NEWSSTAND – May 17, 2011

Defensive line, Academy Clinics

According to ESPN Boston blogger Brian O’Connell, depth in the defensive line has been the key to the Revs’ consecutive shutouts against Colorado and Vancouver.

Boston.com’s Frank Dell’Apa observes how the current distribution of points among the 18 teams this season is on track to make for an extremely competitive playoff race.

Revolution Youth Academy Program Coordinator and U18 Assistant Coach, Deven Apajee was pleased to give local children “a taste of the types of skills we work on at our Revolution Academy Clinics,” at the free clinic offered by Spaulding Rehabilitation and the New England Revolution held at Fore Kicks in Marlborough, Mass., as reported by the Framingham Patch.

Three New England Revolution U16 players were recognized by the Hopkinton Patch for their impressive performances over the weekend, during which the U18 and U16 went undefeated with a combined 4-0 record.

New England Soccer News posted the Revolution Youth Update, and notable mentions include Cole Denormandie’s (Lincoln, Mass.) three goals for the U18s, and U16 goalkeeper David Hepp’s (Natick, Mass.) fourth shutout of the season.

Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy provides his MLS power rankings for week 9, including a shift in the top three, and some drastic moves up and down the leader board. Also on Goal.com, Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis has earned Best XI honors for his shutout performance against Vancouver, which ensured three points for the Revs.

Latino Fox News compares the Portland Timbers – one of this year’s two expansion teams – to the 2009 Seattle Sounders, and names their MLS player, rookie and team of the week. Find out which honor is bestowed upon the New England Revolution.