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Revs win vs Red Bulls; Lose Burpo

Posted on 07 June 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have finally broken their winless streak in heartbreaking fashion with a 3-2 result over the New York Red Bulls.

The Revs will try and take some solace in the win as they head into June, knowing that their goalkeeper Preston Burpo, will be hard pressed to return to the field after suffering a leg shattering challenge that will most certainly end his season.

New England came into this game with a must win attitude, having lost 7 straight games in the league and 9 games overall.  Their last win came against Toronto almost 2 months ago.

The Revs, captained by Shalrie Joseph, returned to a 4-4-2 formation with rookie Zack Schilawski partnering up front with Kheli Dube.  It was Schilawski’s first start for the Revs since the loss to Chivas in early may.

The Revs back line however continues to be decimated by injuries, with Cory Gibbs the latest casualty.  Gibbs was a late scratch from the roster with a tight hamstring and did not make the bench.  Steve Nicol was forced to play central midfielder Joseph Niouky along side Pat Phelan, who was making his third start at center back.

The Revs pressed early and were quick to capitalize.  In the 8th minute, Shalrie played a perfect through pass to Marko Perovic who slotted the ball with his right foot past the diving Red Bull keeper Bouma Condoul.

The Red Bulls began to assert themselves however, and found some room to maneuver.  Seth Stammler equalized in the 20th minute as he managed to find the back of the net,  perhaps inadvertently, as his crossing ball to the far post somehow slipped into the far corner.

The Revs did not sit back however, and continued to drive the attack forward, with almost immediate results.  Seth Sinovic delivered a perfect ball into the box in search of Kheli Dube, and although the ball was met by Red Bulls defender Tim Ream, it deflected into the net for an own goal, restoring the Revs’ lead.

As he has done all season, Preston Burpo was called into service time and again from the opening minutes, and made some outstanding saves to preserve the Revs advantage, denying attempts from Joel Lindpere in the 16th minute as well as stonewalling Dane Richards point blank effort amongst traffic in the 28th.

It would unfortunately be the last save of the season for the Revolution goalkeeper.

In the 34th minute, Burpo came out of his box to clear a ball away from the on-rushing Dane Richards.  Burpo slid under Richards and made contact with the ball, but Richards ran right onto Burpo’s right leg, which buckled under the strain.  Players on both teams were visibly shaken as Burpo’s leg was clearly broken.  As Burpo was stretchered off the field to resounding applause from the home fans, he raised his hand in appreciation to the crowd.

The Revolution gathered together at midfield while their teammate was stretchered off and mustered their resolve.  The New England side played the rest of the half with a renewed intensity and kept the visitors off the ball.  Backup keeper Bobby Shuttleworth was forced into making an excellent save against Sinisia Ubiparipovic as time ran out on the first half.   Despite their efforts, the Revs could not find that elusive third goal, and at the half time whistle went to the locker room with heavy hearts and a one goal lead.

But at the restart, it would be the visitors who came out of the locker room the aggressor.  Just four minutes into the 2nd half, Juan Pablo Angel put his head on a neatly delivered ball from Dane Richards, and struck gold.

The Revolution however would soon find an advantage with the Red Bulls suffering two ejections.  Shortly after the equalizer Carlos Mendes was sent off for a second yellow, and later in the match Roy Miller was shown a straight red for catching Revs Midfielder Zak Boggs in the face with a blind wild swing.

The Revs would soon capitalize.  In the 80th minute,  rookie Schilawski partnered up with Shalrie Joseph to put the Revs ahead.  Shalrie sent a curling ball deep into the box and Schilawski timed his run perfectly to beat the offside trap and head the ball home.  The Revolution effectively managed the game to the end and took the three points.

Despite the win, the mood was somber in the Revs locker room, with everyone’s primary thoughts on their fallen comrade.

“We were so happy we were able to win it for him (Burpo),” said Revs midfielder Chris Tierney. “He’s been a warrior for us all year.  It’s just a tragic injury for him.”

Burpo was rushed to Mass General Hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair compound fractures to both his Fibula and Tibia bones in his lower leg.  The prognosis for Burpo is promising, but will miss the remainder of the season.

The Revolution have placed Burpo on the season ending injury list, and have activated veteran Goalkeeper Matt Reis who had been recovering from off season surgery to his knee and shoulder.  Reis should be fit to play some minutes in the upcoming match against Brazil side Cruziero on June 13th in Foxboro.

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Revs Quakes stalemate yields a positive point

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

For just the second time this season and the first time in over a month, the New England Revolution were able to keep a clean sheet as they held their opponents the San Jose Earthquakes scoreless.   Although the Revs were not able to find the back of the net themselves, they proved not only to have the defensive mettle necessary to earn a draw, but showed strength in the midfield for the second league game in a row.

Steve Nicol was again forced to field a make-shift line up with regular starters Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei, and Shalrie Joseph all unavailable.  The injuries to both Barnes (foot ligament) and Osei (leg infection) forced Nicol to move defensive midfielder Pat Phelan to a center back position to partner with Revs captain Cory Gibbs, who was also carrying a slight quad strain.   Although Phelan played center back in college at Wake Forest, it was just his second start in this position for the Revs, the first coming last Wednesday night in a 3-0 loss to NY Red Bulls in the US Open Cup. Phelan and Gibbs were flanked on the right by Kevin Alston, who was also returning from injury, and by rookie Seth Sinovic on the left, making his 9th straight league start.

For the second league match in a row, Nicol strengthened his midfield by fielding 5 across the middle.  Sainey Nyassi played on his usual right side, with rookie Zak Boggs resuming his role from last Saturday night against Columbus on the left flank, where he scored the Revs’ only goals of the match and the first two of his career.  In the defensive midfielder spot Chris Tierney proved his versatility playing along side Joseph Niouky.  Marko Perovic, who missed the Columbus game due to suspension, played in an attacking midfielder position, leaving Kheli Dube up top as the lone forward.  Goalkeeper Preston Burpo made his 9th straight start for the Revolution in league play.

San Jose Head Coach Frank Yallop fielded a straight 4-4-2 formation very similar to the one he fielded against the Revs earlier this season.  Longtime ‘Quake Keeper Joe Cannon made the start along with Quakes captain Ramiro Corrales and Jason Hernandez.  Chris Leitch, who missed the first game against the Revs, returned to the starting lineup; however, rookie Ike Opara, who scored against the Revs in their first meeting, sat out due to injury and did not make the trip.  He was replaced by defender Bobby Burling. Joey Gjertsen, Andre Luiz, Brandon McDonald and Bobby Convey played the midfield, with Boston’s own Ryan Johnson and Chris Wondolowski up front.

After some good pressure by the Revolution early on in the match which saw Perovic and Nyassi looking dangerous in the attacking end of the pitch, along with a long range shot by Alston that sailed over the cross bar, the Quakes applied some pressure of their own.  A poor touch by Niouky in his defensive half yielded a long range shot by McDonald in the 7th minute, and in the 8th minute Wondolowski ran on to the end of a through pass from Convey and squared it for Johnson in front of the net, but Johnson’s low driven effort was stopped by a tremendous foot save by Burpo.

For the rest of the first half, the Revolution applied good pressure in the San Jose end of the field.  In the 13th minute, a throw in from Sinovic from the left corner led to some good possession in front of the San Jose goal.  The throw in was headed away by San Jose, but right back to Sinovic, who put in a perfect ball to Zak Boggs, but lost his footing and the ball was again cleared away.  Boggs however did well to track it down, and resume the attack.  Niouky played the ball across to Tierney, who chose to let it run on, only to have the ball cleared away.  Again it was Sinovic who collected the ball, and played a great ball over the top to Kheli Dube, who was ruled offside as he put the ball into the wrong side of the side netting.

The first half saw a number of free kick opportunities for the Revolution, but to no avail.  Perovic, whose only goal this season came off of a free kick against Colorado, could find neither the range nor a target to put the ball into the net.  However the Revs continued to apply pressure, and did well to create some opportunities.  Chris Tierney got his head  on to the end of a loose ball and flicked it on to Dube, who forced Cannon to palm the ball over the side.

The first yellow card of the match went to San Jose’s Ramiro Corrales in the 20th minute for pulling down Nyassi on the right flank.  Again Perovic delivered a good ball into the box but again was cleared away.  Just minutes later San Jose won a free kick as Phelan fouled Ryan Johnson on the right side.  Convey’s free kick was delivered well into the box but punched away by Burpo.

Niouky was fouled in the 25th minute about 10 yards outside the box giving another free kick to the Revs, but Perovic’s attempt was high over the crossbar. Minutes later Tierney picked up the ball from Nyassi’s cross but the shot is also well over the bar.  Shortly thereafter Perovic made a nice move to get free on the right but the cross went over the goal and out of bounds in the 30th minute.   Perovic again led the attack and ran the ball down in the corner ball,  dished it off to Nyassi, who slotted it into to Dube,  who in turn found Alston for the shot, but again Alston’s effort was way over the net.

San Jose saw some good possession in the 35th minute, with Chris Wondolowski in the corner.  He burned Revs’ defender Cory Gibbs and threaded a hard cross across the face of the goal, but the ball was cleared by Alston.   Boggs did well to collect it, but lost it to Gjertsen and in the effort to win it back inadvertently fouled him.  However, the ensuing free kick was cleared away.

As the first half was coming to a close, Joseph Niouky received a yellow card, his fourth in five games,  in the 39th minute for a foul on Andre Luiz.  However the Revs defense was able to clear the ball over the goal line, and then clear the following corner way up the field.

The Revs continued to dominate in the final minutes.  Perhaps the best attempt in the first half came from Sainey Nyassi who in the 43rd minute who forced Cannon to make an outstanding diving save to his right.  The half came to a close with yet another free kick for Perovic, but ended scoreless.

Although neither team made a halftime substitute, the second half saw a more even match as the Earthquakes began to assert themselves a bit more forward.  However it was the Revolution that would get the first good chance of the half, with a good shot by Kheli Dube in the 48th minute, that was again well saved by Joe Cannon.

The Revs continued to generate offense and played strong in the attacking third.  Seth Sinovic again did well to drive the ball forward and even managed to flick on a shot off of a corner that looked dangerously close to finding the back of the net in the 53rd minute.

The next real opportunity came for the Revs in the 61st minute.  Joseph Niouky found enough space in the midfield to get the shot off, and looked to have beaten the San Jose keeper.  The ball however found the post, ricocheted to the feet of Chris Tierney, whose second effort was easily collected by Cannon.

San Jose did well to beat the offside trap and almost capitalized, with Preston Burpo almost at the edge of his box.  Ryan Johnson did well to turn the ball in but could not get the shot past the outstretched arms of the Revs keeper.

In the 66th minute, Nyassi drew another foul as he had beaten Ramiro Corrales on the right hand side.  Again Perovic took the free kick and drove it strong into the box only to have it cleared away.

San Jose came back quick to counter in the 67th minute.  Ramiro Corrales received the ball from a throw in the Revs half of the field and looped a left-footed cross into the box that found Joey Gjertsen on the for post.  He bounced the ball to Ryan Johnson in front of the goal, who headed the ball on frame only to be denied by Preston Burpo.

Minutes later Burpo was tested again by San Jose, as Bobby Burling was one on one with the keeper.  Burpo made himself big in front of the ball and deflected Burling’s shot to the side.

The only substitutions for the revs came in the 70th minute when Dube came off for rookie goal scorer Zack Schilawski, and Zak Boggs came off for Khano Smith, but neither were able to generate any real scoring chances.  Although the Quakes continued to pressure, Wondolowski’s 78th minute shot over the bar was the last decent chance for either team.  The Revs’ last best chance came in the 82nd minute, where Seth Sinovic sent a searching ball into the box for the onrushing Schilawski.  However the ball was a little too high, and Schilawski was waved offside.

The Revs played well for the last 10 minutes and dominated the flow of play, but to no avail.  With minimum stoppage time awarded, the game ended as the game began: scoreless.  The Revolution however seemed to have found some stability in the midfield, which has been the root problem of the Revolution’s winless streak until recent weeks.

Preston Burpo was far and away the man of the match for the Revolution.  He made 6  saves on 13 shots for just the 12th shutout in his MLS career.

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Colorado Spoils Revs’ Return Home

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

It was a battle against old teammates tonight for both sides as the New England Revolution faced off against the Colorado Rapids.

Former Revs-now-Rapids Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson started against their former team in the two clubs first match up of the season.  Preston Burpo and Cory Gibbs, acquired by the Revs in the trade that sent Thompson and Larentowicz to Colorado, made their fourth consecutive starts for the Revs.

Captain Joseph is sorely missed by the Revs ©ASN

The Revs, without the services of their captain Shalrie Joseph once again, looked to assert themselves in the center of the field with Pat Phelan partnering up with Joseph Niouky.  However, Colorado quickly put their stamp on the game and took control early.

After some back and forth play in the opening minutes,  the Revolution looked likely to be the first to find the back of the net with.  Phelan played the ball out to the left side to a wide open Seth Sinovic, who sent a perfect cross into the Colorado box for Kheli Dube.  Dube’s first touch sent the ball skyward however, and it was easily collected by Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Colorado was quick to counter however with some quick distribution from Pickens, and Rapids midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy capitalized with his first goal of the season.  Finding plenty of room in the midfield, Ballouchy ran past Pat Phelan and unleashed a strike that swerved to the right of Preston Burpo. “I was trying to peek left,” said Burpo. “As soon as he hit it, the ball was swerving to my right, and I was way off of it.”

But the Revolution soon equalized. Sainey Nyassi was brought down outside the box and referee Jair Maruffo awared the free kick.  Marko Perovic who started at left midfield for Chris Tierney tonight took the kick and curled a beautiful,    well-struck ball into the back of the net in the 18th Minute.

Colorado had the majority of the chances in the first half, and nearly scored on multiple occassions.  After Jeff Larentowicz failed to capitalize on a free kick, Ballouchy found himself again with the ball.  With his back to goal, Ballouchy turned a bicycle kick over the Revs’ defense but found woodwork.  The ball fell to the feet of Conor Casey, who struck but was blocked by Burpo.  Casey tried to capitalize on the rebound but the ball was cleared away.

The first half ended with both sides at one, with the Revolution finding some success moving the ball down the flanks, but unable to connect in front of the goal.

The second half, the Revs again came out strong, and looked to gain the advantage.  The Revs stepped up their play and did well to win the ball in the midfield, thanks to stronger play from Joseph Niouky and Pat Phelan.  Phelan nearly found net with a blistering strike on goal, but Pickens was well positioned to make the save.

In an attempt to shake up the defense, Steve Nicol shuffled the lineup by taking off rookie Zack Schilawski in the 62nd minute in favor of Edgaras Jankauskas, who made his first appearance of the season.  In the 70th minute, Khano Smith came on for Kheli Dube, sliding Marko Perovic more to the middle of the field.

The Revs started to press more, with both Phelan and Niouky getting into the attack.  However, it was Colorado that would finally win the upper hand.  Wells Thompson did well down the left side to win the ball and find Conor Casey in front of the net.  He held the ball up long enough to find Pablo Mastroeni, who struck the ball perfectly past the Revs defense and into the back of the net.

In an attempt to salvage a draw, Steve Nicol subbed off defender Seth Sinovic in favor of forward Kenny Mansally, and switched to a 3-5-2 formation.  The Revs, however, despite their efforts, failed to find any kind of chemistry and left the field on the wrong end of the score sheet.

The Revs have two more games at home before they head out on the road.  They host FC Dallas next Saturday, and Chivas USA just 4 days later on the following Wednesday.  Steve Nicol will most definitely be looking forward to the return of Shalrie Joseph to the lineup, and pressuring his side to bring home maximum points over the next 10 days before they head to Columbus on May 8th.

Match Facts

Scoring Summary:
COL — Mehdi Ballouchy 1 (unassisted) 14’
NE — Marko Perovic 1 (unassisted) 18’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni 1 (Conor Casey 1) 73’

Misconduct Summary:
NE — Pat Phelan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 48’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 66’
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 90’

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Brian Poeschel
4th Official: David Gantar
Attendance: 8,142

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RSL rock Rapids for MLS Playoff berth, Rocky Mountain Cup

Posted on 25 October 2009 by Patrick McShane

Just a week ago it seemed as if RSL’s hope for a second consecutive playoff appearance appeared out of reach. They had just suffered a crushing 1-0 defeat on the road against Toronto FC and were heading home to face Rocky Mountain rivals, Colorado Rapids, in a must-win match. And yet, everything somehow came together Saturday night as RSL routed Colorado 3-0, in a one-sided, dominant affair. Coupled with Toronto’s breakdown against New York , D.C. United’s late draw against Kansas City, and Seattle victory over Dallas, RSL now find themselves as the 3rd or 4th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Needing at least a two-goal victory to claim the rivalry-based Rocky Mountain Cup, RSL knew that they had to be the aggressors from the opening whistle. It took RSL just 15 minutes to get on the scoring sheet after a bright offensive start to the match. After a close attempt on a free kick outside of the box, Andy Williams collected the ball and placed a perfect cross into the box to Fabian Espindola. Rather than challenge Colorado keeper Preston Burpo, Espindola chipped the ball back in front of goal for Robbie Findley to head home. The 18,675 fans in attendance erupted as their playoff hopes seemed revitalized due to some keen watching of the other crucial matches taking place simultaneously.

Though many felt optimism after the opening goal, the lead felt tenuous as both teams were chippy and physical in their play. Rather than buckle under surmounting pressure as they have over recent weeks, RSL responded with a second goal in the 35th minute as Williams again found a wide-open Findley with a pass over the top. Findley still had to some work to do with a sublime chip over Burpo for a casual left footed goal. Colorado seemed deflated entering half time and continued that mentality into the second half as they struggled to break down an energized RSL backline. Substitute Yura Movsisyan added an insurance goal in the 85th minute on a dazzling counter-attack, leaving the fans and team to celebrate another season series victory over Colorado as well as the hope of a playoff appearance.

While the victory and their aggressive play was crucial, RSL’s biggest victory of the evening came two hours after their match against Colorado, when Seattle Sounders defeated FC Dallas 2-1 at home. With the victory RSL is guaranteed a playoff spot as they now await the result of the New England/Columbus match this afternoon to determine their seeding and eventual opponent. Colorado will also be closely watching, as their playoff dreams rest on a New England defeat. Playoff pairings will be announced later this evening with RSL potentially facing reigning MLS Cup champion and Supporter’s Shield winning Columbus Crew or the enigmatic Chicago Fire at home next week. In the meantime, however, RSL will savor an impressive victory and a sweet ending to a tumultuous season.

Added coach Jason Kreis after the match: “We take satisfaction, we’re proud of this match. We can hold our heads high about coming out of this match and what we’ve done, and what we’ve done at home this season. It’s a real accomplishment.”


Rimando – While the offense for RSL was clicking, Rimando kept them in the match throughout the first half with a number of stellar saves. He’s been “Mr. Consistency” for RSL all season long.

Wingert – Played within the flow of the match and didn’t try to do too much. This is probably the best I’ve seen Wingert perform in over two months.

Borchers & Olave– After being announced as the team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year respectively, Borchers partnered with Olave to lead their best overall performance of the year. Both players silenced Conor Casey & Omar Cummings with physical, yet composed play. If they keep this impressive play up throughout the playoffs, RSL could be a dangerous team.

Beltran – I started out the year indifferent towards Tony, and have now ended the year a big fan. His defensive positioning and overall energy has improved throughout the year and he is showing signs of growth. Having just celebrated his 22nd birthday, Beltran still has a number of years ahead of him to have an impact in the league.

Williams – Fans have been clamoring for Williams to replace Mathis in the lineup for weeks now, and this time it paid dividends. Williams logged two assists (which he again predicted earlier this week on his Facebook page) and was the driving force on offense.

Johnson – While I’ve been critical of Johnson’s tangible results this season, his energy and work on the pitch are unmatched. Last night was the perfect example of how Johnson can influence a match without a earning a goal or assist.

Beckerman – I always laugh when I think how I used to hate Kyle Beckerman when he was on the opposing team in this rivalry. Now, I can’t imagine an RSL team without their all-around leader and organizer

Morales – Still struggling a bit in terms of offensive, but it’s been his defensive commitment in recent weeks that’s been most notable.

Espindola – Rather than disappoint fans with missed chances this week, Espy decided to be the provider of the first goal. I’ve always liked a two-man strike core with him and Findley and hope that coach Kreis continues this formation into the playoffs.

Findley – MOTM honors in my book. 12 goals for the season, 1st in goals for RSL, and third place in the MLS Golden Boot race. What an incredible season for Findley after many thought he was a one-trick pony just a season ago.

– I was pretty underwhelmed when the sub was made as I felt it decreased our offensive prowess. In the end, however, it was a sly substitution as it gave us more possession in the middle of the pitch and helped control Colorado’s offensive pressure.

Movsisyan – Despite the drama that came along with Yura’s pending departure, I for one can’t imagine a player with more game changing potential. I’m excited to see him produce more “Movsisyan Magic” in the playoffs.

Mathis – Please, Jason Kreis. Please keep Mathis as a late sub. His performance over the final 18+ minutes was the best I’ve seen Mathis play in recent weeks.


Colorado Rapids (10-10-10) vs. Real Salt Lake (11-12-7)
October 24, 2009 — Rio Tinto Stadium

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Robbie Findley 11 (Fabian Espíndola 3, Andy Williams 5) 15
RSL — Robbie Findley 12 (Andy Williams 6) 33
RSL — Yura Movsisyan 8 (Javier Morales 5) 85

Colorado Rapids — Preston Burpo, Drew Moor, Julien Baudet, Cory Gibbs (Pat Noonan 69), Jordan Harvey (Facundo Diz 87), Kosuke Kimura, Mehdi Ballouchy, Pablo Mastroeni, Nick LaBrocca, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings.

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Tony Beltran, Andy Williams (Ned Grabavoy 62), Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Will Johnson, Robbie Findley (Yura Movsisyan 62), Fabian Espíndola (Clint Mathis 72).

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Julien Baudet (caution; Tactical Foul) 18
RSL — Andy Williams (caution; Reckless Tackle) 25
RSL — Nat Borchers (caution; Reckless Tackle) 35
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Reckless Foul) 39
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 58
RSL — Yura Movsisyan (caution; Shirt Removal) 86

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Chris Strickland; Greg Boles
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
Attendance: 18,675/ Weather: Cloudy -and- 53 degrees

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