Friday, May 30, 2008

Second-half Comeback Earns Revs Draw

The New England Revolution came out flat and fell to an early 2-0 deficit against a surprisingly impressive D.C. United side before rallying for two strikes in the second half to salvage a 2-2 tie.

D.C., currently last place in the Eastern Conference, saw their offense ignite early and pounded the Revs goal with shots. Luciano Emilio put the visitors in front in the 15th minute, but goalkeeper Matt Reis made some huge saves to make sure D.C. went into the half with only a 1-0 lead. Fred doubled their lead early in the second half, but this time the Revs offense came to life with goals from Adam Cristman and Kheli Dube giving the Revs a 2-2 tie.

DC took the lead in the 15th minute, after the Revs failed to clear a DC cross. Simms got the ball and put in a hard shot from the top of the box that was well saved by Reis. Reis, however, gave up a rebound and Luciano Emilio was right there to put it into the back of the net.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Revs Try for Four Straight

D.C. United and the New England Revolution fought for dominance in the Eastern Conference in recent years and in doing so have produced some memorable games. This year, however, while the Revs are in a three-way tie with the most points in MLS, D.C is stuck at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with only three wins in 10 games.

An offseason that saw them sign a designated player in Marcelo Gallardo also saw starting goalkeeper Troy Perkins leave for a Norwegian team, playmaker Christian Gomez traded to Colorado, and defensive midfielder Ben Olsen to a potential career ending ankle injury. Despite bringing in some foreign talent, D.C. has so far been unable to recover from the losses of so many key players.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

US falls 2-0 to England at Wembley Stadium in London

The US Men's National Team fell 2-0 to England today on goals by John Terry and Steven Gerrard in front of over 71,000. Terry's goal came in the 38th minute when he headed home a David Beckham free kick past Tim Howard. Gerrard scored in the 59th minute when he got on the end of a perfectly placed through ball from substitute Gareth Barry and finished past substitute 'keeper Brad Guzan with a nice shot to the far post.

The US never really threatened England and goalkeeper David James until the last ten minutes when substitute Eddie Lewis beat his defender and put in a dangerous cross in the 81st minute. James barely managed to tip it out for a corner kick with two US players lurking at the far post. Freddy Adu, also a late substitute, forced James into a diving save with a right footed shot from the top of the box in the 88th minute.

Guzan and Lewis were probably the two most impressive players for the US with the Chivas US 'keeper making a couple of nice early saves and Lewis looking dangerous beating his man down the left wing and sending in quality set pieces that were lacking earlier in the match before he came off the bench. Heath Pearce also looked good, particularly in the second half, making a few key tackles at left back and causing problems the few times he ventured forwards.

The US next travels to Santander, Spain where they will face the Spanish National Team on Wednesday, June 4th. That match can be seen live on ESPN360.com at 4PM, or delayed at 5:30 on ESPN2.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Garber, MLS investigating incidents at Saturday's match in Columbus

MLS Commissioner Don Garber today released the following vague statement in regards to last Saturday's game between the Columbus Crew and Revolution:

"We are investigating reports of incidents from the May 24 match between the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution and will take appropriate action based on our findings."

Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe had an article today on the the items thrown at players during the match, as did Kyle McCarthy at Goal.com.

Possibly the most disturbing part of the night was the racial slurs being hurled after Dube's goal, clearly heard in a video Steve Goff of the Washington Post found.

EDIT: The link to the video on Goff's blog no longer works, but the video can be seen here on youtube. As Goff said, CAUTION: STRONG LANGUAGE.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Revolution Recap - May 25th show

May 25th's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Jim Dow, writer for RevsNet.com and Dave Lifton, creator of BookedForDissent.com and writer for USSoccerPlayers.com.

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dube Does it Again

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kheli Dube's second goal in as many matches also proved to be another game winner as the Revolution rookie gave the Revs a 1-0 win over Columbus in with an 89th-minute goal Saturday night.

Goalkeeper Matt Reis had come up huge 15 minutes earlier to keep the match scoreless and the Revs held on after Dube's heroics to move into a tie for first with Columbus in the overall standings. The loss marked the first time the Crew had failed to win at home and put an end to their six-game unbeaten run.

Dube's late game winner came after some good work at the top of the box between Steve Ralston and Shalrie Joseph earned the Revolution a penalty kick. Ralston played a pass to Joseph just outside the box, who immediately sent it back to the Revolution captain who was just inside the arc. Ralston then turned to shoot, but was tripped by Ezra Hendrickson. Referee Richard Heron immediately pointed to the spot and Joseph stepped up to take the penalty.

The Grenadian international sent a hard shot to the lower right corner, but Crew 'keeper Will Hesmer was equal to the task and made an impressive save. However, Dube was the first to the rebound and slotted it past Hesmer for his second career goal.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Revs add Germanese and Manzonelli, release Britner

The New England Revolution announced today the signings of Joe Germanese and Brandon Manzonelli to developmental contracts, while Matthew Britner was released to make room on the developmental roster. The 22-year-old Germanese was taken by the Revs in the 2nd round of the Superdraft (27th pick) and spent the last two years playing in the midfield for Duke University after transferring there from Vanderbilt. Prior to signing, Germanese started all three Revolution reserve matches as a guest player. 18-year-old Manzonelli, also a midfielder, has spent the last two years with Spanish club Villareal's U-18 team.

Britner, who signed with the Revs just over a month ago and was picked up in the 3rd round of the Superdraft (41st pick), played in all three Revolution reserve matches as a left back.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Revolution Recap - May 18th show

The first show of 2008 is now available as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Brian O'Connell from RevsNet.com in studio, as well as Revolution defender Jay Heaps and Boston Globe writer Frank Dell'Apa over the phone. Frank's new blog can be seen at Boston.com.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Revs Look to Shake Up Quakes

For the first time since 2005, the New England Revolution will face off against the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Earthquakes, who returned to MLS this season as an expansion side after the team moved to Houston prior to the 2006 season, have been struggling in similar fashion to the other recent expansion sides, with a 1-4-1 record. The Revolution, meanwhile, have a 4-3-1 record, but have been very inconsistent this season and have yet to string together two wins in a row.

Facing San Jose at home on Saturday after an impressive away victory on the road against Chivas USA may present the Revs their best opportunity to finally do so...

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Twellman, Revs Back With a Bang

Taylor Twellman’s debut was a grand one.

The Revolution forward, who missed the first six weeks of the 2008 season, entered the eighth game of the year Sunday at halftime against Chivas USA and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal ten minutes later in a 2-1 New England win.

Only a last minute consolation goal from Chivas kept Revs 'keeper Matt Reis from coming away with a shutout.

Kenny Mansally gave the Revolution the lead in the 18th minute. A perfect pass from Jeff Larentowicz split two Chivas defenders and allowed Mansally to use his speed and beat the two into the box. The 19-year-old Gambian youth international entered the box and then sent a curling shot into the lower left corner of the goal, out of the reach of 'keeper Brad Guzan, for his second goal of the season and a 1-0 Revs’ lead.


Read the rest at Soccer New England.

Revs Seek Consistency

Chivas USA finished 2007 with the best record in the Western Conference and were expected to be a force again in MLS this year. The Los Angeles based club, however, has managed only one win in six matches this year and sits just one point away from the basement of MLS.

Chivas will play host on Sunday afternoon to a New England Revolution team that has been very inconsistent this season. Both teams will be looking to put their seasons back on track with a victory.

The Revs, who lost 3-0 last Saturday at home to the Chicago Fire, enter the match with a 3-3-1 record. Injuries and suspensions have prevented the team from putting out a full strength lineup this season and at times the team has been without as many as six regular starters.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Revs Thumped By Fire

The Revolution never really threatened the Fire's goal Saturday as they were shutout and beaten handily by Chicago for the second time this season, this time 3-0. The seven goals the Revs have now allowed against the Fire are more than double what they’ve given up in their five other games combined.

After nearly half an hour with neither team threatening to score, Chicago Fire's Chris Rolfe finally got a chance and found the back of the net. Then, shortly after halftime on what was just the Fire's second good chance of the match John Thorrington doubled the lead before Stephen King added a goal in the 77th to give the Fire a 3-0 win.

Rolfe gave the Fire the lead in the 29th minute on the first real opportunity for either team. Thorrington received the ball about 10 yards outside the box and sent in a pass to a completely unmarked Rolfe at the top of the box. Rolfe's first touch looked poor and nearly gave the defense enough time to get in his path, but he managed to turn and send a low shot past Revs’ goalkeeper Matt Reis to the far post.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Revolution Recap returns to the air May 18th!

While we apologize for the delayed start, I am happy to announce Revolution Recap will return to airwaves on May 18th, still at 7PM on WNRI.

More information, including guests, will be announced closer to that date.

Thanks for listening!

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