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.

Click here to read the full story at Soccer New England.

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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.

Read the rest at Soccer New England.

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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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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Revolution acquire Pat Phelan from Toronto FC

The New England Revolution announced today the acquisition of Enfield, Connecticut native Pat Phelan from Toronto FC in exchange for one of the team's eight international roster spots through the 2010 season. The former Wake Forest defender was selected 10th overall in this year's SuperDraft by Toronto FC. Phelan, 23, joins former Wake Forest teammates Michael Parkhurst and Wells Thompson on the Revolution.

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