Musket Rounds: FIFA Corruption, Midseason Reviews, Kris Boyd Freaks Out, And More

MUSCAT OMAN - DECEMBER 09: President of FIFA Jospeh Sepp Blatter attends a press conference with the Oman Football Association at the Main Press Centre Al-Musannah Sports City on December 9 2010 in Muscat Oman. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Hello everybody and welcome to the Musket Rounds. It's a beautiful and sunny Thirsty Thursday here in my little corner of New England, and I can only assume it's much the same for most of the rest of you. The New England Revolution have some news this morning, but the goings on around the wider world of soccer have become infinitely more interesting.

Revolution Links

Revolution's Shuttleworth no longer shut out from action | MLSsoccer.com
Kyle McCarthy talks to Bobby Shuttleworth about finally getting some pitch time last weekend.

Podcast: Revs midfielder Chris Tierney - Boston New England Revolution Blog - ESPN Boston
Our man Chris Tierney appeared on the ESPN Boston podcast. Take a listen.

Heaps "shocked, disappointed" by Rowe suspension | MLSsoccer.com
Preach, Jay.

At season’s midway point, Revs encouraged by progress | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux caught up with several Revs players to talk about the team's progress in 2012 and where they can go from here.

MLS Midseason Review (Part II): One-Liners, Recanterizations & Observations " The Shin Guardian
Lee Nguyen features right in the beginning of this piece, courtesy of Jared Dubois.

Other Soccer News

Tense times in Portland; but shutting out a local reporter? | ProSoccerTalk
Things are understandably tense and nerves are surely frayed in the Portland Timbers camp. But c'mon! Steve Davis talks about Kris Boyd's decision to shut out a local beat writer.

Man City tried to get morning church bells pushed back in Austria | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
Today, in s**t that makes you say "huh?"

RSL Snags Justin Braun From Montreal | WVHooligan.com - MLS Blog
Is anyone else surprised at the dip Braun's career has taken recently? You know he won't start at RSL. I feel like he's better than all this is reflecting.

Ashley Cole defends John Terry, Arsenal fans at trial | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
How could I NOT link this comedy of errors?

Completely Unsurprising Swiss Court Documents Finger FIFA’s Crooks And Blatter’s Complicity | KCKRS
I almost didn't want to link this because, seriously, is this even news? But it is, and I will, because awareness is the only thing that has a chance of cleaning up FIFA in the long run.

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