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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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Revs stymied in San Jose

Posted on 19 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution suffered their second defeat of the season Saturday night as they lost to the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at Buck Shaw Stadium.

The Revolution, who so expertly picked apart the defense of Toronto FC the week before, could not find enough width on the narrow San Jose pitch to repeat their previous performance.   San Jose on the other hand, who had shown some defensive lapses early in the season, played a very well organized game and was able to control large portions of the match.

Check the photo gallery from our San Jose photographer!

New acquisition Marko Perovic got the start for the Revolution after joining the team the previous week.  Perovic was put into an attacking midfielder position, lining up just behind rookie forward Zack Schilawski who got the start over 3rd year veteran Kheli Dube.

Noticeably absent from the Revs’ line-up was team captain Shalrie Joseph, who remained on the east coast to treat his re-aggravated hip flexor.  In his place, Pat Phelan, who started the first two games of the season with Joseph absent, partnered in the midfield with Joseph Niouky.  Chris Tierney made his fourth start for the team along with Sainey Nyassi, playing left and right wing respectively.

On the back line, the only change to the line up was Darrius Barnes, who got his first start of the season in place of Emmanuel Osei, who suffered a foot injury prior to the game.  Barnes partnered with Cory Gibbs, who wore the captain’s armband for the third time this season.  Kevin Allston and Seth Sinovic also got their fourth consecutive starts.

The Revolution defense, backed by keeper Preston Burpo, did well to stave off the San Jose attack in the opening minutes.  Burpo was twice called into action to deny midfielders Andre Luiz Moreira and Chris Wondolowski.  But, without Shalrie Joseph, the Revolution midfield struggled to connect with the forwards throughout the game.  Perovic did well to win the ball in the midfield several times but could not link up with his striking partner or the wings to create any real chances.  His best chance came in the 19th minute when he sent a blast across the face of the San Jose goal but just missed the far post.

The Revs, who have been a second half team for the firs three games of the season, again looked to be of better form after the break.  Perovic, who appears to have assumed the responsibility of taking the free kicks, nearly connected Darrius Barnes on a set piece, but the ball was cleared off the line.

San Jose then finally broke through with Ryan Johnson connecting with Wondolowski to slip Johnson’s cross past the Revs goalkeeper.  San Jose looked likely to score again with Johnson jostling with Barnes for the ball inside the box, but was denied by Barnes in the end.  However, The Revs would eventually concede to the strong play of San Jose thanks to the presence of rookie defender Ike Opara, who burned Barnes on a corner kick from Bobby Convey, and headed the ball home.

Steve Nicol tried to engineer an attack in the 68th minute by subbing off Sainey Nyassi, who had been struggling on the right wing, in favor of forward Kheli Dube, who is the only person on the Revoultion roster to have scored against San Jose in recent history.  In the 80th, Nicol pulled off defender Seth Sinovic in favor of forward/midfielder Zak boggs.  Sinovic, who had been one of the better players for the Revolution on the evening, had played every minute of every game for Nicol this season up til this point, and had shown his ability to get into the attack of the game, partnering well with Chris Tierney on the left hand side.

Finally, Nicol subbed off Schilawski in favor of Kenny Mansally, who had scored twice in his last appearance for the Revs coming off the bench late in the game vs DC United.  Mansally and Boggs almost combined to score in the final minutes but veteran San Jose keeper Joe Cannon was up to the task.

The Revs are now 0 for 2 in their west coast road trips this season, but look to capitalize on a three game home stand, starting this coming Saturday when the Colorado Rapids come to town.  The Revs then face FC Dallas on Saturday May 1st and Chivas USA the following Wednesday, May 5th.

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Revs stomp TFC, 4-1 in home opener

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Liam O'Connell

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – The New England Revolution secured their second consecutive victory of the 2010 season, beating Toronto FC 4-1 in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. The emphatic win was led by rookie forward Zack Schilawski who registered a hat trick in his home debut in only an 11-minute span. He is only the third rookie in MLS history to score three goals in one match in his first season.

The game didn’t start the way the home side intended, with Toronto applying pressure, and eventually breaking through in the 28th minute thanks to Dwayne De Rosario. The Revolution cleared the ball out of their box toward Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, who sent a cross back into the box where De Rosario came in and headed it home.

By now, people should stop questioning the team selection process of Head Coach Steve Nicol (who let us not forget earned his 100th career MLS victory tonight). If Schilawski’s performance wasn’t reason enough, take a look at the play of Seth Sinovic.

Despite only being a rookie, the Revolution’s left back was dealing with the threat of one of MLS’s most experienced and skilled midfielders, Dwayne De Rosario. Almost every time DeRo made a push down that side of the field, Sinovic contained him one-on-one or forced him off the ball. It even led to Preki switching him over to the other side of the field in the second half when things turned the Revs’ way.

Toronto’s goal without a doubt sparked the Revs and made them realize it was time to wake up. Towards the end of the first half Dube had a deflected ball fall to him in the box, which he volleyed, but could only hit the outside of the side netting with. Then, moments before the end of the half, there was a clear call for a handball on the top of Toronto’s box, but the linesman ruled Schilawski offside.

In the second half, New England immediately came out with even more energy and forward push.

In the 47th minute, the Revolution scored the tying goal, through rookie forward Zack Schilawski. Nyassi received the ball wide, and worked a quick one touch give-and-go with Dube. Nyassi raced onto the quick return ball, and had the time and space to whip a ball in across the box. Schilawski drifted in from the far post to tap home his first MLS goal.

Shalrie Joseph told reporters after the game, “It was huge that we got [the goal] so early [in the second half]. They didn’t really want to play and we knew that they scored early and if we were also going to give up an early strike, we were going to keep working at it and it shows what this team is capable of.” That momentum he spoke of was without a doubt built upon.

Only four minutes after scoring his first goal, Schilawski stole the ball from Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, and ran in on goal, coolly slotting the ball near post past the sprawling TFC goalkeeper Frei.

Schilawski obviously impressed his coach. “The second goal is just a great goal” said Nicol, as he addressed the media. “He’s through on the goalie. He’s cool, he’s calm. He rolls it in the side netting. It’s just a fantastic finish and well-taken – all the good things that he has.”

The Revolution continued to increase the pressure applied to the Toronto defense, and the majority of the play was happening in the visiting team’s offensive half. Dube had multiple chances, many worked by the captain Shalrie Joseph. Even Sinovic was getting in on the action, getting a shot off from outside the box.

Then, in the 58th minute, Joseph threaded a perfectly weighted ball from the midfield to Dube who was making a run down towards the right side of the field. Dube one timed the ball across the goalmouth, to Schilawski who easily finished and completed his hat trick.

Wing play was clearly something emphasized by the Revolution in this match. Head Coach Steve Nicol told the press after the game, “I think getting the ball wide was always going to be huge for us.”

In the first half, the majority of the positive offensive push by the Revolution came from the left side, where Sinovic, Tierney, and Schilawski connected well down the field. However, it seemed that in the second half there was more of an emphasis on working down the right flank, as two of Schilawski’s goals were created by wing play on that side by Dube and Nyassi.

In the second half, Toronto rarely troubled the Revs defense, let alone goalkeeper Preston Burpo. They were forced to take long range shots from far outside the box, all of which were easily handled by Burpo.

In the 64th minute, as hard as it may be to believe, Schilawski could have – and arguably should have – made it four goals on the night. Joseph, the Revolution captain, again provided a great ball to the forward who was running in on goal, but unfortunately tripped over the ball just as he should have looked to get the shot off.

In the 66th minute, the Revolution put the game beyond all doubt. Niouky sent a ball through the defense towards a Nyassi run. It looked as if it should have been easily dealt with by the Toronto defender, but he tried a soft backpass towards the Toronto goalie, unaware of the oncoming Nyassi. The Revolution winger ran right through and finished the ball past Stefan Frei who could do nothing to stop it.

After the fourth goal, the Revs made all three of their substitutions, bringing in Marko Perovic, Khano Smith, and Pat Phelan for Kheli Dube, Chris Tierney, and Shalrie Joseph respectively.

Marko Perovic’s talent and skill was immediately on display, as he received the ball in the 71st minute and with his first touch went at and beat the defender, creating space for himself and releasing Khano towards goal.

Even with all the substitutes made, the Revolution continued to dominate play and controlled the majority of the possession. The Revs created a few more chances, and the few efforts Toronto continued to have were relatively tame ones on Burpo’s goal.

The Revolution’s next game is this coming Saturday, April 17th where they will be visiting the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet

Scoring Summary:
TFC – Dwayne De Rosario (Nick Garcia) 28
NE – Zack Schilawski (Sainey Nyassi, Kheli Dube) 47
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 51
NE – Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube, Shalrie Joseph) 58
NE – Sainey Nyassi (unassisted) 66

New England Revolution: Preston Burpo (GK), Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, Chris Tierney (Khano Smith 71), Seth Sinovic, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph © (Pat Phelan 75), Kevin Alston, Joseph, Niouky, Kheli Dube (Marko Perovic 70), Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth (GK), Kenny Mansally, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs

STATS: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 9; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 5; Offside: 6; Fouls Committed: 15

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei (GK), Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Raivis Hscanovics (Chad Barrett 58), Dan Gragan, Joseph Nane, Dwayne De Rosario ©, Amadou Sanyang (Julian de Guzman 60), Martin Saric, O’Brian White (Fuad Ibrahim 75), Nick LaBrocca

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway (GK), Gabe Gala, Ty Harden, Sam Cronin

STATS: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 2; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 15

Misconduct Summary:
TFC – Raivis Hscanovics (caution) 11
TFC – Julian de Guzman (caution) 85

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Eric Proctor
Weather: Clear, 55 degrees
Attendance: 12,798

Special thanks to Jeff Lemieux and RevolutionSoccer.net for providing quotes and statistics for the game.

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