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MLSSoccer.net has this story today about MLS life without a Reserve League through the prism of the Colorado Rapids. Of most note, unless, I suppose, you’re a Rapids fan:

Todd Durbin, EVP of Competition, Labor and Player Relations, told MLSsoccer.com that there is a technical committee currently charged with looking at this issue, and there is a chance that something akin to the reserve league could return in 2011.

Of course there should be a Reserve League. I’m surprised there’s not more online outrage in response to its end. Baseball, basketball, and hockey all play their reserves plenty. The NFL may be comparable to MLS in how infrequently the back end of their rosters see action, but guess what? The NFL is arguably the world’s most successful professional league and is certainly tops in America. It can do whatever it wants.

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Following Preston Burpo‘s suffering a season-ending leg injury Saturday night, Bobby Shuttleworth was forced suddenly into action against Red Bull New York. For the 23-year-old, the match marked his MLS debut. Shuttleworth had started the Revs’ US Open Qualifying match two and a half weeks earlier, which they lost 3-0 to the same Red Bull club, but had never seen the field in league play.

Shuttleworth would record the win while making the saves he was supposed to make over the match’s final 50+ minutes. While New England eagerly anticipates Matt Reis‘s return from offseason surgery, in the absence of both he and Burpo, Shuttleworth will be drawing at least one start as he’ll be in net this Saturday night against Seattle.

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With Preston Burpo's season all but over, Matt Reis's return becomes a focal point.

by Adam Vaccaro

Just moments before Preston Burpo suffered what’s been termed by the Revolution as a lower leg fracture while aggressively defending his net from New York’s Dane Richards, the Revolution’s broadcast booth was gushing with praise for the keeper.

“To me, he’s the MVP so far,” said color analyst Jay Heaps.

Heaps and Brad Feldman supplemented their praise with speculation. Burpo, acquired alongside Cory Gibbs over the winter in a trade with the Colorado Rapids, was brought on-board to fill in while the New England’s long-time star keeper Matt Reis recovered from two offseason surgeries.

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Saturday was a big night for the Revolution, who posted a 3-2 victory over New York. Some housekeeping to send us into the fresh week…

  • The Revolution managed to at last kill off a 9 game winless streak, which included 7 league matches. Since April 10, New England had gone 0-7-2 and 0-5-2 in MLS competition. Shalrie Joseph, instrumental in the victory, missed 8 of the 9 games, 7 of which were due to suspension for a positive test for marijuana. He was injured when the club took on the San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose. The Revolution have twice faced 7 game winless streaks and ultimately made the playoffs. In fact, the 2003 club that went to the Eastern

    Zack Schilawski is leading the Revs and MLS rookies in goals. Image: isiphotos.com

    Conference finals posted a 9 game drought (0-5-4) between July and August of 2003.

  • Zack Schilawski‘s 5th goal of 2010 puts him in a tie for 3rd in MLS and keeps him in the league lead amongst rookies. Joseph’s 3rd assist ties him for 9th in the league. This is, of course, remarkable given that Joseph has only played in 3 games. Joseph’s connections with Schilawski and Marko Perovic against New York are important for the Revs: each of the two he assisted are new this season to the club, and probably represent the its two best finishers (excepting, perhaps, Joseph himself). For Joseph to develop chemistry with each of them will go a long way towards the Revs’ success. (more…)

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by Adam Vaccaro

In hosting the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution experienced a night of highs and lows.

The highs? In his second match back from a five game suspension, captain Shalrie Joseph took full control of his club and led his team to victory. His presence on the field showed in his two assists and in his gathering the team in a circle to pick up the club’s morale after a five minute halt in play.

The reason for the halt doubles as the low. The Revs lost keeper Preston Burpo, Major League Soccer’s saves leader. And they didn’t lose him for a game or two. It is beyond unlikely that Burpo will see action again in 2010. His excellent season has all but come to an end.

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The Revolution enter tonight’s second half with a 2-1 lead over New York. New England suffered a major injury and will miss goalie Preston Burpo in the second half, but the players will need to keep their focus if they want to record their first victory since April 10.

A quick note: I haven’t been called out on it yet, but it needs to be said. In the first half I wrote that the replay of the play that resulted in Burpo’s injury didn’t look too bad to me. I clearly wasn’t looking hard enough. Having seen the ankle dangle as it did upon another viewing makes me wish I hadn’t seen it. Apologies to Burpo and to you all for missing that earlier.

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