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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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by Adam Vaccaro

Surely the New England Revolution are frustrated with what is now a 7 game winless streak, but the club spoke positively having looked strong earning a point in a 0-0 tie tonight against the San Jose Earthquakes.

“We’re going in the right direction, and we’ll put a couple in next time,” said Cory Gibbs moments after the game ended.

Indeed, the Revolution controlled much of the game’s pace and, for the second straight league game, looked much improved in two of the season’s early areas of issue.  Playing in a 4-5-1 formation, team possession and midfield play proved to be strengths rather than weaknesses against San Jose.  These combined with the season-long strengths of goaltending and defensive play made for an entertaining tilt, even without a goal.

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By Ian Holliday

Let’s be honest, there are a lot of reasons not to like the U.S. Open Cup. Whether you don’t like the format (Why do only eight MLS teams qualify?), or think it leads to schedule congestion (I bet Steve Nicol would prefer not to have to take his beleaguered Revs to New York tomorrow night.), or just don’t care about the tournament because MLS teams don’t seem to take it seriously (Admit it, it’s kind of hard to get excited about Bobby Shuttleworth in goal against the likes of Connor Chinn for the Red Bulls, although the latter did have a great game against Philly.), there are plenty of legitimate complaints to make about the Open Cup. While I don’t begrudge anyone their right to make such complaints, I have to say that, despite all its flaws, I love the U.S. Open Cup. And I think you should too.

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by Adam Vaccaro

Ready to be shocked?

If you answer no, I suggest not reading any further.  It’s understandable — sometimes people are comfortable, happy with their lives, enjoying the ride upon whatever wave it is that they’re riding.  Sometimes people just don’t want to be shocked.

But for those of you feeling a bit more adventurous or open-minded on this wet New England day, take a look at this:

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MLS’s aptly titled “The Daily” promises daily episodes with an emphasis on viewer feedback.  Hosts Jason Saghini and Simon Borg discuss the key talking points from the weekends matches in this premier installment. Revolution rookie Zach Shilawski‘s hat trick is, of course, a main topic of discussion.

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