In something of a change of pace from our normal Musket Rounds, I would like to place a clipping right up here at the top of the page in an effort to put the spotlight on it that it deserves. After that, on to New England Revolution news and other links as usual.
The Beautiful Game: Fair Trade And Soccer " The Shin Guardian
This is an excellent article in TSG's Beautiful Game series that spotlights Senda Athletics, a fair-trade soccer ball company. The company's founder, Santiago Halty (who also penned the piece), started an Indiegogo campaign to put together a documentary on the company, his fair-trade factory, and the importance of fair labor in the athletics industry. It's well worth the read.
Typical great find from the TSG staff, and a really great organization founded on good principles. I hope all of you get a chance to read that. Now, on to the Rounds.
Revs Notebook: Imbongo quiet revelation for Heaps & Co. | MLSsoccer.com
A revelation that yes, people can actually be that inaccurate in front of goal? Seriously, though, I really did think that Imbongo played well as a target man, but those misses far out-shadowed his contributions in other areas of the field.
New England Revolution vs Montreal Impact Preview - Goal.com
Here's Zac Rigg's preview of Sunday's match.
Kick Off: Shalrie eyes SuperClasico, hands Revs parting shot | MLSsoccer.com
Gratuitous self-promotion? Yes sir indeed! Guess who's got the top spot in today's Kick Off!!!
Other Soccer Links
Timbers sign Olympian Hogg, trade Chabala to DC United | MLSsoccer.com
Portland continues to make moves and do stuff that no one really understands. But hey, whatever works, Hogg looks a player so good for them, and him.
American Exports: Bedoya eyes move to Swedish champs | MLSsoccer.com
So I guess Bedoya is NOT coming to MLS. Not that we ever really thought he was?
The name's Boyd... Terrence Boyd. - No Short Corners
It's only been a couple weeks, but...man. Boyd's tearing it UP in Austria.
Hernandez, Ochoa headline 18-man Mexico roster for USMNT friendly - Soccer By Ives
Still waiting on the USA roster, but now we have a look at the Mexico roster for the friendly at the Azteca. This is NOT a roster for an exhibition, my friends. IT'S ON.
Knighton ready to impress in first MLS start for Whitecaps | MLSsoccer.com
I hope Brad does well. I thought he was very underrated filling in for Reis when he was in New England.
What on earth is Smart Soccer and honestly why should I care? - A Football Report
Eric Beard on Smart Soccer and what it means for the game as a whole. It's a good read, since I'm sure there are some of us out there wondering how much of a revolution being able to track how many miles a guy runs is going to cause.
Sepp Blatter Was Booed By 80,000 People At The USWNT Medal Ceremony | KCKRS
80,000! Eighty thousand! Hahahaha eighty thousand booing people! Sepp Blatter took it all in stride, and after the ceremony lit a Cuban cigar with several benjamins and laughed at the peasants in Wembley. As he boarded his airship and coasted on the clouds in luxury and style back to Switzerland.