Musket Rounds: 5/21/2011, Matchday

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 17: Andrea Pirlo of Italy during Italy Training - 2010 FIFA World Cup on June 17, 2010 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

It's time, folks. The Revolution are set to take on the San Jose Earthquakes tonight in a clash involving two teams who appear to be rounding into form.

But first, let's have some musket rounds.

Frank Dell'Apa previews tonight's clash against the Earthquakes. He is quick to point out that West Coast road trips have been less than successful for the Revs so far this season.

[New England Soccer Today]
Brian O'Connell, who is everywhere these days, provides his match preview for NEST here.

Jeff Lemieux provides us with the Revolution - San Jose preview straight from the horse's mouth, appearing on the Revs' official site.

The latest Revolution injury report

[Left Back In The Changing Room]
In a personal indulgence, I'd like to share with you Rob Marrs' appreciation for Andrea Pirlo. "Il Metronomo" is one of my favorite all-time players and it looks like he'll be leaving AC Milan this summer, ending a decade-long era of wonderful passes and deadly free-kicks at the San Siro.

Shalrie Joseph spoke with Kyle McCarthy about the possibility of joining Grenada for their Gold Cup campaign. He hasn't made his decision just yet.

[Fox Soccer]
Ives Galarcep talks with Freddy Adu, the former phenom trying to work his way back through Turkeys second division. Galarcep: Turkish sojourn shows its too early to label Freddy Adu a bust.

[Unprofessional Foul]
If I ever get this desperate for page views, shoot me. The Fan's Attic shows us exactly how despicable a journalist can be when twisting someone's comments out of proportion by revealing that Philip Lahm is not, in fact, homophobic, and never said anything that would indicate he was.

[Daily Soccer Fix]
Steve Davis gives us a look into his mind as he reveals what he is and isn't worried about in the American soccer landscape today. I read his comments about referees and laughed...and then agreed.

[The Allocation Order]
Chris Ballard takes a look at this week in MLS history by going all the way back to the inaugural '96 season. The top 10 goals of that year are shown afterwards, unfortunately not featuring any Revolution strikes.

[US Soccer Players]
Jason Davis takes a close look at the impact of the Gold Cup on teams around the league. He postulates that if MLS is serious about being the premier club competition in the region, they will need to institute a Gold Cup break every other year.

[Match Fit USA]
Jason Davis reminds us that just because Sepp Blatter "didn't rule out" a re-vote for the 2022 World Cup, doesn't mean he committed to it at all.

[The USA 10 Kit]
Anthony Mannino takes stock of the American players new AS Roma owner Thomas Benedetto is rumored to be interested in signing. At this point it's all still conjecture, but as Anthony states, some are more possible than others.

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