Musket Rounds: Phelan, Tierney, Guardiola, Manchester Derby, & more

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Well, we've had two weeks of anticipation and now the Revolution's next match is finally upon us. Get your fill ahead of Saturday's clash with the Red Bulls with some Revolution links. And while you're at it, get caught up to speed on the rest of the footballing world.

Revolution Links

Phelan training with Revs as he looks for next opportunity -

The Revs have had a familiar face in training this week in the form of former midfielder Pat Phelan, who joined the team just for training and fitness reasons. Kyle McCarthy had a chance to speak to the ex-Rev about his trials and tribulations in finding a new club to call home.

Heaps: "We don’t want it to be an open game" vs. NY -

More tactics and strategy from coach Heaps ahead of the Revs' upcoming 3-game stretch, starting tomorrow against the New York Red Bulls. Are you getting excited yet? I know I am.

New England native Tierney at home at left back (video) -

This is a pretty interesting video that looks at Chris Tierney's career up to this point and how his role has evolved for the better under Jay Heaps. Definitely worth the watch. Do it up.

Other Links

Guardiola to leave at end of season - Fox Soccer

If you've glanced at any other soccer blog today (but, why would you?) then you've probably already heard the news--Pep Guardiola is leaving Barcelona. It is indeed the talk of the town today. Pep will be succeeded by his assistant Tito Vilanova, who was infamously poked in the eye by Jose Mourinho last year. Fox Soccer breaks down the career of Guardiola (spoiler alert: he won LOTS of trophies) as Barca fans prepare to say adios.

Saving Spain’s Honor: Atlético and Bilbao Reach Europa League Final

To answer your question: yes, the Europa League is still a thing. And the final is set. Spanish clubs Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao will square off on May 9th in Bucharest.

Police braced for emotional Manchester derby between United and City - The Guardian

The battle for the Premier League title basically comes down to Monday's clash between bitter rivals Manchester City and Manchester United. United will travel all of 6 miles to the Etihad Stadium for what promises to be one of the most entertaining (and stressful, for some) games of the year. Naturally, police are cracking down hardcore for this one, including a plan to turn away anyone under the influence of alcohol. Drinking before a soccer game? Preposterous!

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