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NEWSSTAND - July 13, 2011

Steve Nicol and Ryan Cochrane joined ESPN Radio for their soccer podcasts this week to discuss the upcoming Manchester United match.

Frank Dell’Apa of the Boston Globe gives a brief history of Wayne Rooney’s ascension to the top of the English Premier league. Dell’Apa also takes a look at Manchester United’s strategy heading into tonight’s friendly with the Revolution.

A.J. Soares continues his role as a guest blogger on with his latest installment, giving a player’s insight into playing a match against the vaunted Manchester United side.

Kyle McCarthy of the Boston Herald takes a look at the connections and history between the head coaches of the Revolution and Manchester United, Steve Nicol and Sir Alex Ferguson and the excitement within the New England locker room in anticipation of the match between the two teams tonight. McCarthy also spoke with Wayne Rooney about the status of MLS in relation to other premier leagues across the world. bloggers Sean Donahue and Brian O’Connell take a look at what it will take in order for New England to come away with a win in tonight’s match with Manchester United, noting that the Revs must not be intimidated by their superstar opponents.

Michael Hurley of spoke with A.J. Soares about the difficult task of marking Wayne Rooney, a job he will be charged with in tonight’s match.

Danny Picard of previews tonight’s game, highlighting the matchups on the field that will determine who comes away with the victory in the opening match of the World Football Challenge.

New England Soccer Today teams up with Chudi Onwuazor to dissect the Manchester United squad, looking for matchups that will favor the Revolution in their attempt to upset the English superpower.

The Bent Musket takes a look ahead to the big matchups in the World Football Challenge, including tonight’s tilt between the Red Devils and the Revolution. Steve Stoehr also gives out his mid-season player rankings for each of the players on the New England side.

Adam Burrows of New England Soccer News reviews the illustrious career of Sir Alex Ferguson, taking a look at his ability to lead his team to various championships and what he will be looking for as his side makes their trek across North America. has several features about the Revolution-Manchester United match, including their preview of the match, an in-depth look at Sir Alex Ferguson’s game plan heading into the fixture and how New England can use this game as a spring board to success in the second half of the season. has the Manchester boss’s opinions on the New England Revolution and head coach Steve Nicol, who formerly played under Sir Alex as well as their weekly MLS power rankings for Week 17.

Diego Fagundez has been named to the 2010-2011 Development Academy Starting XI for the second straight year. Full coverage of the story can be found at Soccer America Daily.

Soccer By Ives gives us their weekly Eastern Conference Notes and MLS Power Rankings for Week 17, discussing the major talking points from the past week in MLS.