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.

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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).

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Revenge for Revs in Opener

FOXBORO, Mass. – The stage wasn’t the same, but the New England Revolution managed to extract some revenge against Houston in the season opener Saturday, defeating Dynamo, 3-0, in a rematch of the past two MLS Cups.

Goals from Adam Cristman, Steve Ralston, and the 19-year-old Sainey Nyassi gave the Revs a deserved win for a dominating performance, despite wholesale lineup changes due to offseason departures, injuries and international absences.

"It was a great win," said Revs’ coach Steve Nicol. "We were definitely the better team in the first half. I think the second half you saw the difference in fitness. They have obviously been playing in the [CONCACAF] Champions Cup and playing those games that mean something. I think the second half showed we still have a wee bit to go as far as playing a competitive 90 minutes are concerned. But saying that, I think again you saw the attitude and the commitment of the players. The goal at the end was just the icing on the cake, it was a fantastic goal. It was a great result with a great performance."

Nyassi, the man of the match according to Nicol, sealed the victory deep into stoppage time with a spectacular 50-yard run from midfield before blasting a shot into the back of the net. The Gambian youth international was all over the field making important defensive stops and creating dangerous chances up front for the team all night. The match marked Nyassi's first start for the Revolution and he became the youngest player ever to start on opening day for the Revs......

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