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I didn’t catch the RSL match. I planned on it but it proved impossible given travel plans. It seems like I didn’t miss much. Seeing how I’ve been a bit tied up of late, I’m thinking why not let the readers generate some content.

What’s next for the Revolution? Is it time to punt the season? Is it worth punting a season in such a young league? How should the team manage the rest of 2010 and beyond?

Have at it.

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More bad news for the Revs: A setback has ended Taylor Twellman‘s 2010 MLS season and perhaps his Revolution career.

Twellman has not played this season and saw the field only twice in 2009 as he continues to recover from head and neck issues borne of a 2008 collision.

The press release from the Revolution:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution has placed forward Taylor Twellman on the team’s season-ending injury list with continued health issues stemming from an Aug. 30, 2008, in-game collision with former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin.

The decision to move Twellman to the season-ending list was made after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation in mid-May. He last participated in a Revolution training session on Tuesday, May 18.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Taylor that this setback has ended his season,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns. “He was working hard to return to the field in 2010.”

“My goal from the start of this season was to be back on the field this year,” Twellman said. “I’m very disappointed that this setback has derailed that goal.”

Twellman had mentioned in an interview with RevolutionSoccer.net earlier this season that he planned to return to the field this season. His contract expires at the end of the 2010 campaign, leaving his future both with New England and in soccer at large very much up in the air.

Presently, the striker is providing World Cup coverage for Comcast SportsNet New England.

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According to the Revolution (who would know best), Steve Ralston will be re-donning his number 14 uniform. Sainey Nyassi will pick up number 17. No word yet on exactly how Ralston fits in — we don’t really have to worry, I suppose, for a few weeks — on the Revs’ current incarnation, but I doubt he’s coming back to ride the pine. The locker room presence angle is an important one, but I imagine he’ll see plenty of time on the field as well.

Sorry for so little coverage today (twenty hour work days warrant such acts, or lack thereof really, and it’s very tough to update a blog from a phone…) but we’ll have more on what this means for the Revs in the coming days. It might be World Cup season, but don’t stop coming by — we’ll have plenty of content during the season’s intermission.

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When the newish home of former Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston, second division AC St. Louis, folded recently, many speculated that perhaps the former captain, not to mention franchise (and MLS) leader in a number of statistical categories, may make his way back to New England. Many others laughed at the notion; Ralston, 35, didn’t leave the Revs on great terms, and questions remain as to what he has left in the tank.

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by Adam Vaccaro

As the Revolution are now 1/3 of the way through their MLS campaign and the blog a bit slow of late, I figured I’d throw together an assessment of the team’s individual players through the season’s first segment. The grades and assessments are based only on MLS play.

The grades are also weighted – the players are in competition with one another here, not with the rest of the league and certainly not with the rest of the soccer universe. Brief tangent: I never understood teachers/professors that didn’t weight grades. If nearly everyone has a C, then the kid who has the C+ did best in the class. So he should get the A. Right? Maybe I took too competitive an approach to school, though that wouldn’t explain all the nights I put off papers and studying to engage in whatever inane activity was to be undergone instead…

Right then. Here are the grades in ascending order of quality, because it’s more fun to write about those with whom one or one’s readership is pleased.

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by Adam Vaccaro

On April 24, New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph took a leave of absence that cost him five league matches and seven overall. Few details were released, and fans immediately began speculating as to its reason. The odds were that Joseph had either suffered a serious family emergency, or he’d committed an atrocity.

Within a few days, Boston.com’s Frank Dell’Apa reported that Joseph was partaking in MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program. In his time away from the club during what actually proved to be a suspension, the Revolution went 0-3-2 and were clearly lacking in phases of the game to which Joseph added quite a bit.

But fans understood. Joseph was involved with some pretty bad stuff, they figured, and needed some help. Or worse yet, maybe he was using PEDs and in actuality really deserved the punishment.

Nope and nope. Guess what? It was pot. Yup. Pot. Pot cost Shalrie Joseph 5 MLS matches and, by extension, put the Revs in a pretty deep hole.

If I were a Revs fan, I would be furious. And not (entirely) with Shalrie.

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The Revolution’s group and group play schedule has been announced for this summer’s SuperLiga tournament.

New England, who won the tournament in 2008, will be a part of Group B along with MLS brethren Chicago and Monarcas Moriela and Pumas UNAM of Mexico.

The full tournament schedule:

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