Revs have decisions to make in back

New England Revolution manager Steve Nicol has the luxury of opting for an unchanged side for this weekend's match against San Jose at Gillette Stadium.

English defender Steve Howey made his debut in last weekend's 0-0 home draw with D.C. United, starting and playing 45 minutes before being replaced by Avery John at halftime. With Rusty Pierce in fine form and John coming on and playing well, it looks to be a straight decision between Howey and John for one slot at center back.

Playmaker José Cancela was also withdrawn after 45 minutes last week, creating questions about his place in the side. The Uruguayan playmaker has come under increased scrutiny as of late, but he is likely to remain in the starting 11, with Brian Kamler settling for a spot on the bench.

Adin Brown continues to be ruled out with a concussion. The timetable for his injury status is undetermined at this point, as he attempts to fight off the nagging effects while returning to game shape.

Joey Franchino will miss this week's match with a hip strain that has caused him to miss the previous two matches. He could come into contention for next week's trip to face the Meadowlands.

Long-term casualties Joe-Max Moore, Carlos Llamosa, and Kyle Singer are unlikely to return within the next two weeks.

Kyle McCarthy is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.