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Musket Rounds: It's First Kick!!!! Edition

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Can you feel it? CAN YOU FEEL IT?! The New England Revolution are kicking off the season tomorrow night at the SAn Jose Earthquakes! The match is at 10 PM EST, because it's West Coast and apparently the MLS schedule people want to make sure we're all good and drunk by the time the match starts (The Bent Musket does not in any way condone drinking underage or to excess - designate a driver and drink responsibly).

In case some of you were unaware, I will be live and in person at Ri-Ra in Providence tomorrow night, live-blogging the game (and doing my SB Nation Boston coverage) from the bar with The Rebellion. Come on by, have a drink, and say hello. Without further ado, the Rounds.

Revolution Links

Newcomers Aim to Aid Attack - New England Soccer Today
Saer Sene and Lee Nguyen are two offseason signings that the Revolution hope will help steer the team back to success, says Brian O'Connell.

Revolution head west early ahead of opener vs. Quakes | MLSsoccer.com
Jay Heaps decided to fly the Revs out about a day earlier than usual in an effort to get them more prepared for Saturday's match at San Jose. Nyassi, Boggs, and Tierney did not travel with the squad.

Polling Low - New England Soccer Today.
Revs place ninth in North American Soccer Reporter’s first ever preseason poll. Sean Donahue is a voting member of the NASR, and gives a quick breakdown.

Revs open season at San Jose - Boston New England Revolution Blog - ESPN Boston
Brian O'Connell previews the Revs upcoming clash with the Earthquakes in the Bay Area.

New style to debut on Saturday night | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux talks to Jay Heaps, Shalrie Joseph, and A.J. Soares about implementing a more possession-oriented style starting at San Jose tomorrow. It's a mantra we've heard before, but with this talent, this coach, and the preseason we've just seen, you can't help but feel a little optimistic this time.

Colombians in MLS: Stability, status influence recent shift | MLSsoccer.com
Part 2 of Edgar Acero's 3-part series examining the growing influence of Colombians in MLS analyzes the differences in stability between MLS and the Colombian league. John Lozano and Fernando Cardenas are quoted.

2012 MLS Predictions - New England Soccer Today
The New England Soccer Today staff submits their picks for the upcoming season. Brian O'Connell, Sean Donahue, and Ryan Lanigan participated.

Other Soccer Links

MLS pursues "perfect site" for potential New York stadium | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando. Vegas. Detroit. San Diego. All great locations for a new MLS franchise. But noooo...The Don wants to shoehorn another franchise into New York, where the sporting landscape barely recognizes the team that's already there. Truly, the man is a visionary for MLS's future.

Serie A player reportedly breaks up with girlfriend after parents deem her ‘too sexy’ | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
ARE YOU $#@%& KIDDING ME

Seth Vertelney: Eddie Johnson returns to Major League Soccer humbled and hoping for redemption - Goal.com
Seth Vertelney talks about Eddie Johnson's career so far, from the highs of being American soccer next great striker to the lows of being an international punchline. It's hard to believe, but Johnson is still only 27, and could certainly resurrect his career in Seattle.

YAX: Badr Finds Hope Amid Chaos - Yanks Abroad
Matthew Wagner tells the story of American goalkeeper Samir Badr, who signed with Egyptian club Haras El Hodood right before the Port Said riots. Badr has yet to play a game in Egypt as a result of the tragedy.