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Musket Rounds: Dempsey, Video Replay, Reserves, Identity, And More

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Kenny Mansally #7 of the New England Revolution beats Zach Loyd #91 of the FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Kenny Mansally #7 of the New England Revolution beats Zach Loyd #91 of the FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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We're getting into the middle of a long week between matches and, as is typical, news in New England Revolution land is sparse at best. News elsewhere has kept up, though, and thus the rounds have more ammo today than yesterday. Let's not waste any time.

Revolution Links

Reserves: Union 4, Revs 2 | New England Revolution
Kenny Mansally is trying to stake his claim for a spot in the 18 against DC, and his two goals against the Union reserves are sure to at least keep him in the conversation. Unfortunately, the Union scored 4. John Lozano also appeared in this match.

Other Soccer Links

Video replay in football should be reliable, limited, and rare | The Footy Blog
Richard Whittall looks at the possible future of video replay in soccer. This is becoming more and more relevant, especially after this past weekend's debacles at Chelsea/Wigan and Ashley Young's "foul."

The Great Intangible Tangible: Identity " The Shin Guardian
Matt from TSG examines a few MLS teams and pontificates on their identity. He feels that a team that knows and is comfortable with its identity will play, as SKC has, with a particular confidence even when having a poor game overall.

Records falling in waves in MLS Round 5 | ProSoccerTalk
Steve Davis cites to a couple of pieces that point out interesting records broken in round 5 this past week. SKC, in particular, has done some ridiculous work.

White House Easter Egg Roll has MLS flavor in 2012 | MLSsoccer.com
Dude, MLS players were at the White House for the Easter Egg Roll. This is friggin' awesome.

MLS’ War on Words - SoccerNewsday.com
Chris Enger talks about MLS's complicated relationship with profanity on and off the pitch. He cites Fortgate and some recent troubles in Houston and Salt Lake, as well.

The Developmental Delay of American Soccer Players - SoccerNewsday.com
Our own Abram Chamberlain penned this for Soccer Newsday concerning the slow development of American soccer players. He talks about the academy system, and why college soccer might still be necessary in America, too.

Inside the Numbers: Clint Dempsey keeps scoring " Over There
Matt from OT analyzes the numbers behind Clint Dempsey's charmed season, and indeed his entire Premier League scoring career. His scoring record matches up well with the likes of Tim Cahill, Paul Scholes, and Steven Gerrard.