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Tonight marks — aside from Cinco de Mayo — the finale of the Revolution’s three game homestand and the club’s second of eight matches in the month of May.  The Revolution will again be without captain Shalrie Joseph, and will be missing some of the depth that could conceivably be helping in his void as well.  Some thoughts with the match set to start at 7:30 at Gillette Stadium:

-With Joseph Niouky suspended due to the red card he drew on Saturday night against FC Dallas, Mike Videira would have been a solid guy to play in his spot (some observers would argue that he’d be a better fit regardless, but I digress).  Videira, though, will not participate in tonight’s match either; he is listed as out with an ankle injury.  I’m expecting that we’ll see Marko Perovic slide over to that spot instead, and that Chris Tierney will take back the left wing spot he filled earlier in the season.  Then again, with Kevin Alston questionable due to an illness, we may see coach Steve Nicol go with something in the 3-5-2 vein.  “We have no choice,” Nicol told MLSsoccer.com‘s Kyle McCarthy. “We’ve got to be creative. We’ll just sort ourselves out.”

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by Ian Holliday

One of the major storylines that has come out of the New England Revolution’s recent 2-game losing streak has been the team’s inability to maintain possession. It’s no coincidence that Shalrie Joseph missed both of those games with an injury, nor is it an accident that the only game he started this year was the Revs’ 4-1 demolition of Toronto FC.  But all hope is not lost for the Revs without their influential midfielder. In fact, while a player like Joseph is impossible to replace, a simple change in tactics could go a long way toward compensating for his absence and solving the team’s possession problem.

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