Observations: July 6, 2012

Written by Ian Thomson

TSO swooned/sniggered/scoffed at the following articles this week:

— F.C. New York’s National Premier Soccer League game against New York Red Bulls U-23 turned into “a little bit of a farce

— Continuing the political theme, Washington Post’s Steven Goff writes about soccer’s version of Ron Paul

— Scottish club Clyde F.C. issued a statement indicating that “supporter reaction has not been factored in” to the Scottish Premier League’s thought process

— Rangers Tax Case says granting a place in Scotland’s fourth tier to “Newco” differs hugely from every other newly formed team

— Can the loss of a soccer club lead to social unrest and a big problem for society? Yes, according to the Scottish Football Association’s deluded chief executive

— Kilmarnock fans distanced themselves from their club’s abstention from the SPL’s vote regarding Rangers’ future

— Wings Over Scotland deconstructs the “We Need Rangers” myth being perpetuated by the SFA and Scottish media

— There were three firsts for Colorado Rapids midfielder Jamie Smith in last week’s 3-0 win over Portland Timbers

— And finally, introducing goal-line technology hasn’t just been a simple yes or no process for FIFA: