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Musket Rounds: 5/19/2011

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So I'm still having difficulty getting these Musket Rounds posts out regularly. I can say, however, that I will be trying to do these daily, or at least more often than twice weekly as I had originally targeted. I can't guarantee that it will work that way, but I'm sure as hell going to try.

Anyway, today we have some stuff on this weekend's match against San Jose, the crazy way Shalrie got contacted by Grenada for the Gold Cup, the week that was in MLS and much more.

[ESPN Boston]
Brian O'Connell releases his preview of the Revs clash with San Jose this weekend.

[Revolution Blog]
Ryan Cochrane joined the guys at the Far Post Podcast for Mustache Day. Episode 9 is available for download.

[Soccer Insider]
Remember how our good friend CMajor said that Shalrie may be gone for the Gold Cup? Apparently the Grenada National Team required the services of reporter Steven Goff to get in touch with him, as the Washington Post man reveals here.

[Soccer By Ives]
Ives takes a look at the week that was in MLS. His Man of the Match in the Revs-Vancouver match was Benny Feilhaber, and with good reason.

More after the jump.

[WVHooligan]
The CONCACAF Champions' League groups were released the other day. MLS clubs' route to the final will once again run through Mexico.

[Match Fit USA - Formula XI]
Jason Kuenle analyzes the diversity of the US talent pool in MLS and, with typical depth and excellence, shows a trend in the skill set of defenders coming through the league.

[Unprofessional Foul]
The first match-up between the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers (in MLS) ended with a 1-1 draw on Saturday, but Timbers coach John Spencer kept the fires going with some choice words for Sigi Schmid and the Rave Green.

[Yanks Abroad]
USA goalkeeper abroad Joe Benny Corona has the chance to be the next American in the Mexican Primera in the end-of-season promotion playoff, where his side Club Tijuana faces off against Irapuato. He talked to Jamie Hill about the opportunity.

[The Turbulent World Of Middle East Soccer]
James Dorsey takes a look at Sepp Blatter's trip to Africa, where he is attempting to use the legacy of South Africa 2010 to gain ground on his opponent in the upcoming FIFA elections, Mohammed Bin Hammam. It seems, however, that his legacy of corruption may be ruining him.

[Soccer America]
The USA U-20 squad played to a creditable 3-3 draw with France in the first of two friendlies they will play in Europe. Three of the players in the squad will be eligible for the 2013 U-20 World Cup.

[Boston.com]
FIFA officials will interview a whistleblower from Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid over allegations that bribes were paid to African voters, Sepp Blatter said Thursday.

[The USA 10 Kit]
Brent Latham takes a look at the conundrum that is Michael Bradley - perennial national team starter, but without regular soccer for the last six months. How does this affect the USMNT in the Gold Cup?