Apr 5, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Carlos Rodriguez (22) fights for the ball with New England Revolution midfielder Sharlrie Joseph (21) during the first half at FC Dallas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
We're closing in on Saturday's big East Coast clash with DC United, and the New England Revolution are scrambling to cope with the loss of captain Shalrie Joseph. Elsewhere, the dream season for Americans Abroad has continued as Jozy Altidore, Fabian Johnson, and others have put up some good numbers in mid-week action. All in all, today's Rounds have some good payloads.
Joseph: Surprising suspension leaves "hole in my chest" | MLSsoccer.com
Shalrie speaks out on his suspension. I agree with him - this was addressed on the field, and there was no need for further discipline. Villar's injury very obviously influenced the committee on this.
Joseph suspension forces Revs to shuffle midfield | New England Revolution
This is the first look at some possible lineup changes this weekend due to Shalrie's suspension. I would expect Rowe to partner Simms in the middle, with Guy moving to the right wing, but there's always the chance of starting Cardenas, White, Mansally, or even Purdie.
Other Soccer Links
On Throw-Ins - Run of Play
You know, I've often thought exactly these thoughts about throw-ins before. Especially when Stevie Nicol insisted on having Darrius Barnes chuck a useless long-throw any time the Revs were in the opposing half.
Americans Abroad: Mid-Week Rewind - Soccer By Ives
There was a LOT of American scoring abroad yesterday (as there has been all season), so it feels right to link an article that has most or all of the highlights.
AZ vs. FC Twente Highlights " Over There
These are Jozy's goals. He got away with a bit of a push on the first, but the second is class.