Musket Rounds: 5/20/2011

FOXBORO, MA - APRIL 10: New England Revolution flags are displayed before a game between the New England Revolution and the Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium on April 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

You see what I'm doing here? Two days, two Musket Rounds posts. Let's TRY and get used to this.

I also have another small announcement to make. Starting very soon, there will be a second rostered contributor for The Bent Musket! Nothing will be revealed until everything is totally finalized, but watch this space for a second point-of-view to start creeping in.

Today's Rounds feature more Revolution previews, a look at Germany's rise as a feeder nation for the USMNT, and the merits of a college education over risking it all on a career in soccer.

[ESPN Boston]
Brian O'Connell provides his keys for Revolution success this weekend: Organize, contain Wondo, and get service to the forwards.

Frank Dell'Apa talks with Ryan Cochrane and Stephen McCarthy about the trip across country this week to play San Jose. Buck Shaw is apparently the site of McCarthy's favorite-ever collegiate goal.

More after the jump.

[World Soccer Reader]
Ray Curren goes around the league previewing week 9 in MLS. He has the Revs losing 2-0 in San Jose...can't get behind that one.

[Soccer By Ives]
Thomas Floyd sets out his weekly Eastern Conference notes. For the Revs, he highlights the good defensive displays of the previous two games as evidence that the back line is really coming together even in spite of injuries.

[Soccer By Ives]
Ives Galarcep consults with his staff and chooses his best XI for week 8 in MLS. Benny Feilhaber is an honorable mention this week.

[Yanks Abroad]
Jamie Hill takes a look at the rise of Germany as a fertile ground for USMNT prospects, especially at the youth level.

[Run Of Play]
Does our consumption of top-level European soccer foster the exploitation of children in Africa and elsewhere? Elliott on education and the anxiety of consumer choice.

[The Allocation Order]
New contributor Jason Anderson takes a look at how Dallas, Seattle and RSL are dealing with the loss of major pieces to their roster puzzles through injury.

[Yanks Abroad]
Brian Sciaretta has a conversation with one of the latest German-American converts to the USMNT, Fabian Hurzeler. Hurzeler is coming off a great season as a regular for the Bayern Munich U-19 squad with occasional appearances for the reserves and training with the big club.

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