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Revs Roster Moves; Loewy in, Sinovic out

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

In the wake of recent transfer news regarding striker Rajko Lekic as a potential transfer target, the New England Revolution made a number of roster moves today, and none concerned the Danish international.

This morning, the Revs issued a press release announcing the signing of central defender Otto Loewy to the team.  Loewy is a native of Liberia, but is a permanent resident of the United States and thus will not occupy an international roster spot on the team’s roster.

Loewy played for four years at Winthrop University in South Carolina where he earned all-region honors.  In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, Loewy suffered a devastating leg injury  against William & Mary which kept him out of the sport for more than a year, forcing him to miss the 2010 MLS Combine, to which he was invited. Loewy was invited to train with the Revolution during their preseason camp in Atlanta early this spring.

The Revolution then announced later this afternoon that the team had waived 2nd year defender, Seth Sinovic.  Sinovic was drafted by New England with the 25th pick in the 2010 SuperDraft, and was part of the 2010 rookie class that Steve Nicol branded as “the best we’ve ever seen”,  along with Zack Schilawki and Zak Boggs.  With the 2010 Revolution’s depleted back line, Sinovic started last year’s season at left back, where in his first three games he matched up well against LA’s Landon Donovan, MLS 2010 rookie of the year Andy Najar of DC United, and Dwayne DeRosario of Toronto FC. He went on to make 20 appearances for the club with 18 starts over all during the 2010 campaign, but had not seen any playing time this season with the Revs senior team.

The moves keep the current squad at 27 players, leaving three spots available on the roster.  However league rules dictate that a team can leave two roster spots open in exchange for $70,000 in allocation money (35,000 per spot) .  With the likelihood that the Revolution will be signing at least one more player, they will be sure to keep those spots open and use the allocation money to pay down the new player’s salary.

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Game #3 Preview: Philadelphia at Los Angeles

Posted on 31 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

If Houston was tough, Los Angeles should be tougher. The Galaxy are coming off their worst defeat in recent memory and should be itching to make a statement. The Union will be their test case. Both teams are looking to jumpstart an impressive array of offensive threats (Angel, Donovan, Beckham vs. Mwanga, Ruiz, and Le Toux) but, and it seems surreal to say this, the Union head to Los Angeles with a firm defensive advantage. Can Mondragon and company hold the fort until the Union attack awakens or will the Galaxy, stunned by Real Salt Lake, return to 2010 form first?

Philadelphia Union (2-0-0) at Los Angeles Galaxy (1-1-1)
Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, 10:30PM EST

Philadelphia’s Probable Starting XI

————————-Mondragon————————-

Williams———Califf————-Valdes———Harvey

——————-Miglioranzi——Carroll—————–

Le Toux—————-Nakazawa—————–Mwanga

——————————Ruiz——————————

QUESTIONABLE: MF Justin Mapp (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Carlos Valdes (R ankle sprain); DF Danny Califf (L knee meniscus)

Los Angeles’ Probable Starting XI

——————————Saunders—————————-

Franklin———DeLaGarza——–Leonardo——Dunivant

Beckham———-Birchall———-Juninho——–Donovan

———————-Barrett———–Angel———————

OUT: DF Gregg Berhalter (L knee MCL sprain); FW Adam Cristman (L knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: GK Donovan Ricketts (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: DF Omar Gonzalez (R shoulder sprain)

Notes:

There are a couple ways to look at Saturday’s game in Los Angeles. The Galaxy could either be down and out after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Real Salt Lake or they could be ready to right the wrongs of a game that simply got out of their hands. Our guess, with guys like Landon Donovan and Juan Pablo Angel leading the way, is that they’ll be amped. If the Union are going to avenge their 3-1 loss at the Home Depot Center they’ll have to continue and even improve upon their defensive strengths. Mondragon should really get tested this game so it’ll be interesting to really see him under fire.

It only took 53 seconds for AJ DeLaGarza to score the first goal in last year’s match-up. The Galaxy dealt with that same issue in last weekend’s loss to Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake was up 2-0 in the first 10 minutes and didn’t look back from there. One huge positive for the Union is that Edson Buddle, scorer of 3 goals out of 4 vs. the Union last season, was snapped up by Inglostadt in the German 2.Bundesliga. The bad news? Buddle was replaced by MLS veteran goalscorer Juan Pablo Angel. Chad Barrett is another addition for the Galaxy that could pose a problem. He’s well known for the amount of sitters he inexplicably misses but from time to time, he connects.

The Galaxy’s defense has looked subpar as of late and if Le Toux, Ruiz, and Mwanga can build upon their developing chemistry, they could break it again. Los Angeles, however, could get a defensive boost from the return of starting goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts from injury. Josh Saunders has filled in well but Ricketts provides that “unbeatable” quality when he’s up for a game. Centerback Omar Gonzalez may still have to miss Saturday.

Piotr Nowak, in Wednesday’s press conference, named numerous players that could potentially be out or play a limited role in Saturday’s match-up. Justin Mapp is almost certainly out while other names in the walking wounded include defensive stalwarts Carlos Valdes and Danny Califf.

Right on the heels of Saturday’s game vs. Los Angeles is the first Open Cup qualifier vs. DC United at the Maryland SoccerPlex. One can expect on April 6th a blend of starters and reserve players as the Union look to get at least one step farther than last season in qualifying process. In 2010, Nowak used a mixed squad but the team failed to really show up in New York dropping a disappointing 2-1 loss.

Several Union starts spent signficant time with the Galaxy in the past – Carlos Ruiz had some of his best years with Los Angeles winning a MLS Cup alongside an impressive Danny Califf in 2002, Stefani Miglioranzi featured in the midfield at the dawn of the Beckham era. How about former Union players? If Donovan Ricketts isn’t ready to start and Josh Saunders continues in net, former third string Union keeper Brian Perk will most likely back him up.

It’s early but this is still nice to read – the Union are leading the Eastern Conference for the first time in club history, after having won back-to-back shutouts for the first time. Two Union players, Carlos Valdes and Brian Carroll, found their way onto ASN’s Best XI for Week Two. Not bad. Brian Carroll made Major League Soccer’s Best XI as well.

Two Union youngsters featured for US U-20 MNT earlier this week. Zac MacMath had a quiet game in net as the U-20s beat up on Suriname 4-0. Amobi Okugo started and picked up a yellow card. The Union will move on to play Panama in the final group match-up this Saturday at 6:00pm EST (therefore they will be missing this match as well).

In the Union Firsts Contest standings, E. Frysinger leads with FIVE points, Reaser is close behind with FOUR points, and several are in third with THREE points. 9/15 questions have been answered. They are vying for a $50 e-gift card to PhiladelphiaUnionStore.com.

In case you missed it, head over the Union’s website to check out the Pledge Program, “Union Fans Assist”.

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Former Union Player Update: Chacho finds a club, Myrie has decision to make

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

In Major League Soccer

Andrew Jacobson (FC Dallas) – played the full 90 minutes in 2-1 friendly loss to Tigres, assisting on the goal and earning a yellow card for dissent in the 53rd minute; Jacobson also dressed but did not play in FC Dallas’ loss to San Jose

Chris Seitz (FC Dallas) – in the same friendly vs. Tigres, Seitz worked one half conceding a goal in the 13th minute; Seitz also dressed this past weekend but did not play in a 2-0 loss to San Jose

Alejandro Moreno (Chivas USA) – was on international duty with Venezuela, scoring in a 2-0 win over Jamaica, will play Mexico today, it was his 3rd goal in 30 appearances for the national team

Shavar Thomas (Sporting KC) – on international duty with Jamaica, started in the Reggae Boyz’ 2-0 loss to Venezuela

Fred (DC United) – played the second half in DC United’s 2-1 loss to New England, received a yellow card in the 68th

Shea Salinas (Vancouver) – did not dress or travel to Philadelphia for Vancouver’s 1-0 loss at PPL Park, recovering from a knee injury

Brian Perk (Los Angeles) – dressed but did not play for Los Angeles in a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake

In NASL

Eduardo Coudet (Fort Lauderdale)signed on 3/28/11, has played in several friendlies for the Strikers; “Players like Coudet are very hard to find, his professional experience will be a great addition to our team. We will look to his leadership this season,” said Strikers coach Daryl Shore in a team release.

Foreign-Based

Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis FC) – San Luis FC’s next match is April 2nd, still no word on Orozco Fiscal

David Myrie (Limon FC) – according to this article, Myrie has become one of the best right backs in Costa Rica. Costa Rican powerhouses Alajuelense and Saprissa are reportedly interested in the former Union defender. There was supposed to be a meeting to discuss his future with hometown team Limon FC but it never happened. Played 84 minutes for Los Ticos in a 2-2 draw with China. Gearing up for tomorrow’s match-up with Argentina.

Unattached

Cristian Arrieta – was on trial with FC Dallas, not offered a contract

Toni Stahl – the last heard from the Finn was that he was not offered a contract after a trial with Norrkoping

Others yet to find a club: Brad Knighton, Nick Zimmerman, JT Noone

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ASN’s MLS Best XI, Week 2: Meet the Javiers

Posted on 29 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

It might be a curse to have been named a striker on ASN’s Best XI last week. Both Omar Bravo and Vancouver’s Eric Hassli saw red after contributing two goals a piece in their Major League Soccer debuts. Some old heads filled the gap however as the 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner found his form in a big San Jose win.

This week, the Javiers rule the attackers’ roost after playing huge parts in their respective teams dominant wins. Only one Javier, however, could walk away with ASN’s Player of the Week honors and it was pretty clear who deserved it in the end. Real Salt Lake is 2-0 in Player of the Week honors for ASN, something to go nicely with their 2-0-0 record.

ASN’s Best XI, Week 2

GK: Tally Hall (Houston)

Houston’s defense is shaky to say the least but who would have that with the loss of veteran All-Star Pat Onstad, their last line of defense would be their strongest? That’s two solid weeks for so far for Hall but his performance in Friday’s 1-1 tie with Seattle earned him a spot on the Best XI. Six big saves allowed the Dynamo to come away from Qwest Field with at least one point, despite Seattle’s domination.

DEF: Carlos Valdes (Philadelphia)

Two things so far are clear regarding Valdes: (1) He is still not sure of his positioning with his new club; and (2) He is athletic, skilled and aware enough to more than hold his own regardless.  On at least three occasions, it appeared as though Carlos was out of place and sure to be beat, but in each instance he was able to recover, once by craning his neck to just nudge a ball in the air enough to change its path.  Valdes did take a couple of badly judged fouls, but nothing that hurt the team.  Ultimately, the defender made the necessary plays that kept danger away.  Through his first two games with the Union, he has shown that he is willing to make the high-risk, high-reward play that a team needs to win.  Mondragon has gotten the lion’s share of the attention and press, and deservedly so, but Valdes has been every inch as important a signing and, over the run of 90 minutes, has even more of an impact when he plays as he did against the Whitecaps. –  Sam Toma, ASN Philly

DEF: Drew Moor (Colorado)

There were a couple Colorado defenders up for a spot on this Best XI but Drew Moor was close to flawless in the center of defense. Thanks to a clinical defensive performance, the Rapids secured their first ever  2-0-0 start (in a 16-year history). Real Salt Lake was an 8 seed when they won the MLS Cup a couple years ago, they came back as powerhouses. Could Colorado be next?

DEF: Alain Rochat (Vancouver)

The Swiss defender kept Sebastien Le Toux, for the most part, in check. He might not have commanding size but his ability to make the right tackle, positioning, and composure should make him a vital part of the Vancouver backline for seasons to come.

MID: Shalrie Joseph (New England)

A typical hardworking and tireless performance from Joseph. He was the engine for a New England team still trying to find a common footing with each other. His PK conversion (9th in his career) put him into a tie with Steve Ralston, now an assistant coach in Houston, at the top of the New England charts for goals from the spot.

MID: Brian Carroll (Philadelphia)

With Justin Mapp out, the team looked to Carroll to maintain some possession and link the attack.  Unfortunately, Carroll did not answer the call in the 1st half, instead providing sloppy touches, tentative passes backwards and timing that was a beat slow.  In the 2nd half, however, the game changed, and Carroll was a big reason why.   Following the red card, he pressed up and played the point position on what amounted to a prolonged power play for the Union, with the ball in Whitecaps territory for the vast majority of the time.  He initiated several productive forays towards the goal and disrupted any attempt at counterattacks. – Sam Toma, ASN Philly

Javier Morales, Player of the Week, Week 2

MID: Javier Morales (Real Salt Lake) *PLAYER OF THE WEEK*

Winner of Major League Soccer’s player of the week award. Surprisingly, it’s only his fourth time being named it. Morales wore two hats in a 4-1 drubbing of Los Angeles, a contender for the Western Conference crown. He was both architect (1 assist) and artist (2 goals) matching and possibly even exceeding  last year’s early form. There’s no way to argue it really, Morales gets Week 2’s ASN Player of the Week honors. (Go to RSL ASN’s gallery page for more great shots of RSL’s 4-1 win over Los Angeles)

MID: Marco Pappa (Chicago)

Pappa is close solidifying the label of “go-to guy” in Chicago. Had a goal and an assist and seems to be combining well with the new strike pairing of Puerari and Chaves. As Pappa continues to mature, this Chicago team should settle in around him.

FWD: Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)

Wondo more than made up for a shoddy first game of missed sitters. Last year’s Golden Boot winner struck for a brace to right the wrongs of Week 1 and give the Earthquakes their first points of the young season. What makes it more impressive is that fact that he did at Pizza Hut Park and during a game in which Dallas dominated the game in shots produced (19 to San Jose’s 6).

FWD: Javier Martina (Toronto FC)

The former Ajax product scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Portland and was a constant hassle all throughout the match. His second strike was pure beauty. He took on a volley a 70-yard pass from Toronto’s keeper Stefan Frei, beating Portland’s keeper and essentially sealing Toronto’s first win of the season.

FWD: Paulo Jr. (Real Salt Lake)

The young Brazilian assisted Morales in his architect role before capping off a brilliant attacking display with the fourth and final goal of the day. He was all over the field, disrupting any organization the Galaxy’s defense thought they had. Let’s also not forget that he took the foul from Josh Saunders that led a penalty kick and a 2-0 lead early in the match.

Bench: Jon Busch (San Jose), Alex Horwath (RBNY), Danny Califf (Philadelphia), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado), Gustavo Puerari (Chicago), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Jason Hernandez (San Jose), Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake)

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TMR Episode 31 – The Midnight Ride vs The Favorable Call

Posted on 28 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

In this week’s episode, Hank is once again joined by Sean and Brian from New England Soccer Today, and Ryan from The Soccer Guys to discuss the result against DC United, what to look forward to against Portland, and also the return of the Reserve League.

 

Click here to listen

 

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Photo Gallery: RSL v Galaxy

Posted on 27 March 2011 by juliana64

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Home Opener: Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Player Ratings

Posted on 27 March 2011 by stoma

GK Faryd Mondragon (6.5)- After an uneventful start to the game, with a lot of long balls attempted by both sides, the sleeping Dragon, so to speak, was awoken in the 27th minute when a ball bounced back and was collected easily by the captain.  However, Vancouver striker Eric Hassli got tangled up with Danny Califf and proceeded to throw the Union defender to the ground.  First, Faryd alertly signaled to referee Yader Reyes what had occurred.  Then, when it was not immediately clear that Reyes would discipline Hassli, the captain stomped 40 yards out to make sure he did.  Following the exchange, the tone of the game was set.  Sure, it got chippy at times, but the Union showed an edge they did not quite have in their inaugural season.   This set off a see-saw of bookings that did not end until Hassli eventually picked up his 2nd yellow, earning himself a trip to the locker room and allowing the Union to open it up and find their way to a second consecutive 1-0 win.  In terms of his actual play, Mondragon did not have to do as much as he did in the season opener, once again recording 3 saves, only one of which was of any difficulty: Gershon Koffie’s long strike around the 30th minute that caught Faryd off-guard, leading to an awkward lunge that send the ball off to the goal’s right.  Even then, however, Mondragon managed to prevent a rebound opportunity and faced little action in front of the net the rest of the way as he completed his 2nd clean sheet in as many opportunities in the MLS.

LB Jordan Harvey (6)- Another solid defensive effort from Harvey.  The 1st half was all about holding the fort against Vancouver’s attack in an ebb and flow that had no real order other than a steady diet of long balls and very little prolonged buildup that called for Jordan to venture forward.  But Harvey’s renewed commitment to marking continues to produce results.  Came off for Jack McInerney in the 66th minute as Philadelphia made their push for a winner, not to mention that Eric Hassli was no longer around to worry about at that point.

CB Carlos Valdes (7.5 *ASN PHILLY MAN OF THE MATCH*)- Two things so far are clear regarding Valdes: (1) He is still not sure of his positioning with his new club; and (2) He is athletic, skilled and aware enough to more than hold his own regardless.  On at least three occasions, it appeared as though Carlos was out of place and sure to be beat, but in each instance he was able to recover, once by craning his neck to just nudge a ball in the air enough to change its path.  Valdes did take a couple of badly judged fouls, but nothing that hurt the team.  Ultimately, the defender made the necessary plays that kept danger away.  Through his first two games with the Union, he has shown that he is willing to make the high-risk, high-reward play that a team needs to win.  Mondragon has gotten the lion’s share of the attention and press, and deservedly so, but Valdes has been every inch as important a signing and, over the run of 90 minutes, has even more of an impact when he plays as he did against the Whitecaps.

CB Danny Califf (7)- Along with Valdes, the key to the Houston match in front of Mondragon, the center backs were tasked with keeping out the forward tandem of Eric Hassli and Atiba Harris, both large target men with a nose for the goal.  As typical for the defender, he decided to play as physically as possible within (most of the time) the confines of the rules.  This paid dividends in the 29th minute when Hassli took a cheap shot at Danny when he thought no one was looking, but the strategy threatened to backfire when Califf earned a caution of his own in the 31st minute, but the veteran was able to manage the burden of playing on a yellow well the rest of the way.  In addition, last year’s captain kept things calm in front of the Union’s goal, as it was never truly threatened.

RB Sheanon Williams (5.5)- Another instance of why Williams is a vexing talent: throughout the 1st half, the team asked him to stay back for the most part, but it just wasn’t in him.  Sheanon only really looks like he is completely into the game if he gets to freelance a bit and show his astounding physical ability on the attack.  One cannot doubt his ability, but his commitment to his defensive responsibilities still requires improvement.  Fortunately, despite his world tour of a career thus far, Williams is still 21 and is certain to improve. 

MID Kyle Nakazawa (4.5)- While he showed deficiencies defensively in the season opener, Nakazawa’s play was largely neutral.  Against Vancouver, however, the young midfielder can be fairly said to have detracted from the team’s performance, as his offensive contributions were nonexistent as well.  He started to find space down the right flank shortly after the red card, but his inability to take advantage in any meaningful way led to his substitution for Roger Torres in the 66th minute.

MID Stefani Miglioranzi (6)- Provided the stability in the midfield that the team has come to expect.  Migs has arguably become the lost man in the Union’s rise.  When the defense was poor last season, it was Stefani as the lone bright spot for an underperforming team.  Now, with a defense that is thriving, Miglioranzi is just another face in the crowd.  Regardless, that does not detract from his play, which in this match was highlighted by his long shot that was deflected and ended up at the feet of Le Toux and ended up in the back of the net.

MID Brian Carroll (7)- With Justin Mapp out, the team looked to Carroll to maintain some possession and link the attack.  Unfortunately, Carroll did not answer the call in the 1st half, instead providing sloppy touches, tentative passes backwards and timing that was a beat slow.  In the 2nd half, however, the game changed, and Carroll was a big reason why.   Following the red card, he pressed up and played the point position on what amounted to a prolonged power play for the Union, with the ball in Whitecaps territory for the vast majority of the time.  He initiated several productive forays towards the goal and disrupted any attempt at counterattacks.

MID Sebastien Le Toux (7)- Early in the match, especially without the benefit of field marshal Justin Mapp (who

Le Toux

was out with an Injury), the team looked to send Seba forward into space often with no real results.   Of course, that never tells the story for Le Toux, whose now-legendary work rate demands that his game never be evaluated until it has ended.  Sebastien can plug away fruitlessly all day, only to find himself on the receiving end of an absolute gift, a lucky bounce that lands at his feet, and be ready to capitalize.  Le Toux took that chance and made a brilliantly clinical pass to Ruiz for a wide-open net.  What makes a player dangerous is the constant state of preparedness; Seba has that.

FWD Carlos Ruiz (6.5)- The Little Fish got to swim for the first time in a Union uniform.  Frankly, other than his goal, he did not do much else.  This is not to say Ruiz played poorly or hurt the side, just that he did not have or create many opportunities and did not take advantage of the precious few he did have other than his finish on an absolute sitter.  However, the bottom line is that this might be all the team gets from Ruiz and it may be unreasonable to ask anything else.  Philadelphia needed a game-changer, and such a player only needs to be relevant in the short stretch of a game where the result lies in the balance; he can disappear for the other 80-85 minutes and still do his job effectively.  That was Ruiz’s performance against Vancouver, and it proved to be all the Union required of him.

FWD Danny Mwanga (5.5)- Clearly more comfortable starting the game, Mwanga was able to work himself into the flow of the game as the pace picked up.  Unfortunately, he just never produced results.  Right now, Mwanga’s limitation is his reliance on his own freakish physical abilities.  He needs the ball to thrive and when he finds himself in a pinch, his instinct is to keep the ball.  Danny needs to realize that his ability to make the spectacular play cannot bail him out consistently enough to take the next step in this league.

MID Roger Torres (5)- Came on for Kyle Nakazawa in the 66th minute.  As was the case last season, the 19 year-old was clearly overmatched physically.  If Mapp’s injury persists, the ineffectiveness of Nakazawa and now Torres could prove to be problematic.  This team needs production on the wing.   

FWD Jack McInerney (5.5)- Came on for Jordan Harvey in the 66th minute as the third attacker.  Showed that his physical maturation and technical development continues to catch up to his abilities with several successful runs and, most importantly, some strong holding up in the corner as the Union worked to run out the clock up a goal at the end.

MID Gabriel Farfan (N/A)– Came on for Danny Mwanga in the 83rd minute for defensive purposes to help secure the win.

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Union’s 2011 Home Opener Win in Pictures

Posted on 26 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

ASN Philly’s LEE PEASE was a witness to the Union’s 1-0 shutout Home Opener win over the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps. Carlos Ruiz scored his first goal/gamewinner for the Union, sending the U to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

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Revs 2 – DC 1

Posted on 26 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution secured their first win of the season as they took an early lead and held on for a 2-1 victory over east coast rivals DC United.

It was the first home game of the season for the Revs, and their second game in a week overall, having played LA Galaxy in the season opener last Sunday.

Similar to last week, New England were first on the score sheet. This time it was Zack Schilawski in the 8th minute, who may have played the incoming pass from Shalrie Joseph off his arm, but their was no whistle blown, and the second year man drilled the ball past DC keeper Pat Onstad, securing his first goal of the season. Shalrie Joseph then converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to give the Revs a 2-0 lead.

For the second straight game, Head Coach Steve Nicol went with a 5 man midfield featuring three defensive midfielders. Captain Shalrie Joseph was backed by Pat Phelan and rookie Steven McCarthy, allowing him to get forward to support the lone striker Schilawski. Zak Boggs, who went 90 minutes in the season opener, again got the start on the right flank, and Sainey Nyassi started on the left.

The Revs back line also featured two new starters on Saturday night, with European Veteran turned MLS Rookie Didier Domi taking over the left fullback position, and Kevin Alston returning to the field for the first time since early in the preseason. MLS Rookies Franco Coria and AJ Soares reprised their roles as centerbacks.

The Revs solid back line allowed the midfield to apply pressure on DC United, and allowed for the home team to capitalize. It was this pressure from the midfield that led to the Revs second goal, when an onrushing Pat Phelan beat DC’s Kurt Morsink to the ball just inside the 18 yard box, resulting in a late challenge, and an ensuing penalty kick.

DC United had plenty of possession, however, as both sides dominated the run of play for long stretches at a time. DC’s Andy Najar found some space early on the right side, beating Sainey Nyassi and Didier Domi. Joseph Ngwenya and Josh Wolff also found some room early on, but their shots were also denied.

The Revs were forced into making an early substitution, when Zak Boggs took an elbow from Rodrigo Brasesco, sending him hard to the ground. Boggs had to leave the field with a laceration to the forehead, and was replaced by veteran Kheli Dube in the 32nd minute, who managed to get a shot off at the end of the first half, but his effort went wide. DC Captain Dax McCarty also had a free kick saved by Matt Reis as the half came to a close.

The second half saw two substitutions made by DC United, with Fred coming on for Brasesco , and US National Team hero and fan favorite Charlie Davies coming on for Josh Wolff. But it was the Revs who applied early pressure. Didier Domi had a good opportunity early in the second half, but his shot sailed high. Rookie Stephen McCarthy got into the attack with two consecutive headers turned toward goal, but his first effort also went over the bar, and his second effort just three minutes later was saved. Schilawski’s shot in the 59th minute went wide, and Nyassi’s 60th minute stinger was easily saved by Pat Onstad.

It was then all DC United, as Charlie Davies and Chris Pontius both started to apply pressure. However, Matt Reis was hardly tested until the 80th minute, when Andy Najar drilled a rocket right at the Revs’ keeper. Reis was challenged again just three minutes later, when Chris Pontius forced the keeper into a diving save to his left.

The score remained 2-0 until the 91st minute, after Ryan Cochrane pulled Joseph Ngwenya down in the box. The Referee initially signaled for a goal kick, but then changed his mind an pointed to the penalty spot. Charlie Davies drilled the penalty kick straight past the diving Reis to make the score 2-1. Time eventually ran out and the home team left the field with their first win of the season.

The Revs will face expansion team Portland Timbers next Saturday at Gillette Stadium before heading out to the west coast to face expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, before returning home to face Real Salt Lake on the 9th of April.

New England Revolution vs. D.C. United
March 26, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Scoring Summary:
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 8
NE – Shalrie Joseph (penalty kick) 17
DC – Charlie Davies (penalty kick) 91+

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Didier Domi, A.J. Soares, Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 48), Kevin Alston, Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Kinne 91+’), Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy, Zak Boggs (Kheli Dube 32’), Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Chris Tierney, Ilija Stolica, Darrius Barnes

STATS: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 19

D.C. United: Pat Onstad, Marc Burch, Rodrigo Brasesco (Fred 46’), Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb, Chris Pontius, Dax McCarty ©, Kurt Morsink (Santino Quaranta 74’), Andy Najar, Josh Wolff (Charlie Davies 46’), Joseph Ngwenya

Substitutes Not Used: Bill Hamid, Branko Boskovic, Blake Brettscneider, Daniel Woolard

STATS: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 7; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 7; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 11

Misconduct Summary:
DC – Pat Onstad (caution) 16
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 38
DC – Kurt Morsink (caution) 40
DC – Andy Najar (caution) 51
DC – Fred (caution) 68
DC – Dejan Jakovic (ejection) 93+

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Rob Fereday
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Weather: Rain, Partly cloudy, 38 degrees
Attendance: 12,914

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The Union outlast Vancouver, starting first win streak in club history

Posted on 26 March 2011 by Breton Bonnette

A long distance rivalry was born on the Delaware River as the Union beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in a physical, at times reckless encounter. A sell out of 18,591 witnessed the Union and the Whitecaps trade blows in a stalemate that was finally broken by new acquisition Carlos Ruiz in the 77th minute.

The Union were put on their back foot early on as Vancouver pushed forward to attack right out of the gates. The team that might have remained frazzled last year was able to keep shape, collect themselves, and push right back on Vancouver. With Justin Mapp out with injury, however, however, the Union attack didn’t have much of a conductor to spread the field and attack the wings. After the first 15 minutes, when things were cordial, the play became one of which team can be more physically dominant. Eric Hassli, Vancouver’s two goal hero from their debut, kept at it with marker Danny Califf and occasionally sparred with Sheanon Williams. Eventually, his aggression earned a yellow card which would eventually prove crucial and prompted a flurry of reckless challenges on both sides here and there. By the end of the half, three Union players (Califf, Nakazawa, and Mwanga) added cautions of their own and Vancouver’s Nizar Khalfan got in on the party.

The second half started off on the same foot with Vancouver defender Alain Rochat grabbing a yellow card of his own. The Union’s offense was starting to put things together for the most part after a nice run but it still wasn’t threatening much. The whole course of the game, however, changed dramatically after recklessness took over in the 57th minute. Vancouver’s first week hero Hassli hit zero after an errant tackle. The challenge sealed his exit leaving the Whitecaps in a tough spot. Eventual goalscorer Carlos Ruiz ramped up the pressure in the 65th and 66th minute with close-range chances off of corner kicks. One was parried nicely by Vancouver keeper Joe Cannon and the other blocked but it was a sign that the trifecta of Mwanga, Le Toux, and Ruiz were ready to wake up. The attack heated up but never broke through even with a perfectly positioned Le Toux set piece. One that looked exactly like the free kick that broke the 2-2 in 2010’s Home Opener vs. DC United. It wasn’t to be, however.

The breakthrough finally came  in the 76th minute after a deflected shot from Stefani Miglioranzi fell to the feet of LeToux. With only the goalkeeper in front of him, instead of rocketing on net, he laid a pass to a wide open Ruiz who couldn’t miss. After Ruiz opened his account, the Union remained in control the rest of the way distributing wide, testing the resolve of an undermanned Whitecaps side, and polishing off another sloppy win. Carlos Valdes and company continued to shut down any Vancouver advances as the Union fought to consecutive shutouts and a seat atop the Eastern Conference standings.

It was a huge win once again for the Philadelphia defense with Califf and Valdes starring yet again. These two victores are ones that would have escaped the Union the majority of time in 2010.  Even 2010’s captain Califf is aware of that (quotes to come). It’s a confidence brought on by the presence and experience of a Carlos Valdes, Brian Carroll, and Faryd Mondragon. A minimization of the dramatics and defensive miscues that led to easily conceded goals. If it continues and the Union attack starts to gel as all are expecting, this could be a playoff bound team.

Player quotes, photos, and player ratings to come. Keep checking back!

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

—————————-Mondragon—————————

Williams———-Califf————Valdes————-Harvey

——————-Carroll———Miglioranzi——————-

Le Toux————————————————Nakazawa

———————-Mwanga——–Ruiz———————–

Substitutions: Roger Torres, Jack McInerney, Gabriel Farfan

Substitutes Not Used: Chris Agorsor, Michael Farfan, Levi Houapeu, Thorne Holder.

Vancouver Whitecaps Starting XI

—————————-Cannon——————————-

Leathers——–Janicki————Rochat————Wagner

Khalfan———Dunfield———–Koffie————–Teibert

—————–Hassli—————A. Harris——————-

Substitutions: Wes Knight, Camilo Sanvezzo, Long Tan

Substitutes Not Used: Jeb Brovsky, Bilal Duckett, Brian Sylvestre, Kevin Harmse.

Scoring Summary:

PHI – Carlos Ruiz 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 1) 77’

Misconduct Summary:

VAN — Eric Hassli (caution; Reckless Foul) 25

PHI — Kyle Nakazawa (caution; Reckless Foul) 26

PHI — Danny Califf (caution; Dissent) 31

PHI — Danny Mwanga (caution; Reckless Foul) 35

VAN — Nizar Khalfan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 46+

VAN — Alain Rochat (caution; Reckless Tackle) 48

VAN — Eric Hassli (caution; Reckless Foul) 57

VAN — Eric Hassli (ejection; Second Caution) 57

Referee: Yader Reyes

Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry; Paul Scott
4th Official:
Chris Penso
Weather:
Clear and 45 degrees
Attendance:
18,591

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