NEWSSTAND – May 5, 2011

Rapids, MLS expansion teams

ESPN Boston’s Brian O’Connell provides some notable facts about the series between the New England Revolution and the Colorado Rapids, who will meet this Saturday at Gillette Stadium.

New England Soccer Today offers a look at the Revs’ third-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s 2011 season so far, noting that he’s been tested quite a bit when veteran Matt Reis has been sidelined and battling injuries.

Goal.com’s Week 7 rankings’ only changes from the previous week occurred between numbers 10-15. Find out where the Revs fall according to Kyle McCarthy.

Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber and D.C. United forward Charlie Davies are among a group of USMNT players who have returned to the states after spending some time with European clubs. The New York Times’ Goal blog discusses others who could possibly follow the trend and play in MLS.

Also on the New York Times’ Goal blog, Jack Bell examines the success MLS’ expansion teams have enjoyed in stadium attendance and why he believes some original teams’ numbers remain low.