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With the Revolution set to face off at Qwest Field against Seattle Sounders FC tomorrow night at Qwest Field, 6S1B took an afternoon to interact with top Sounders blog, Sounder At Heart. Half Sounder-fan, half keeper of a very impressive blog, Dave Clark talked with me about the second year club’s young talent, the importance of playing home to the legendary Kasey Keller, and the fan’s expectations for the young franchise.

For my responses to Dave’s Revolution curiosities, click here. Continue reading by clicking…continue reading. Heh.

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1. No Shalrie, Get Used to It

The Revolution will face a winless, though dangerous Dallas squad this Saturday, and will have  to contend with an attack lead by Jeff Cunningham and Atiba Harris sans perennial Best XI midfielder and captain, Shalrie Joseph. While its early to call the situation desperate, the Revs are in strong need of a win following lackluster losses to San Jose and Colorado. Joseph’s absence will not only be felt on defense, but in the attack as well. Joseph tied Kheli Dube for the club’s leading goal scorer in 2009, and his absence last week illustrated that the Revolution are very inept at possessing the ball when he is not in the lineup. Pat Phelen has proven a competent holding midfielder since joining the Revolution two seasons ago, but has not shown the soccer IQ, and proficiency  in passing that Shalrie has. Joseph Niouky has also been a favorite of Nicol this season, and though competent in breaking up opponents attacks, he has yet to show any real skill or threat on the attacking end. I believe that Saturday is a prime situation for Nicol to start Mike Videira. Videira has shown tremendous skill on the ball, and a mind to play attacking soccer. Though he’s not as defense minded as Niouky, with the Revs playing at home  I would hope that Nicol would put an aggressive squad on the pitch and coach to win the game.

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Jeff Lemieux prepares you for tonight’s showdown with the Rapids — check it out.

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1. East Coast Bias

The Revolution return home this weekend after a second early season trip to California, where they showed a lackluster performance against a hot San Jose squad, falling 2-0.  Though it is too early in the season to draw any substantial conclusions, the Revs have certainly turned out better performances on the East coast, winning 2-0 at D.C. and 4-1 at home against Toronto, while losing at Los Angeles in Week One and last week at San Jose. Is it the case that a young Revolution squad isn’t used to the cross country travel, or simply that D.C. and TFC are shaping up to be this year’s Red Bulls? Either way the Revolution hope to keep up their home form against a potent Colorado side, lead by the dangerous strike force of Omar Cummings and Conor Casey.

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Three Talking Points for the Revs’ Battle at Buck Shaw

1. No SJ in SJ

As reported yesterday, Shalrie Joseph has not made the trip to Northern California, as his hip flexor injury continues to persist. Though his name has yet to appear on the score sheet for New England, his excellence in holding the ball in the second half against TFC allowed Sainey Nyassi and  Chris Tierney to make wide runs and generate chances at goal. Pat Phelen is most like to replace Joseph, though I’d prefer to see Emmanuel Osei make the move to midfield, allowing a healthy Darrius Barnes to replace him at center back.

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