Musket Rounds: Heaps, Fire, USMNT, And More

FOXBORO, MA - APRIL 14: Head coach Jay Heaps of the New England Revolution looks out on the field before a game against the DC United at Gillette Stadium April 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

We at The Bent Musket haven't had a chance to address this, so I will use this space. On behalf of everyone who writes with me here, our thoughts and prayers go out to Jay Heaps and his family after the tragedy of losing his mother last week. I can't even fathom how he has had the strength and fortitude to do what work he has been able to do during this time, including being on the sidelines for last weekend's match against DC.

Revolution Links

Revs preparing for the unexpected against Chicago | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux spoke with Jay Heaps and Chris Tierney ahead of tomorrow's match.

Revs Notebook: Extra time loss throws wrench into plans | MLSsoccer.com
Jay Heaps has some shuffling to do since several players got more use than they were originally expected to against Harrisburg on Tuesday. Plus, with Ryan Guy and Clyde Simms still hurt, the midfield is looking thin.

Scouting Report: Chicago Fire
New England Soccer Today caught up with Dan Gaichas from Windy City Soccer to get some insight on the Revolution's next opponent - the Chicago Fire.

Through personal issues, Heaps works - The Boston Globe
Julian Benbow spoke with Heaps and Shalrie Joseph about Jay's unbelievable strength in going through the difficult time he's faced in the last week.

Other Soccer Links

The potential MLS stadium at New York’s Pier 40 inches closer | ProSoccerTalk
A Thursday night meeting on Manhattan's West side will help to clear the air a bit. I STILL don't like the idea of forcing NYC2. There are better places.

Is Klinsmann's gamesmanship really in US players' DNA? | MLSsoccer.com
Some American players don't seem to think so, and insofar as diving and influencing referees is concerned, I agree. However, I think Marcelo should have been stomped and kicked out of that match long before he was subbed, so "nastiness" is something the US should definitely work on.

Euro 2012: Panorama Outrage and Convoluted Conversations About Discrimination " Nutmeg Radio
Miriti Murungi from Nutmeg Radio penned a great piece about the recent BBC Panorama investigation into racism and hate crimes in Euro 2012 host countries Poland and Ukraine. The report was chilling, but also problematic in its own right.

Save Up For Your Supporters Section Ticket With An MLS Piggy Bank | KCKRS
These are just fantastic.

The Throw-In: US could use a little more bite like Jones' | MLSsoccer.com
Jonah Freedman is a Jermaine Jones fan, and so am I. I agree with just about everything in this piece.

Germany will win Euro 2012 | The Footy Blog
...according to the FIFA 12 Euro expansion, that is. But it's not a bad prediction all things considered.

Op-Ed: Buy-In Time Is Nigh " The Shin Guardian
Joshua Wells with an excellent opinion piece about soccer culture in America and what Klinsmann is expected to do to continue to change it.

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