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,

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.

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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.

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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,

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.

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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.

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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,

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.

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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....

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Monday, July 14, 2008

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...

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

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,

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."....

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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.

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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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