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Musket Rounds: Revs Win 3-2, Simplifying MLS, And More

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Last night, the New England Revolution kicked off the preseason Desert Diamond Cup tournament in style with a thrilling 3-2 win over reigning the reigning MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy. Benny Feilhaber scored a stunning bicycle kick to open the floodgates, and goals from John Lozano and Jeremiah White canceled out efforts from Edson Buddle and Mike Magee to mark the first time the Revs have scored three goals in a winning effort against MLS competition since that fated match against Sporting KC early last season.

A.J. Soares and Kevin Alston did not participate due to injury concerns, while several trialists, including Tom Cruise, didn't make the pitch. For a recap of the action, look to the following:

Revolution 3, LA Galaxy 2 | New England Revolution

Revs Outgun the Galaxy - New England Soccer Today

The Revs' next match in the tournament will take place against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at 10 PM EST, once again streamed live on

Matches tend to create a glut of news and last night's clash was no exception. Check after the jump for a wealth of Revolution news, as well as updates from across the world of soccer.

Other Revolution Match Links

Feilhaber’s stunner highlights Revs’ victory over LA | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux spoke with Benny Feilhaber about his stunning goal and then discussed plans going forward with Jay Heaps. Heaps was happy with the performance, and apparently we will be seeing more extensive time for the trialists come Saturday.

Midfield Shines in Tucson Opener - New England Soccer Today
Sean Donahue analyzes the midfield performance in the Revs' 3-2 victory over the LA Galaxy last night, highlighting Kelyn Rowe and Benny Feilhaber as major contributors.

Revolution's Feilhaber hits bicycle kick, succeeds on flank |
Greg Lalas spoke with Feilhaber and captain Shalrie Joseph about the play of the midfield and the possibility of Benny playing out wide in 2012.

5 Takeaways From Tonight’s 3-2 Win Over LA " The Indirect Kick
Brendan Schimmel lists what excited him most about last night's match, including the play of Rowe and Feilhaber, and the potential of Saer Sene.

General Revolution Links

New England Revolution try out players - The Boston Globe
Frank Dell'Apa takes a look at the trialists in camp. In addition, he spoke briefly with Saer Sene, who talked about his career journey thus far and how he "followed [his] heart" to New England.

Top 5 MLS #10's - No Short Corners
Will Parchman took a look at playmakers in MLS, naming Benny Feilhaber the league's 3rd-best creative 10-shirt (even though he wears 22).

2012 New England Revolution preview: Rebuilding begins |
Kyle McCarthy previews the 2012 Revolution season, focusing on Jay Heaps' impact on the squad and whether or not it can spur the club to a playoff push.

2012 Depth Chart: New England Revolution |
Kyle McCarthy also follows up his preview piece with a look at the Revolution depth chart, if the season started tomorrow.

Making a Statement - New England Soccer Today
In his first 100 days as head coach, Jay Heaps may not yet have gotten the chance to win his first MLS game. But, he's already made an indellible mark on the Revolution, according to Brian O'Connell

Other Soccer Links

2012 MLS Roster Rule Changes | - MLS Blog
About a week ago, MLS released its 2012 roster rules. They look as convoluted as ever, but at least it provides some numbers for us to latch on to, as Drew Epperley writes.

Simplifying MLS - US Soccer Players
Justin Shaffer looks at the league's lack of simplicity in scheduling and competition as a barrier to casual and non-soccer fans becoming members of the MLS Community. Some of his points are tired (balanced schedule, no playoffs, etc.) but some make great sense.

Is qualitative data the key to soccer’s popularity in the US? | The Footy Blog
Richard Whittall takes a look at the way soccer is being portrayed on TV in the US and Britain and how it compares to other American sports, which are full of deep qualitative analysis not usually seen in soccer. I don't agree with everything he says, but it's a good piece and his overall point is spot-on.

Williams gets new deal with Union - Soccer By Ives
I know he's a Philly player, but Sheanon's also a Hub native so I figured I'd give a shout out to the man earning some cash. Congrats on the new deal.