Musket Rounds: Revs over Red Bulls, Adrian Healey, Designated Players and More

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20: Juan Agudelo #17 of the New York Red Bulls battles Darrius Barnes #25 of the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

What a weekend! The New England Revolution improved their preseason record to 5-0-0 with their second conquest of MLS opposition, this time taking down the New York Red Bulls by a 2-0 scoreline. Kelyn Rowe had both the goals, continuing his blistering form and propelling the Revs to the top of the Desert Diamond Cup standings. Check out the following recaps, but most importantly, read our own Revs-Red Bulls postgame analysis.

New England 2 - 0 New York Recaps

Rowe Rallies Revs - New England Soccer Today

Revolution rookie Rowe strikes brace to best Red Bulls | MLSsoccer.com

Revolution 2, NY Red Bulls 0 | New England Revolution

The Revolution will face Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, February 29th at 8 PM EST. Per usual, the match will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com. More Revolution and general soccer links after the jump!

Revolution Links

Moving Parts - New England Soccer Today
Flexibility of Revs creative midfielders allows Heaps to adapt team to opponents. Sean Donahue takes a look at the results of moving Benny out to the left and Kelyn Rowe wide on the right.

Revolution's Heaps: I would play Rowe anywhere | MLSsoccer.com
Jay Heaps has nothing but glowing praise for two-goal hero Kelyn Rowe, lauding him for his contributions to the attack and flexibility in midfield.

Plugging the Gaps - New England Soccer Today
The spotlight may be on Kelyn Rowe halfway through the Desert Diamond Cup, but Jay Heaps believes that the defense is starting to find its groove as well. Brian O'Connell explains.

Other Soccer Links

Adrian Healey Interview: MLS is a Top Ten League | Prost Amerika
Prost Amerika spoke with Adrian Healey about his life as an ESPN soccer commentator and what he thinks of MLS. Unsurprisingly, MLS's stock is on the rise in the global game.

On Thomas Muller - Run of Play
Ryan O'Hanlon takes a look at the new German national team through the lens of starlet Thomas Muller. Did you know that Diego Maradona refused a press conference with Muller because Maradona thought he was a ball boy?

Putting A Value On The Designated Player - US Soccer Players
Dario Camacho points out the obvious: the Designated Player rule doesn't work the same for everybody. In this piece, he presents an interesting solution to the problem, and a way of leveling the playing field for teams that can't afford to bring in high-priced players.

The Genoa Job - No Short Corners
Will Parchman briefly summarizes the changes to the USA roster for Wednesday's friendly against Italy. Sacha Kljestan FINALLY gets a look in with Klinsmann, who apparently has something out for the poor guy. I've never been a big Kljestan fan, but his form has to count for something.

Mexico U-23s call up American-born duo for US friendly | MLSsoccer.com
Miguel Angel Ponce and Ricardo Bocanegra, two young Mexican-Americans eligible for the USA and Mexico, will be joining the Mexican U-23 squad for their match against the USA U-23s on Wednesday. Ponce is from Sacramento, CA, and Bocanegra was born in Las Vegas, NV.

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