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New England defeats Listless Galaxy

Posted on 01 April 2012 by iyeo

Two weeks was suppose to be enough time for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

A two-week break in MLS action was suppose to allow the Galaxy valuable time to rest some weary legs while at the same time, establish chemistry for the recently-assembled squad and correct some mistakes that had plagued LA in its first four games.

However, after a rainy Saturday night tilt against the New England Revolution, the same mistakes, namely poor marking on defense among other issues, were still evident. Two early goals in the first half, both assisted by midfielder and captain Shalrie Joseph, set the tone for the Revolution’s dominant night at the Home Depot Center. The Revs outplayed the Galaxy for most of the night, and the end result was a 3-1 win over LA.

“We were certainly beat tonight from the opening kickoff,” Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said.

New Enlgand got on the board 10 minutes into the match. Following a quick throw-in, Joseph crossed a ball into the penalty box toKelyn Rowe, who had his initial volley denied by Saunders, but the ball ended up back at his feet and Rowe made the most of the second chance, burying the rebound attempt past Saunders upper net for the first goal of the game. New England wasn’t done yet though. Three minutes after Rowe’s goal, Joseph sprung right back Kevin Alston with a through ball into the 18. Alston’s short cross found the foot of left back Chris Tierney, whose volley beat Saunders near post for a two-goal lead.

“Kelyn Rowe is 5-foot-7, and he’s getting behind our backline on a cross, and the second one, their left back is scoring a goal inside out box. That’s unacceptable,” Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza said.

Things apparently were bad enough in the first half that Arena decided that midfielders David Beckham and Marcelo Sarvas would be his first two substitutions during the halftime break.

“If I had 11 substitutions, I would’ve considered that,” Arena said.

The substitutions apparently didn’t have much effect, as New England got its third goal inthe 65th minute when Ryan Guy crossed a ball into the 18 and Saer Sene headed the ball past Saunders near post to pretty much end matters on the night as far as the Revolution was concerned. The Galaxy did pull one back, as Robbie Keane finished a point-blank attempt in the 78th minute, but it turned out to be mere window dressing on a pretty dreary night for LA.

“The issue in the game was that 11 players from New England soundly outplayed 11 players from the Galaxy,” Arena said.

Things won’t get any easier for Los Angeles, as their next game will be against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park next Saturday afternoon.

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Galaxy down Rapids, Clinch Playoff Spot

Posted on 10 September 2011 by iyeo

Over the years, the Colorado Rapids had enjoyed success against the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center.

The Rapids had beaten the Galaxy in its last three visits to the stadium, with one of them being a US Open Cup match, which Colorado won in a penalty shootout. This time however, LA made sure the result was to their liking. One strike in the first half off the foot of Landon Donovan was all the Galaxy needed to break the Rapids’ hex at the HDC and more importantly, re-assert themselves in the Supporters Shield race, as Los Angeles became the first MLS team to clinch a playoff spot with a 1-0 win over the Rapids.

“It was a big game for us tonight,” Galaxy midfielder David Beckham said. “Colorado always comes in here and gives us a hard time, so I think it was important we were on top of our game.”

The win gives Los Angeles 55 points, seven ahead of the second-place Seattle Sounders pending the outcome of its important matchup with Real Salt Lake tonight at Qwest Field. Just as important for the Galaxy, they are the first team to clinch a playoff spot.

“I think we clinched one a while ago,” joked Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena.

After countless opportunities for Los Angeles went begging, the Galaxy finally delivered in the 36th minute. It started when Chad Barrett played a ball forward from the right to a sprinting Sean Franklin. The midfielder, who had a brace on Labor Day against Sporting Kansas City, saw Landon Donovan unmarked at his left and quickly played a ball to him and Donovan’s one-timer beat Matt Pickens to the back post to put LA ahead.

“Between Paolo (Cardozo), David, Chad (Barrett) and Sean, they did a great job of combining and Sean did a great job to find me,” Donovan said of the goal.

The Galaxy, bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts between the pipes, held Colorado to only two shots, one on goal, in the first half. The Rapids didn’t improve that number by much, but the chances it had were very dangerous. Colorado’s first real chance at an equalizer actually went in when Wells Thompson buried a rebound shot far post after Ricketts had denied Sanna Nyassi inside the penalty area, but Thompson was ruled offside thus negating the goal. Ricketts came up huge again in the 71st minute when he denied fellow Jamaican countryman Omar Cummings point-blank inside the 18, though Ricketts was again aided by the linesman.

“The second half was much better for us,” Rapids head coach Gary Smith said. “Possession was much better and we were able to disrupt the possession that the Galaxy had had in the first half (and) we had better territorial advantage in the second half.”

Midfielder Paolo Cardozo got the start for Los Angeles as part of Bruce Arena’s plan to conserve bodies ahead of the Galaxy’s huge CONCACAF Champions League matchup at Monarcas Morelia on Tuesday. Cardozo rewarded Arena with a solid performance, controlling possession and igniting several chances for LA. Cardozo himself had as many as four chances to put one in the back net, but was undone either by bad luck or the efforts of Rapids keeper Matt Pickens.

“He’s responding well,” Arena said of Cardozo. “He’s had such a great attitude over the last couple of months to get better and listen to some of the things we’ve talked to him about. Tonight, his performance was real good.”

While Cardozo and Ricketts were in the starting 11, forward Robbie Keane began the match on the bench as Arena preferred to play it safe just days after Keane had returned from Europe following international duty with the Ireland national team. Keane eventually entered the match in the 60th minute for Chad Barrett.

“If Robbie had his way, he’d probably play 90 minutes.” Arena said. “We’ve got to think about the player as well as the team and we didn’t want to put him in a position where he could get hurt.”

The Galaxy now turn its attention to its scintillating CONCACAF Champions League matchup with Mexican Club Monarcas Morelia at Estadios Morelo on Tuesday. The Rapids will also be busy in CCL play with a Mexican squad on Tuesday night, though they will have the fortune of having it in the friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, as they host Santos Laguna.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Colorado Rapids 0
September 9, 2011; Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary
LA – Landon Donovan (Sean Franklin, Chad Barrett) 36

Discipline Summary
Col – Brian Mullan (Reckless challenge) 66

Colorado Rapids – Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura (Omar Cummings 69), Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Danny Evans, Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Wells Thompson, Caleb Folan, Macoumba Kandji (Sanna Nyassi 39).

Substitutes not used: Steward Ceus, Mike Holody, Scott Palguta, Joseph Nane, Ross LaBauex.

Los Angeles Galaxy – Donovan Ricketts, Bryan Jordan, AJ DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, David Beckham, Juninho (Michael Stephens 73), Landon Donovan, Chad Barrett (Robbie Keane 60), Paolo Cardozo (Mike Magee 67).

Substitutes not used: Josh Saunders, Frankie Hejduk, Jovan Kirovski, Miguel Lopez.

Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistants: Mike Rottersman, Anthony Vasoli.
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 69 degrees
Attendance: 20, 068
Time of match: 1:50

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Photo Gallery: RSL v Philadelphia Union

Posted on 05 September 2011 by juliana64

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MLS Garners TV Deal with NBC

Posted on 10 August 2011 by Britt Ruby

NBC LogoThe big news in the MLS today is this morning’s announcement that they have struck a new 3-year TV deal with NBC. The deal is worth a reported $10M per year and will put at least 45 games per year onto a combination of NBC and NBC Sports (currently known as Versus but being re-branded in January 2012). The deal essentially replaces the one MLS has had with Fox Soccer Channel.

The deal appears to be a boon for MLS on multiple levels.

The most obvious improvement for MLS is financial. NBC is set to pay somewhere between $2M and $4M more per year more than FSC did.  Additionally, this 3-year agreement replaces a 1-year deal.

Maybe more importantly, NBC is going to bring its quality of production and promotion to the MLS. Let’s be honest, $10M per year isn’t going to suddenly make MLS profitable. But getting MLS into twice as many homes (Versus currently reaches 70M to FSC’s 40M) with high-quality production will give the MLS a great deal of growth potential.

Versus, under the control of NBC Sports, has developed a reputation for high-quality production with its NHL broadcasts. They are also forward thinking in utilizing advertisement potential to maximize profitability. Add to that the national availability of HD, and you have a recipe for excellent ratings growth for MLS matches.

Here’s the breakdown of each network’s responsibilities:

NBC:

2 regular season matches

2 playoff matches

NBC Sports:

38 regular season matches

3 playoff matches

Here’s where this gets exciting. Add to those the games already on ESPN:

ESPN:

MLS First Kick

1 MLS game
The MLS Cup

The MLS All-Star Game
MLS Draft coverage (1st round)

ESPN2:
26 MLS games
3 MLS playoff games

 

And that all up and you can see that the MLS is in a 2012 with strong television coverage. Obviously, this is nowhere near the NFL, MLB, or NBA. But we are now approaching the NHL, and that’s pretty good company to be in.

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COMCAST SPORTSNET AND TELEMUNDO BOSTON TO AIR SPANISH LANGUAGE TELECASTS OF NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION GAMES

Posted on 15 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

PRESS RELEASE

Comcast SportsNet, home to New England Revolution soccer, proudly announces a new partnership with Telemundo Boston to air Revolution games in Spanish. Select games, starting with the Philadelphia Union vs. Revolution match on Sunday, July 17, will be offered in Spanish on Comcast SportsNet via the SAP feature and can be seen on Telemundo Boston the day following the scheduled match.

Additional Spanish-language telecasts will include:

Saturday, August 6
Chivas USA vs. Revolution
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 20
New York Red Bulls vs. Revolution
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 10
FC Dallas vs. Revolution
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 1
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Revolution
7:30 p.m.

Omar Cabrera, Telemundo Boston’s sports contributor, will call the Revolution matches in Spanish throughout the season. Cabrera, a native of El Salvador, was raised in Boston , and has extensive experience covering local sports. Formerly, Cabrera was the co-host for the Sports Segment on Boston Latino TV as well as the producer and anchor of the Sports Segment at WNUI’s live daily newscast. He also hosted and produced the popular weekend sports magazine show, “Fútbol y Más” on WUNI.

“Soccer is the world’s game and Spanish speaking audiences are an important fan base for the team. We are proud to offer Revolution games in Spanish and we hope this will broaden interest in the Revolution with one of the most avid soccer communities in New England,” said Bill Bridgen, Vice President and General Manager of Comcast SportsNet.

“We’re pleased to create this new partnership with Telemundo Boston through Comcast SportsNet to provide a Spanish language broadcast to our fans across New England,” New England Revolution Chief Operating Officer Brian Bilello said. “This is a terrific opportunity for us to bring Revolution soccer into more homes in the New England region.”

“We are very excited about this new relationship with Comcast SportsNet and the New England Revolution. Soccer is such an integral part of our community and we know how much our viewers value its presence in New England,” said Michael Gillespie, Senior Vice President of Telemundo New England.

To access the SAP function, viewers should consult their TV operating manual.

Comcast SportsNet reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, New England Revolution, Connecticut Sun, Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight, Celtics Now presented by Arbella Insurance, Sports Sunday presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, The Baseball Show, the Pre-Game Meal with Shannon Allen, Quick Slants and New England Tailgate. Comcast SportsNet New England is owned and managed by Comcast Sports Group. Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.csnne.com/” o “http://www.csnne.com/” www.csnne.com for more information.

WNEU Telemundo Boston is managed by ZGS Communications, a Hispanic-owned media company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia that owns or operates thirteen Spanish-language television stations, representing the largest group of independent stations affiliated with the Telemundo television network. WNEU prides itself on its commitment to service, local programming, and the celebration of Hispanic heritage. Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television network is the essential entertainment, news, and sports source for Hispanics and a leading international player in the entertainment industry with presence in more than 100 countries worldwide. Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 93% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets. Visit WNEU on http://msnlatino.telemundo.com/.

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LIVE BLOG : Manchester United @ New England Revolution

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

Photo Courtesy of MLSSoccer

Foxboro, MA – Welcome to Gillette Stadium! We are trying something different here at ASN tonight, with a live running commentary here, as well as on Twitter! It’s @MattyJollie here with you tonight, and I will be your in-game host! You can follow along on Twitter @RevsASN for in-game tweets, or here with me and leave your thoughts and comments!

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7:05 – Lineups have been announced!  NEW ENGLAND (Reis, Tierney, Coria, Soares, Alston, Boggs, Phelan, Joseph, Feilhaber, Nyassi, Lekic)  MANCHESTER UNITED (Lindegaard, Fabio, Vidic, Evans, Rafael, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Young, Berbatov, Rooney)

7:15 – A mostly full strength squad for New England, with Tierney sliding back to left-back, and Boggs playing left-mid.  In a surprising twist, Nicol goes with a 4-4-2 tonight, playing Benny Feilhaber up top with Rajko Lekic. Plenty of familiar faces on the pitch for Manchester United, with Rooney and Berbatov up top, and newly-signed Ashley Young making his debut in a Red Devils uniform.

7:45 – A slight drizzle here at Gillette Stadium has a few fans scattering towards the covered walkways and concourses. Nothing too heavy, but enough to bring out a few rain ponchos.

8:02 – Both clubs are coming onto the field for pre-game lineups. Revs in their all blue home kits, Red Devils in their patented red kit with white shorts.

8:10 – WE ARE SET FOR KICKOFF! The whistle blows, and we are UNDERWAY !

3′ – Both teams sparring early, but it is very clear that Man Utd. is absolutely here to play.

8′ – Can’t seem to find a properly inflated ball at the moment. Slight delay.

10′ – Free Kick for New England in a DANGEROUS spot.

11′ – Tierney’s effort slams into the wall, and the ball is cleared by Vidic.

13′ – Shalrie Joseph almost opens the scoring, after a Zak Boggs cross is deflected and Joseph’s glancing header is wide.

15′ – It needs to be said: New England is more than holding their own here.

19 ‘ – Great individual play by Nani sees him cross to an unmarked Rooney, whose header is too high

23′ – Manchester United beginning to dictate play. Revs doing well to defend.

25′ – Good build up play from New England. Phelan fires on net but it is save easily.

26′ – Another good bit of possession from the Revs, it’s Phelan again, who kicks a field goal over the crossbar.

28′ – Good cross from Ashley Young, a bit too high for Dimitar Berbatov however. Goal kick to NE.

30′ – Young does well to earn a corner for United. Nothing comes of it.

34′ – Revs continue to hold their own. Even maintaining possession for stretches.

36′ – Carrick fires just wide after a good pass from Anderson.

41′ – Stunning save from Matt Reis. Fabio gets to the byline, crosses to Berbatov who is stoned by Reis.

45′ – Reis does well to stop a Nani effort short side that goes out for a corner.

HALFTIME – The Revs dodged a few bullets late in the half, but Reis came up big. Look for multiple subs at the half, but for now, it’s REVS 0 – MANCHESTER UNITED 0

48′ – Revs make six changes at the half, Feilhaber, Joseph and Lekic stay on the field. Owen, Ferdinand, and Macheda on for United.

51′- GOAL. Manchester United striker and sub Michael Owen opens the scoring off a good pass from Carrick.

54′ – GOAL. Macheda finds acres of space in the box, beats Loewy and Cochrane, and fires easily past Shuttleworth. 2-0.

56′ (2-0 MAN) – Revs earn a free kick at the very top of the box. Feilhaber to take.

57′ (2-1 MAN) – GOAL. Mansally redirects the free kick past the keeper and New England cuts the lead in half.

61′ (3-1 MAN) – GOAL. Frantic, fast-paced stuff here. Feilhaber does well to deflect a cross, but the ball goes out for a corner. Corner kick somehow finds Macheda at the back post, and the Italian buries it back post.

64′ (3-1 MAN) – Schilawski, Dabo, Guy in. Felihaber, Lekic, Nyassi out.

67′ (3-1 MAN) – Huge roar for Ryan Giggs who just now enters the match.

69′ (3-1 MAN) – Mansally does well to earn a free kick, but it’s cleared by the wall.

74′ (3-1 MAN) – New England counters well, Joseph dictates play through the middle and finds Mansally on the left flank, and the resulting shot is parried away and cleared.

76′ – (3-1 MAN) – Ji Sung Park and Mame Diouf on for United.

81′ (4-1 MAN) – GOAL. Now THAT is the Manchester United we know.  Beautiful stuff from the champs, as Obertan beats Boggs, then finds Giggs, who flicks on to Park, who cheekily chips Shuttleworth from close range. Impressive.

86′ (4-1 MAN) – Things have quieted down just a tad as the teams near the final whistle. Schilawski called for offside and the attack breaks down.

FULL TIME – MANCHESTER UNITED 4, NEW ENGLAND 1

*** We’re headed down for both press conferences, be sure to check back later for a full recap and coaches’ impressions!

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The Midnight Ride Podcast – New Episode

Posted on 29 June 2011 by Hank Alexandre

In this episode, ASN Revolution beat-writer Hank Alexandre is joined by New England Soccer Today Correspondent Sean Donahue and RevsPress author Julian Cardillo to discuss the Revs loss in seattle as well as what to expect in Real Salt Lake.
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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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Photo Gallery: Monterrey practice before CONCACAF final in Salt Lake City

Posted on 26 April 2011 by juliana64

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Photo Gallery: RSL Practice March 5, 2011

Posted on 05 March 2011 by juliana64

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