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The Revolution (2-5-2) return to MLS action this afternoon, three days after having fallen 4-0 to Portugal’s SL Benfica. New England landed today in Toronto for the road match. Toronto FC (3-4-1) holds the distinction of last falling victim to a Revolution victory back on April 10, when Zack Schilawski posted a hat trick in collecting his first three MLS goals. It will also be the Revs’ 7th of 8 matches in the month of May. Here are some notes on the game, which is scheduled for a 1 PM start.

  • Frank Dell’Apa reported late last night that Shalrie Joseph will return today. ¬†Joseph has missed five matches on a “leave of absence” that is now being referred to as a suspension while he was taking part in MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program. Joseph’s return is a huge boost for a Revs team in need of not just a finishing touch but fresh and healthy bodies. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on 2 things: will Joseph immediately regain the captain band, and how many minutes will he play? The latter question is borne of a more fundamental one: what will take precedence in decisions regarding his usage — Joseph’s conceptually being out of game shape, or the Revs’ complete exhaustion? All the same, the club and its fans must be very pleased to have him back. Joseph’s last (and only) match played so far this year came in the 4-1 defeat of Toronto FC.
  • On the injury front, there are no changes since Tuesday. Edgaras Jankauskas is doubtful. Mike Videira, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei, Taylor Twellman, and Matt Reis all remain out. It seems fair to once again expect Pat Phelan – originally drafted by the Reds – to fill in for Barnes at centerback, especially given that Joseph will likely settle into the defensive mid role that Phelan had been covering in his absence. (more…)

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