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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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