NEWSSTAND – March 31, 2011

U18s, Timbers, Shalrie Joseph

This Saturday marks the first meeting between the Revolution and the Timbers in MLS, however, New England Soccer Today notes that there is some soccer history between the two regions that dates back to the 1970s.

CSNNE.com cites Revolution assistant coach Stephen Myles, who revealed that the team’s preparation is all internally focused, and although the Revolution could have afforded more ball possession against D.C., they got the result.

The Sudbury Patch recognizes local player, Cole Denormandie of the Revolution U18 team, who collectively scored a total of eight goals in two games in New York last weekend

New England Soccer Today spoke with Kelly McLain, from Timbers to get the details about the Portland Timber’s potential starting lineup, key injuries and players to watch.

In addition to the recent announcement of Manchester’s United’s visit to Foxborough in July, the Revolution could see more game added to their lengthy 34 game season as participants of the US Open Cup, which kicks-off this month with MLS Play-in matches.

Kyle McCarthy of Goal.com describes the expected on- and off-field roles of the Designated Player, as discussed by MLS Commissioner Don Garber and New England investor/operator Jonathan Kraft.

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle’s attributes the Revolution’s early scoring streak undefeated record so far to Revolution Midfielder Shalrie Joseph’s physicality and fearlessness in the midfield.

Goal.com’s Nick Rosano picks his Best XI for the second week of action, including one Revolution player who earned an honorable mention as one of the league’s leading performers.