Musket Rounds: No One Likes Following A Loss

March 10, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Jose Earthquakes defender VActor Bernardez (26) controls the ball between New England Revolution players during the second half at Buck Shaw Stadium. The San Jose Earthquakes defeated the New England Revolution 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

No one likes trying to follow a loss like the one suffered on Saturday. Unfortunately, the show must go on, and the world of soccer has not stopped to let us be alone with our grief. MLS's opening weekend has, by and large, been exciting and successful. LA was beaten handily by RSL, Colorado topped Columbus, SKC squeaked a win over DC, Vancouver took down Montreal in the latter's MLS debut, and Houston left it late but managed a victory over Chivas. So far, no draws in week one, but that could change tonight when Portland takes on Philadelphia on ESPN2.

Revolution Links

Heaps: Revs "got sucked into" SJ’s direct approach | New England Revolution
Head Coach Jay Heaps talks a bit about how the Revs got knocked out of their original possession game plan and started trying to match the direct style of San Jose.

Five Takeaways From the San Jose Loss " The Indirect Kick
The Indirect Kick has some strong words to say about Saturday night's loss. And it's not like they're wrong.

Monday MLS Breakdown: Opening weekend sees cautionary steps taken by most sides - Goal.com
Kyle McCarthy takes a look at Week 1's matches so far and gives his five points. For New England, he believes the Revs have to take better care of the ball if they have any hope of pulling off a short passing game.

Colombians in MLS: A Revolution at hand in New England? | MLSsoccer.com
In the final installment of mlssoccer.com's three-part series, Nick Firchau maps out the paths of Colombian players to Portland and New England, and how different each journey was.

Other Soccer Links

An Arbitrary Number of Thoughts From MLS’ Opening Weekend - The USA 10 Kit
Jon Arnold has four important thoughts for this weekend in MLS matches. Not a one of them is about the Revs, but he makes good points.

Klinsmann addresses Herculez Gomez status with USMNT | MLSsoccer.com
I can't for the life of me understand what Klinsmann doesn't see in Gomez. I thought Herc looked good in the World Cup and deserved more opportunities. He should definitely be ahead of Agudelo, Bunbury, and Boyd on the "internal ranking," at least.

White lives up to billing - Soccer America Daily
Paul Kennedy reviews the announcing team for NBC Sports, who put on their first MLS broadcast yesterday. I agree with him; Arlo White was great, and Martino was good as well. Production value was the best I've ever seen for MLS.

EFA cancels Egyptian league for security and political reasons - The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer
Things in Egypt have gone from bad to worse. In the wake of the Port Said tragedy, the EFA has canceled the domestic season, and James Dorsey is all over it.

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