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TMR Episode 42 – The Midnight Ride vs The Mystery Guests

Posted on 15 August 2011 by Hank Alexandre

In this episode of The Midnight Ride – Hank is joined by Jeff Lemieux of The New England Revolution and RevolutionSoccer.net, as well as Mark Fishkin from CSRN’s Seeing Red Podcast. Hank and Jeff cover the Revs game in Columbus as well as take a look at the game against Houston on Wednesday, while Mark provides some insight into New York’s season and what the Red Bulls might have in store for New England on Saturday.

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PREVIEW: Revs @ Crew

Posted on 13 August 2011 by Matty Jollie

Revs Face Crew to Continue Playoff Push

The New England Revolution (4-10-9, 21pts) head back out on the road this weekend, this time to the Midwest to take on the streaking (and first place) Columbus Crew (9-7-7, 34pts).  New England is coming off a disappointing, albeit entertaining home loss to Chivas USA last Saturday, while Columbus was beaten by defending champion Colorado.  With the Revolution 8 points back from a playoff spot, every match provides an essential opportunity to climb back into race for the post-season, and it continues with Saturday’s match at Crew Stadium.

GOALKEEPER: It’s the veteran Matt Reis once again for New England, coming off a poor 3 goal performance on Saturday. Reis has been solid, but his season has been marred by a few mistakes in bad spots.  One of the goals for Chivas USA came about when Reis was too late off his line on a cross, leaving an empty net and providing an easy target.  If Reis can remain solid, and avoid the big mistake, New England are always competitive.  In Columbus, there’s no mistaking, the job belongs to Will Hesmer. Strong in the air, a physical presence, the Crew net-minder has been solid all season long and continues to b instrumental in the club’s climb to the top of the Eastern Conference table. ADVANTAGE: Columbus. Hesmer has quickly supplanted himself as one of the best in MLS.

DEFENDERS: New England will be bolstered by the return of AJ Soares on Saturday asfter missing the previous match due to a red card suspension.  Soares was sorely missed against Chivas USA, and will regain his spot in the center of the Revs defense, but who joins him remains to be seen. Kevin Alston continues to fight off a turf-toe injury, Ryan Cochrane has been shaky at best, and left-back has been a revolving door all season. If the Revs are going to have a chance, they need to shore up the holes at the back, and continue to push forward.  Columbus is anchored by one man: Chad Marshall. The tall, strong center back has found a niche in Columbus, and his solid play has also earned him a look with the USMNT.  Marshall has been joined by youngsters Julius James and Sebastian Miranda, who have given a youthful edge to the side throughout the season, fighting their way off the bench and into the starting 11.  ADVANTAGE: Columbus. The Revs continue to struggle to get healthy, although the addition of Soares will help.

MIDFIELDERS: Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber remain the foundation of the Revs midfield, however the season has yet to offer up consistent partners for them.  Sainey Nyassi has played well at times and at others his play is maddening, rookie Stephen McCarthy has played well in spots, showing his physicality, and there’s always the defensive-minded Pat Phelan to contend for a spot also.  Until New England can find the quality of play from the wings they are looking for, they’ll continue to have difficulty maintaining possession.   Columbus boasts a talented and speedy midfield, built around the incredibly quick (and recent USMNT goal-scorer) Robbie Rogers. Rogers’ pace always finds a way to open up the midfield of opposing teams, and when you add the talents of Emmanuel Ekpo and veteran Eddie Gaven, you’ve got quite a talented and dynamic attack-minded midfield. ADVANTAGE: Push. Columbus doesn’t have anyone with the quality of a Feilhaber or Joseph, and with Gaven on the injury report, the midfield is an even battle.

FORWARDS: After playing nearly 60 minutes in his debut, recently signed DP Milton Caraglio will once again be the focal point up top for New England.  The Revs were dealt a blow when it was reported that Rajko Lekic would miss up to a month with a toe fracture, leaving Caraglio as the first option.  The Argentine showed good physical strength and instincts, but it remains to be seen how good his match fitness will be.  Columbus will most likely be without Jeff Cunningham, which has placed a lot of the burden on relative unknowns like Tommy Heinemann and Andres Mendoza.  The two have turned in average performances, putting more pressure on Rogers’ to create. ADVANTAGE: Push. The loss of Cunningham is big for Columbus, and the matchup of a Heinemann/Mendoza pairing and Caraglio really has no clear cut winner.

PREDICTION: It’s tough to tell with so many injuries on both sides. Columbus boasts one of the largest injury reports in the league at the moment, and it will all come down to who actually takes the pitch for the Crew.  New England sees AJ Soares return, which bolsters the defense, and Milton Caraglio enters his second match with another week of training under his belt, which can only help. The difference in the match is going to be Robbie Rogers.  If the USMNT midfielder can overcome fatigue from the mid-week match with Mexico and put his stamp on the game, Columbus will escape with three points. That being said, New England will continue their decent run of form, and escape Columbus with a hard-fought point.  SCORE: New England 1 – Columbus 1.

 

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Episode 41 – The Midnight Ride vs The Boy Who Lived

Posted on 09 August 2011 by Hank Alexandre

In this episode of The Midnight Ride, Hank is joined by the original co-host, Sean Donahue of New England Soccer Today, and they discuss the New England Revolution’s new designated player, Milton Caraglio, and the boy who lived, Diego Fagundez. Also, preview of Columbus and a shakedown of the Revs playoff chances.

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PREVIEW: Chivas USA @ New England

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Matty Jollie

Goats Make Cross-Country Trip to Face Revs

The newly-rejuvenated New England Revolution (4-9-9, 21pts) return home on Saturday night after an unbeaten three game road swing to take on Western Conference foe Chivas USA (6-8-8, 26pts).  After draws at Sporting Kansas City and Colorado, in addition to a victory at D.C. United to kick off the trip, the Revolution are beginning to pick up steam, as well as hope to sneak into the 2011 MLS Playoffs. Saturday night marks their first home game since a July 17th loss to Philadelphia Union, and the home turf can only help a side trying to claw their way back into the Eastern Conference picture, where New England has climbed into 7th.

GOALKEEPER:  Has anyone had a more maddening season than Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis. Arguably in the midst of his finest season, the Revs’ backbone has had a few instances this year that have driven supporter’s mad (that fluke goal against Colorado where the ball bounced over his head and into the net is the first that comes to mind).  A few late challenges and decisions have only been minor specks on an otherwise great season for Reis, most importantly, he’s remained healthy, which has had a huge impact on his form.  Relatively unknown keeper Dan Kennedy is between the pipes for Chivas USA, but if his current run of form continues, Kennedy won’t be unknown for long.  Surrendering only 3 goals in their last three matches, Kennedy and the strong Chivas USA defense have formed a solid bond in the defensive third, which has led to their ascension up the Western Conference table.  Kennedy moves well, communicates well with his defensive back four, and isn’t afraid to throw his size and weight around when needed in a crowded penalty area.  ADVANTAGE: It’s pretty even. Both are healthy, and producing results in the dog days of summer.

DEFENDERS: There’s no denying the Revolution backline is currently a M.A.S.H. unit. Alston has an awful case of turf toe, Coria is out for over a month due to an MCL, Soares is out on a red card suspension, and the Front Office bid “au revoir” to Didier Domi, their only natural left back. So, while they haven’t started holding open tryouts for defenders, New England is incredibly thin at the back, and will have to piece together a back four on Saturday night.  Alston will most likely fight through the pain, and you’ll see  Darrius Barnes and Ryan Cochrane at CB, and left midfielder Chris Tierney will slide to left back, where he has admittedly done a nice job filling in all season.  Chivas USA has been anchored all season by recent USA call-up Heath Pearce at CB, and it’s been reported Pearce will join the US team on Sunday, after the match with New England, so expect to see Pearce in the lineup on Saturday night. How much Pearce will play remains to be seen, but with Jimmy Conrad still doubtful while battling his concussion, Pearce’s leadership and quality will be needed. Another defender to look out for is Ante Jazic, who not only solidifies the back four, but often times will join in on the attack as well (Jazic assisted on two of Justin Braun’s goals against Houston, giving him 5 on the season).  ADVANTAGE: CHIVAS USA. Even at full strength, New England would have a difficult time matching the quality of Chivas. With Pearce staying with the club for the match, there’s a clear advantage.

MIDFIELDERS:  The USA friendly has affected the Revolution as well, but in a good way. Jurgen Klinsmann left Revs’ midfielder Benny Feilhaber off of his first camp roster, keeping the creative attacking midfielder in Foxboro for the match.  Feilhaber will certainly be joined by captain Shalrie Joseph, but who partners with them is a bit of a mystery.  Rookie Stephen McCarthy is most likely out with his dislocated shoulder, so depending on which way coach Steve Nicol wants to go, it could be another defensive minded midfielde like Pat Phelan, or he could opt to go with the speedier Sainey Nyassi as well, with Chris Tierney having to slide back to defense.  Chivas USA is bolstered in midfield by dynamic players, most namely recent internet sensation Michael Lahoud, who’s on the field talents are purely evident in the midfield.  Lahoud is joined by midfield  mainstays Blair Gavin and Jorge Flores, as well as Simon Elliot. This midfield quartet has played together quite a bit over the season, and when you add a proven veteran like Alejandro Moreno coming off the bench late in matches, it’s a midfield that not only has talent, but depth as well. ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND, slightly. Feilhaber and Joseph are clearly the two best players in the midfield on Saturday. However, due to all of the injuries and holes in the roster, New England has had a hard time building chemistry in the middle of the park to create a better possession game. Chivas USA will need to use their superior speed to overwhelm the Revs’ midfield.

FORWARDS: New England made a huge splash in the headlines earlier in the week when they signed their first ever Designated Player, bringing in Argentinian striker Milton Caraglio from Rosario Central in Argentina.  The move certainly shows the Revolution are clearly trying to bolster their offensive output (New England has signed Danish striker Rajko Lekic, and used their allocation spot to acquire Feilhaber earlier in the year) and when news cam down that not only did Caraglio receive his ITC (basically clearing him to play), Steve Nicol also announced that the new signing will start on Saturday night.  Caraglio will almost certainly partner Lekic up top, giving New England two international strikers for the first time in recent memory. Chivas USA has found gold in youngster Justin Braun, whose recent hat trick against Houston Dynamo announced his arrival with some authority. Braun is a strong forward, garnering more goals with his physical play and hustle than with bursts of quality.  Braun is often joined by Nick LaBrocca, who hasn’t yet hit his stride, but does well to partner Braun with his more dynamic offensive style.  ADVANTAGE: Even. It’s too difficult to get a feel for what Caraglio will bring into the fold in his first match in a Revolution uniform, but if you’re looking for an edge, Braun just barely beats out Lekic heads-up.

PREDICTION: There is nothing more difficult than the cross country road trip to play a match. That being said, with such a makeshift back four, New England is going to struggle at the back, and a clean sheet seems unlikely.  The balance of the match is going to fall on the new strike tandem of Caraglio and Lekic, and with the Dane struggling with a toe injury, and Caraglio with only a few days on American soil, it’s hard to see New England continuing their run of form. CHIVAS 2 – REVS 0.

 

 

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TMR Episode 40 – The Midnight Ride vs The Twitter Reverb Explosion

Posted on 03 August 2011 by Hank Alexandre

On this episode of the Midnight Ride Podcast – Hank is again joined by Bob from Soccer Soap Box, and they discuss the signing of the New England Revolution’s first ever Designated Player, Milton Caraglio.

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TMR Episode 39 – The Midnight Ride vs The False Dawn

Posted on 28 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

Hank is joined by Bob Madaio from Soccer Soap Box to discuss the New England Revolution and their triumphant (?) road trip where they picked up 4 out of 6 points. But the question remains, does this team have the horses to make a run to the playoffs?

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RAPIDS 2 – REVOLUTION 2

Posted on 25 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

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Commerce City, CO – Playing their second game in four nights, the New England Revolution (4-9-8, 20pts) fought to a wildly entertaining 2-2 draw with defending champion Colorado Rapids (7-6-10, 31pts) on Saturday night.  Coupled with their victory over D.C. United on Wednesday, the Revolution put together their best road trip of the season, and vaulted themselves out of the basement of the Eastern Conference and into seventh place, and only six points back of fourth place Sporting Kansas City.

Revolution head coach Steve Nicol once again opted for the 4-3-3 formation, playing Benny Feilhaber and Zack Schilawski up top with Rajko Lekic for an added offensive spark.  The three man midfield mirrored the one seen earlier in the year, with veterans Shalrie Joseph and Pat Phelan joined by rookie Stephen McCarthy. The only change seen in the back line was Darrius Barnes, replacing the injured Ryan Cochrane, who returned to Boston to have his injured foot examined by the team medical staff.

It was Colorado who began the game on the front foot early, creating good possession and pace throughout the first ten minutes.  Kosuke Kimura almost found the scoresheet in the just the second minute, creating his own opportunity by exploding down the right flank and cutting inside to the top of the box before firing on net, but it was once again Matt Reis to the rescue, as his athletic save kept the Revs level.

Despite having the edge in possession early on, Colorado found themselves trailing in the 25th after Benny Feilhaber scored his first goal for New England on a great hustle play.  Right-back Kevin Alston employed the long throw-in deep in Colorado territory, which found the head of McCarthy who used his height to flick the ball on to Feilhaber, who buried the chance  into the back of the net past Matt Pickens.

The 1-0 scoreline almost instantly inspired Colorado, as the Rapids increased the pace of play through their speedy flank midfielders.  Once again it was Matt Reis keeping the Revolution ahead, stopping Sanna Nyassi after the Gambian used his speed to get to the Revolution penalty area.  Colorado could only muster one other opportunity through Brian Mullan late in the half, but his full-fledged volley whistled just by the goal-frame, and Colorado went into half time trailing.

After absorbing most of the pressure late in the first half, it was New England who came out the aggressor when the match restarted.  After dominating possession through the first few minutes, an occurrence not too familiar, Shalrie Joseph unleashed an audacious, curling attempt on net that just barely missed the net in the 51st minute.

After a fairly timid ten minutes following the Joseph effort, the direction of the match took an unexpected twist, when Chris Tierney was judged to have taken down Sanna Nyassi from behind in the box. Nyassi received the ball in the box after a clever one-two pass, and got in behind the Revolution defense before Tierney left his feet and took down the Rapids’ striker. It was a straight red-card for the left-back, and not only was Matt Reis faced with a penalty kick, but now the visitors were a man down.

Caleb Folan stepped to the spot for the subsequent penalty kick, and as calm as you’d like, beat Matt Reis, leveling the match, and instantly gaining all of the momentum for the hosts.

Much to his credit, Steve Nicol didn’t fall back into too much of a defensive shell, making good substitutions late on in the match, most noticeably bringing on Kenny Mansally for Rajko Lekic, a move that would come into the spotlight later on.  The match also saw the inclusion of Franco Coria to shore up some defensive holes, and finally Sainey Nyassi, which, in turn, marked the first time the Nyassi twins has ever shared a pitch in MLS.

New England kept control of the match for most of the remainder of the match, staying organized defensively and moving forward when presented the opportunity, but unfortunately it would be the strangest goal seen in some time that would be their undoing.  It was Kimura again who controlled down the right flank, and when the Japanese midfielder played the ball into space in the Revolution box, ‘keeper Matt Reis came out to cut off the pass, only the ball took the biggest of bounces, and hopped directly over Reis and into the net.  Certainly the play can be described as a howler from the goalkeeper, but it deserves to be said the bounce the ball took was incredibly awkward, however each goal counts the same, and it was New England down not only a man, but now a goal as well.

Despite being down, New England continued to push and probe the Colorado defense late in the match, and in the dying moments, the Revolution struck gold.  Second half substitute Kenny Mansally found space at the top of the box and wriggled free, and was then judged to have been taken down by Scott Palguta inside the box.  New England was awarded a penalty kick in the 90th minute, and it was captain Shalrie Joseph who stepped to the spot and buried the late equalizer, giving the Revs their fourth point on the road trip.

With a bit of momentum on their side, New England now travels to Sporting Kansas City for what can be easily described as a huge six-point match on Saturday night. New England, fresh off their four point week, trail SKC by six points in the standings, and a victory over the Midwest club would pull them even closer to fourth place.

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New England Revolution at Colorado Rapids

July 23, 2011 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Commerce City, Colo.)

New England Revolution 2, Colorado Rapids 2

 

Scoring Summary:

NE – Benny Feilhaber (Stephen McCarthy, Kevin Alston) 25

COL – Caleb Folan (penalty kick) 65

COL – Kosuke Kimura (unassisted) 82

NE – Shalrie Joseph (penalty kick) 90

 

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Darrius Barnes, Kevin Alston, Stephen McCarthy (Sainey Nyassi 68), Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan, Benny Feilhaber, Rajko Lekic (Kenny Mansally 75), Zack Schilawski (Franco Coria 66)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez, Zak Boggs

STATS*: Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 1; Offside: 6; Fouls Committed: 9

 

Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Drew Moor, Scott Palguta (Andre Akpan 91+), Marvell Wynne, Kosuke Kimura, Wells Thompson (Omar Cummings 46), Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Mullan (Ross LaBauex 86), Sanna Nyassi, Caleb Folan

Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus, Joseph Nane, Mike Holody, Tyrone Marshall

STATS*: Shots: 7; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 1; Corner Kicks: 5; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 12

 

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

 

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Chris Tierney (ejection) 64

NE – Sainey Nyassi (caution) 82

 

Team Records:

New England Revolution – 4-9-8, 20 pts.

Colorado Rapids – 7-6-10, 31 pts.

 

Referee: Geoff Gamble

Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Brian Poeschel

Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 95 degrees

Attendance:  12,273

 

NOTES

-With the draw, the Revs moved to 11-18-9 all-time against Colorado, including a 3-12-4 mark in games played in Colorado

-The draw was the second of the season between the two teams after the clubs played to a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on May 7

-The Revolution is now winless against Colorado in its last eight games (0-3-5) since the team’s last win against the Rapids, which was a 1-0 victory at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 29, 2007

-The draw allowed the teams to split the season series for the seventh time in league history (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009)

-The tie extended the Revs’ winless streak in games played in Mountain or Pacific time zones to 15 games, dating back to September 2009 … during that span, the Revs went 0-10-5, with their last win coming on Sept. 20, 2009 – a 1-0 victory at Seattle

-The Revs’ two goals are the team’s most scored in Colorado since the 2006 season when they fell, 3-2, at Invesco Field on July 4 behind goals from Clint Dempsey and Taylor Twellman

-Darrius Barnes returned to the starting lineup after spending two games on the bench to start the game … however, tonight he made his start at central defense – his preferred position – for the first time in 2011 … he has previously started games at left back and right back this season, but not his natural position

-Benny Feilhaber returned to the lineup after missing Wednesday’s win in D.C. while serving his mandatory one-game red-card suspension

-With his start tonight after drawing the starting assignment in D.C. on Wednesday, Zack Schilawski has started back-to-back games for the first time since April 9 vs. Real Salt Lake and April 17 at Houston

-Benny Feilhaber scored his first goal of his MLS career in the 25th minute … he entered the game with a team-high three assists … it took Feilhaber 10 games to score his first goal

-Stephen McCarthy recorded his first-career MLS assist with his headed flick to Benny Feilhaber for the Revs’ first goal … he came into the game with two goals, including the game-winning goal on Wednesday in D.C.

-Kevin Alston recorded his first assist of the 2011 season and his first assist since Sept. 4, 2010 in a 3-1 win against Seattle at Gillette Stadium … Alston how has three career assists, one in each of his three professional seasons so far (2009-present)

-Benny Feilhaber’s goal snapped a 175-minute scoreless streak for the Revolution at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park … the last goal the team scored came in the 29th minute on Oct. 3, 2009 from Kheli Dube off a Kenny Mansally free kick

-Tonight’s game marked just the third time this season – in 21 games – the Revs have led at the half, and just the second time on the road

-Chris Tierney’s red card ejection in the 64th minute was the first of his career and just the third card of any kind – yellow or red – in his four-year career spanning 63 games

-Tierney’s red card was the team’s sixth of the season (in just 21 games), and tied the club’s single-season record for red cards … in 1998, the Revolution were shown six red cards in the 32-game season

-The Revs surrendered a penalty kick for the second consecutive game and for the sixth overall time this season … New England’s opponents are five-for-six from the spot this season with the only miss coming on Wednesday night when Charlie Davies sent his attempt high

-When Sainey Nyassi came into the game in the 68th minute, it marked the first time that the Nyassi identical twins (Sanna plays for Colorado) faced each other … in five previous meetings (two each in 2009 and 2010 while Sanna was with Seattle, and earlier this year on May 7 when Sanna did not travel with the Rapids to Foxborough), they never were on the field at the same time … they came the closest in 2009 in Seattle when Sainey came off the field and Sanna went on two minutes later

-Shalrie Joseph scored his team-leading sixth goal in the 90th minute … three of his six goals have come from the penalty spot … with his successful penalty attempt, he extended his club record penalty-kick mark to 11

-Tonight’s game is the second of two straight road games … the Revs traveled to Colorado directly from Washington, D.C., and spent an extra day in Colorado … the D.C.-Colorado trip is the team’s only multiple-game road trip of the 2011 season

-After kicking off on Wednesday being 91 degrees with a dew point in the mid-70s, tonight the teams kicked off at 95 degrees, despite being much less humid … this marks the first time in Revs club history that they’ve kicked off back-to-back games in 90+ degree temperatures

-Ryan Cochrane, who started the trip in D.C. with the Revs, did not travel to Colorado after returning home on Thursday to have his left foot further examined … Cochrane left the game in the 22nd minute on Wednesday against United with persistent pain in the foot.

-The Revolution wore white tops with blue shorts and white socks for just the second time this season in a uniform that paired items from their standard primary and back-up unis … the last time the team work the white/blue uniform was on April 2 in a home game against Portland … in that game, the referees determined the Revs’ primary home blue uniforms were too close a match to Portland’s primary green uniforms and the Revs needed to switch tops less than one-hour before kickoff… tonight, Colorado’s primary uniform includes white shorts, so the Revs needed to switch to their dark shorts, however those uniform assignments were noted well before game night

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REVOLUTION 1 – D.C. UNITED 0

Posted on 21 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

Revs Celebrate McCarthy Goal, First Road Win

Washington, DC – For the first time since May 14th, the New England Revolution (4-9-7, 19pts) came away with all three points, defeating D.C. United (5-6-8, 23pts) 1-0, sweeping the season series with their heated rivals from the Nation’s capital.  The  Revs’ first road victory vaulted New England out of the cellar in the Eastern Conference and into seventh place on 19 points, four points behind sixth-place Sporting Kansas City.

New England took the field with a slightly different look, most noticeably without midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who was serving his one game suspension for his red card against Philadelphia on Sunday.  Second-year striker Zack Schilawski and rookie Zak Boggs started up top with Rajko Lekic, finally abandoning the lone-striker role for the Danishman.  Rookie Stephen McCarthy started in central midfield for Feilhaber, and Chris Tierney slid to left back, covering the loss of Didier Domi.

It was D.C. United who took control early, and they almost secured an early goal in the third minute through Andy Najar, who found an open Dwayne DeRosario (recently acquired via trade from New York). The pass was just a little too far forward for the Canadian talisman, and the game’s first scoring chance bared no fruit.

United carried the run of play for much of the second half, and if not for the continuing spectacular play from veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, the match could have gone much differently. Reis was on display in the 16th minute, stoning striker Charlie Davies, diving back across his body to save the cut-back near post effort and the clean sheet. It was Reis again a minute later, stopping the drive from DeRosario, denying the Canadian once more.

New England created it’s greatest opportunity to score in the first half in the 33rd minute when captain Shalrie Joseph nodded down a diagonal cross from Tierney at the top of the box to Zak Boggs, who waited for the ball to come down just long enough to fire a cracking volley right at United keeper Bill Hamid, who stopped Boggs’ attempt and parried it away.

Unquestionably the biggest turning point of the match occurred just before the stroke of halftime, when Pat Phelan was judged to have handled the ball in the box, awarding D.C. United with a penalty kick at the very end of the half. It was American international striker Charlie Davies to the spot for United, and after a few brief moments of gamesmanship from Matt Reis, Davies kicked a field goal over the cross bar, and the match went to the locker rooms still tied at 0-0.

The scoreline clearly had a positive effect on New England, as they came out of the locker room with a focused passion and effort, creating early chances and establishing an early tempo. The effort finally came through in the 64th minute when a Stephen McCarthy cross found the head of Zack Schilawski, who rose above the D.C. United defense but his uncontested headed ball soared over the cross bar.

The near-miss from New England seemingly inspired D.C United, as the next few minutes belonged to the hosts, culminating in a well-crafted attempt from Dwayne DeRosario in the 70th minute that keeper Matt Reis got a piece of, enough to direct the shot just wide and into the side netting.

It was New England who broke through for what was the match’s only goal in the 73rd minute, and to no Revolution supporter’s surprise, it was off of a set piece.  Chris Tierney stepped to the corner flag, delivered a perfectly weighted cross that found Stephen McCarthy, who towered over the defenders in the box, and buried the header into the back of the net.  It was the rookie’s second goal of the season, and New England had a much desired late lead on the road.

With just over a quarter of an hour remaining to preserve the lead, it was once again Matt Reis who came up in the biggest spots to protect the victory from New England.  Reis came up huge on several occasions in the final stanzas of the match, most noticeably the saves on DeRosario in the 82nd minute, and then a big stop with only a minute or so remaining in stoppage time on Joseph Ngwenya.  Matt Reis has always been the backbone of the New England team, especially the defense, but it needs to be said that this may in fact be his greatest season in a Revs uniform, despite the poor results from the team.

The final whistle blew in spite of D.C. United having earned a corner kick, and the New England Revolution earned their first road victory of the 2011 MLS Season.  New England will look to win back-to-back road games on Saturday night when they travel to the Rocky Mountain region to take on defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

 

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New England Revolution at D.C. United

July 20, 2011 – RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.)

 

New England Revolution 1, D.C. United 0

 

Scoring Summary:

NE – Stephen McCarthy (Chris Tierney) 73

 

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane (Darrius Barnes 22), Kevin Alston, Stephen McCarthy, Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 68), Rajko Lekic, Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 58)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Ryan Guy, Diego Fagundez

STATS*: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 2; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 5

 

D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Daniel Woolard, Brandon McDonald, Ethan White, Perry Kitchen, Chris Pontius (Austin Da Luz 71), Clyde Simms (Joseph Ngwenya 79), Dwyane De Rosario, Andy Najar, Josh Wolff © (Fred 63), Charlie Davies

Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin, Kurt Morsink, Chris Korb, Stephen King

STATS*: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 1; Corner Kicks: 8; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 6

 

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

 

Misconduct Summary:

NE – Kenny Mansally (caution) 77

 

Team Records:

New England Revolution – 4-9-7, 19 pts.

D.C. United – 5-6-8, 23 pts.

 

Referee: Michael Kennedy

Assistant Referees: Kermit Quisenberry, Bill Ditmar

Fourth Official: Carlos Rivero
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 91 degrees

Attendance:  15,597

 

NOTES

-The win put an end to the team’s nine-game winless streak, which had tied a club record with three other runs (1997, 1998, 2003)

-The win snapped the Revs’ 10-game road losing streak, which dates back to the final game of the 2010 season at New York … the Revs came into tonight’s game with a 0-6-3 record in 2011 on the road … the team is now 1-6-3 on the road this year

-With the win, the Revs improved to 23-25-8 all-time against D.C., including a 8-16-4 mark on the road

-The win also extended the Revs’ winning streak against United to five games, dating back to May 2009

-This is the third straight season in which the Revs won the season series against United, after going 1-0-1 against D.C. in 2009 and 2-0-0 in 2010

-Tonight’s game was the 56th league meeting between the two teams, and the 63rd overall meeting including MLS Cup Playoffs and U.S. Open Cup

-The Revs ran out a 4-3-3 lineup to start the game after putting out a 4-4-2 in their last game … the last time the team dispensed a 4-3-3 was May 7 against Colorado

-Shalrie Joseph and Ryan Cochrane returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday’s game against Philadelphia while serving suspensions … Cochrane was serving a red-card suspension, while Joseph was serving a yellow-card accumulation suspension

-Zack Schilawski made his first start since April 30, 2011, a 3-0 loss at Chivas USA

-Diego Fagundez, who is the Revs’ first Home Grown player after signing last November, made his first-ever appearance on the 18-man squad in an MLS game … tonight’s game marked the first time he has dressed with the first team in a league match … he has previously made appearances in both of the Revs’ U.S. Open Cup Play-In matches, and six Reserve League games (one goal, four assists)

-Ryan Cochrane came off in the 22nd minute with a left foot injury … he entered the game listed as probable on the team’s Tuesday injury report with left foot pain

-Stephen McCarthy’s goal was his second of the season and the second of his career … it was his first goal since he struck for his first MLS goal on April 2 at Gillette Stadium

-Chris Tierney recorded his second assist of the season on McCarthy’s goal … Tierney’s assist is his first off a set piece in 2011 … Tierney’s assist was the ninth of his career

-Tonight marked the third time in the last four meetings against D.C. that Chris Tierney has recorded the game-winning against

-The Revs – and goalkeeper Matt Reis – recorded their fourth shutout of the season … it was the team’s first shutout since a 0-0 match on June 15 against Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium

-The shutout was Reis’ 63rd career shutout and his 54th with the Revolution … this was Reis’ fifth career shutout against United

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Revs Home Schooled by Philadelphia in 0-3 defeat

Posted on 17 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution were embarrassed at home tonight, as they fell to the Philadelphia Union 3-0. This was the 10th game in a row that the Revs have failed to win,not including Manchester United, with their last win coming against Vancouver on May 14th.

Without Shalrie Joseph in the line-up, and Ousmane Dabo back on the injured list, Head Coach Steve Nicol elected to start Stephen McCarthy and Pat Phelan in a central midfield position, with Benny Feilhaber on the left, and Sainey Nyassi on the right. Nicol must have had confidence in his backline of Alston, Coria, Soares, and Tierney after watching them keep a clean sheet against Manchester United earlier in the week.

But Philadelphia was quick to expose the Revolution’s lack of quality on the field. Carlos Ruiz opened the scoring with a beautiful goal in the 12th minute off a headed ball from Keon Daniel. Justin Mapp started the play off by challenging Chris Tierney in the left hand corner and beating AJ Soares. Mapp’s ball found Daniel on the far post, and Daniel did well to deflect it across the face of goal to Ruiz.

In the 24th minute the Union doubled their advantage off of a free kick. Kyle Nakazawa found Sebastien LeToux open on the far post, who headed it across the face of the goal in almost an exact replay of the first goal. This time it was Carlos Valdes who put it in the net as Matt Reis was pulled out of play.

The Revolution looked out of sorts from the beginning of the game. The central pairing of McCarthy and Phelan struggled from to maintain possession. Lekic barely had any touches, and Benny Feilhaber at times looked lethargic and disinterested. With the lack of quality in the midfield, the Revolution were not able to get out wide to generate any attack from the flanks, and failed to register a single shot on goal in the first half.

The 2nd half saw a New England formation change to a 3-5-2 which immediately put the Revolution on the front foot. Barnes came in for Franco Coria, Boggs came on for Nyassi, and Chris Tierney moved in to the left midfield. With a two goal lead the Union were more than content to sit in their own end of the field to weather the attack.

However, the Revs would be again be on the back foot as the Union began to press. Benny Feilhaber, already on a yellow card, recklessly challenged Carlos Ruiz and was promptly issued a second yellow. The Revs had to finish the game a man down.

Despite having some more of the possession in the second half, the Revs could not sustain any meaningful attack with just 10 men. Philadelphia did well to shut down the middle of the field and limit New England’s opportunities. And to add insult to injury, Philadelphia defender and Dorchester native Sheanon Williams beat Matt Reis on the far post in the final minute to make the game 0-3.

It is safe to say at this stage that the Revolution are in dire straits. Coach Nicol wants new faces, but it may be too far gone at this point. The whole organization seems to be failing at some level. The front office has alienated their supporters groups. The Player Development staff can’t attract or sign players. The Team can’t execute the basics and the Coaches can’t seem to fix it. If this keeps up, New England is destined to finish dead last in the league.

Coach Nicol said after the game “I think the first half is about worse as I’ve been here. It was like watching a bunch of schoolboys.” Well, the schoolboys may find themselves failing or even expelled, but sooner or later the responsibility has to fall to the teachers.

Scoring Summary:
PHI – Carlos Ruiz (Keon Daniel, Justin Mapp) 12
PHI – Carlos Valdes (Sebastien Le Toux, Kyle Nakazawa) 24
PHI – Sheanon Williams (Danny Mwanga) 93+

New England Revolution: Matt Reis ©, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria (Darius Barnes 46), A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs, 46), Pat Phelan, Kenny Mansally (Zack Schilawski 79), Stephen McCarthy, Benny Feilhaber, Rajko Lekic

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Otto Loewy, Alan Koger, Ryan Guy

STATS*: Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 0; Saves: 4; Corner Kicks: 6; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 10

Philadelphia Union: Faryd Mondragon ©, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Danny Mwanga 63), Brian Carroll, Kyle Nakazawa, Keon Daniel (Stefani Miglioranzi, 79), Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Michael Farfan, 73)

Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Roger Torres

STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 0; Corner Kicks: 5 ; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 8

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 49
NE – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 66
NE – Benny Feilhaber (second caution/ejection) 66
PHI – Keon Daniel (caution) 71

Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Hector Vergara, Eric Boria
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger
Weather: Clear, 85 degrees
Attendance: 13,414

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Domi released from contract

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution announced today via press release that left back Didier Domi has been released from his contract with Major League Soccer.

The 33 year old French International was signed by the Revolution on January 11, 2011, but only appeared in nine games, with eight starts, for New England.

No reason for his release was provided.

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