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Thursday Shorts: The Great Dane Charges On, Re-Entry Draft Excitement

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Dane Richards of the New York Red Bulls avoids a tackle against Juan Manuel Pena of D.C. United. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Dane Richards of the New York Red Bulls avoids a tackle against Juan Manuel Pena of D.C. United. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
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Good morning from frigid Ithaca, land of 20˚ highs, scared freshmen studying for finals, and not enough football. Thanks again to those who commented on Tuesday's post, and for those who didn't, please get involved and share your thoughts.

As for the news -- Dane Richards and Jamaica have won their second consecutive Caribbean Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over Guadeloupe. Colorado's Omar Cummings scored in the final for the Reggae Boyz, while The Great Dane bagged three goals in five appearances throughout the tournament.

More plaudits are in order for Juan Agudelo and the Generation Adidas players, who scored a third victory in their three-match tour of Spain. Agudelo played just over a half in the first match against Real Madrid's reserves, came off the bench against Rayo Vallecano's second string, and scored while playing the full ninety minutes against Atlético Madrid's B side.

Those of you who have been doing Mock Re-Entry Drafts non-stop were definitely not disappointed by yesterday's Stage 1 excitement in which no fewer than two players were selected! Joseph Ngwenya is headed over to DC, and Columbus picked up Aaron Hohlbein. The Red Bulls passed, and unsurprisingly so given the salary offer requirements in Stage 1, but we will have a chance to continue in the even more exhilarating and gripping Stage 2 next week.

As I said earlier in the week, I'll be working on some season review pieces, and I'd appreciate your input for awards, moments of the season, and donkey of the season (those of you who have listened to the Talking Bull podcast with myself and Matt Conroy of The Viper's Nest know where my sympathies -- and antipathies -- lie). That's all from me for today.