Sunday, September 28, 2008

Revs Drop Decision to Crew

The New England Revolution's hopes of claiming the supporter's shield took a huge blow on Saturday when the Revs fell, 1-0, to the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium to drop eight points out of first with only four games remaining.

Chad Marshall headed in a corner kick in the 35th minute to give the Crew a lead, and despite having a man advantage for the last 25 minutes when Frankie Hejduk was ejected, the Revs were unable to come back.

The Revs started the match in a 4-4-2 formation instead of the usual 3-5-2 they use at home and at times the backline looked out of sync. The offense, meanwhile, struggled to create chances.

"In the first half, if not for most of the game, we were just dumb," said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. "If you look at how they played and how we played particularly first half, we tried to make passes in the middle of our own half and they just squeezed us. And that's ok. We know there are times when you have to play the game ugly. But today, there wasn't a need for playing pretty passes and getting through people, because we did that and we tried that and it didn't work but we weren't smart enough to change it."

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rested Revs Ready for Crew

Who: Columbus Crew at New England Revolution
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (TV38, Cox 3 [R.I.])

The New England Revolution, now well-rested and on a more MLS-like one game a week schedule, return home to Foxboro on Saturday to face off against the league-leading Columbus Crew.

With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Revs sit in second place, five points behind the Crew. A loss would all but mathematically eliminate the Revs from contention for the Supporter's Shield and the top spot in the east. A win and the Revs are right back in the hunt for the best regular season record in MLS for the first time in club history.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Point Just Fine with Revs

The Revolution earned their first point in Colorado since 2004 with a 1-1 draw against the Rapids on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Nineteen-year-old Gambian International Kenny Mansally came on at halftime with the Revs trailing 1-0 and less than five minutes later potted his first goal since May 11 to equalize for the Revs. Goalkeeper Matt Reis made several huge saves to help New England improve to 12-7-6 on the season with five games left in the regular season.

Reis came up huge in the 17th minute when Nick Labrocca unleashed a powerful shot towards the far corner from about 30 yards out. Reis managed to make an acrobatic save, tipping the shot over the net.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Ralston Keys Big Revs' Win

Steve Ralston's return to the starting lineup after being sidelined with back spasms proved just the spark the Revolution needed to end their run of bad form.

Ralston assisted on two goals and scored one of his own and the Revolution scored four goals for the first time this season in a 4-0 home walloping of Chivas USA during primetime Thursday.

After failing to convert on numerous chances in the first half Taylor Twellman scored to open the second half before Jeff Larentowicz, Khano Smith, and Ralston all added late goals to put the game out of reach.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Banged Up Revs Try to End Slide

Just over two months ago the Revs were sitting comfortably atop the MLS standings with a seven-point lead. Now, however, with only one win in their last nine matches, the Revs have fallen into third place in the Eastern Conference and sit five points out of first.

In need of a win to turn things around and start building some momentum with seven games left until the playoffs, the Revs may not be up against the ideal opponent when they face a revitalized Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium on Thursday night.

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Revolution Have No Answers

Even with a few key returning players from injury, the Revs still didn't fare any better Saturday in Columbus.

Taylor Twellman was back up top and Michael Parkhurst and Chris Albright returned to the midfield, but it wasn't enough to stop the Crew from winning, 4-0 – matching the Revs 4-0 Champions League loss on Tuesday -- and moving five points ahead of New England in the standings.

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Revs Try to Get Back on Track

After being upset on Tuesday at Gillette Stadium by an embarrassing 4-0 score line to Joe Public F.C. -- the fifth place team in Trinidad and Tobago's Pro League -- and missing out on the Group Stage of the CONCACAF Champions League as a result, the New England Revolution have a chance to regain some respect and first place with a much needed win in Columbus Saturday.

Through all competitions the Revs are just 1-5-3 in their last eight matches. That streak started with the team winning the SuperLiga, but more recently saw them crash out of the U.S. Open Cup in the Semifinals and Champions League in the Preliminary Round. Thanks to the recent poor form, the Revs now only have MLS play to worry about and all that fixture congestion they frequently complained about is about to end.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Revs Eliminated from CONCACAF

The New England Revolution fell 4-0 to Joe Public F.C. on Tuesday completing a 6-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of their Trinidadian opponents.

The loss marks the first time an MLS team has been eliminated from CONCACAF competition by a Caribbean opponent and it is also the first time an MLS team has give up three or more goals to Caribbean opposition. Additionally, it was the team's worst loss at home this season through all competitions.

It was never going to be an easy night with forwards Taylor Twellman, Adam Cristman, Kenny Mansally, and Kheli Dube all unavailable. With captain Steve Ralston also available and Nicol opting to rest defenders Chris Albright and Michael Parkhurst while starting Amaechi Igwe out of position at center back, even the defense was bound to look shaky.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Must Win for Revs in CONCACAF

Who: Joe Public F.C. at New England Revolution
What: CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

After falling 2-1 last week in the away leg of the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League, the New England Revolution need a victory against Joe Public F.C. on Tuesday to advance to the group stages.

While the away goal rule means a 1-0 victory would be enough, any win by two goals would also do the trick.

"It's 2-1, we've got one away goal and to play a Trinidadian team with three days' rest we know it's going to be hard," said midfielder Shalrie Joseph. "We know we are at home and we definitely want to move on to the next stage in the Champions League.

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