GENOA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 29: Clint Dempsey of USA celebrates the opening goal during the international friendly match between Italy and USA at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
What a day yesterday was! Not only did the United States Men's National Team earn their first-ever victory over Italy (in Italy, no less), but the New England Revolution, fielding mostly reserves and trialists, conquered Real Salt Lake 2-1 and advanced to the Desert Diamond Cup Final. Furthermore, the US Women's National Team crushed Denmark 5-0, and the USA Olympic U-23 squad beat Mexico 2-0. All in all, an excellent day for soccer in America and New England.
With all that going on, today's Musket Rounds is more of a Cannon Rounds edition; we've got a whole lot to show you.
Revolution 2 - 1 RSL Recaps
USA 1 - 0 Italy Recaps
General Revolution Links
SBI MLS Season Preview: New England Revolution - Soccer By Ives
Avi Creditor has the duty of previewing the Revolution for SBI. He focuses on the strength of the Revs midfield and the new philosophies brought in by Jay Heaps.
Countdown to First Kick: 10 Revs and red cards | MLSsoccer.com
Andrew Wiebe highlights a stat no one really wants to remember; the Revs had ten players sent off last season, something they should be working to avoid this season.
NESN Apologizes to Revs Fans Via Twitter " The Indirect Kick
Brendan Schimmel, friend of The Bent Musket and leader of The Rebellion, picked up on NESN Soccer's recent apology to Revs fans for lack of coverage. He sees it as a big step in the right direction, and believes that NESN deserves our support.
Fagundez Shines - New England Soccer Today
Revs’ 17-year-old home grown player scores, assists in Desert Diamond Cup final group match, writes Sean Donahue.
Fagundez putting his all into every performance for Revs | MLSsoccer.com
Jonah Freedman spoke with Diego Fagundez about his performance vs. RSL last night, and about the surreal life he leads as a star professional soccer player still in high school.
Starters rest but Revs continue to roll | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux talks to some of the players involved in last night's victory, where most first-team players were rested in an effort to get the fringe players and trialists some time.
Other Soccer Links
US U-23s vs. Mexico Highlights " Over There
While the USA was busy beating Italy and the Revs were booking their ticket to the Desert Diamond Cup Final, the USA's U-23 Olympic team was laying a 2-0 smackdown on the Mexico U-23s. Over There has the goals.
U.S. Women Demolish Denmark - New England Soccer Today
Alex Morgan led the way with two goals as the U.S. captured a 5-0 win over Denmark during the Algarve Cup opener.
Meola, Reyna Get Call to Hall - New England Soccer Today
The first time proved to be the charm for former U.S. Men’s National Team members Claudio Reyna and Tony Meola on Wednesday after both were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, writes Brian O'Connell.
Counting Aston Villa’s Losses - A Football Report
Jason Davis makes a contribution to A Football Report discussing Aston Villa's American owner Randy Lerner and the devastating financial losses Villa has suffered in the last year or two.