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Musket Rounds: 5/3/2011


I would like to first observe a moment of reflection. Ten years after experiencing the most horribly tragic event ever on American soil, the man responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans - and countless others of innumerable nations in other incidents - was tracked down and killed in Pakistan late Sunday night. God bless America.

Today's Musket Rounds feature a robust selection of stories and topics. There are some words on the future of Al Qaeda, analysis of last weekends abomination against Chivas USA, controversy in Canadian soccer, and more.

Also, tonight I will be attending the "#WelcomeBennyToBoston" event at McGreevy's on Boylston Street. I'll be along as media (not sure exactly what I will be reporting, but hey, details can be worked out later) but feel free to come seek me out and we'll have a beer.

Brian O'Connell believes that the Revolution entered Saturday's contest way too overconfident considering their recent record against the Goats. The result vindicates his position. [ESPN Boston]

Benny Feilhaber spoke to David Smith and explained that he is looking forward to bringing what he's learned in Europe to bear in Foxboro. He also commented on his previous experience with Rajko Lekic. [Yanks Abroad]

The New England Revolution academy squads were in action this weekend at Harvard, going 1-0-1. Diego Fagundez recorded an assist for the U18s. []

More after the jump.

David Beckham, who played 83 minutes this weekend against FC Dallas despite having just touched down after attending the Royal Wedding in England, has asserted that he can play at least another three years of high-level soccer. []

The Boston Breakers engineered a close win over Sky Blue FC in WPS action this weekend. Julian Cardillo reports. [New England Soccer Today]

New York Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe has asserted that Dwayne De Rosario will opt out of representing Canada at this summer's Gold Cup. Such a decision would be a huge blow to America's northerly neighbors, as DeRo is arguably their best player. [Soccer By Ives]

Almost immediately, Canada national team manager Stephen Hart rebutted that statement, claiming he'd heard nothing of the sort and was fully expecting De Rosario to be involved in the tournament. [Soccer By Ives]

Jose Mourinho has a well-known reputation in the Anglophone media as a master manipulator. Sam Fayyaz writes, though, that an obsession with mind games obscures everything else about the wins and losses. [Run Of Play]

Has the incredible pressure of media scrutiny and the fragility of job security damaged the reputations of managers in soccer? Suhail Seedat thinks so. [Two-Footed Tackle]

David Beckham complained about referee Alex Prus' performance in Dallas this weekend, but not everyone believes that LA deserved any less than they received. Steve Davis writes that the Galaxy cannot feel hard done-by the result. [Daily Soccer Fix]

American defender in England Zak Whitbread may get a taste of Premier League soccer next season. His team, Norwich City, earned automatic promotion to the top league this weekend. [Soccer America]

After the brutal and violent tackle from Brian Mullan that snapped talented winger Steve Zakuani's leg like a toothpick, Seattle Sounders fans organized an 11th-minute tribute for the Congolese star in their next match. Cosmosredux takes a moment to review the genesis of perhaps the most famous one-minute salute in American soccer history - the Charlie Davies salute in October 2009. [The Shin Guardian]

Writing for Al-Arabiya, James M. Dorsey explains that Osama bin Laden's recent death is not likely to inspire a brand new generation of jihadists. For his reasoning, he points to the recent revolutions in Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Tunisia, where soccer played a major role. [The Turbulent World Of Middle Eastern Soccer]