Monday, June 30, 2008

Revolution Recap - June 29th Show

June 29th's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Adam Sell in studio and Marc Connolly (Goal.com) and Josh Hakala (USOpenCup.com) over the phone. Also included were post game comments from Steve Nicol, Steve Ralston, Michael Parkhurst, Matt Reis, Jeff Larentowicz, and Kenny Mansally.

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Report: Twellman to start Tuesday

In his column today in the Boston Globe, Frank Dell'Apa has a quote from head coach Steve Nicol that he plans to start Taylor Twellman in Tuesday's US Open Cup match in New Britain, Connecticut against the Richmond Kickers (USL-2). It would mark the first time the Revs all-time leading scorer, who missed about a quarter of the season with a knee injury only to suffer an ankle injury in his first game back, has appeared in the starting line-up since preseason. Twellman was jogging around the field during the reserve match yesterday, but did not enter the game. He entered Saturday's first team match in the 79th minute for his first minutes for the Revs since May 11th.

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Reserves: Revolution fall 2-1 to Toronto on late goal

The New England Revolution reserves fell 2-1 to Toronto Sunday morning, giving up an 87th minute goal just seconds after they had an easy chance to take the lead. With the loss, the Revolution reserves fell to 1-4-2 on the season, while Toronto improved to 4-2-0.

The Toronto FC reserves caused the Revolution backline problems early, with the speedy Jeff Cunningham and Andrea Lombardo up top. It was Lombardo who threatened early, first making a run into the box before being taken down by a Revolution defender, only to see his team’s appeals for a penalty waved off. Soon after, Lombardo got free in the left side of the box, but sent his shot well wide of the target.

In the 15th minute Toronto took the lead, when Jeff Cunningham got free down the right flank and sent in a low cross towards the penalty spot. Goalkeeper Doug Warren ran out and dove to grab the ball, but couldn’t hold on to it. A miscommunication between Warren and Sam Brill allowed Tyler Rosenlund to get to the ball and tap it into the net to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.

Seven minutes later there was more bad news for the Revs, as Wells Thompson, making a run up the left flank, was taken down from behind by a bad tackle from Cunningham. After staying down for over a minute, Thompson was subbed out for Geoff Walker. Cunningham received a yellow card on the play.

It was Walker who got the Revs back on level terms in the 32nd minute. A Revolution corner kick fell to Kenny Mansally in the right side of the box, and the Gambian international sent a pass back to Walker. The guest player hammered a shot off the crossbar that bounced into the goal to knot the game at 1-1.

Warren came up big in the 41st minute, after Kevin Harmse managed to get free in the box. The Canadian international blasted a shot on frame that Warren not only managed to save, but also held onto it and didn’t give up a rebound.

The Revs had a chance three minutes after half time when Brandon Tyler was taken down about five yards outside of the box. A quick free kick was sent to Mansally, who was quickly taken down near the top of the penalty area. It was unclear whether the foul took place inside or outside of the box, but the referee called for a free kick and Mansally stepped up to take it. The 19 year old curled a shot over the wall, but saw it land just high of the net.

The Revolution made four substitutions in the 63rd minute with Mansally, Joe Germanese, Chris Tierney, and Pat Phelan all exiting for guest players; likely with the Revolution coaching staff having Tuesday’s US Open Cup match in mind.

The Revolution continued to look good going forward and Chase Hilgenbrinck set up Brandon Manzonelli for what should have been an easy goal in the 86th minute. Hilgenbrinck made a great run up the left flank to the end line before sending a low cross to a wide open Manzonelli about 6 yards from goal in front of the penalty spot. The 18 year old tried to one time a shot, but somehow managed to send the ball well off target.

A minute later, 16 year old Abdus Ibrahim got free in the box and hammered a shot past substitute goalkeeper Brad Knighton into the upper right corner of the net to give Toronto a 2-1 win.

The Revolution reserves don’t play again until August 10th against the Chicago Fire in Foxboro.

Unofficial line-up:

Doug Warren (Brad Knighton 45), Chase Hilgenbrinck, Rob Valentino (#38* 45), Sam Brill, Pat Phelan (#35* 63), Brando Tyler, Wells Thompson (Geoff Walker* 23), Chris Tierney (#26* 63), Joe Germanese (#37* 63), Kenny Mansally (#39* 63), Brandon Manzonelli

*Guest player

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ralston Leads Revs to Victory

The New England Revolution took a two-goal lead into the final half hour of the match thanks to Steve Ralston and survived a late scare from Toronto to come away with a 2-1 victory Saturday.

Despite the late goal, and another late chance for Toronto, the Revs looked the better team from start to finish for the first time in recent weeks in earning their ninth win of the season in front of 15,863 at Gillette Stadium.

The win guarantees the Revolution coaching staff, led by Nicol, will lead the MLS All-Stars against West Ham on July 24.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Revolution ready for improved Toronto

Who: Toronto FC at New England Revolution
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (TV38)

The New England Revolution completely dominated Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium last year with 4-0 and 3-0 victories. Toronto, in their first season as an expansion franchise, struggled and finished dead last in Major League Soccer.

This year, however, Toronto currently sites in third place in the Eastern Conference, just 6 points behind the New England Revolution with two games in hand. In fact, first year Head Coach John Carver has done so well since taking over this season that with just one game left before the All-Star coach is picked based on points per game, he is still in the running.

That will likely be in the back of both coaches minds in Saturday night's match as a Revolution win would guarantee Steve Nicol will coach the MLS All-Stars on July 24th against West Ham. A Toronto win, combined with a loss by Columbus, would give the role to Carver.

Click here to read the full preview at Soccer New England.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Revolution Recap June 29th Guests Announced

This Sunday's edition of Revolution Recap will feature Adam Sell (BigSoccer.com moderator) in studio, as well as Marc Connolly (writer for Goal.com) and Josh Hakala (USOpenCup.com) over the phone.

Up for discussion:
-The result of Saturday night's match-up between the Revs and Toronto, including post match commentary from players and Head Coach Steve Nicol.
-The Revs season so far. Are they as good as their record?
-The US Open Cup so far and the Revs third round match-up against the Richmond Kickers on Tuesday
-Fixture congestion/what are reasonable expectations for this team through all competitions?
-Impact of Taylor Twellman's return.
-July 4th's game against the Western Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy

The show can be heard live at 7:05PM on WNRI AM 1380 or at RevolutionRecap.com. If you miss it live, check back for the archive on Monday morning.

Please send any questions or comments you'd like addressed on the show to revolutionrecap@gmail.com, or post them here in the comments section.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Twellman could be available Saturday

Taylor Twellman has been back in full training the past two days and could potentially be available as a substitute this weekend. Though he may not be back at full speed after only two days, he certainly showed some good signs, attempting a bicycle kick in a scrimmage between the first team and reserve team and later scoring on a diving header in a drill.

"Obviously he hasn't been training properly for three months," said head coach Steve Nicol. "I think we can maybe get something out of him on Saturday, whether it's 10, 15, or 20 minutes. We might be lucky. Again, we'll see how he reacts. He's had two days training and hopefully he'll come in tomorrow with no reaction. We'll keep along the same lines day in and day out and see how it goes."

Mauricio Castro was also participating fully in practice and looked back to full speed after a right oblique strain kept him out of last weekend's match.

Check Soccer New England tomorrow for a full preview of Saturday's match against Toronto.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

US Open Cup Quarterfinal also set for New Britain, IF Revs win on Tuesday

US Soccer today announced the New England Revolution would host their US Open Cup quarterfinal match, if they win in the third round on Tuesday against Richmond. Should the Revs advance, they will host the winner of the New York Red Bulls - Crystal Palace Baltimore third round match-up at Veterans Stadium in New Britain, CT on July 8th at 7PM.

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Globe's Dell'Apa reassigned to Celtics

Frank Dell'Apa, who has long provided the some of best coverage of the New England Revolution available, has been reassigned, at least temporarily, by the Boston Globe to the Boston Celtics. The news came today on In the Net, hosted by Brad Feldman with a guest appearance from Frank. With the main stream media's coverage of the Revs already lacking, soccer fans can not afford to lose someone who has provided such in depth coverage not available anywhere else. No word yet on how the Globe plans to cover the Revs in his absence.

On the In the Net program, Brad suggested e-mailing Globe sports editor Joe Sullivan and Frank agreed that may help. So if you can spare a moment, please let the Globe know how much Frank's coverage is needed, by sending an e-mail to Joe Sullivan at jtsullivan@globe.com.

As listeners to Revolution Recap, on which Frank has been one of the most frequent guests, would know, Frank has an understanding of soccer that's hard to find in American journalists.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Revs will host Richmond in US Open Cup Third Round on Tuesday

The Richmond Kickers (USL-2) defeated the Western Mass Pioneers (USL-2) in the US Open Cup Second Round 2-1 tonight to earn a spot Third Round where they will face the defending US Open Cup Champions, the New England Revolution. The game will take place on July 1st at 7PM in New Britain, Connecticut at Veterans Stadium.

Richmond features former Revolution player and Pembroke, Massachusetts native Luke Vercollone.

For tickets visit New-Britain.net.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Revolution Recap - June 22nd show

June 22nd's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Greg Lalas, Revolution TV Color Commentator, MLS ExtraTime host and writer for Goal.com, and Michael Jones, publisher of Soccer New England.

Apologies for the poor audio quality of this one.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

World Cup Qualifying: Bermuda out after 2-0 loss

Khano Smith's Bermuda got the job done on the road with a 2-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago last weekend, but couldn't complete the upset at home, falling 2-0 tonight to loss the series 3-2 and fall out of contention for a place in the 2010 World. Smith started the match and was subbed out in the 78th minute with Bermuda already down 2-0.

Trinidad & Tobago will join the United States, Cuba and Guatemala in Group A of CONCACAF's semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying.

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Fulltime: US 1 - 0 Barbados

After what was a fairly uneventful first half, the US lead Barbados 1-0 (9-0 on aggregate) thanks to an Eddie Lewis goal. Barbados has had a few opportunities, but the US defense has been able to prevent Barbados from testing 'keeper Brad Guzan. The second half was much of the same, though Barbados managed a few shots, both sides didn't cause many problems for their opponent's keeper.

The US took the lead in the 22nd minute, when a deflected pass from from Freddy Adu found the run of Eddie Lewis. The Derby County winger ran into the box and slotted the ball through the legs of 'keeper Alvin Rouse for his 10th international goal.

Left back Heath Pearce made a run into the offense and picked up a great pass from Adu in the 37th minute. At the top of the box, Pearce sent a right footed shot just wide of the target.

DaMarcus Beasley had an opportunity two minutes before the half after Eddie Lewis sprung him free down the right flank with a great cross. Beasley, alone in on goal, was incorrectly ruled offsides.

Barbados finally threatened in the 58th minute when Emerson Boyce received the ball from Mark McCammon in the box. Boyce beat Guzan, but saw his shot bounce off the crossbar and back into play.

The US rarely threatened throughout the rest of the match, while Barbados went forward a bit more, but never forced Guzan into a save.

The US next travels to Guatemala on August 20th for the first match of the next round.

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World Cup Qualifying: Grenada fall 3-0 to Costa Rica

Shalrie Joseph played the full 90 minutes as Grenada's hopes of advancing in World Cup Qualifying came to a crashing halt. After drawing 2-2 last weekend in Grenada, the "spice boyz" fell 3-0 on the road to Costa Rica to be eliminated from contention for a place in the 2010 World Cup. While the result is bad for Joseph and Grenada, it may be good for the Revolution: had Grenada advanced, Joseph surely would have missed many more games for the Revs later this season.

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Revs fall 2-1 to Salt Lake

The New England Revolution entered the match a perfect 8-0-0 when scoring the first goal and Adam Cristman put them on top in just the 8th minute. Salt Lake, however, came back thanks to an own goal by Jay Heaps and a second half strike by rookie Tino Nunez to get a 2-1 victory and remain unbeaten at home. The loss ends the Revs unbeaten run at 7 games.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Resilient RSL to Host Revs

The Revs extended their unbeaten run to 7 games on Wednesday, but didn't look very impressive in doing so. While New England is now only 3-2-2 at home, on the road they are an impressive 5-1-1.

On Saturday, the best road record in MLS will be tested against Salt Lake, who despite having a losing record overall, are unbeaten at home. Salt Lake are also on a modest 4 game unbeaten run, although they haven't played a team with a winning record during that stretch.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Mansally plays for Gambia in 1-0 loss to Algeria

Abdoulie "Kenny" Mansally got his second appearance for the Gambian National Team today in a 1-0 loss to Algeria today, coming off the bench in the 87th minute. Mansally made his debut off the bench over the weekend.

Gambia now sit 3rd in Group 6 of World Cup Qualifying from Africa. Gambia must finish at least second to have a chance of advancing to the next round.

For more information on Mansally's appearances for Gambia, including their U-17 and U-20 teams, visit FIFA.com.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Revolution on grass vs. artificial turf; does the playing surface make a difference?

It’s undeniable that the Revs have been better on the road this year than at home, but is it because of the playing surface? With 14 games played this season, the Revs have played 7 times on grass and 7 times on artificial surfaces. On grass, they’ve been a very impressive 6-1-0 with a +4 goal differential, while on turf the team has only been 2-2-3 with a +1 goal differential.

Another item of interest is that the Revs generally practice on grass. I’m not sure which teams practice regularly on artificial surfaces, but it was mentioned during the broadcast last night that New York does. Playing in Salt Lake City on FieldTurf on Saturday should be another interesting test.

Looks to me like a fairly big difference in the records, though there are certainly other variables involved that should be looked at, such as strength of opposition, time between games, unavailable players, etc. Keep in mind the relatively small sample size and that this has not been the case in past seasons, but here’s the breakdown (please let me know if you notice any errors):

Turf (2-2-3, 9 GF, 8 GA):
vs. Houston Dynamo (3/29) – 3-0 win
vs. Colorado (4/12) – 0-1 loss
at New York (4/19) – 1-1 draw
vs. Chicago (5/3) – 0-3 loss
vs. San Jose (5/17) – 2-0 win
vs. D.C. United (5/29) – 2-2 draw
vs. New York (6/18) – 1-1 draw

Grass (6-1-0, 11 GF, 7 GA):
at Chicago (4/3) – 0-4 loss
at Kansas City (4/9) – 3-1 win
at FC Dallas (4/24) – 1-0 win
at Chivas(5/11) – 2-1 win
at Columbus (5/24) – 1-0 win
vs. FC Dallas (6/6) – 2-1 win
at Houston (6/12) – 2-0 win

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Reserves: Revs 5 - 0 Red Bulls

The Revolution Reserves finished up a doubleheader with the first team against the New York Red Bulls with a dominating 5-0 victory. Amaechi Igwe, Brandon Manzonelli, Chris Tierney, Geoff Walker and Chase Hilgenbrinck all scored for the reserves as they improved to 1-3-2 on the season.

Amaechi Igwe gave the Revs the lead in the 38th minute after Chris Tierney was taken down in the box by Luke Sassano. The referee pointed to the spot and Igwe stepped up and buried it into the lower left corner past Caleb Patterson-Sewell.

Three minutes later 18-year-old Brandon Manzonelli doubled the lead, nutmegging two Red Bulls defenders before sending a curling shot inside the far post.

Geoff Walker, a guest player, made it 3-0 in the 64th minute after picking up the ball in the left side of the box off a deflected shot from Joe Germanese. Walker took a touch and then blasted it into the far corner of the net.

Chase Hilgenbrinck made it 4-0 in the 77th minute. A Red Bulls defender stopped a cross with his hand in the box and the referee whistled for a penalty kick. Hilgenbrinck took it and hammered it down the middle to put the match out of reach.

Tierney made it 5-0 on yet another PK in the 84th. This time the Revs earned one after Walker was taken down from behind in the box. Tierney sent the ball low to the left corner of the net with Patterson-Sewell diving the wrong way.

New England Reserves: Doug Warren, Geoff Walker*, Sam Brill, Chase Hilgenbrinck, Amaechi Igwe (Steve Pagnotta* 46), Pat Phelan (Greg Robinson* 46), Brandon Tyler, Joe Germanese (Dan MacGreggor* 70), Chris Tierney, Argenis Fernandez, Brandon Manzonelli

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Ralston scores late to earn draw against Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls came into Foxboro on a very poor run, but dominated the New England Revolution in the first half and took the lead heading into half time. The Revs showed better in the second half and after an injury forced Nicol to push Steve Ralston up to forward, the Revs captain scored in his third consecutive match to give the Revs a 1-1 draw and preserve their 7 game unbeaten streak.


Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Defending US Open Cup Champion Revs to return to New Britain, Connecticut for third round

The New England Revolution have today announced they will host their first match of the 2008 US Open Cup in New Britain, Connecticut at Veterans Stadium. The match will take place on July 1st against either the Richmond Kickers or Western Mass Pioneers depending on who wins when the two face off in the second round on June 24th.

The Revs, who won last year's edition of the Open Cup, enter the tournament in the third round. The game is set to kick off at 7PM. New Britain was the site last year where the Revs played their semifinal match against the Carolina Railhawks and won 2-1 to advance to the final.

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Joseph available tonight?

According to Frank Dell'Apa over at his blog Corner Kicks at Boston.com, Shalrie Joseph was at training yesterday with the Revolution and should play tonight against the Red Bulls. Joseph played for Grenada on Saturday and is expected to return to play for them again this weekend.

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Surging Revs Face Struggling Red Bulls

The New England Revolution have won five of their last six matches on their way to the top of the standings. This impressive run comes despite the absences of several key players due to both injuries and international call-ups.

Their opponent on Wednesday, the New York Red Bulls, have faced similar injury problems, but won only once in their last five games and have slid down to sixth in the Eastern Conference standings.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

CONCACAF Champions League Groups Drawn; Revs in Group C

The Revs still need to get past Joe Public FC (Trinidad & Tobago) in the preliminary round, but if they do Atlante, winners of the 2007 Mexican Apertura Championship await in the group stages. Joining them is either CD Olímpia or CD Marathon from Honduras and either the Canadian champion or Nicaraguan champion.

Group C
MEX1: Atlante FC
HON1: CD Olímpia or CD Marathon
Series 2 Winner: Joe Public FC or New England Revolution
Series 7 Winner: CAN1 or NCA1

Schedule, Home Team Listed First (All Kickoff Time Eastern Standard)
17.09: CAN1 or NCA1 – Joe Public FC or New England Revolution (TBD)
18.09: Atlante – HON1 (22:00)
24.09: Joe Public FC or New England Revolution – HON1 (20:00)
24.09: CAN1 or NCA1 – Atlante (TBD)
30.09: Atlante – Joe Public FC or New England Revolution (20:00)
02.10: HON1 – CAN1 or NCA1 (22:00)
08.10: Joe Public FC or New England Revolution – CAN1 or NCA1 (20:00)
08.10: HON1 – Atlante (22:00)
21.10: CAN1 or NCA1 – HON1 (TBD)
21.10: Joe Public FC or New England Revolution – Atlante (20:00)
28.10: HON1 – Joe Public FC or New England Revolution (20:00)
28.10: Atlante – CAN1 or NCA1 (22:00)

For more information and other groups visit CONCACAF.com.

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Weekend World Cup Qualifiers - Revolution player involvement

Sunday:
Trinidad & Tobago 1 - 2 Bermuda: The Revs' Khano Smith started and went the full 90 minutes for Bermuda, tallying an assist on John Barry Nusum's first goal with a nice cross. Trinidad & Tobago were heavy favorites in the match, especially since they were playing at home.

USA 8 - 0 Barbados: Matt Reis was on the bench, but saw no time after his surprise call-up due to Tim Howard's injury.

Saturday:
Gambia 1 - 0 Algeria: Kenny Mansally entered the match in the 73rd minute for his Gambian National Team debut. The win pushes Gambia from 3rd into a tie for first with Senegal in group 6.

Grenada 2 - 2 Costa Rica: Shalrie Joseph played the full 90 minutes in Grenada's shock tie with Costa Rica. Grenada at one point led 2-0, but a 49th minute red card to Ricky Charles dashed their hopes of a stunning victory.

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Revolution Recap - June 15th show

June 15th's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Brian O'Connell (in studio), writer for RevsNet.com, and Dylan Butler, writer for BigAppleSoccer.com.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Final: US 8 - Barbados 0

The final scoring summary, in what turned out to be the US' largest victory ever was as follows:
Scoring:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Carlos Bocanegra) 1st minute.
USA – Michael Bradley 12.
USA – Brian Ching (Pablo Mastroeni) 20.
USA – Landon Donovan (free kick) 59.
USA – Clint Dempsey 63.
USA – Eddie Johnson (Heath Pearce) 82.
USA – Own goal (Daryl Ferguson) 86.
USA – Brian Ching (Steve Cherundolo) 89.

New England's Matt Reis never entered the match.

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Halftime update: US 3 - Barbados 0

A first minute goal by Clint Dempsey off a Carlos Bocanegra pass put the US on top and it has been all USA since. Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 12th minute after a flurry in the box, and Pablo Mastroeni deflected a long shot off Brian Ching's back in the 20th minute for the final goal of the half.

Freddy Adu came in for an injured Mastroeni in the 26th minute.

Tune in to Revolution Recap on WNRI AM1380 at 7:05PM (or at RevolutionRecap.com) after the match for post-game analysis on this match and the Revs - Houston match from Thursday as well as looking forward to the Revs - New York match on Wednesday.

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US line-up out for World Cup Qualifier vs. Barbados

Tim Howard is out injured, so Brad Guzan gets the start. Apparently Bob Bradley wasn't confident enough in Dominic Cervi as the Revs' Matt Reis is on the bench.

The US starting line-up is as follows:
USA: 18-Brad Guzan; 6-Steve Cherundolo, 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra, 15-Heath Pearce; 10-Landon Donovan, 12-Michael Bradley, 4-Pablo Mastroeni, 17-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 8-Clint Dempsey

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Revs Stretch Unbeaten Run to Six

A perfect storm of timely scoring, good goalkeeping and poor shooting from the Dynamo, gave the Revolution a 2-0 victory over Houston Thursday night in the MLS primetime game of the week.

Steve Ralston and Kheli Dube scored first half goals and Matt Reis made several key saves in the win. Missing Shalrie Joseph, Kenny Mansally, and Khano Smith to international call-ups and Taylor Twellman and Gary Flood with injuries, Revs’ coach Steve Nicol was forced to make some lineup adjustments.

Nicol opted to switch to a 4-4-2 formation, giving Amaechi Igwe the start at left back and handing recently signed rookie Pat Phelan a debut start in the center of the midfield. Meanwhile Houston, facing many absences as well, switched things up and started out with a 4-5-1 formation.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Depleted Squads Set to Battle

Houston opened the season with a trip to New England and left with the biggest regular season loss in the club's short history. In fact, Houston has never beaten the Revs in five regular season match-ups. But that should come as little consolation to a Revolution side that has fallen in the past two MLS Cup finals to the Dynamo.

Not much is at stake on Thursday, but the first place Revs may face their toughest test of the season so far with several key players away due to international call-ups and injuries.

Shalrie Joseph, who has played every minute this season and arguably been one of the Revs top two performers, will miss the match due to his call-up by the Grenada National Team. Also missing out due to call-ups are Kenny Mansally (Gambia) and Khano Smith (Bermuda).

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Revs to face Joe Public FC in 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round; Superliga tickets on sale tomorrow

The New England Revolution will face Trinidad & Tobago club Joe Public FC in the preliminary round of the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League. The first leg will take place between August 26-28 and be in Trinidad & Tobago. The second leg, set to take place sometime between September 2-4, will be the Revs' home leg. Exact dates, times, and locations have yet to be announced. The winner, as well as the 7 other preliminary match-up victors, will join eight previously seeded teams in the group stage.

Joe Public FC qualified by finishing as the runner-up 2007 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship. New England qualified as runner-up in last year's MLS Cup final.

The Revs should have a first hand account of Joe Public FC's stadium, which features a synthetic surface, as Khano Smith is set to play there this weekend when Bermuda takes on the Trinidad & Tobago National Team.


The other international competition the Revs will take part in this year, the SuperLiga will kick off on July 13th and tickets go on sale tomorrow.

More information from RevolutionSoccer.net:
The Revolution will face Mexico’s Primera Division’s Clausura 2008 champion, Santos Laguna, on Sunday, July 13, at Gillette Stadium, before welcoming SuperLiga 2007 and 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup champion Pachuca on Wednesday, July 16. The Revs are scheduled to close out group play in the tournament against MLS side Chivas USA on Sunday, July 20, in Los Angeles.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-GET-REVS or Ticketmaster at (617) 931-2222. Group discounts are available for parties of 20 or more.

Revolution season-ticket holders will use tickets to Special Event B for the July 13 match against Santos Laguna, and tickets to Special Event C for the July 16 match against Pachuca.

A full listing of ticket pricing is below:

SuperLiga 2008 – Single-Game Ticket Prices
Category I: $37
Category II: $27
Category III: $19
General Admission: $19
Fidelity Investments Clubhouse: $50-65

SuperLiga 2008 – Two-Game Strips
Category I: $50
Category II: $38
Category III: $28
General Admission: $28
Fidelity Investments Clubhouse: $80-100

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Joseph scores in Grenada's 2-1 upset over Jamaica

The New England Revolution's Shalrie Joseph scored a game tying 68th minute goal last night for Grenada before Jason Roberts (Blackburn Rovers/English Premier League) scored the game winner 9 minutes later against Jamaica. Jamaica was the heavy favorite, but Grenada did enough to secure a shock victory. The match was both teams final preparation before stage 2 of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying kicks off this weekedend.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Shalrie Joseph and Khano Smith called up to national teams for World Cup Qualifying

Shalrie Joseph (Grenada) and Khano Smith (Bermuda) have been called up for their countries' World Cup Qualifiers this weekend. The two join Kenny Mansally (The Gambia), who has already missed the past two Revolution matches, on the absence list for this Thursday's match in Houston, and likely the following two matches as well.

The Gambia plays at home vs. Algeria on Saturday, Grenada plays the first leg of stage 2 of CONCACAF Qualifying at home against Costa Rica on Saturday, and Bermuda, also in the first leg of stage 2 CONCACAF Qualifying, plays in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday.

The Gambia currently sits in 3rd place with two points in Group 6 of the African Confederation behind Senegal and Algeria. With a match in Algeria on the 20th, Mansally likely won't be available for the Revolution until they face Toronto on June 28th. The Gambia started qualifying with draws against Liberia and Senegal. Mansally was on the bench for both matches, but didn't play in either.

Grenada advanced to stage 2 with a 10-0 win against the US Virgin islands in the first round. Joseph started and played 64 minutes in that match. The second leg against Costa Rica will take place on June 21st, meaning Joseph, who has been on the field for every minute of every match this year, may also be unavailable for the Revs until their match on the 28th.

Bermuda advanced to stage 2 with a 4-2 aggregate win over the Cayman Islands. Smith played in both first round matches. Their second leg against Trinidad and Tobago is on the 22nd, so Smith too could also be out until the 28th.

Additionally, Taylor Twellman will be out again on Thursday due to his ankle injury and Gary Flood, the clear replacement in Joseph's absence, is doubtful with an ankle injury of his own.

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Revolution Recap - June 8th show

June 8th's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Joyce Furia (in studio), photographer and writer for Soccer New England, Kyle McCarthy, writer for Goal.com and MLSNet.com, and Bernardo Fallas, writer for the Houston Chronicle.

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

US draws 0-0 with Argentina

The United States Men's National Team finished their preparation for World Cup Qualifying with a scoreless draw with Argentina, the number 1 ranked team in the world. In front of over 78,000 fans at Giants Stadium, the US put on their best performance of the past month, but still couldn't find the back of the net. Landon Donovan started and played the entire match for his 100th international appearance. The 26-year-old become the fourth youngest player in the world to get his 100th cap.

Tim Howard started in goal and came up with some big saves, especially in the first half. Heath Pearce looked very good at left back and Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley both put in solid performances.

Pablo Mastroeni was ejected in the 72nd minute for his second yellow card on what looked like a non-existent foul. Argentina's Javier Mascherano also saw red for bad tackle on Donovan in the 87th minute.

The US begins World Cup qualifying against Barbados next Sunday.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Reis Keeps Revs Afloat

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Adam Cristman and Steve Ralston gave New England an early two-goal lead and Matt Reis kept the Revs afloat during a second half onslaught from FC Dallas to help the home team escape with a 2-1 victory Friday night.

The win makes the Revs the first team in MLS to get to seven wins and extends their unbeaten streak to five games. The crowd at the start of the match was sparse. Most arrived late, a little closer to the start time of the second match of the doubleheader, Brazil against Venezuela, a contest Venezuela won, 2-0.

Cristman gave the Revs the lead in just the fifth minute with a diving header. The Revolution striker was well set-up by Sainey Nyassi, who beat Bobby Rhine on the right flank and sent in a good cross to the far post. Cristman was well positioned there to score his third goal of the season.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Revs Seek Home Cooking; Look to Feed Off Large Crowd Friday

Despite sitting at the top of the league, the New England Revolution have been mediocre at home this season. With potentially their largest crowd of the year at Gillette Stadium on Friday thanks to a doubleheader with the Brazilian National Team against Venezuela, the Revs will try to feed off the surge to change their fortunes against a struggling FC Dallas team.

Dallas on the other hand, will surely have plenty of motivation coming into the match after losing, 1-0, at home earlier in the season to a depleted Revs squad. This just a year after losing 3-2 at home in the US Open Cup Final last season...

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Update on Columbus incident: Spectator banned for life

In update to the incident at May 24th's Revolution match against Columbus at Crew Stadium MLS Commissioner Don Garber has today released the following statement:

"MLS and the Columbus Crew have extensively reviewed an incident that took place during the Crew versus Revolution game on May 24 where there is audio of a spectator at Crew Stadium using vulgar language and an unacceptable and offensive racial epithet.

"The review included video posted on the internet, and interviews with security personnel, fans and team officials.

"MLS and the Columbus Crew are working diligently with all relevant authorities, including Club Supporters Groups, to identify the spectator involved. In the event the perpetrator is identified, he will be banned for life from Crew stadium and all other MLS stadiums and events.

"MLS takes enormous pride in our commitment to racial and ethnic diversity and inclusiveness - in our stadiums, on our fields, and in our administrative, coaching and ownership ranks. We categorically will not tolerate this language in any context or setting and are working with all of our clubs and stadiums to ensure that this isolated incident is not repeated."


Tough punishment, but I can't say undeserved under the circumstances. It's good to see MLS taking a hard line on incidents like this.

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Red Bull's Altidore headed to Spanish club Villareal

It appears the New York Red Bulls 18-year-old star striker Jozy Altidore is headed to La Liga's Villareal. According to the Associated Press, the deal bringing Altidore to Spain may be worth over $10 million, shattering the MLS record of around $4 million (for Clint Dempsey in 2006) received for a player. The Red Bulls have agreed to the fee and all that is left is for Altidore to agree to a contract and pass a physical. After agreeing to terms, Altidore still must wait till the European transfer window opens on July 1st to complete the move.

Over the winter speculation surrounding Altidore linked him to England's Newcastle United and Reading, as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid. More recently the BBC had him as a possible transfer target of top English clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Altidore has started 7 of New York's 9 games this year tallying 3 goals and 1 assist. Overall since being drafted in 2006 as a 16-year-old, the Florida native played in 37 games, starting 25 and scored 15 goals along with 5 assists.

The Red Bulls should receive a portion of the transfer fee and an allocation, but depending on who, if anyone, the team brings in, this could prove a big blow to New York. Already struggling in 5th place in the East, Altidore has been directly involved in 40% of the team's goals this season and his likely replacement in the starting line-up (pending any moves) is John Wolyniec, who has yet to score this season.

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US fall 1-0 in Spain

The US Men's National Team fell 1-0 today against the Spanish National Team at Estadio El Sardinero in Santander, Spain. It was clearly a better performance from the US than last week's loss to England with Eddie Johnson and Freddy Adu looking better up top in the first half than Josh Wolff paired with Johnson had. All-time leading scorer and assister Landon Donovan again missed out with an injury.

Johnson had a couple of good chances in the first half, including a header from the 6-yard box off an Eddie Lewis cross that he should have done better with, but headed just wide of the net. Johnson was played through on goal earlier with a nice pass from Adu and finished past Real Madrid 'keeper Iker Casillas, but was ruled offsides. Adu, however, came off injured at half time and DaMarcus Beasley came in to play on the right flank with Clint Dempsey moving up top before Wolff eventually subbed into the match. The US proved less dangerous in the second half without Adu on the field.

Xavi Hernandez scored the lone goal of the match in the 79th minute after Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas were defended well and kept wide on the right flank. Fabregas, however, found Xavi near the top of the box and a flat-footed US defense failed to react. Oguchi Onyewi and Carlos Bocanegra were both beaten and barely put up an effort as the Barcelona midfielder dribbled into the box and slotted a shot past Chivas USA 'keeper Brad Guzan to give Spain the 1-0 lead.

The US had a chance to equalize in the 90th minute, with Michael Bradley getting wide open (though appearing offsides on replay) for a Frankie Hejduk cross, but the 20 year old midfielder sent his header weakly wide of the target.

The defense, with the exception of the first few minutes of the first half, kept Spain from testing starting goalkeeper Tim Howard. Throughout the second half they looked a bit more shaky, but Guzan played well despite giving up the goal, and again likely will attract the attention of some European clubs this summer with his recent performances.

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Revolution acquire Pat Phelan from Toronto FC

The New England Revolution announced today the acquisition of Enfield, Connecticut native Pat Phelan from Toronto FC in exchange for one of the team's eight international roster spots through the 2010 season. The former Wake Forest defender was selected 10th overall in this year's SuperDraft by Toronto FC. Phelan, 23, joins former Wake Forest teammates Michael Parkhurst and Wells Thompson on the Revolution.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Revs sign Chris Tierney, release Spencer Wadsworth

The Revolution today announced that Wellesley, Massachusetts native Chris Tierney has been signed to a developmental contract. The 22-year-old University of Virginia product was drafted by the Revolution in the first round of this year's Supplemental Draft and has played for the Revolution reserves three times this year as a guest player. As a left-footed midfielder, Tierney tallied 11 goals and 16 assists at UVA.

21-year-old Spencer Wadsworth was released to make room for Tierney. The former Duke University forward appeared in all four Revolution reserve matches, tallying one goal.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Revolution Recap - June 1st show

June 1st's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show featured Dave Akman (recently returned from England and the US vs. England match) in studio and post-match interviews with Steve Nicol, Kheli Dube, Adam Cristman, Matt Reis, Jay Heaps, Chris Albright, and Shalrie Joseph.

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