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Seba set for big chance in the Premier League, training with Bolton

Posted on 18 January 2012 by Breton Bonnette

It looks like Sebastien Le Toux may be on his way to join young New York defender Tim Ream and current American international Stuart Holden in a Bolton uniform. Ives Galarcep dropped the news an hour or so ago that the Frenchman may be on his way to Bolton, a team desperately in need of injections to both sides of the pitch and Le Toux certainly could help Owen Coyle’s squad.

In his two years, Le Toux has cemented his status as franchise favorite and legend racking up 25 goals and 20 assists in just two seasons. His work ethic and hustle is borderline irreplaceable. The positive?  Considering Le Toux was, for all intents and purposes, an expansion draft steal – from a business standpoint, this could make a lot of sense depending on how much the Wanderers are offering.

Seba left for England yesterday evening and joined in Bolton’s training today. Though his loss would be a signifcant blow to the Union, could a Mwanga and Josue Martinez tandem up front work out? Will Le Toux make the most out of a chance in the EPL? What would the right sum be for Le Toux’s departure?

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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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Weekly update: April 30, 2011

Posted on 30 April 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The Revolution have announced a partnership with Taylor Twellman and the Revolution Academy, offering summer programs led by the Revs’ all time leading goal scorer.

University of Mobile head coach and Sudbury native Peter Fuller has joined the Revolution coaching staff as the full time reserve team coach.

Revolution goalkeeper Tim Murray and striker Ilija Stolica have been loaned to USL PRO league club FC New York, based in Queens, New York.  Both players will be available for FC New York’s home opener this weekend.


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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 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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Revs Bolster The Attack

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Hank Alexandre

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Revs announced the signing of Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian forward/midfielder Roberto “Betu” Linck today.

Stolica awaits issue of his US P-1 Visa and will occupy an international roster spot. Betu is a permanent US Resident and needs only his international Transfer Certificate. The pair are expected to join the squad after the road trip to Philadelphia this weekend.

“Our goal during this transfer window has been to bring in attacking players,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “With Ilija, we’re getting a proven, veteran player who we’re expecting to come in and make contributions right away. Roberto is a younger player who we’re optimistic can help us during the second half of the season, as well.”

Stolica, 31, is a journeyman who comes to the Revolution from Montenegro’s FC Budocnost where he has played since January of this season. He played the 2005-2008 seasons in Belgium at Sint Truidense and R.A.E.C. Mons, before playing the second half of the 2008-09 season at OFI Crete of Greece.

The former Serbian Under-21 and Olympic team member began his career with Serbia’s FK Zemun, starting with the club’s youth teams in 1985 and debuting with the first team in 1995. After three seasons, he transferred to Spain’s EU Lleida for one season. Stolica returned to Serbia in 1999 to play two seasons at FK Partizan, before making a return engagement at FK Zemun through January 2003. He also played for two seasons each at FK Metalurg Donetsk (Ukraine) and OFK Beograd (Serbia) before his move to Belgium.

Linck, 21, joins the Revolution from Romania’s CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea, where he spent the 2010 season. Betu has also turned out for the Chicago Storm of the U.S. (Indoor) Xtreme Soccer League.

Linck played collegiate soccer at Irvine Valley College in California. Before moving to the States in 2002 he was a member of Gremio’s youth program.

The Revolution (4-9-2, 14 pts.) returns to MLS regular-season action on Saturday, July 31, when the team travels to face the expansion Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in Chester, PA. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m., with Comcast SportsNet New England televising the game, and 98.5 The Sports Hub carrying the game on the radio.

Jersey Number: No. 22
Pronunciation: ro-BER-to BET-too LINK
Position: Forward/Midfielder
D.O.B.: July 31, 1988 (Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 163 lbs.
Hometown: Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil
Nationality: Brazil
Roster Status: Senior Roster (U.S. Permanent Resident)
College: Irvine Valley College (Calif.)
Last Club: CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea (ROU)
Youth Club: Inter FC
Acquired: Signed by the Revolution on July 30, 2010

Jersey Number: No. 9
Pronunciation: EEL-ee-uh STOLL-ic-ka
Position: Forward
D.O.B.: July 7, 1979 (Belgrade, Serbia)
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185 lbs.
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality: Serbia
Roster Status: International
Last Club: FC Budocnost (MNE)
Acquired: Signed by the Revolution as an International on July 30, 2010

NB: All information provided by official Revolution press release.

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Revs Waive Videira; Sign Of Things to Come?

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have parted ways with seldom used midfielder Michael Videira.

(Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Videira, 24, has not seen any playing time this season, may best be remembered for his efforts during SuperLiga of 2009, where he was sent off with a straight red card while jumping for a 50/50 ball.

Videira, who was drafted by New England in the 2008 SuperDraft, opted to try his luck in Scotland, and had signed with Hamilton Academical of the Scottish Premier League.  However, injuries riddled his first year with the Scottish side, and in December of 2008, he was released by the team, and was signed by the Revs.

The Revolution’s roster is loaded with left sided midfielders (Perovic, Tierney, Mansally, Smith), but with injuries to right sided midfielders Zak Boggs and Nico Colaluca, the team has a lack of depth on the right side.  Videira, who struggled with injuries most of this season, but has been available to the team over the last few games, could have provided Steve Nicol with an option on the right.

However, the writing was on the wall for Videira when he was one of only two available field players available to the team during the Revs’ SuperLiga match last Tuesday, and was not used.

The move by the team leaves the Revolution with two open roster spots, and with a little more than two weeks left in the transfer window, the Revs will be looking to add a couple of players for the home stretch.

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Steve Ralston returns to the Revs

Posted on 08 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Former Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston will be rejoining the team he left just a few months ago, according to Boston Herald reporter Kyle McCarthy.

As the Revolution retained the rights to the midfielder, having tried to sign him to an extension last season, the move seemed inevitable when Ralston announced over the weekend that he was leaving his position as Player/Coach at AC St. Louis to return to MLS.

AC St. Louis is a club in turmoil at this stage.  Largely backed by foreign investors hard hit by the economic crisis in Europe, the ACSTL organization has been forced to take large steps to remain in operation.  The first step was the termination of the WPS side St Louis Athletica, in just its second year of operation.   Ralston’s resignation from the club, was the second, and there will likely be more according to recent reports.

New England’s midifeld has struggled to find its form this season.  With Shalrie Joseph missing most of the season due to injury and leave of absence, and other players not available either due to suspension or injury, Steve Nicol has been forced to play different players in various formations.   Ralston has been a fan favorite in New England, and the team is hopeful that he will bring the leadership and the creativity he was well known for back onto the pitch.

The move also brings the Revolution roster into focus.  The Revolution currently have an open roster spot left vacant by Mauricio Castro, who was released from the team last month.  However, the Revolution also have trialist/SuperDraft pick Jason Griffiths with the team, and may be forced to let him go.  Ralston’s return also gives Nicol and VP of Player Perssonel Mike Burns the opportunity to waive some players who are not performing to the team’s expectations.

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The Corner Stoehr: A Rookie Retrospective (of sorts)

Posted on 14 April 2010 by sstoehrst

Steve Nicol and Mike Burns are the best pair of college scouts in the history of sports and mankind.

We’re three matches into the MLS season and already two Revolution draftees, Zack Schilawski and Seth Sinovic, have vindicated the faith placed in them by the New England organization with style and aplomb. Sinovic has turned in three above-average performances at left back while Zack Schilawski became only the third rookie in MLS history to notch a hat-trick in his first season on Saturday against Toronto.

To be fair, placing too much emphasis on just the Super Draft products would be tremendously short-sighted. To that end, let’s take a look back over the last three weeks and grade the play of all of the Revs’ new arrivals. (This will be longer than usual – makes up for the lack of an article in the last two weeks. Marks are your standard A-F, based on performance and are totally arbitrary and subjective.)

Zack Schilawski – The former Wake Forest standout (we seem to do well with those) was on a collision course with a distinctly average C in my book before Saturday’s fireworks display. Schilawski spent the first two matches starved for service and seeming to lack the wherewithal to make the enticing run or the telling final move that could generate scoring chances.  It would seem, however, that he’s found his mojo. While his first and third goals were gifts from Nyassi and Dube, he displayed wonderful composure and awareness to put himself in position to tap both balls home. The second goal was all his, however, and he showed a maturity and work rate far beyond his years to pressure Nick Garcia into the giveaway, and then kept ice-water in his veins to roll the ball past Frei. Hopefully there’s more to come.
Grade: A-

Seth Sinovic – Injuries forced Seth into the starting lineup in week one against LA, and despite a shaky start he displayed encouraging tenacity and skill with a bit of ability going forward. Over the next two matches he formed a seemingly telepathic understanding with Chris Tierney and against Toronto he completely neutralized one of MLS’s most dangerous players, Dwayne DeRosario. His crossing could still use some work but it seems as though he’s already got the complete game necessary to excel at this level and has in my eyes been the best Revolution performer so far this season. Schilawski will likely grab the headlines among the rookies, but look for Sinovic to be this season’s Darrius Barnes.
Grade: A

Joseph Niouky – Niouky’s signing was always destined to be one of the most heavily scrutinized as he was essentially brought in to fill the void left by Jeff Larentowicz’s departure (not Revolution Resident Ginger, Pat Phelan already has that covered). To that end, his performances thus far have been…average, at best. Niouky was hailed as a possession-oriented midfielder, but lately all he’s shown is great stamina and a willingness to win the ball back. These are very admirable qualities in a defensive midfielder, but his distribution and technique has been abysmal. When Pat Phelan is the major influence in midfield, you know the other guy is doing something wrong. A healthy Shalrie Joseph should help take some pressure off of Niouky and let him get his game going in the coming weeks, but so far he looks to be depressingly ordinary.
Grade: C+

Cory Gibbs – Gibbs has entered a squad with many wounded leaders and filled the role to perfection. Still athletically gifted and a good reader of the game, Gibbs has had three straight solid matches and provides a good foil to the adventurous and at times lackadaisical Emmanuel Osei. There isn’t much else to say – he was an admirable captain without being spectacular in rounds one and two and will likely continue to anchor the backline for the rest of the season. Overall a quality acquisition.
Grade: A-

Preston Burpo – More of a depth signing than anything, Matt Reis’ offseason surgeries have meant that Burpo will be appearing between the sticks for a number of matches this year. A career journeyman backup, Burpo has not disappointed in the early going this season. He was at no fault for Edson Buddle’s goal against LA and made an incredible reflex leg-save to deny DC United what was likely a deserved goal in round two. Upon examining replays, I feel he was somewhat culpable for DeRo’s goal last weekend after taking a poor initial angle but he has looked the part of a seasoned veteran so far and all signs point to continued success.
Grade: B+

Zak Boggs – I noted in my appearance on the Midnight Ride podcast just after the Super Draft that some of the material floating around the internet on Zak Boggs pointed to technically gifted and promising player. To that end there isn’t much to report; Boggs has made two substitute appearances so far and hasn’t clocked a lot of minutes. It would appear that Nicol and company see Boggs as a more long-term prospect than Schilawski, but if Twellman and Jankauskas continue to have injury problems don’t expect the former Bradenton kid to spend his whole season riding pine. As it stands, his grade is more indicative of his lack of play thus far.
Grade: C-

Marko Perovic – Perovic’s signing wasn’t finalized until last week and he made just a cameo appearance off the bench on Saturday. His first touch looked good but in all honesty there’s nothing you can really say about him after just a few minutes. His grade is based on his potential and the spirit of the signing; a European with some pedigree and a guy who’s going to think about creating chances and scoring goals 24/7, but is still low simply because he hasn’t had a shot at showing anything yet.
Grade: B-

Khano Smith – Khano isn’t new, and his signing is inexplicable. I’m not sure I want to sit in the Fort at any matches this season for fear of having my nose broken by one of his errant crosses. Capable of the masterful but more often a producer of the woeful, I really feel that this roster spot could have been better used on someone else and I really hope Steve Nicol doesn’t show the favoritism toward Khano that was in evidence during his previous tenure as a Rev. Like Perovic, Khano hasn’t had much chance to display his talent, but we’re all very aware of it anyhow. Still, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and won’t grade this signing an F.
Grade: D

In conclusion, the Revs’ offseason acquisition GPA is 2.33, or a C+. At first this doesn’t look so good, but if you remove the players that haven’t seen any significant pitch time (Boggs, Perovic, Smith), you end up with a 3.4, which is a smidge higher than a B+.

It’s only been three matches and all of these rookies and new faces will have plenty of chances this season to raise (or lower) these grades, but right now it looks as though the Revolution are right where they need to be in terms of developing and integrating their new players. A few weeks ago I complained that the Revolution seem to be trying to ride a lucky streak of unheralded rookies and workmanlike, diamond-in-the-rough signings back to the MLS Cup, and lamented that they don’t go out and make a splash with an attractive South American or European player. If these first three matches are any indication, we’re going to be in the mix yet again this season and I’ll have egg on my face come Fall.

Agree with the grades or have opinions of your own? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Sigi Signals Transfer Move

Posted on 13 April 2008 by Jim Baird

In the post-game press conference last night coach Sigi Schmid hinted the Crew will make a move before the close of the transfer period:“I think we’ve got something that’s probably 98.9% done and I’m very happy about it, it’s a player we’ve been after- and I think he’s going to help us in terms of what he brings to us,” Schmidt said.The transfer window closes in two days on April 15th.

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