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Musket Rounds: Expansion, Rowe, Runstrom, Dempsey, And More

Apr 5, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms (19) kicks the ball during the first half against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 5, 2012; Frisco, TX, USA; New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms (19) kicks the ball during the first half against FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The New England Revolution are just a day away from taking on bitter Eastern Conference rivals D.C. United at Gillette Stadium. With that in mind, a lot of the news coming out of Revs camp has to do with how New England will contain United's myriad attacking threats. Also, we have some talk of Clint Dempsey, the availability of Benny Feilhaber and Bjorn Runstrom, and more. With that, on to the Rounds.

Revolution Links

Scouting Report: D.C. United - New England Soccer Today
New England Soccer Today caught up with Craig Stouffer from The Washington Examiner to get the lowdown on the Revolution's next opponent - D.C. United.

Revs with holes to fill, but remain cautious with Feilhaber | MLSsoccer.com
Jay Heaps seems cautiously optimistic about Benny Feilhaber's availability on Saturday. If he's there, it could solve a lot of problems in midfield, but Heaps is wary of rushing him back.

Simms "very happy" in NE as former club comes to town | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux talked to Clyde Simms ahead of the Revolution's clash with D.C. this weekend, getting a feel for the midfielder's sentiments toward his former club.

Rookie Report: Mighty-mite Rowe looms large for Revolution | MLSsoccer.com
Mike Levitt believes that Kelyn Rowe is the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year at this early stage. He spoke with Rowe, Jay Heaps, and Rowe's old coach at UCLA, Jorge Salcedo.

Revs mindful of De Rosario, other key players for D.C. | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux spoke with Jay Heaps about the focus he'll need to put on Dwayne DeRosario and the other attacking threats in DC. United has only scored five goals, but four of those came against Dallas, with goals and assists from four different sources.

Revs Notebook: Runstrom ready to roll when needed | MLSsoccer.com
Apparently Bjorn Runstrom's papers have gone through and he's ready to go. Kyle McCarthy talked to him about his availability for upcoming Revs matches.

Other Soccer Links

MLS officials wrap up first exploratory visit to Carolinas | MLSsoccer.com
MLS officials visited the Triangle in the Carolinas to discuss expansion, and this article talks about the results. Again, MLS is dead-set on team 20 being in New York, which is to say MLS is closed-minded and idiotic in their single-mindedness.

Dempsey-Gazing Provides New American Pastime - The USA 10 Kit
Jon Arnold talks about Clint Dempsey's future and what it will mean for the American soccer fan. Let's be honest - Clint in the UCL would be absolutely awesome.