Newsstand - Dec. 21

Revs' roster moves, MLS Preseason plans and more

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New England Soccer Today’s Brian O’Connell speculates what roster moves the Revs might make in the coming months, as he says, "With only three pure defenders on the roster (Alston, Barnes and Soares), it wouldn’t be surprising to see Burns and Heaps renovate the rear via next month’s SuperDraft." The piece features a full analysis on the Revs’ backline, including a positive upside on A.J. Soares.
 
We all know the Revs will be at the 2nd Annual FC Tucson Desert Cup from Feb. 22- March 3 with Real Salt Lake, New York and LA. Do you know what the rest of the Revs’ opponents are doing this pre-season? Check out MLSsoccer.com for the full listing of soccer plans for the month of February. Note: it’s not that far away!
 
Kyle McCarthy is not afraid to ask questions about the Revs, like, “Will the methodical approach to player acquisition change during the close season?” You can find some of the other questions that he addresses, including the Revs holiday shopping list and top priorities for 2012 by reading his story on Goal.com
 
Hopkinton High School Athletic Director Eric Karjel spoke highly of Revs U18 midfielder Jack Hilger (Hopkinton, Mass.) in this morning’s Hopkinton Crier. Said Karjel of Hilger, “He’s probably the finest player in the eight years … he’s an extremely skilled player and hard worker, a tremendous student-athlete.” Be sure to read more about the 17-year-old and why he was named Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player, a league All-Star and an Eastern Mass All-State player.
 
If you can’t remember the last time that an individual soccer player one of the Associated Press annual awards, don’t worry, it was a trick question. U.S. Women’s National Team star Abby Wambach became the AP’s Female Athlete of the Year yesterday. Her efforts brought great recognition to the game during this past summer’s World Cup and Wambach is the first individual soccer player - man or woman - to win one of the AP's annual sports awards, which began in 1931.
 
Brian Straus of Sporting News discusses the pending future of David Beckham in MLS, and gives a bit of advice to the defending MLS Cup Champion Galaxy, “They should take control of the situation, realize the “Beckham Experiment” has run its course and announce they’re moving on.”
 
FootieBusiness links to an interesting piece in the New York Daily News about brain damage and soccer headers: “In short, the research suggests that repetitive heading (i.e. more than 1,000 headers per year), can have an impact on brain activity.” The post on FootieBusiness also has news on NBC and Sporting Kansas City, so be sure to read up on news and notes on the business side of soccer.