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Musket Rounds: Trialists, Tierney, Expansion, And More

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Midweek during the offseason is usually full of slow news days, especially in Foxborough, and this week has been no exception. The biggest news to come out of New England Revolution camp since their arrival in Tucson is the list of new trialists who have joined the squad in hopes of making the final roster cut. There has been other news elsewhere, though, as Don Garber continues to tease the anxious masses about the 20th expansion team, this time entertaining Orlando City as a destination, even though he's almost certain to force a second team in New York no matter how much sense it doesn't make.

The Revs will kick off the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson tonight at 8 PM against the Los Angeles Galaxy. The match will be streamed live on MLSsoccer.com, and we should have a live thread going so don't forget to join us later and follow along!

Revolution News

New Trialists Join Revs - New England Soccer Today
The Revs have taken ten trialists with them to Arizona, including four newcomers and one player who rejoins the team after a trial during the Revs last Arizona trip.

The Revs in the Age of Mutual Love | M.Willis - Art, Design, Soccer, Web
Harvard-based marketing, design, and web specialist Mark Willis vocalizes his frustrations from Supporters' Summit 2012, asking the Revs to do one thing: love their supporters back.

Kraft Giving the Revs What it Needs to Succeed " The Indirect Kick
Brendan Schimmel has some choice words for Bob Kraft, who recently told Frank Dell'Apa that he is "committed to giving the Revs what they need to succeed." Does Bob mean it, and does he even know what those needs are?

Versatile Tierney honing in on left back role | New England Revolution
Revolution staff writer Jeff Lemieux spoke with Chris Tierney about life as a utility man, and looked at the possibility of Tierney laying claim to the starting left-back role in 2012.

Up For Grabs - New England Soccer Today
Jay Heaps currently has a surplus of defenders on the camp roster. But, the new head coach will need to see them shine in the upcoming Desert Diamond Cup.

Other Soccer

MLS preseason this week - Soccer America Daily
SoccerAmerica does a quick look at this week's slate of preseason games, as well as a comprehensive list of all the preseason matches that each MLS team has played already, plus what they have coming up before the regular season kicks off.

Garber to attend exploratory meetings on future Orlando expansion | MLSsoccer.com
Don Garber is apparently going to meet with the Orlando City ownership group to talk expansion into MLS. Personally, I think Don is fanatically focused on bringing number 20 to New York, but I'm a huge fan of what Orlando's been doing and I think they might be the most MLS-ready at this moment.

Onyewu Out Two Months - Yanks Abroad
USA and Sporting Lisbon defender Oguchi Onyewu is going under the knife for a torn ligament and meniscus in his right knee. He's expected to be out for two months.

NBC Sports Unleashes New MLS Promo - World Soccer Reader
In case you're weren't already excited enough about the upcoming MLS season, this new promo should help. NBC again shows that if you're going to do something, you may as well do it right.