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Howey, Moore to bolster Revolution

FOXBOROUGH -- Former English Premier League rivals Steve Howey and Joe-Max Moore are expected to be available for the Revolution's regular-season stretch run.

Howey was awaiting a stamp on his P1 visa at the US consulate in London yesterday and could arrive in Boston this weekend. Moore, out since the third match of the MLS season, could return next month after successful minor surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

Howey, 32, concluded a long career in England as a defender with Newcastle United, Manchester City, Leicester City, and Bolton Wanderers and has signed a contract with the MLS through December. If Howey is successful with the Revolution, the contract could be extended, with a substantial raise.

Moore, 33, had been scheduled for reconstructive surgery on a medial collateral ligament. Instead, "a small piece of the lateral meniscus was removed," and Moore could return to play in 4-6 weeks, according to Revolution technical director Joe Cummings.

Moore injured his right knee in a fall in the final minutes of a 1-1 tie with the MetroStars April 25 at Giants Stadium. Last season, Moore sprained his left knee in a US Open Cup match, returned to score a goal on a free kick, and set up another on a corner kick in a 3-2 overtime victory over Columbus Sept. 28, then missed the rest of the season. Moore recovered during the offseason and scored four times in five preseason matches this year.

But Moore's inability to return from his latest injury raised questions about retirement.

"[Reconstructive surgery] would have meant offseason rehabilitation and that Joe-Max could come back next year," Cummings said. "But this means we will get to see him again this year and that he will be a player for the future for the Revolution."

Moore is eighth on the all-time Revolution list with 98 MLS games played and has scored 42 goals, two behind Taylor Twellman.

The Revolution also expect goalkeeper Adin Brown (concussion) to be available next week and Clint Dempsey (broken jaw) to return by early September. But captain Joe Franchino (hip strain) will be out for at least three weeks. Revolution players have missed more than 100 combined games this season, a team record.

Kansas City, whom the Revolution play tomorrow night at Gillette Stadium, is also regaining players as 2003 MLS most valuable player Preki (broken leg), Igor Simuntenkov (left Achilles' tendon tear), and Josh Wolff (right knee inflammation) have performed in recent days. Preki played the first half and Simuntenkov and Wolff were second-half substitutions in a 2-1 loss to Columbus Wednesday night. Wizard midfielders Chris Klein and Kerry Zavagnin were on the US national team roster; Klein (anterior cruciate ligament) was injured Saturday and will miss the rest of the season and Zavagnin has returned after the US's 1-1 tie in Jamaica Wednesday night.

The Revolution will return to a two-forward starting lineup tomorrow after going with Twellman as a lone striker in the last two games. The Revolution began a seven-game unbeaten streak with a 1-1 tie in Chicago July 11 and have scored at least two goals in every game since, except a 1-1 tie at Columbus July 17.

"We want to see what Kansas City is playing, what their shape is, before deciding on a lineup," Revolution coach Steve Nicol said. "But we will go with two up front."

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