NEWSSTAND - April 15, 2011

Lekic, McCarthy, rankings, predictions and more

The recent arrival of Rajko Lekic in New England raises questions about his availability for the match against the Houston Dynamo, and both ESPN Boston and MLSsoccer.com note the Revs’ need for a pure goal scorer.

The suspensions of two Revolution midfielder means the role of distributor may fall upon rookie Stephen McCarthy, who has seen action in every game this season.

On a more positive note, NECN notes that the Revs will welcome back A.J. Soares and possibly others who were sidelined in the Revs previous match for the Houston trip.

Brian O’Connell and Sean Donahue of New England Soccer Today give their MLS Week 4 rankings, taking in account point totals as well as on-field performances.

The Bent Musket’s “Know They Enemy” series continues with a conversation with Houston Dynamo blogger, Zach Wooley, who questions the New England-Houston rivalry and states who he believes is the Revs’ player to be feared.

Kyle McCarthy provides his weekly forecast for all MLS fixtures, and this week’s edition predicts the Revs will win a point at Robertson Stadium in a draw against the Dynamo.

A topic of discussion among fans, coaches and even players such as David Beckham and Shalrie Joseph has been the undeniably high rate of yellow and red cards issued in the first few weeks of the 2011 season.