Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DC Ousts Revs from Open Cup

The New England Revolution fell short in their quest to defend last year’s U.S. Open Cup Championship Tuesday. Opting to rest the majority of their starters and not even bothering to bring a full bench, the Revolution fell, 3-1, to a D.C. United side that was playing their best lineup available.

The Revs fell behind just four minutes into the match after 2007 MLS Golden Boot winner Luciano Emilio headed a cross from Bryan Namoff past Revs goakeeper Doug Warren to open the scoring.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mixed line-up on tap for U.S. Open Cup Semifinal

Who: New England Revolution at D.C. United
What: U.S. Open Cup Semifinal
Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
When: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (Audio: RevolutionSoccer.net)


The New England Revolution used line-ups made up mostly made of reserves to win their first two U.S. Open Cup matches against teams from the USL-2. Now that the Revs have advanced to the semifinals, the team faces a tougher task going against in-form MLS rivals D.C. United on the road.

With a formidable opponent in the way of a spot in the U.S. Open Cup final for the second straight year, one might expect the Revolution to come out with their best available line-up. Head Coach Steve Nicol, however, seems to be keeping the faith in the players that got them this far in tournament and is hoping a few first teamers mixed in with the reserves will be enough for victory. With the busy schedule the Revs are in the midst of including the MLS regular season, Open Cup, recently finished SuperLiga tournament that the Revs won, along with the CONCACAF Champions League just around the corner, it’s easy to understand why Nicol would want to give some of his regular starters a day off.

“We’ve got a lot of tired players,” said Nicol. “But in saying that, we won [the Open Cup] last year and we want to defend it. The team that goes out on the field is going to do that.”


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Possible Dates and Venues Set for 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final

From US Soccer:

CHICAGO (Aug. 7, 2008) – The possible sites and venues for the 2008 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final have been announced as four teams prepare for the semifinal matches that will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12. Once again, the U.S. Open Cup final will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

The semifinalists include a pair of teams from MLS and another from the USL First Division. D.C. United welcomes defending champion New England Revolution to RFK Stadium in Washington D.C., while the Seattle Sounders travel across the country to face Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Both games will take place on August 12 at 7:30 p.m. local time.

The winner between the Sounders and Battery will become the just the second-ever non-MLS team to play in an Open Cup final since the top professional league entered the tournament in 1996.

U.S. Open Cup Final

Date Potential Matchups Venue; City, State Time (local)
Sept. 3 D.C. United (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 8 p.m.
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Sept. 3 Charleston Battery (USL1) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 7:30 p.m.
-- or --
Sept. 15 New England Revolution (MLS) at Seattle Sounders (USL1) Qwest Field; Seattle, Wash. 7 p.m.
-- or --
Sept. 22 New England Revolution (MLS) at Charleston Battery (USL1) Blackbaud Stadium; Charleston, S.C. 7 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Revs Advance to US Open Cup Semifinals on Penalties

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- It took penalty kicks, but the Revolution overcame a resilient Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) on Tuesday night to advance to the semifinals of the US Open Cup.

Kenny Mansally gave the Revs an early lead, but Baltimore evened it up fourteen minutes later. Despite ample opportunities for both sides to grab a winner, the match wound up being decided on penalties, where a huge save by Doug Warren helped propel the Revs to the semifinals.

The Revs and Crystal Palace exchanged goals in the first three rounds of the penalty kick shootout with Chase Hilgenbrinck, Kheli Dube and Chris Tierney scoring for New England. In the fourth round Amaechi Igwe buried his shot, and Warren came up huge, diving to his right to deny Val Teixeira. Mauricio Castro then scored for the Revs in the fifth to clinch the victory.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Revolution set for Quarterfinal match-up with Crystal Palace Baltimore

Who: Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) at New England Revolution (US Open Cup Quarterfinal)
Where: Veterans Stadium, New Britain, CT.
When: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. (Audio: RevolutionSoccer.net)

With over a month until their next MLS game, the New England Revolution’s focus has switched two other competitions. On Sunday, the Revs will kick off their participation in SuperLiga, but first the team continues their run in the US Open Cup on Tuesday. The defending US Open Cup Champions beat the Richmond Kickers (USL-2) 3-0 last week to advance to the quarterfinals and will take on Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL-2) in the quarterfinals.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Update: Cristman named Player of the Week; Potential US Open Cup Semifinal Opponents set

After going half the season without anyone earning Player of the Week honors or anyone scoring more than a goal in a game, the Revs have done both in back to back weeks. Adam Cristman scored twice in the Revs 2-1 victory over Los Angeles and was named Player of the Week for his performance. Steve Ralston won the award last week for a two goal performance of his own against Toronto.

Also announced today were the potential US Open Cup Semifinal pairings:
Potential Matchups Venue City/State Date Time (local)
Crystal Palace Baltimore (USL2) / New England Revolution (MLS) at D.C. United (MLS) RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 8/12 7:30 p.m.
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Crystal Palace Baltimore / New England Revolution at Chicago Fire (MLS) Toyota Park Bridgeview, Ill. 8/12 7:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Revs Easily Handle Richmond

Fans had to wait nearly two hours for kickoff because of thunderstorms in the area, but the Revolution made it worth the wait with a 3-0 victory over the Richmond Kickers to advance to the US Open Cup Quarterfinals.

Fielding a lineup of mostly reserves, plus Taylor Twellman and Kenny Mansally up top, the Revs struggled to create chances in the first half, but came to life after the break tallying three goals in the second half keep alive their hopes of repeating as US Open Cup Champions.

Massachusetts native Sam Brill opened the scoring before Joe Germanese and Twellman scored in quick succession to ensure the Revs were victorious in front of just under 4,000 fans in New Britain, Connecticut...

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Revs to Defend Open Cup Title

Who: Richmond Kickers (USL-2) at New England Revolution
Where: Veterans Stadium, New Britain, CT
When: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

The New England Revolution will begin the defense of their US Open Cup title on Tuesday night in New Britain, Connecticut against the Richmond Kickers.

The Revolution won the Open Cup Championship last year using their regular starting lineup throughout the competition, regardless of the opposition. This year, however, that looks likely to change, at least on Tuesday, when the Revs try to balance a tough schedule that sees them play three games in six days.

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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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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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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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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