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TMR Lunch Break Podcast – Episode 5

Posted on 15 August 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Hank and Steve are joined by legendary performer and long time Revs fan Matty Jollie to discuss what’s going on with The New England Revolution.

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Revolution Friday Update: 8/13/2010

Posted on 13 August 2010 by sstoehrst

This week’s hot news item is the first visit to Foxboro from Steve Ralston after he took over the assistant coaching job in Houston. An “MLS Original,” Ralston wore the captain’s armband for two years in New England and owns an array of MLS and team records. He will be honored in a pre-kickoff ceremony on Saturday night.

During the Revolution’s historic run of success in the last decade, including eight straight MLS Cup playoff appearances, four MLS Cup Finals, a SuperLiga title and a US Open Cup title, Steve was an essential cog in a talented New England midfield. His almost telepathic understanding with Shalrie Joseph and Taylor Twellman created scores of great memories for the fans in the Fort, and despite the fact that he’s now coaching with the enemy he will always be a loved and respected member of the Revolution family.

New England reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract of Senegalese midfielder Joseph Niouky on Wednesday. They didn’t cite any specific reasoning behind the deal, but did stress that this move was not made with the intention of opening up a roster spot for player acquisition.

This is a puzzling move at best. It can be lauded in a simple sense, as Niouky was rarely more than a waste of space on the pitch despite starting eleven of the Revs’ first twelve matches this season. His composure was horrible, calling his passes “erratic” could have been complimentary and he accumulated cards and suspensions with reckless abandon. When examined from the pure standpoint of what he brings to the table, cutting Niouky is a move that should have been made months ago.

That said, cutting him after the guaranteed contract deadline and apparently deciding not to utilize the roster spot opened by his departure is baffling. By week three everyone and their mother already knew signing him was a disaster; would it not have been a much better idea to cut him loose before July 1st and avoid having to buy him out? Furthermore, the Revolution have failed to name a full eighteen-man squad for numerous matches this campaign, so removing a body from the roster without some form of replacement seems like an unnecessary gamble.

The injury report released today indicates that Marko Perovic will be fit to start against Houston, which is phenomenal news. Revolution fans should be very interested to see how he interacts with new signing Ilija Stolica in his first MLS start; developing some chemistry between the pair could prove crucial to New England’s hopes of a playoff push.

Kevin Alston may also be available, though he suffered a setback on Thursday that must have Nicol worried. Jason Griffiths should also be available for the first time in a month after suffering a hamstring strain back on July 10th. Despite participating in drills and full-speed training again, Zak Boggs still isn’t allowed to head the ball and won’t be featuring on Saturday as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Kheli Dube, Nico Colaluca, and Edgaras Jankauskas will not be available.

Kick-off for the Revolution versus the Houston Dynamo is scheduled for 8 PM at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

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Revs Terminate Niouky’s Contract

Posted on 11 August 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have terminated the contract of midfielder Joseph Niouky.

After an eight year career in his native country of Senegal, the 24-year-old Niouky was signed to the Revolution on February 22, making him the 6th African player signed to the Revs in the last 4 years.  Current Revolution players Mansally and Nyassi, both from The Gambia, were signed to the club in 2007, followed by Zimabwean forward Dube in 2008, and Ghanaian defender Osei in 2009.  Cameroonian forward Stephane Assengue also signed in 2009, but was released by the club.

In his initial press announcement, head coach Steve Nicol described Niouky as a box-to-box midfielder, who “likes to keep the ball and pass the ball.”   However, Niouky’s real talent seemed to be accumulating suspensions.  Niouky was the team leader in fouls committed and cautions received (5 yellow, 1 red), and served two suspensions (May 5th vs FC Dallas, and July 31 vs Philadelphia).

Originally touted as a replacement for the departing Jeff Larentowicz,  Nicol gave Niouky every opportunity to prove himself, handing the midfielder 11 starts.  However, Niouky’s lack of control and poor decision making became more and more apparent as the season progressed.  His place on the team seemed to be in question when the Revolution signed third round draft pick Jason Griffiths.  In all,  Niouky made a total of 17 appearances for the Revolution, 13 league games, and the first four of the Revs’ SuperLiga matches.

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Revolution Face Midfield Challenge

Posted on 27 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

On Monday, The New England Revolution announced that Shalrie Joseph has taken an indefinite leave of absence to take care of personal matters.    Speculation as to whether or not the leave had something to do with the team or Joseph’s ongoing injury were quelled later in the day by both Mike Burns, Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel, and Ron Waxman, Joseph’s agent, as reported by Frank Dell’Appa of the Boston Globe.

The purpose of the leave is unknown, and it is best not to speculate on any reason for it.  Rather the focus should be on what is known, and what is known is that the Revolution will be without Shalrie Joseph for the forseeable future, and that is not good news for the Revolution.

The question as to when Shalrie will be available is now moot.  The more pertinent question is who will be able to fill his role on the team.  Last Saturday the center of the Revolution midfield looked virtually vacant as the midfielder duo of Pat Phelan and Joseph Niouky took the field for the fourth time this season.  Both of Colorado’s goals came from long range blasts from the midfield where Shalrie normally dominates the run of play.  If Phelan and Niouky are not up to the task, who is?

The Revolution do have options, but they are limited.   The best option now would perhaps to modify the line up to play with one holding midfielder in front of center-backs Darrius Barnes and Cory Gibbs.  Emmanuel Osei has shown he has the ability to hold the ball and distribute it well, and may be best suited for a defensive midifelder replacement, if he is healthy, in a diamond formation with Perovic up top and Tierney and Nyassi on the flanks.

Another option would be to revert to a 3-5-2 formation, with Alston and Sinovic as the holding midfielders in front of Gibbs, Barnes/Osei, and Tierney.  The three attacking midfielders from left to right would be Mansally/Smith, Perovic, and Nyassi.  Alston has the speed to get into the attack and recover, where Seth Sinovic has shown that he is very compsed on the ball and can navigate through the opposition as well as deliver quality service.

As stated the options are limited, but it is clear that the status quo is not getting it done.  And with no salary relief available to buy a new player, Steve Nicol has to work with what he has.  He may not like it, but he doesn’t have much choice.

To paraphrase a certain ex Boston basketball coach…Steve Ralston isn’t going to come through that door.

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