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In hosting an international friendly against Brazil’s SC Cruzeiro at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution had two goals: to return Steve Ralston and Matt Reis to the field, and to not suffer any injuries.

Reis got the start and made two saves and gave up one goal against Brazil’s powerhouse crew, who would go on to defeat New England 3-0. He was replaced at halftime by Bobby Shuttleworth, who gave up two second half strikes. A source tells 6S1B that he looked comfortable in net and was moving well.

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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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It was an unusual week for the Revolution, from Monday’s big-news beginning to the very tense match that closed it out.  Let’s run through it real quick, story by story.

The Revs’ tumultuous week got started almost immediately following the club’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday night.  Before lunchtime on Monday, it was announced that captain Shalrie Joseph was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the club.  Speculation ran rampant immediately as reasons for the leave were not — and of yet, have not — been announced, but very early Wednesday morning, Frank Dell’Apa reported for Boston.com that the midfielder had left to take part in MLS’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.  We still have no further information and the club has not commented on this report, but Joseph’s teammates have acknowledged that he has problems to deal with, essentially verifying a very respected journalist’s report.

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The Revolution announced today that the club will host Brazil’s Cruzeiro Esporte Clube on Sunday, June 13, at Gillette Stadium.  This will be the Revs’ second international friendly in less than a month, as they will also play host to Portugal’s SL Benfica on May 19.

Cruzeiro may have a better chance of drawing a crowd than does Benfica given the heavy Brazilian population in New England.  On the other hand, it is curiously scheduled in the first week of the World Cup.  We’ll see which of these two factors has more of an effect on attendance.

Read the full release here.

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