May 19, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph (21) defends against Houston Dynamo forward Macoumba Kandji (9) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. The Dynamo and Revolution tied 2-2. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
Top of the morning to you, and welcome to this Thursday edition of Musket Rounds. It's the eve of a USA match that actually means something, and I think we're all excited to see how Jurgen Klinsmann's Nats are going to perform in a competitive match. Keep in mind, by the way, that anything less than a 4-0 scoreline against Antigua & Barbuda is probably too close. Well, that's unfair. Maybe 3-0. Anyways, on to the Rounds.
Heaps keeping things fresh on the training ground | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux talked to Jay Heaps about how he switches up training routines to keep the players engaged and prevent them from hitting plateaus throughout the season.
Feilhaber, Joseph right at home in Revs' central midfield | MLSsoccer.com
Kyle McCarthy spoke with Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber, as well as Coach Heaps, about something we at TBM have mentioned with some regularity: putting Benny in the middle with Shalrie.
Bye week offers Revs chance to "keep things fresh" | MLSsoccer.com
This looks like Kyle McCarthy basically re-writing Jeff Lemieux's earlier piece, but hey, it's Revs-related so I'm linking it.
Other Soccer Links
Blackpool Offered Brett Ormerod Less Than The MLS Minimum Salary | KCKRS
This doesn't mean that MLS minimums aren't bad. But...wow, man. Just wow.
Chivas USA Shows Respect for Tournament, Opponent with Win - The MLS Reserves
Luke Lohr opines about the way that Chivas USA respected their division-2 opponent, the Carolina Railhawks, in their recent US Open Cup victory.
Talking center backs: Cameron, Onyewu or Goodson in Friday’s World Cup qualifying opener? | ProSoccerTalk
Which of Jurgen Klinsmann’s three central defense options alongside captain Carlos Bocanegra might the coach feature when the United States meets Antigua & Barbuda this Friday in Tampa? Steve Davis thinks it oughta be Goodson, I think.
Michel Platini says players who are racially abused will get a yellow card if they leave the pitch | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
Sometimes I feel like PR departments and publicists just don't exist outside the United States.