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Musket Rounds: Goal of the Week, Caldwell, Volleys, USMNT, And More

FOXBORO, MA - MAY 12:  Lee Nguyen #24 the New England Revolution reacts after scoring in the first half at Gillette Stadium May 12, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 12: Lee Nguyen #24 the New England Revolution reacts after scoring in the first half at Gillette Stadium May 12, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Gail Oskin/Getty Images)
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Hello everyone, and welcome to today's edition of Musket Rounds. I apologize for the lateness, and also for my recent absence. Real life has called, and I had to answer. Regardless, I'm back! On to the Rounds.

Revolution Links

AT&T GOTW update: Beckham edging out Nguyen | MLSsoccer.com
DO. NOT. ALLOW. THIS. Nguyen's goal was OBVIOUSLY the best. ALL OF YOU VOTE NOW.

MLS pairings for U.S. Open Cup released - Soccer By Ives
The Open Cup pairings have been announced. The Revs will be getting the Harrisburg City Islanders or the Long Island Roughriders. I believe the match will be on May 29th.

Academy product Caldwell focused on final year at Akron | New England Revolution
Jeff Lemieux spoke with former Academy standout Scott Caldwell about his college career at Akron and his future prospects. I'm a fan of Caldwell, but to be honest, we have better, younger options int he academy right now who deserve a home-grown contract. I think Caldwell has outlasted his promise by staying in college this long.

Revs' Brettschneider finding form, fighting for starting spot | MLSsoccer.com
Kyle McCarthy caught up with Jay Heaps and Blake Brettschneider to discuss the latter's experience with the Revs so far, and his progression as a player.

Other Soccer Links

Eric Hassli’s beautiful volley against Toronto | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
WHAT.

Why referees explaining their decisions after the fact is not a good idea | The Footy Blog
You know, I always thought it was a great idea, but this is definitely a good take on the other perspective to that problem.

Kenny Dalglish fired as Liverpool manager - Boston.com
The adulation of Liverpool fans wasn't enough to save "King Kenny." Kenny Dalglish's lackluster second stint in charge of the fallen English power was halted by the club's American owners Wednesday after less than 500 days in charge.

Postcard from Europe: Berhalter's American revolution | MLSsoccer.com
Greg Seltzer spoke with Gregg Berhalter, the head coach at Hammarby in Sweden, about managing expectations as one of the first and only American club managers in Europe. Hammarby, which is part-owned or fully-owned or something by AEG, is undefeated to start the season.

GALAXY: White House a joy, not for all - Soccer Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Anyone else think the group at the White House was a little small? Turns out the Galaxy didn't invite several of last season's players, including Frankie Hejduk, Chris Birchall, Paolo Cardozo, and a bunch of others. I find that disturbing.

On Barcelona, Madrid and Stalin - A Football Report
Max Grieve looks at the relationship between Spain's two biggest clubs and the four major sports newspapers that have blatantly taken sides in the rivalry.

The Timothy Chandler Conundrum - The MLS Reserves
Brad Snook - who recently made waves with his inexplicable exclusion of Michael Parkhurst from the national team picture in a depth chart - analyzes the decision to leave Timmy Chandler out of the squad.