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Musket Rounds: Lechner, New Writer, Runstrom, Teixeira, And More

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - JULY 05: Florian Lechner poses during the Second Bundesliga team presentation of Karlsruher SC at the Wildpark Stadium on July 5, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany.  (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
KARLSRUHE, GERMANY - JULY 05: Florian Lechner poses during the Second Bundesliga team presentation of Karlsruher SC at the Wildpark Stadium on July 5, 2011 in Karlsruhe, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Last night featured the final match of MLS First Kick weekend when Portland dismantled Philadelphia to the tune of 3-1. Unfortunately, news on the New England Revolution front was pretty slow, as was relevant news around the world, so today's Musket Rounds will be a bit truncated.

In other housekeeping news, The Bent Musket has a new contributor! We have absorbed The Indirect Kick blog, and The Indirect Kick will now be posting under our banner, right here on SB Nation! Be sure to give him a warm welcome on his first story.

New Beginnings and Musket Bending " The Indirect Kick
And so, Brendan Schimmel joins the dark side. Or the good guys. Or whatever we are. Frankly, I'm psyched about it.

Revolution Links

Runström Negotiating - New England Soccer Today
Sean Donahue has combed Twitter and found out that, according to Bjorn Runstrom's agent, the Swede is still in negotiations with the Revs. Furthermore, Alejandro Bedoya will be with Rangers at least until the summer, it seems.

Lechner Siging In USA - 11Freunde [German]
According to this report out of Germany (and Google Translate), there's a contract offer on the table for Florian Lechner, from the Revolution. File this under "not very surprising," but also color me excited to see some possible defensive depth. Lechner and Runstrom would leave the Revs with one remaining international slot, as well.

Other Soccer Links

Ricardo Teixeira out as head of Brazilian soccer - Boston.com
Ricardo Teixeira resigned Monday as head of the Brazilian soccer federation and the 2014 World Cup organizing committee on Monday, ending a contentious 23-year stint in charge of the sport in the country. This is big news, especially with all the controversy surrounding the 2014 World Cup preparations.