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Musket Rounds: USMNT, Scotland, Nowak, Guy, And More

Mar 31, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; New England Revolution forward Ryan Guy (13) reacts after missing a shot against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 31, 2012; Carson, CA, USA; New England Revolution forward Ryan Guy (13) reacts after missing a shot against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half at the Home Depot Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Normally, the middle of the week is a dry spell of New England Revolution news, but the upcoming national team friendlies are providing plenty of fodder. There are some dissenting opinions concerning the roster selections, and beyond that, plenty of people are ranting and raving about plenty of other topics. Anyway, on to the Rounds.

Revolution Links

Guy gets right into action for Revs - Boston New England Revolution Blog - ESPN Boston
Brian O'Connell looked at Ryan Guy's performance this weekend upon his full return from injury.

Other Soccer Links

Stamping out stubborn myths of soccer in the United States | ProSoccerTalk
Last week in Houston during a group Q&A with MLS commissioner Don Garber, Steve Davis got socked in the nose with a reminder that some "Qs" aren’t as smart as others.

Donovan prepared for fight to win back starting role for US | MLSsoccer.com
Landon spoke with Luis Bueno to talk about winning back his starting job with the national team. Which...honestly sounds like a lot of bluster, because the idea that Landon Donovan wouldn't start for the national team is preposterous.

Israeli Team’s "Fake Fight" Trick Free Kick Totally Worked | KCKRS
Haha this is pretty good.

USA vs. Scotland Primer: On Scotland’s Xavi, Barry Bannan " The Shin Guardian
Matt has a primer on Scotland for the upcoming USMNT friendly. He focuses on Barry Bannan, the creative force in the Tartan midfield.

Which snubbed player most deserved to get called into USMNT camp? - Soccer By Ives
Franco Panizo looks at a few players that probably deserved call-ups and didn't get them. Sacha Kljestan heads the list, along with Eric Lichaj and DaMarcus Beasley.

Union Fans Voice Their Displeasure With Nowak | WVHooligan.com
Union fans are displeased with Peter Nowak, and I can't say I'm surprised. I am, however, surprised at this awesome propaganda poster.

Schoen leaves GolTV USA - Soccer America Daily
I'm linking this because I love Phil Schoen and I think the Schoen/Ray Hudson tandem is one of the best in sports. Apparently he's joining the new Al Jazeera networks or whatever, which is disappointing, since apparently IN Sports is going to be PPV or only on certain providers.

Keeping Interest Alive: The US Open Cup - The MLS Reserves
William Schulz interviewed Josh Hakala, who works with the website TheCup.us, a font of information about the US Open Cup.

Stats: Shot Rates and the Outliers in New York and Toronto - Sounder At Heart
Don't sign Ryan Johnson. Sidereal penned a detailed statistical analysis of strike rates across the league. The Revs are actually doing pretty well.