Musket Rounds: Shalrie Suspended, All-Stars, LBF, And More

Apr 5, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Sjalrie Joseph (21) moves the ball as FC Dallas midfielder Ricardo Villar (11) defends during the first half at FC Dallas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to your humpday edition of Musket Rounds. It's a biggish day in New England Revolution news, with the word coming out that Shalrie Joseph has been suspended retroactively for his challenge on Ricardo Villar last weekend. Furthermore, MLS is expected to announce this year's All-Star game opponent, but most everyone is pretty sure they already know who it will be. Check out the Rounds to find out for yourself.

Revolution Links

Injury Report - April 10 | New England Revolution
Worryingly, Matt Reis and Clyde Simms are somehow on the Questionable list. In better news, Benny Feilhaber has been upgraded to Doubtful, while John Lozano appears to be totally healthy.

MLS suspends, fines Joseph - Soccer By Ives
So Shalrie is now going to miss this weekend's match against DC. The challenge looked rough at full-speed, but I can't say it deserved a fine or a suspension. Shalrie had initial control of the ball, took a heavy touch, and went to clear it. Villar just got there first - these things happen, they aren't reckless, and punishing players for it above and beyond the card is ridiculous.

Fantasy Spotlight: NE Revolution players you should own |
Andrew Winner talked to Kyle McCarthy about the best Revolution players to own in MLS Fantasy this season. Matt Reis and A.J. Soares have the most points, but Winner is more concerned with Kelyn Rowe, Saer Sene, Jose Moreno, and Shalrie Joseph.

Rookie Rankings: RSL's Velasquez moves into Top 5 |
Kelyn Rowe has dropped to number 3 in these rankings. DC's Nick Deleon has the top spot, while Ryan Meara moves up to number 2.

A few minutes with New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post
Longtime D.C. United midfielder Clyde Simms, now with the New England Revolution, will face his former MLS club Saturday. Steve Goff had a nice phone interview with Clyde, who has been an anchor for the Revs this season.

Other Soccer Links

AT&T All-Star Game to be world's first "smart soccer match" |
Apparently, Adidas has chosen to use this season's MLS All-Star match to debut and showcase their micoach technology. Read up on the stuff, it's actually very interesting.

Live Breath Futbol, Interview with Ebun Olaloye - World Soccer Reader
Ebun Olaloye creator of Live Breath Futbol talks with Amy Swearingen in her return to WSR. LBF is a soccer fashion brand similar to Bumpy Pitch, but with its own unique ideas and products. It looks good, let me tell you.

Alexi Lalas on the USMNT - The MLS Reserves
Luke Lohr continues his astonishing record of getting great interviews and talks to Alexi Lalas. They cover topics like the U-23s, Jurgen Klinsmann, and Claudio Reyna.

Chelsea to face All-Stars: Can MLS snap its losing streak? | ProSoccerTalk
No Manchester United this year, but for MLS, there'll be no reprieve. The All-Stars will have to beat Chelsea if they're to end a three-game losing streak.

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