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1. No Shalrie, Get Used to It

The Revolution will face a winless, though dangerous Dallas squad this Saturday, and will have  to contend with an attack lead by Jeff Cunningham and Atiba Harris sans perennial Best XI midfielder and captain, Shalrie Joseph. While its early to call the situation desperate, the Revs are in strong need of a win following lackluster losses to San Jose and Colorado. Joseph’s absence will not only be felt on defense, but in the attack as well. Joseph tied Kheli Dube for the club’s leading goal scorer in 2009, and his absence last week illustrated that the Revolution are very inept at possessing the ball when he is not in the lineup. Pat Phelen has proven a competent holding midfielder since joining the Revolution two seasons ago, but has not shown the soccer IQ, and proficiency  in passing that Shalrie has. Joseph Niouky has also been a favorite of Nicol this season, and though competent in breaking up opponents attacks, he has yet to show any real skill or threat on the attacking end. I believe that Saturday is a prime situation for Nicol to start Mike Videira. Videira has shown tremendous skill on the ball, and a mind to play attacking soccer. Though he’s not as defense minded as Niouky, with the Revs playing at home  I would hope that Nicol would put an aggressive squad on the pitch and coach to win the game.

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