Musket Rounds: Nyassi, Cassano And Homosexuality, UEFA vs. England, And More

FOXBORO, MA - JUNE 16: Jay Heaps, the coach of the New England Revolution, interacts with Robert Warzycha, coach of the Columbus Crew, at Gillette Stadium on June 16, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Greetings and salutations, and welcome to today's Musket Rounds. Saturday's match against Columbus was a drab, dour affair, but there were positives. For one, it was another shutout. For two, the reported attendance of 12,000+ actually looked about accurate. For three...well, that's all I got. A point's a point, I suppose. Also happening this weekend was the epic implosion of the Dutch and the surprising results in Group A of the Euros, where the Czechs and the Greeks are through, leaving the Poles and the Russians in the cold. But anyways, on to the Rounds. Oh, and pay special attention to the piece I'm about to link that relates to Antonio Cassano's recent scandal concerning homosexuality in the Italy squad - it's interesting, if nothing else.

Revolution Links

Reserves Defeat Crew, 1-0 - New England Soccer Today
Sainey Nyassi returned to action this weekend in the Revs' reserve match against the Crew, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory. Sean Donahue has the story.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Crew - New England Soccer Today
It was an admirable effort that fell two points short of the Revs' objective on Saturday. But what can we take away from the 0-0 draw? Brian O'Connell lets us know. (N.B.: I disagree about Moreno. I thought he was good on Saturday.)

Nyassi Nearing Return - New England Soccer Today
Gambian international scores for Revs Reserves as he continues recovery from a hamstring injury. Sean Donahue caught up with Sainey after the match.

Other Soccer Links

UEFA opens case against England over fans' conduct - Boston.com
UEFA opened a disciplinary case against the English Football Association on Sunday after some fans tried to invade the pitch during the team's 3-2 victory over Sweden. This, by the way, is after UEFA has fought for months to deny the existence of racism amongst fans in Poland and Ukraine, but go ahead and punish the FA because a couple of rowdy fans tried to run on the pitch. Also, apparently England are the 7th nation to be disciplined? MICHEL PLATINI, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION?

Their implosion was fascinating, but this Dutch side won’t be missed | The Footy Blog | Blogs | theScore.com
Jerrad Peters takes a look at the Netherlands side that crashed out of the Euros with an 0-3-0 record, the first time the Oranje have made it to a major tournament and not won a single match in the group stage. Two years ago they lost the World Cup Final just 1-0...

Cassano & Heterosexist Slutshaming | Futfanatico: Breaking Soccer News
Elliott is usually sarcastic and flippant with most of his posts, but I think this one is serious, and it puts the recent Cassano controversy into a really interesting perspective.

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