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Musket Rounds: Open Cup, Guzan, Rhody Connections, USMNT, And More


Hello ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the hump-day edition of the Musket Rounds. The New England Revolution aren't the most newsworthy team around, but the recent announcement of their US Open Cup opponents has at least given us something to harp on. Like how, for example, it's going to be held in Harrisburg, and I obviously can't go. Oh well. On to the Rounds.

Revolution Links

Revs begin Open Cup play at Harrisburg next Tuesday | New England Revolution
The Revs' first opponent has been officially announced for the US Open Cup. It's going to be the Harrisburg City Islanders, and they'll play on Tuesday at the Skyline Sports Complex. I'm not sure where that is.

Other Soccer Links

Cameron, Parkhurst Get Calls to NT Camp - New England Soccer Today
Local products Geoff Cameron and Michael Parkhurst got called into the US national team camp ahead of the squad's upcoming friendly against Scotland. Brian O'Connell discusses their selection.

American Exports: English clubs after free agent Whitbread |
Former national team defender Zak Whitbread was cut by Norwich the other day. Now, it looks like his services are still in high demand.

Toronto's Winter strongly considering on-trial Boa Morte |
I hadn't noticed that Luis Boa Morte was on trial at TFC. I remember half a decade ago when he was still a viable - even dangerous - EPL player. Could be a big help for TFC, and a good catch for the league.

TSG’s Official USA vs. Scotland Preview: Action Jacksonville " The Shin Guardian
Matt's official USMNT previews are always great reads, and this one is no exception.

Editorial: Atlanta's Home Game Sale - The MLS Reserves
Anders Aarhus takes on a topic that's become a bit of a hot-button issue recently: the system by which the Open Cup determines home field. Specifically, he comes down hard on the Atlanta Silverbacks and Minnesota Stars for arguably betraying their fans for a quick payday.

Counterpoint: Is It Really So Bad? - The MLS Reserves
Luke Lohr almost immediately penned a counterpoint to his fellow writer's attack on the US Open Cup bidding process. To be sure, there are good points on both sides.

Racing Club fans hold gun to player’s knee and demand a win | Dirty Tackle - Yahoo! Sports
Thank goodness we Revolution fans never sank this low during the terrible times of the last few seasons. It's stories like this that occasionally make me happy soccer in America isn't QUITE the religion it is elsewhere.

Brad Guzan leaving Aston Villa; helps U.S. cause | ProSoccerTalk
To be the best he can be one day in U.S. goal, Brad Guzan needs to be a starter. Somewhere. He just took a step in that direction.

Additional information concerning U.S. World Cup qualifier on pay-per-view only - Soccer Insider - The Washington Post
Further explanation concerning the U.S. national soccer team’s World Cup qualifier on pay-per-view only.