list of eight candidates to replace Sunil Gulati as president of the organization- it’s a…mixed bag.  You can go here to read their bios if you like. My first impressions are that, Hope Solo’s off-field “issues” pretty much negate the rest of her resume and that Steve Gans and Kyle Martino are the most interesting candidates.  Most of the others are too “inside” to provide the kind of change that the organization needs.  Part of me wants Wynalda to get it just for the entertainment value of it…
  • Nashville have been awarded an MLS franchise.  I’m really not sure what to say about it beyond that.  They will choose a boring club name (if it’s anything other than “Nashville F.C.” I will faint dead away), boring colors (red, white, and blue is a given), and at least one of their supporters’ groups will have some sort of Confederate name/iconography.  All of which could be fixed/ignored if, as I said on Twitter, Waffle House is the shirt sponsor.
  • Ross County are second bottom of the Scottish Premiership with 16 points from their first 19 matches (half the season) and that’s just not going to cut it if they want to stay up at the end of the season.  Thus far they’ve scored the second least goals and given up the third most, so there’s more than one problem.  This could all be fixed by the addition of a “lights out” goal scorer, but Liam Boyce ain’t walking hobbling through that door so Owen Coyle better have a plan.
  • Session One of Old Man Indoor is over.  We finished at 2-3-2 which was good for 4th place in our 6 team league.  3-3-1 would probably be more representative of our play, but them’s the breaks.  My personal highlight from the first session was scoring directly off a corner kick- no easy feet in the indoor game!
  • Finally, the future of New England Soccer Today is currently up in the air (no new posts in the last six weeks) and that is a shame.  NEST has done an exhaustive and professional job covering all facets of the game in New England since it was launched in 2010.  I had a brief DM chat with one of the founders and what I heard was all too familiar to me from the “end times” at Avoiding the Drop- good people, changing priorities, “real life” getting in the way, everyone wants to find a way forward, but…   Whatever happens, I hope the people involved can find a way to stay involved in New England soccer- they were good for it.
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