Musket Rounds: Donovan, Riders, Ukraine, Lechner, And More

FOXBORO, MA - MAY 28: Darrius Barnes #25 of the New England Revolution and Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy fight for the ball in the first half on May 28, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It's the calm before the storm, people; the New England Revolution are in California, preparing to take on the defending MLS Champs, the LA Galaxy, tomorrow night at 11 PM EST on national TV. That's right - your Revs are going to be on the NBC Sports Network for the first time. I find that to be incredibly exciting - not only do we get to hear the magical voice of Arlo White announcing the play-by-play, but the greatest production value in soccer broadcasts in America will be showing it. Seriously, watching an MLS match on NBCSN is like visual sex to the disgruntled MLS fan.

Alright, maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's still miles better than CSN. Or ESPN, for that matter.

On with the Rounds.

Revolution Links

Scouting the Opposition: Los Angeles Galaxy
New England Soccer Today caught up with Scott French from ESPN Los Angeles to get the 411 about the Revolution's next opponent - the Los Angeles Galaxy. Brian O'Connell asks the questions.

Quad injury could sideline Donovan vs. New England |
ALERT. ALERT. BIG NEWS. More than likely, Donovan will play and this is a bit of a mind games ploy by Bruce Arena and co. But hey, if it's not...LA's deep and can still beat us any other way, but Donovan is the heart and soul of that team.

Revs Notebook: Broken nose no obstacle for Alston |
Looks like Kevin Alston will be hale and healthy for LA tomorrow. Also, Jose Moreno is traveling with the squad and could feature, but apparently is a lock to make an appearance in the Dallas match.

BigShot Q&A: Midnight Riders President – Fran Harrington by Herb Scribner -
Fran Harrington talked with Herb Scribner about MLS, the Revs, and Supporters' culture in general. It's a pretty good read, although Fran does seem to be a bit of a practiced diplomat in these situations.

Revs' Lechner relishing chance to ply his trade stateside |
Kyle McCarthy took a minute to talk to Florian Lechner about his move stateside and how he feels about putting on a Revs jersey. It appears he was in contact with Ian Joy and Luis Robles to get the scoop on the league beforehand.

Other Soccer Links

Ukraine has tram stops that look like goals for Euro 2012 | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
This is pretty cool. Almost makes you think that Ukraine's preparation for Euro 2012 hasn't been all bad. Kinda cancels out the extermination of hundreds of thousands of innocent stray dogs...wait. No it doesn't. Cool tram stops nonetheless.

MLS Managers Survey: The verdict on Copa Libertadores |
This is a fun little series that has been doing. Today, we get to find out what coaches think about the Copa Libertadores, the best Americans abroad, and who plays the most attractive soccer in the league.

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