Sunday, March 29, 2009

Revs Salvage Draw with New York

Kenny Mansally scored a 90th minute equalizer to help the Revolution leave Giants Stadium with a point after a back-and-forth match against New York Red Bulls on Saturday.

A Jay Heaps own goal created by former Rev Khano Smith in the 35th minute left the team in an early hole, but despite missing six starters the Revs fought hard for an equalizer the rest of the way until Mansally finally found the back of the net to earn the 1-1 draw.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Revs Top Quakes in Season Opener

Despite missing five potential starters, the New England Revolution went into San Jose and managed to come away with three points to kick off the 2009 season with a 1-0 win over the Earthquakes.

Injuries to Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman, Gabriel Badilla, and Mauricio Castro - as well as Chris Albright’s suspension - forced the Revs to start the season with a makeshift lineup that included rookies Darrius Barnes and Kevin Alston in defense. San Jose created several dangerous chances throughout the match but were unable to finish, and second year forward Kheli Dube’s 55th minute goal proved the game-winner for the Revs.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Roller-Coaster Season Leaves Questions

Following another heartbreaking loss in MLS Cup 2007, the Revs entered the 2008 season having lost a few key contributors and replacing them with promising, but unproven foreign talent. The team started the season off very well and controlled first place through most of the season. After adding bringing the SuperLiga Championship, the Revs finished off the season in dreadful form and crashed out of the playoffs in the first round.

In the wake of Columbus’ 3-1 victory in the MLS Cup Sunday, it’s worth revisiting a Revs’ season that initially showed promise, but ultimately lacked the strong finish that vaulted past New England clubs to the championship game.

Things started off brightly for the Revs, with a dominating 3-0 victory over the 2007 MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo. The game saw the emergence of Gambian teenager Sainey Nyassi, who capped an impressive performance in his first start with a remarkable run and finish in the 93rd minute to put the result beyond doubt. Missing starters Taylor Twellman and Khano Smith, the match seemed to show the Revs had found new depth, despite losing midfielder Andy Dorman and defenders Avery John and James Riley in the offseason.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Season Over for Revolution

The New England Revolution fell, 3-0, to the Chicago Fire on Thursday night, ending the team's faint postseason hopes and closing the door on a marathon 2008 season that ended more in a stagger than a sprint.

Missing Steve Ralston, Taylor Twellman, Adam Cristman and Khano Smith going into the match, the Revs suffered a huge blow in the first half when Jeff Larentowicz was forced to leave the field with a possible broken ankle.

Chicago took the lead just before half time and continued to build on it in the second half while the Revs tried to claw their way back. The loss marks the first time the Revs were eliminated before the Eastern Conference Final since Steve Nicol was in charge.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Revs Limp into Chicago for Second Game

Who: Real Salt Lake at New England Revolution
What: MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal - Leg 2
Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
When:Thursday, 8:45 p.m. (ESPN2)

The New England Revolution put in a good performance in Game One last Thursday at Gillette Stadium, but couldn't do enough to get a win. Now the Revs travel to Chicago for the final leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Fire tied at 0-0 on aggregate goals.

Again without several key players due to injury, the Revs' offense will have to find a way through Chicago's backline if they are to advance to the Eastern Conference Final.

The Revs top three leading scorers, Taylor Twellman (8 goals, 2 assists), Steve Ralston (8 goals, 7 assists), and Adam Cristman (6 goals, 1 assist), are all out injured. Combined with the suspended Khano Smith (2 goals, 3 assists), the Revs will be without four players who combined to score 24 of the team’s 40 goals this season.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Chicago and Revs fit for Draw

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Revolution put on their best performance in over a month, but couldn't find the back of the net and had to settle for a 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire to kick off the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Thursday.

The Revs got off to a quick start and often had the Fire pinned back, but the home side extended their winless streak to seven games in front of just over 5,000 fans at Gillette Stadium.

"I think we deserved to win," said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. "It was a real rough tough game. Plenty of commitment [and there] probably should have been a couple of penalties for us on Sainey [Nyassi] and [Bakary] Soumare is trying to head the ball clear and headed it straight onto his arm. We finished the season over thinking when we were playing, basically. We decided to get rid of that and just go and play. Be committed, when you get the chance to pass the ball, pass the ball, and when you have to be strong, be strong."

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Depleted Revs Stagger into Playoffs

Who: Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
What: MLS Eastern Conference Semifinal Leg 1
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Thursday, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

The once first place Revolution head into Thursday night's Eastern Conference Semifinal against the Chicago Fire as the third seed and underdog. Heading into the match, the Fire, who were a perfect 3-0 against the Revolution in the regular season, were already the favorites and injuries to key players and needless suspensions have made the Revs heavy underdogs.

"We expect the battle that it always is," said defender Michael Parkhurst. "We've got quite the rivalry with Chicago. Obviously they have had some success against us this year, but we don't really concentrate on those games now. They are in the past. We really need to focus on who we are and guys stepping up and taking some leadership and younger guys stepping up now. They had a chance early on in the season with a bunch of injuries to step up and get some playing time and they got the job done then. Hopefully we can use that experience here in the playoffs now that we need it."

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Men Down in Loss to Wizards

The Revolution lost, 3-1, to the Kansas City Wizards Saturday, but more importantly lost both Gabriel Badilla and Khano Smith for Thursday’s playoff opener after both received red card ejections.

The Revs fell down a man and a goal 26 minutes in when Badilla fouled Claudio Lopez in the box and then destroyed any realistic hope of a comeback 16 minutes later when Smith committed a reckless foul on Herculez Gomez to earn himself a red card. Kansas City put its advantage to good use, tallying two more goals before Jeff Larentowicz scored a last minute consolation goal. The loss leaves the Revs winless in their last six matches and with only one win in their last 10.

The Revolution started off with a 4-4-2 formation for the second week in a row, keeping the starting line-up unchanged. The team remains winless since April when using a four-man backline.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Revs Trying to Build Some Momentum

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

A 5-2 win by the Chicago Fire against the New York Red Bulls on Thursday assured the New England Revolution's final regular season game on Saturday would have no bearing on the team's playoff seeding.

The Revs, who were sitting atop the MLS standings on Aug. 23, before a nine-game string of poor play left the team in third place, will enter the postseason with the third seed. While a win on Saturday would put the Revs tied for second with Chicago, the Fire hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Revs opponents, the Kansas City Wizards, meanwhile, have already secured a wildcard playoff spot, though they could drop down a seed with a loss combined with other unfavorable results throughout the league.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Revs Can't Handle United

Taylor Twellman scored his 99th career MLS goal to give the Revolution a second half lead, but D.C. United, fighting for its playoff life, battled back and won, 2-1, behind two goals by Francis Doe.

The loss leaves the Revs winless in their last five games and their record at 12-10-7. With one game remaining, the Revs will need lots of help from other results if they are to take the second seed going into the playoffs.

With Steve Ralston out to injury, the Revs started the match in a 4-4-2 formation. Gabriel Badilla got the start at center back and Mauricio Castro again got the start at right midfield.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Revs Lose Game, Ralston

The New England Revolution lost Steve Ralston and Mauricio Castro to injury en route to falling 1-0 to the Kansas City Wizards.

Ralston broke his leg on a rough Herculez Gomez tackle in the 12th minute and Castro left limping late in the second half. Ralston’s loss is the more significant. He suffered a broken right fibula and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, putting the remainder of his season in jeopardy.

A 61st minute Jimmy Conrad goal was all the Wizards needed to keep their playoff hopes alive and hand the Revolution their ninth loss of the season. The loss drops the Revs into a tie in second place with Chicago with 43 points each.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Revs Look to Build Momentum

Who: New England Revolution at Kansas City Wizards
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Kansas
When: Saturday, 8:00 p.m. (TV38, Cox 3 [R.I.])

Despite only managing a draw last weekend at Gillette Stadium against Salt Lake, the New England Revolution secured their seventh straight playoff appearance thanks to other favorable results from around the league.

With just three games left, however, the Revs do not want to head into the postseason in bad form. Those three matches, starting with a trip to Kansas City on Saturday, are all against teams still fighting for a playoff spot, which almost certainly guarantees the Revs won't have it easy in any of them.

"We don't want to crawl into the playoffs," said Revolution captain Steve Ralston. "We want to go in on a high note and play well and get some good results."

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Revolution Battle for Draw

The New England Revolution got off to another slow start at home, going down 2-0 in the 73rd minute and giving the 18,893 fans at Gillette Stadium the feeling that the club was again squandering a chance to solidify its grip on second place.

But then the Revs scored twice in quick succession to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake Saturday night.

After falling behind in just the 14th minute, the Revs rarely threatened to score and Salt Lake seemed to be working hard to defend their one goal lead. When RSL took a two goal lead late in the match, the home team's offense seemed to come alive and goals by Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman gave the Revs a draw as the team moved to 12-8-7 on the season.

"At two-nil, it was absolutely a point gained," said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. "The goals we gave away were horrendous. We can't give goals away like that. We tried to pass it and we tried to do the right things, but we were just off. We tried to do the right things, but the pass was just a half-yard short, or a yard too far in front or behind. We just weren't quite at it. But you see the character of the team, though. Two-nil down at home, 20 minutes to go, and they don't give up. We end up with a point and nearly steal it. So we can't be too disappointed from being two-nil down."

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Revs Playing for Second

Who: Real Salt Lake 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 Revs blew a big chance last weekend to gain ground on the first place Columbus Crew and will now likely have to work hard just to hang onto second with four games remaining before the playoffs.

While on paper the Revs should be the favorites in their last four games, none of them will be easy. For the Revs, clinching a playoff spot at this point is all but a formality, while their opponents in their next four games are all fighting for their postseason lives.

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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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Sunday, August 31, 2008

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Revolution Draw with Galaxy

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A depleted New England Revolution squad played to an entertaining 2-2 draw against a well rested Los Angeles Galaxy in front of nearly 40,000 at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Taylor Twellman scored his 96th career MLS regular season goal to give the Revs an early lead, but the Galaxy drew level through Landon Donovan 12 minutes later. Donovan then gave the visitors a 2-1 lead 10 minutes after half time before Shalrie Joseph equalized in the 75th minute. The draw, combined with the Columbus Crew's 2-1 victory in Dallas, means the Crew now sit in first place in MLS, two points ahead of the Revs.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's Beckham Time

Who: Los Angeles Galaxy at New England Revolution
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (TV38/HDNet)

With David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy headed to Foxboro, the Revs have a chance to turn some heads with an impressive performance in front one of the largest crowds of the season. More than just winning over some potential new fans is at stake, however, as the Revs sit tied atop the Eastern Conference Standings with an identical 11-6-4 record to the Columbus Crew.

After losing three games in a row in mid-August, the Revs seemed to turn things around with a 2-1 win at home over D.C. United and a 1-1 draw on the road against Toronto. Injuries continued to pile up, however, and on Tuesday the Revs fell 2-1 in Trinidad to Joe Public F.C. in a lackluster effort to open up their run in the 2008 CONCACAF Champions League.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Joe Public Downs Revs in First Leg

An anemic New England offense rarely threatened Trinidad's Joe Public F.C. and the Revolution fell 2-1 in the away leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round series.

Injuries decimated the Revs offensive options and only a late penalty kick converted by Mauricio Castro allowed them to escape the island nation in a decent position heading into the home leg.

With strikers Kenny Mansally, Kheli Dube, and Adam Cristman all unavailable due to injury, the Revs played a similar formation to the one they used in Toronto, with Taylor Twellman as the lone striker and Steve Ralston pushed a bit further forward than usual. The offensive options became even poorer when Ralston was forced to leave the match with back spasms and the Revs subbed on Wells Thompson and pushed Castro into the center.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Champions League Begins for Revs

Who: New England Revolution at Joe Public F.C. (Trinidad & Tobago Pro League)
What: CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round
Where: Marvin Lee Stadium, Tunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago
When: Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

The New England Revolution are set to kick off the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League Tuesday night with a Preliminary Round match against Trinidad's Joe Public F.C. Coming off a 1-1 draw in Toronto in league play, the Revs are still searching for just their second ever victory in meaningful competition outside of the United States and their first in over five years.

Tuesday may prove their best opportunity yet with the Revs clear favorites to take the series against the 2007 Caribbean Football Union Club Championship runner-up. Joe Public has twice before faced MLS completion in the COCACAF Champions Cup, though both times on U.S. soil. In 1998, they fell 8-0 to D.C. United and the following year fell 2-0 to the Chicago Fire.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Twellman, Revs Net Draw

The Revolution still left Canada without their first win within the borders of our northern neighbor, but did manage to get a point against Toronto FC on Saturday night.

Taylor Twellman scored the 95th MLS regular season goal of his career to give the Revs a first half lead, but Chad Barrett struck back for Toronto in the second half and the Revs left Canada with a 1-1 draw.

On the road against one of the best home teams in the league, Revs’ coach Steve Nicol opted to revert back to a 4-4-2 formation that may have looked closer to a 4-5-1 instead of using the 3-5-2 that broke the Revs out of their slump last Saturday.

Chris Tierney slotted into the backline at left back and Steve Ralston pushed up to forward. Wells Thompson filled in for the suspended Sainey Nyassi at right midfield and Doug Warren again got the start in goal for the injured Matt Reis.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Revs Look For First Win in Canada

Who: New England Revolution at Toronto F.C.
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Soccer Channel)

The New England Revolution ended their three game losing skid with a 2-1 victory against D.C. United on Wednesday, vaulting them back to a spot their familiar with -- first place.

Now the team continues its toughest stretch of the season with a trip to Canada to play in the sold-out hostile crowd at BMO Field. The Revs have beaten Toronto in all three home matches since the first Canadian team in MLS entered the league last year, but could only draw on the road the one time the two teams met in Canada.

It won't be easy for the Revs to get their first victory in Canada as several key players are likely to be unavailable. Speedy midfielder Sainey Nyassi is certain to miss out with a one game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Also out are forwards Kheli Dube and Adam Cristman due to injury.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Revolution Regain First Place

The New England Revolution reestablished their place at the top of the standings with a 2-1 victory against D.C. United in front of nearly 15,000 at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Revs got off to an early lead through Taylor Twellman and then added a second on an impressive strike from Jeff Larentowicz just a few minutes after halftime. D.C. took one back in the 68th minute through the creative Jaime Moreno, but the Revolution held on for their league best 11th win of the season.

"I think the first half we thoroughly deserved to be ahead," said Revs coach Steve Nicol. "I think we would have liked to have penetrated them a bit more, but I think as far as playing in the game was concerned we were in control up until probably the 60th minute and then we kind of lost our way a wee bit."

Nicol switched things up from Saturday's 4-0 loss at San Jose, switching back to a 3-5-2 formation from the 4-4-2 the team played last week. Shalrie Joseph, back from suspension, started at defensive midfielder and Larentowicz moved back into the midfield with Michael Parkhurst returning from the Olympics starting at central defense. Khano Smith also got the start at left midfield over Mauricio Castro with Twellman returning to the starting line-up up top.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Revs Looking Up in Standings; Try to Regain First Against United

Who: D.C. United at New England Revolution
What:
MLS Regular Season
Where:
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
When:
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. (TV38, Cox3 [R.I.])

Gone is the New England Revolution's lead at the top of the table, the lead they’ve had most of the season vanquished thanks to the team's first losing streak of the season.


The hangover from winning SuperLiga has resulted in three straight losses – none easy to swallow. First, the Revs blew an early lead in a 2-1 loss to Chicago. Then they were eliminated from the U.S. Open Cup with a 3-1 semifinal loss to D.C. United before surrendering four goals to the lowest scoring team in the league in a 4-0 loss to last-place San Jose.

But after all that, and with a game in hand against their closest rivals, the Revs have a chance to regain the top spot in the league, stop their slide in the standings and put an end to D.C.'s recent run of good form.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Revolution adds defender Gabriel Badilla of Costa Rica

From RevolutionSoccer.net:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution announced today that the club has signed Costa Rican defender Gabriel Badilla (bah-DEE-uh) to a Major League Soccer contract to play for the Revs pending U.S. P-1 Visa approval. He will occupy one of the team's seven available international roster spots. Per MLS and club policies, terms of the deal were not released.

Badilla, 24, comes to the Revolution from Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica's Primera División, where he has spent his entire professional career. He made his debut with Saprissa in November 2001 and has appeared in more than 130 matches for the "Monstruo Morado." He has helped Saprissa earn five national championships, including each of the last four. Badilla was also a member of the Saprissa team that earned a third-place finish at the 2005 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan following its 2005 CONCACAF Champions Cup title.



Badilla is also a member of the Costa Rica National Team, with which he has earned 12 caps and competed in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. In 2001, he also captained Costa Rica's entry at the FIFA Under-17 World Championship. He has been called in by Costa Rica for the team's upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against El Salvador on Wednesday, Aug. 20, in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Gabriel Badilla Segura
Position: Defender
Height: 5-11
Weight: 165 lbs.
DOB: June 30, 1984
Place of Birth: San Jose, Costa Rica
Hometown: San Jose, Costa Rica
Previous Club: Saprissa (CRC)
Nationality: Costa Rica
Status: International
Jersey Number: 4

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Revs Shook By Quakes

The New England Revolution lost their third straight game falling 4-0 to the last place San Jose Earthquakes Saturday night, in a game starting goalkeeper Matt Reis left due to injury.

Averaging just .75 goals per game entering the match, the Earthquakes put up their best offensive performance of the year and matched the Revs worst loss of the season. The loss, combined with Columbus' earlier 2-1 victory over Dallas means the Crew move into first place, one point ahead of the Revs.

Without Shalrie Joseph (suspension) and Michael Parkhurst, who was given time to rest after the Olympics, the Revs defense was made up of Chris Tierney and Chris Albright on the outside with Jeff Larentowicz and Jay Heaps in the center. Pat Phelan stepped into Joseph's spot in the center of the midfield. The team was also missing Kenny Mansally and Kheli Dube due to injury.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Revs Try to Shake Losing Skid

Who: New England Revolution at San Jose Earthquakes
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.
When: Saturday, 10:00 p.m. (TV38, HDNet)

The New England Revolution are in the midst of their first losing streak of the season after losing 2-1 to the Chicago Fire in league play Saturday and then being eliminated in the U.S. Open Cup Semifinals against D.C. United 3-1 on Tuesday.

Now the Revs will look to get back on track on Saturday night when they face off against the last place team in MLS, the expansion San Jose Earthquakes.

After a grueling schedule and a disappointing loss over the weekend, Revolution coach Steve Nicol opted to rest the majority of his regular starters in the team's midweek U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match against D.C. United. The 2007 Open Cup Champions paid for it with a 3-1 loss, ending their chance to defend their title. Saturday will be the test to see if that move pays off in league play as the Revs look to build their lead at the top of the standings after Chicago pulled within one point this week.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Revolution Completes Allocation Trade with Toronto

Revolution Press Release:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution today announced that the team has received allocation money and the number 13 position in the 2008 allocation table from Toronto FC in exchange for the Revs’ number two position in the 2008 allocation table.

The Revolution had originally acquired its current position in the MLS allocation table on Aug. 5 through a trade with the Columbus Crew that sent forward Pat Noonan to the Crew.

The Revolution is the top team in Major League Soccer with a 10-5-3 (33 pts.) overall record. The team returns to MLS action on Saturday, Aug. 16, when the squad travels cross-country to face the San Jose Earthquakes (4-9-6, 18 pts.) at 10 p.m. ET. TV38 will televise game regionally, while HDNet will carry the game nationally in high definition. The WEEI Radio Network will also carry the game.


Is this a move preceding the oft-rumored signing of Costa Rican Gabriel Badilla?

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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.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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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.”


Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Revolution Recap - August 10th Show MP3

August 10th's show is available now as an MP3 archive at RevolutionRecap.com and on iTunes.

The show features Adam Sell in studio, plus plenty of post-game reactions from both the SuperLiga Final and Chicago Fire match including:
  • From the SuperLiga Final: Steve Nicol, Craig Tornberg, Jeff Larentowicz, Matt Reis, and Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear.
  • From the Chicago Fire match: Steve Nicol, Taylor Twellman, Sainey Nyassi,and Matt Reis.
  • Steve Nicol on the US Open Cup Semifinal and what line-up he'll play.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Revs Still Can't Solve Fire

An impressive crowd of 19,240 at Gillette Stadium witnessed the New England Revolution take an early lead only to suffer a key ejection, a gaffe by their goalkeeper and a late goal to fall to the Chicago Fire, 2-1, for the third time this season.

Taylor Twellman made his return to the starting line-up and put his name on the score sheet three minutes after kickoff, but a late ejection to Shalrie Joseph, followed by a blunder by Matt Reis and another goal on a questionable play five minutes later allowed the Fire to escape with a 2-1 victory.

Twellman opened the scoring just three minutes in, heading home a Mauricio Castro corner. Goalkeeper Jon Busch got a hand on Twellman's shot from about eight yards out, but could not keep it out of the net.

"It's been a whirlwind," said Twellman. "It was good just to warm up like you are going to play a game. I've been on the bench a couple times, but there is nothing like starting. I thank Stevie [Nicol] for giving me a start again. Obviously I've been out for a while, so it was fun."

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

SuperLiga Champs Return to League Play

Who: Chicago Fire at New England Revolution
What: MLS Regular Season
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (TV38, Cox 3 [RI], HDNet)

It's been over a month since the first-place Revolution defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy in their last MLS regular season match.

In between league games the Revs won the SuperLiga and advanced to the US Open Cup Semifinals. Now the Revs, who despite the gap in league games have remained in first, will take on the Chicago Fire for a chance to further solidify their spot at the top of the standings.

Though the Revs have been the best team in MLS through 17 games, Chicago has had few problems against them in their first two meetings. In fact, the Fire has handed the Revs their two worst losses of the season winning 4-0 in Chicago and 3-0 in Foxboro. Chicago's form faded after their early success, but recently the team has gone unbeaten in its last six games and now the Fire sit just four points behind the Revolution.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Parking Advisory for Remaining Revolution Home Games

Revolution Press Release:
Beginning on Saturday, Aug. 9, all fans who do not hold Revolution parking pass should be aware that most parking is now located across Route 1 from the stadium and that parking is limited on the stadium side of Route 1 to parking pass holders and non-tailgating fans on a limited basis.

Further, there will be no tailgating allowed for non-parking pass holders in the general lots adjacent to Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place. For non-parking pass holders, tailgating activities will be allowed in Lot 10. All parking pass holders will be allowed to continue tailgating activities in their respective lots.

Access and egress to and from P10 is much quicker if fans arriving from the north on Route 1 stay to the right and enter P10N and fans arriving from the south stay in the left lane and enter P10S. A walkway from P10 to the stadium will be setup for patrons.

Parking pass holders are required to have their passes out and visible by the time they reach the P8 (from the south) or P1 (from the north) entrances in order to access those entry points. All parking pass holders entering P1 are encouraged to approach Gillette Stadium in the center lane of the P1 roadway to expedite entry onto the east side of the stadium grounds.

For more information about parking at Gillette Stadium, fans can visit www.gillettestadium.com and click on "Parking."

Parking for stand-alone Revolution games continues to be free of charge.

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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.
-- or --
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, August 6, 2008

SuperLiga Final Photo Gallery

SuperLiga Champions!

A couple of defensive mistakes from the New England forced them to come from behind in both regulation and extra time, but the Revs fought back both times and eventually took the match to penalty kicks. Once there the team fell behind again, but this time came back and after 8 rounds emerged victorious 6-5 to claim the SuperLiga Championship.


Nate Jaqua opened the scoring 18 minutes in off a poor decision by Amaechi Igwe, who was playing out of position in center back with Jay Heaps and Michael Parkhurst unavailable. The Revs tied it up just before halftime on a well constructed Steve Ralston goal and both sides exchanged chances in the second half before the match headed to overtime. Kei Kamara got the lead back for Houston in overtime when he beat Matt Reis to a cross and headed it into the back of the net. But four minutes later the Revs again tied up when Shalrie Joseph headed home a Ralston free kick.

The match then headed to penalties where Ralston and Houston’s Craig Waibel each scored in the opening round. Reis took the Revs next kick and missed and Chris Wondolowski scored to give Houston the lead. Reis made amends, however, saving the next two penalties from Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching, while Shalrie Joseph and Taylor Twellman converted from the spot. Khano Smith then went up with a chance to win it for the Revs, but his shot was saved by Pat Onstad and Ricardo Clark converted to send it to sudden death.

Jeff Larentowicz and Chris Tierney scored the next two for the Revs, while Wade Barrett and Kamera found the back of the net with their shots. Chris Albright then converted his attempt, and Houston’s Corey Ashe saw his shot bang off the crossbar to give the Revs the win.

Check Soccer New England later for a full match report.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Revs Face Nemesis Houston in SuperLiga Championship

Who: Houston Dynamo at New England Revolution
What: SuperLiga Final
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. (Telefutura, MLSNet.com)

The New England Revolution have the potential to make this their most impressive season yet and their chance to do that starts on Tuesday when they take on the Houston Dynamo in the SuperLiga final.

Defeating Mexico's Santos Laguna, Pachuca, and Atlante, the Revs outclassed some unknown opponents on their way to the final. Things change on Tuesday when the Revs face an all too familiar foe in the Houston Dynamo. Not only have the teams met regularly in league play, but the Dynamo have defeated the Revs in each of the past two MLS Cup finals.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Revolution Books Place in SuperLiga Final

The New England Revolution combined a stifling defensive performance with a well taken goal off a set piece to beat Atlante F.C. 1-0. Shalrie Joseph was the hero again with the game winner in the 30th minute, and Jeff Larentowicz almost flawlessly stepped into Michael Parkhurst's spot on the backline.

"I thought we were solid," said Head Coach Steve Nicol. "I don't remember them having a chance where they should have scored and we made two or three where we should have scored. Dube's hit the crossbar, but you've got to hit the target. I thought defensively we were sound. Jeff [Larentowicz] went in there with [Jay] Heaps at the back and did a great job. We were happy with the performance."

But what should have been a celebration for the Revs having clinched a spot in the SuperLiga final against the Houston Dynamo next Tuesday in front of their home fans was overshadowed by a violent finish. The visitors were visibly frustrated throughout the match, and tempers flared late in the second half with Atlante being reduced to nine men.

And the violence didn't stop with the end of the match. After the final whistle, Jay Heaps appeared to have a word with one of the Atlante players and soon just about everyone on the field got involved with Heaps and Atlante 'keeper Frederico Vilar, who had ran nearly 100 yards to get involved in an earlier tussle, both being issued red cards.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Revs ready for more familiar foe in SuperLiga Semifinals

Who: Atlante F.C. at New England Revolution
What: SuperLiga Semifinal
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. (Telefutura, MLSNet.com)

The New England Revolution are one win away from hosting the SuperLiga final at Gillette Stadium, and with the Houston Dynamo winning the other semifinal, that match could prove the perfect opportunity to avenge their losses in the past two MLS Cups.

The Revs can't think that far away, however, because to get there they will need to defeat Atlante F.C., the champions of Mexico's 2007 Apertura (opening) league.

The Revs defeated two Mexican opponents (Santos Laguna and CF Pachuca) by identical 1-0 scores before tying Chivas USA to advance to the semifinals at the top of Group B. With no experience or even much knowledge of their Mexican opposition, the Revs started off both matches in a 4-4-2 formation and focused on avoiding defensive mistakes while feeling out their opposition. In both games, the opportunities on the offensive end didn't come until later in the match.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Joseph Nets Revs Tie

FULLERTON, Calif. – It was far from their best performance of the tournament, but the New England Revolution did enough to secure homefield advantage throughout SuperLiga by tying Chivas USA, 1-1, Sunday night.

Chivas USA had the majority of the chances and Ante Razov struck just before the hour mark to put the Revs hopes of advancing in doubt, but Shalrie Joseph proved the hero, equalizing off a corner kick to give the Revs the point they needed to win Group B.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Hero Revs' Job Not Done

Who: New England Revolution at Chivas USA
What: SuperLiga Group Stages
Where: Titan Stadium at Cal-State Fullerton, Fullerton, Calif.
When: Sunday, 8:00 p.m. (Telefutura, MLSNet.com)

The New England Revolution had a delayed arrival in Los Angeles Friday after General Manager Craig Tornberg, VP of Player Personnel Mike Burns, and assistant coach Gwynne Williams had to restrain a man trying to open an emergency exit on the team's American Airlines flight at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

The man stripped naked and made a dash for the door before being subdued by Revs’ personnel. The plane was diverted to Oklahoma City and the man was taken in to a mental health facility for evaluation.

Though the Revs may have been heroes on Friday and earned headlines across the country, their work in California hasn't even begun. The news the Revs would really like to be making is as champions of the SuperLiga and a result on Sunday night against Chivas USA could go a long way towards making that possible.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Revs subdue unruly man heading to open airplane exit

From the Yahoo/the AP:

OKLAHOMA CITY - An American Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles was diverted to Oklahoma City on Friday after a passenger stripped nude and later tried to open an emergency exit door before being subdued by members of a professional soccer team and others, the FBI said.

Members of the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer were among those who grabbed the passenger near an exit door, FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said. Tie wraps were placed on the man, whose name was not immediately released. He was taken into custody in Oklahoma City and placed under psychiatric evaluation, Johnson said.


Read the full story at Yahoo.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Revs Outlast Pachuca in SuperLiga

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A depleted New England Revolution squad exchanged chances with Pachuca for 90 minutes without either side finding the back of the net, before Khano Smith buried a penalty kick deep into stoppage time to give the Revs a 1-0 win in their second SuperLiga game on Wednesday.

The Revs all but ensured they will advance to the SuperLiga Semifinals, but all the positives of the night were overshadowed by Pat Phelan, who was knocked unconscious and taken off the field on a stretcher before heading to the hospital.

The Revs were without several key contributors due to injury with captain Steve Ralston, all-time leading scorer Taylor Twellman, starting midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Maurcio Castro, as well as right back Chris Albright and forward Adam Cristman all unavailable....

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Defending SuperLiga Champs Invade Foxboro

Who: Pachuca (Mexico's Primera Division) at New England Revolution
What: SuperLiga Group Stages
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. (Telefutura, MLSNet.com)

The New England Revolution opened SuperLiga with a 1-0 win over Mexican Champions Santos Laguna, but could face a tougher task on Wednesday with defending SuperLiga Champions Pachuca heading to Foxboro.

Pachuca has struggled recently in the Mexican Primera Division, but the three time CONCACAF Champions tore through Chivas USA's defense on Sunday in a 2-1 victory to tie New England at the top of Group B.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Hilgenbrinck retires from soccer; Dube promoted to senior squad

From RevolutionSoccer.net:
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Revolution has announced that defender Chase Hilgenbrinck has decided to leave the club and retire from soccer to enter a Catholic seminary in Maryland to prepare for a new career in the ministry. Additionally, the Revs announced that MLS rookie of the year candidate forward Kheli Dube has been promoted to the team's 18-man senior roster.
Visit RevolutionSoccer.net for more info.

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Dube Leads Revs to SuperLiga Win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Kheli Dube scored in the 70th minute and it was all the Revs needed to overcome a shorthanded Santos Laguna team in a 1-0 victory in the opener of SuperLiga Group B play Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

After an opening 39 minutes where both teams had spells of possession, but neither managed to create much offensively, the Revs were handed an important advantage when Juan Pablo Rodriguez was ejected for throwing an elbow. After that the Revs controlled the possession and finally managed to get the goal they needed to gain three points to open their participation in the 2008 SuperLiga...

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Revolution News Links 7/13: SuperLiga Edition

Revs Begin SuperLiga Play
By Sean Donahue / Soccer New England

Revolution aren't out of their depth

By Monique Walker / Globe Staff

Broadcast Booth Bits
By Brad Feldman / RevolutionSoccer.net Blog

Revs host Santos Laguna in SuperLiga debut
By L.E. Eisenmenger / American Soccer News

And if you missed it, be sure to check out Jim Dow's piece from Friday:
At The HDC Showed How Things Might Be; Plus An Interview With Steve Ralston
By Jim Dow / RevsNet.com

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Revs Begin SuperLiga Play

Who: Santos Laguna (Mexico's Primera Division) at New England Revolution
What: SuperLiga Group Stages
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
When: Sunday, 8:00 p.m. (Telefutura, MLSNet.com)

The Revolution have never faced Mexico's Santos Laguna, but that doesn't seem to be having much of an effect on how they are preparing for Sunday's SuperLiga match against the reigning Mexican Champions.

The coaching staff has done its due diligence to obtain video and information about the opposition, but the players are treating their first ever SuperLiga match as business as usual.

"I know nothing about [Santos Laguna]," said team captain Steve Ralston. "We are doing the exact same thing [as always]. The weekly practices have been the same. I am preparing the way I normally prepare. It's another game and we are going to try and go out there and try to win. Obviously Mexican teams play a little different style than most MLS teams. They pass and move really well. They are crafty and smart, so we need to be smart, follow runners, and not dive in too much."....

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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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.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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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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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cristman leads Revs to 2-1 victory over LA

Adam Cristman scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to help lead the first place Revs to a 2-1 victory over the Western Conference leading Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday night. After taking a 2-0 first half lead, the Revolution survived a late offensive push by the Galaxy, and a lucky goal by David Beckham, to escape Los Angeles with three points and further extend their lead at the top of the standings.


Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Friday, July 4, 2008

West’s best hoping for offensive battle Friday

The first place New England Revolution are headed to Los Angeles to face the David Beckham led Galaxy on July 4th. The Galaxy, who failed the make the playoffs last season, currently lead the Western Conference, thanks to Beckham, Landon Donovan, and Edson Buddle, who have led their offense to a league leading 32 goals.

Those stats shouldn’t worry the Revolution too much, as the Galaxy also lead the league in a not so impressive category with 28 goals allowed. The Revs, meanwhile, have been much more balanced and sit 3rd in goals scored (23) and have allowed the 2nd fewest goals (18). Should the Revs be able to contain the Galaxy’s speed up top, as they did so well in the teams two meetings last year, there is little doubt the team’s offense will find plenty of chances to win the match against Los Angeles’ shaky defense.

The offense, led by Captain Steve Ralston, who has tallied 6 goals along with 3 assists this season, hasn’t been shutout in two months. With former MLS MVP Taylor Twellman available after scoring in his first start of the season in the Revs 3-0 US Open Cup victory against Richmond, the team’s offense should become even more potent. Forwards Kheli Dube, Adam Cristman and Kenny Mansally have all staked a claim for a starting spot in Twellman’s absence. While Twellman, the Revs all time leading scorer, seems an almost certain starter when back to 100%, Coach Steve Nicol will have a tough decision to make on who partners with him up top.

Regardless of who he picks, Nicol will have two forwards available on the bench who can come in and make an impact. Nicol has options on the wings as well, with Mauricio Castro and Khano Smith both capable of starting on the left, and Sainey Nyassi and Wells Thompson available on the right. Smith and Thompson are currently carrying injuries, but all four offer different strengths and the speed of Nyassi and Smith can change the game coming off the bench.

That, along with the incredible recent play of goalkeeper Matt Reis, should concern the Galaxy, a team that has only one win this season against Eastern Conference opposition. In fact, while the Galaxy have dominated their Western Conference foes, when it comes to Eastern Conference opposition, they’ve only managed to beat Kansas City, who sit in last place.

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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...

Click here to read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Ralston named MLS Player of the Week, Manzonelli called up to U-20s

Revolution captain Steve Ralston earned only his second ever MLS Player of the Week honor for his two goal performance last weekend in the Revolution's 2-1 win over Toronto FC. Ralston's only other Player of the Week award came in 1997. With five goals in June, he certainly must be a favorite for Player of the Month honors as well. Despite the Revolution sitting atop the MLS standings, this is the first time this season one of their players has been named Player of the Week.

18-year-old Brandon Manzonelli, who signed for the Revolution on May 21st, was called up by US U-20 coach Thomas Rongen for their match against Mexico on July 12th. As part of the 16-player roster, Manzonelli stands a good chance of seeing his U-20 debut.

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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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Monday, June 30, 2008

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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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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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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Sunday, June 22, 2008

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Revs Seeing Red; Earn Draw With 10 Men

For the second time this season the New England Revolution found themselves down a goal early only to make matters worse by losing a player to ejection soon after. This time, however, they had no one to blame but themselves as Mauricio Castro earned himself a clear red card. Fortunately for the Revs, Jeff Larentowicz was able to convert on a dangerous free kick 10 minutes later and Matt Reis made some huge saves to help the Revs leave New York with a 1-1 draw.

Castro was ejected in the 47th minute for a ridiculous kick to Kevin Goldthwaite's groin after being fouled hard. The Honduran, who had failed to make much of an impact on the match, left the Revolution in a tough hole, already down a goal and now down a man. Goldthwaite also received a yellow card on the play.

Eight minutes later, Adam Cristman earned a very dangerous free kick after he was taken down right at the top of the box by Carlos Mendes. Larentowicz took the free kick and powered it around a seven-man wall and into the lower right corner of the net to tie the score, 1-1...

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Looking to Rebound in New York

Coming off a tough 1-0 loss at home to the Colorado Rapids, the New England Revolution will look to get back in the win column Saturday when they travel to New York to face the Red Bulls.

The Revs have started off the season with a record of 2-2 including impressive victories against Houston and Kansas City, but both times the wins were followed with a loss. The Red Bulls, who have played two less games and are currently 1-1 started the season with a win over Columbus before falling 2-0 in Dallas last weekend after giving up a goal less than a minute into the match.

While the Revs lineup features many changes from the side the Red Bulls faced last year, the Red Bulls starting 11 will likely have only one player unfamiliar to New England. Nineteen-year-old Rookie Luke Sassano is expected to start on the right side of the midfield after an impressive preseason earned him starts in each of New York's first two matches...

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Colorado Gets First Win in Foxboro Since '02

FOXBORO, Mass. – Against a Fernando Clavijo lineup that seemed content to pack it in defensively and leave Foxboro with a draw, the New England Revolution surrendered a second-half goal on a poorly defended free kick and fell to Colorado, 1-0, Saturday night.

The Rapids’ Nick LaBrocca scored off a Jose Burciaga Jr. free kick in the 68th minute to give Colorado its first win at Gillette Stadium since 2002. Burciaga took a free kick from near the corner flag and LaBrocca rose above Adam Cristman, who seemed to have lost his mark, and headed a shot past Matt Reis at the near post for his first career goal.

The Revs, according to coach Steve Nicol, might have been fatigued.

"I guess tonight the new guys found out what the MLS is all about: three games in a week, play away on Wednesday, travel all day on Thursday and then you have to go again on Saturday," Nicol said. "It's not easy, that was a real problem for us. We didn't have that zip that we've had. We still didn't deserve to lose the game. The only way they were going to win the game was on a set piece, albeit a free kick that shouldn't have been a free kick. We had some half chances and could've scored, but we certainly didn't deserve to lose the game."

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Colorado Has Gillette Problems

The Revolution have never had much luck against the Colorado Rapids in the Denver altitude over the years, but in Foxboro the story has been quite different. The Revs have only lost once at home to the Rapids since Gillette Stadium opened, and that loss came nearly six years ago.

Fortunately for New England, who just finished up a two-game road trip with mixed results, Gillette Stadium plays host to this Saturday's match-up between two of Major League Soccer's original teams.

Both teams started off the season with impressive victories. For the Revs, a 3-0 win in a rematch of last year's MLS Cup had the team already looking like a contender. The Rapids started off their season with a dominating 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy. But most recently, both teams have traveled to Kansas City with different results. For the Rapids a 3-2 loss against the Wizards last Saturday was a disappointing follow-up to their performance against the Galaxy. The Revs, meanwhile, came away from Kansas City with a 3-1 victory to rebound from a 4-0 loss in Chicago the week before....

Read the rest at Soccer New England

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Gambians Come Through for Revs

Nineteen-year-old Gambians Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally each scored in the first half to lead the Revolution to a 3-1 victory on the road in Kansas City on Wednesday night.

The Wizards’ Jack Jewsbury recorded an early own goal and then scored the equalizer on a penalty kick before the Gambians put the Revs back in the lead for good.

New England took the lead in the 12th minute when Tyson Wahl’s attempt to clear a Mauricio Castro free kick was sent back across the box. The ball deflected off Jewsbury and went into the net past KC goalkeeper Kevin Hartman for an own goal and a 1-0 Revs’ lead.

But for the second consecutive game the Revs had a penalty kick called against them when Nyassi tackled Kurt Morsink late at the top of the box in the 27th minute. Referee Terry Vaughn immediately pointed to the spot and Jewsbury took the kick and buried it past Matt Reis to tie the match at 1-1....

Read the rest at Soccer New England

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Chance to Rebound in KC

Coming off a very disappointing outing in Chicago where they gave up a goal four minutes in, had Jeff Larentowicz ejected in the 7th minute, and eventually fell 4-0 to the Fire, the New England Revolution will be looking for a better result in Kansas City.

With the Wizards having a perfect 2-0 record to start the season, the task won't be very easy.

Still without Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston due to long term injuries, head coach Steve Nicol will have to further reshape his lineup without Jeff Larentowicz and possibly Chris Albright, who is suffering from a bruised ankle bone. If the Revs are to come out with a result, they will again need to hope for the spark from their young players that was key to their season opening victory against Houston, but lacking in the poor performance in Chicago...

Read the rest at Soccer New England

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Monday, April 7, 2008

A Canadian Revolution

He hasn't signed yet, but here is a recent piece I did on Revolution draftee Matt Britner.

In the third round of this year’s MLS Superdraft, the New England Revolution selected Brown University defender Matthew Britner. Britner, who helped lead Brown to a 15-2-1 record in his final season, joins former Brown teammate Jeff Larentowicz on the Revs where he will compete for a spot in a well established backline. The Nova Scotia native graduated from Brown in December and now sets his sights on making it in Major League Soccer.

“I loved every minute down at Brown,” said Britner. “It was a great four years and it was definitely a good learning and a good development program that has had past success with putting players [in MLS]. I think it has proven it can do that, so for me it was the best of both academic and athletic endeavors at Brown. I think it’s given a pretty good shot to make it to the next level here.”...

Read the rest at the Sports Review

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