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Musket Rounds: Tucson, Machado, Hashtags, and More

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The time has come for us to try and resurrect my old pet project, the Musket Rounds. Musket Rounds are a morning round-up of the important links in the world of the New England Revolution and American soccer in general. I draw these stories from my google reader, for the most part - if any of you read a publication that gets little love here, let me know in the comments and I'll RSS it for future consideration.

This week is all about Arizona as the New England Revolution have landed in Tucson for their second phase of preseason. The team will face off against the Los Angeles Galaxy tomorrow in a match that will be streamed live on

Revolution News

New England Soccer Today
Sean Donahue talked to Jay Heaps and Chris Tierney about their upcoming participation in the Desert Diamond Cup. Tierney is excited for the new season under Heaps, citing a change in play style and game preparation over last season.

Soccer Soap Box
The twitter uproar over a British pub commandeering the #Revs hashtag has left some belligerently beating their heads against a wall, argues Soccer Soap Box. His solution? Just use a new hashtag.

The Kids Are Alright
Matt Kaufman has a nice profile on Academy standout Dominik Machado, who has drawn the attention of the one and only Taylor Twellman in recent times.

World Soccer Reader
Ray Curren takes a quick look at the MLS season to come in this season preview for WSR.

New England Revolution
It's a cheap link, but we HAVE to connect to the Revolution Weekly Update for this week, don't we?

More links after the jump!

Other Soccer

US Soccer Daily
The guys at USSD take a stab at analyzing the numbers for AZ Alkmaar, comparing their record from 2011, when Jozy Altidore was a starter, to 2012, when he's seen mostly sub minutes.

Soccer By Ives
Dwayne De Rosario has signed a new, non-DP contract with D.C. United, meaning one of the Revs' fiercest Eastern rivals has retained an MVP talent. Oh joy of joys.

The Shin Guardian
Jay Bell interviewed RSL GM Garth Lagerwey for The Shin Guardian. It's a nice look into the mind of a GM who is truly on the cutting edge of MLS team-building. This is a team most clubs should be modeling themselves upon.

New England Soccer Today
Foxborough hasn't seen a whole lot of international friendlies in the last few years, but that looks set to change with the Canada and Brazil Women's National Teams set to possibly play a friendly at Gillette on March 24th.

Have some other news to share that we missed? Link it in the comments section!