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FIRE 1 – REVOLUTION 1

Posted on 19 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

In another wildly entertaining affair, the New England Revolution (3-7-6, 15pts) drew 1-1 with Eastern Conference rival Chicago Fire (2-4-9, 15pts), through an early second half goal from striker Rajko Lekic.  The draw gave New England 2 points from their brief two game homestand, keeping them tied with Chicago for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

New England had only two changes to the starting lineup that faced Toronto on Wednesday night, as Franco Coria slipped in at center-back for Ryan Cochrane, and Revs’ veteran Sainey Nyassi took over at right midfield for the injured Zak Boggs, who sustained a right MCL strain in the match against Toronto.

The match kicked off under clear skies and in front of a spirited crowd of over 14,000, and almost right from the beginning this contest was spirited, wide open, and easy to watch. Both sides created early chances, with the first true chance falling to Sainey Nyassi in the 10th minute, when Pat Phelan’s long ball found him in space down the right side (a sight that was seen plenty of times on the night), giving Nyassi the chance to fire on net, but his low-driven effort was smothered by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson at the near post.

After a few more jabs and counters, it was the Fire’s turn to ask questions of the Revolution goal, when striker Christian Nazarit had only the post better him in the 16th minute. Nazarit found the smallest pocket of space in the Revolution box, out-foxed Franco Coria, and fired a toe-poke effort that beat keeper Matt Reis, but shot off the crossbar and out for a goal kick, keeping the match level.

The next fifteen minutes were owned by New England, who saw chances from Rajko Lekic, Sainey Nyassi and Pat Phelan all denied, and the constant pressure on the Chicago Fire goal continued in the 28th minute when Darrius Barnes found Kevin Alston again through a long ball down the right flank, who then carved into the box and found Lekic, whose left-footed volley was well struck but also well saved by Johnson.

Chicago turned the match on its head in the 31st minute when they finally managed to beat Matt Reis and take the lead through Dominic Oduro.  The goal was completely against the run of play, and came off of a well-executed counter-attack after a Revs’ set piece.  After clearing the Revs’ set piece effort, Patrick Nyarko tore through the midfield and found Oduro, whose speed was enough to get him past Darrius Barnes and into enough open space to calmly slot home the opening goal. Oduro gave all the credit to his teammate, saying “I think it was a breakaway from Patrick’s (Nyarko) end. Again, we’ve been working on this transition. He saw me make a run, through ball, took the guy on the run, I saw an opening and I just put the ball right there.”

New England regained their composure after giving up the opener, and almost found the equalizer in the 39th minute, when again it was Nyassi finding space down the same right flank, cutting in and firing a well weighted cross that found the head of Kenny Mansally, but the Gambian’s headed effort from less than a few yards out was too tall and sailed over the crossbar.

The match headed to the halftime locker room with Chicago still leading 1-0, but it was New England with all of the momentum as they continued to pressure and create chances up until match referee Silviu Petrescu blew the whistle for halftime.

The second half began with no changes for either side, and again it was New England on the front foot, going forward aggressively and giving themselves multiple opportunities to equalize, and almost immediately after the second half restart, the hard work finally paid off.

New England earned a free kick in a dangerous area in the 48th minute, and after the original effort from Pat Phelan was blocked, the ball squibbed through to Rajko Lekic, who was able to beat a belated offside trap from the Fire back line, and the Revolution striker ever-so-smoothly finished past a diving Sean Johnson, and the match was once again level.

It was Lekic’ first goal since April 23rd against Sporting Kansas City, and the Danish league star was more than pleased to finally get back on the scoresheet.  It was a bit of a disjointed sequence of play, as Lekic alluded to, “I saw that Pat (Phelan) was going to shoot. I was thinking if he missed the ball, I was all alone and I can get the ball in a free position and then make the goal hopefully. And that happened. So I made the goal like that.”

The tying goal from New England ignited the style of the match, and it was the Revs taking the initiative several times down the same right flank through Nyassi, who had chances denied in the 54th and 60th minute. As the match wore on, it continued to feel like there was one goal left out there, and it almost came in the 69th minute in a strange sequence of play.

New England broke through the Fire midfield and the ball came to Lekic, who managed to find space at the top of the box but was taken down by Gonzalo Segares.  Shalrie Joseph then immediately took the free kick on a quick restart, and found Kenny Mansally inside the box, who blasted over the Fire goal and into the crowd.  Head Coach Steve Nicol didn’t seem surprised by the quick restart from Joseph in such a dangerous area, “I have no problem with (Shalrie Joseph’s quick restart) whatsoever. It’s a great ball, he’s put Kenny (Mansally) clean through with a goalkeeper to beat. I mean, what more do you want?”

Both sides made their substitutions in the latter stages of the second half, and a switch made by New England in the 72nd minute stood out almost immediately, when Ryan Guy, recently signed from Ireland and making his MLS debut, made a huge headed clearance off the goal line, denying Chicago the go ahead goal. Steve Nicol commented  on the new arrival’s debut, “I think (Ryan Guy) did great when he came in. That sticks out. He was alert on the goal line – that’s why he’s there, but you still have to make the header (save), which was obviously great. And he looked dangerous and decent on the ball going forward.”

As the match wound down it was evident that New England were on their last legs (the Revs were coming off only 3 days rest after their draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday night) and Chicago began taking advantage, but Matt Reis was equal to the task on several occasions.  Steve Nicol inserted Zack Schilawski into the match in the 81st minute for Kenny Mansally, trying to inject some life into the attack and take some pressure off of the tired legs at the back.

Man of the Match, Matt Reis, saved the point for New England in the 88th minute, when he denied second half substitute Gabriel Ferrari’s rocketed shot, making a huge diving save to his left and parrying the ball away, keeping the match level.

The final whistle blew after five minutes of stoppage time, although not long before Rajko Lekic nearly won it at the end, when the striker found the smallest amount of space at the left side of he box, jostled himself free and played the ball up to his left foot and volleyed hard to the far post beating the Fire keeper but sailing just wide.

Although the draw was certainly not the result New England was hoping for, Revolution defender A.J. Soares was pleased with the effort from his teammates, “we worked hard, we created chances, and when you play like that, you’re going to win a lot of games.” It was clear from the start the effort was there from Steve Nicol’s men, who was pleased with the effort and stated it was just the little things that weren’t falling their way, saying “(We’re missing) a wee bit of something – a wee bit of composure, a wee bit of quality. We’re not kicking the backside off it, but there’s a fine line between picking up maximum points and not.”

After this brief two game homestand New England now heads off on the road to face both an imposing foe and a great atmosphere when they take on the Seattle Sounders next Sunday afternoon at Qwest Field, kickoff is set for 4 p.m. EST.

 

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New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

June 18, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

 

New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 1

 

Scoring Summary:

CHI – Dominic Oduro (Patrick Nyarko) 32

NE – Rajko Lekic (Pat Phelan) 48

 

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Darrius Barnes, A.J. Soares, Franco Coria, Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney (Ryan Guy 71), Pat Phelan, Shalrie Joseph ©, Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally (Zack Schilawski 81), Rajko Lekic

 

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Otto Loewy, Andrew Sousa, Stephen McCarthy, Ryan Kinne

 

STATS*: Shots: 19; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 8; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 12

 

Chicago Fire: Sean Johnson, Gonzalo Segares, Cory Gibbs, Yamith Cuesta, Jalil Anibaba, Patrick Nyarko, Logan Pause ©, Baggio Husidic (Daniel Paladini 74), Dominic Oduro, Cristian Nazarit, Diego Chaves (Orr Barouch 63)

 

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway, Corben Bone, Dasan Robinson, Bratislav Ristic, Gabriel Ferrari

 

STATS*: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 7; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 9; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 16

 

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

 

Misconduct Summary:

CHI – Cristian Nazarit (caution) 59

CHI – Gonzalo Segares (caution) 66

CHI – Dominic Oduro (caution) 77

NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 78

CHI – Daniel Paladini (caution) 90

 

 

Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Assistant Referees: Daniel Belleau, Eric Proctor

Fourth Official: Drew Fischer
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees

Attendance: 14,246

 

Records:

New England: 3-7-6, 15 pts.

Chicago: 2-4-9, 15 pts.

 

NOTES

 

With the draw, the Revs moved to a 13-17-9 overall record against the Chicago Fire

The Revs remain winless against the Fire in regular-season matches in their last nine meetings, with New England’s last in-season win coming May 6, 2007 at Gillette Stadium (3-1)

The teams will close out their two-game season series on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Toyota Park

The draw extended the Revs’ unbeaten streak to two games, marking the team’s first consecutive results since a scoreless draw on Saturday, May 7, followed by a win on Saturday, May 14

The Revs’ 11 first-half shots were more than or equal to the team’s full-game totals in 13 of the previous 15 matches entering this game

Tonight marked Matt Reis’ 200th start as a member of the Revolution … Reis ranks third in games started, behind only Jay Heaps (238) and Shalrie Joseph (221 and counting)

Ryan Guy made his first appearance for the Revolution tonight, entering the game as a substitute in the 71st minute

Rajko Lekic scored his second goal of the season in the 48th minute … his first came on April 23 in the Revs’ 3-2 win against Sporting Kansas City … Lekic is now the second player – along with Shalrie Joseph – to have scored multiple goals during the 2011 season

Pat Phelan earned his second assist of the season on Lekic’s goal, a career high for the fourth-year pro

Both Ryan Cochrane and Zak Boggs missed tonight’s game because of injury, Cochrane with a left hamstring strain and Boggs with a right MCL sprain

 

 

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PREVIEW: Fire @ Revolution

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

Saturday evening marks the third match in eight days for the New England Revolution (3-7-5, 14pts), as they entertain the Chicago Fire (2-4-8, 14pts) to wrap up the Revs’ brief homestand.  New England enters the match on only three days’ rest after battling to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday night with Toronto FC in front of a sparsely populated Gillette Stadium, while Chicago has been flying high of late, defeating Columbus 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, their third successive shutout under new head coach Frank Klopas.  This particular fixture has always been hotly contested, and the history between the two sides is well documented, however with recent results being what they are, both sides are certainly more focused on getting a result, rather than getting caught up in a rivalry. With only five wins between the two clubs, look for an intense, physical matchup on Saturday, as they both look to right the ship in Foxboro.  Let’s take a look at how the match shapes up on the field:

GOALKEEPER: You’ve got to admire the way Revolution keeper Matt Reis has played this season. Constantly battling through injuries, Reis has found his best form as of late, showing signs that his health is close to fully-healed.  Coming off of a shutout of Toronto FC on Wednesday night, look for Matt Reis between the pipes again on Saturday.  Chicago will counter with 22-year old Sean Johnson, who, under new head coach Frank Klopas’ new system, has flourished.  The Atlanta-born Johnson has always possessed the size and length, but until recently lacked the polish necessary to lead a club on a week-in week-out basis, however with three consecutive shutouts and a struggling Revs’ offense, Johnson has got to love his chances for a fourth clean sheet in as many matches. ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND. When Matt Reis is healthy, there are few better, although Johnson is clearly the hotter hand coming into Saturday.

DEFENDERS: When you examine the Revolution’s recent struggles, it often times has not been the deficiency of their back four. Given the injury bug that has plagued the team, the back line has seemingly persevered throughout the 2011 campaign.  Kevin Alston has remained healthy for most of the season which is always a bright spot for New England, and rookie A.J. Soares has clearly become the leader at the center of the Revolution defense.  Even through the recent winless streak, the defense has shown good communication and cohesion, and its’ lack of team speed at the back has seemed to be what has done them in. Didier Domi did not play on Wednesday night, and it would be hard to see him return only a few days later, so look for Darrius Barnes, who has performed admirably, to fill in at left-back once again. After a horrendous start to the new season, Chicago has seemingly shored up its defensive wall recently under their new regime.  Old friend Cory Gibbs will be found at the center of the revamped Fire defense, and through his veteran leadership the Fire have found good form, as well as finally gaining some composure and structure at the back. Gibbs will be joined by other MLS veterans Gonzalo Segares and Jalil Anibaba, who have also played big roles in the defensive renaissance in Chicago. ADVANTAGE: Chicago. You’ve got to play the hot hand, and the Fire haven’t conceded since the end of May.

MIDFIELDERS: In what has been yet another injury riddled season, New England will once again piece together a central midfield, as they will most likely be without the services of Ousmane Dabo and Benny Feilhaber on Saturday night. While Dabo was listed as out on the latest injury report, Revs’ fans can find a little solace in the fact that Feilhaber WAS upgraded to doubtful, but it would be a minor medical miracle to see the USMNT product on the field against Chicago.  Captain Shalrie Joseph will be in the middle of it all once again, and after not seeing the field on Saturday night, one can expect to see rookie Stephen McCarthy back in the midfield after a stale performance from New England on Wednesday.  Wing play has settled down ever so slightly for the Revs’, as Chris Tierney has filled the left midfield role quite nicely, providing better service to the players up top, but it is the right wing that continues to be the thorn in the side of the Revolution. Neither Sainey Nyassi or Zak Boggs have truly distanced themselves from the other this season, and while it has been Boggs receiving the lions’ share of the minutes, one wonders if perhaps head coach Steve Nicol should throw a curve ball somewhere soon and insert the likes of Kenny Mansally in the mix to see if perhaps a different formula would produce a better result.  Chicago has talent aplenty in their midfield, with the speed of Patrick Nyarko and the playmaking abilities of Baggoi Husidic and Dominic Oduro, and continue to improve their run of play under Klopas.  It will certainly come down to how the Revolution bottle up the speed of Nyarko, as has been the case in several matches this season for New England.  In the middle of the park , New England can without a doubt overpower the central midfielders of Chicago, and that particular matchup will be important to the success of the Revs’ on Saturday night. With Nyarko kept quiet, New England can battle through the match in the center of the field, and try to scratch out a result over a slightly more talented Fire midfield. ADVANTAGE: Push. Both teams have strengths and weaknesses that actually complement the other side. It’s going to come down to who imposes their will on the other.

FORWARDS: It’s easily said that New England has struggled offensively, but what is not easily said is why: Rajko Lekic simply doesn’t look the part.  After scoring against Sporting Kansas City, Lekic has almost disappeared, and if it weren’t for the constant temper tantrums thrown and the countless kicks to sideline advertisement boards, he’d be completely invisible.  One can argue the lack of service, one can argue attitude, but there is no arguing the fact that Rajko Lekic has failed to score since April 23rd. A bright spot for the Revs’ offense is that Steve NIcol has seemingly scrapped the stand-alone striker formation, adding Kenny Mansally to the strike tandem with Lekic on Wednesday night.  Lekic needs to be partnered with a possession type strike partner, and the team did look a little better with Zack Schilawski in there with him in the second half, so look for the second year man to get a little more run on Saturday night.  Chicago hasn’t exactly been scorching the nets either, scoring only one goal in their last three league matches, and will look to improve against a New England side that has the tendency to struggle with containing speed.  Th biggest concern with Chicago is quite simply the lack of talent up top.  Diego Chaves has yet to pan out and really stand out from the rest of the pack, and often times, it’s Nyarko who moves up from a midfield spot to give the attack a little bit of a bite.  With the departure of Gaston Puerari to Club Atlas in Mexico, the questions only increase, as now head coach Frank Klopas is left with another hole in his attack. Look for a lesser-known forward to get a look on Saturday night, and if you would like a name to look out for, keep an eye out for 19-year old Orr Barrouch, who has seen some time, and will now almost by default, see more minutes in the Chicago attack. ADVANTAGE: Push. Neither side scores at will. If you really needed an answer, New England would get the edge almost by default with Chicago’s forward depth in flux.  It wouldn’t be a surprise that if any goals were to be scored on Saturday night, they’d come from the midfield.

PREDICTION: Saturday night is one of those matches that could go either way.  Chicago is very hot defensively right now, and New England has struggled to score goals.  While New England is coming off only three days’ rest, Chicago has had all week to prepare.  With injuries still plaguing the Revolution midfield, it’s hard to see the results taking a turn for the better. Patrick Nyarko will find space through his speed and create the lone goal of the match. FIRE 1 – REVOLUTION 0.

 

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Revolution Burned in Chicago

Posted on 18 August 2010 by sstoehrst

New England’s historic run of results ground to a screeching halt in Bridgeview this evening as they fell to their bitter rivals the Chicago Fire 2-1. Marko Perovic opened the scoring early with an opportunistic goal but Chicago hit back through Baggio Husidic in the first half and sealed up the result in the final minutes via Calen Carr, who made his first appearance of 2010.

The match wasn’t one for the purists as it was marred by rough tackles, sloppy defending, play-acting and very questionable officiating in front of a good home crowd for a Wednesday. Yellow seemed to be the color of the day with seven total cautions shown, but the game certainly never lacked excitement.

The Revs took the early initiative through Perovic, who unleashed a knuckling drive from forty yards that nearly snuck under the crossbar and had to be tipped away by rookie Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson. Just minutes later in the 14th Pat Phelan collected the first yellow card through a rough tackle on Logan Pause (mlssoccer.com is reporting the reasoning as dissent, but there didn’t seem to be any).

Despite that, New England drew first blood moments after in the 16th minute. Marko Perovic pressured Wilman Conde outside the 18, and the normally composed defender took a heavy touch and then slipped, allowing the Serbian maestro to round Johnson and execute a clinical finish from a tight angle and hand the Revolution the lead. The goal was Perovic’s fifth in MLS, tying him with Zack Schilawski as the Revs’ leading league goalscorer.

The visitors then weathered an extended period for pressure from the home side that resulted in no clear chances. In the 25th minute Perovic nearly tricked Johnson into conceding again when his long free kick eluded all heads in the box but took a wicked bounce, causing the young stopper to fumble the ball slightly. Just a minute later Cory Gibbs was shown a yellow card for persistent fouling after tripping Marco Pappa.

The home side would have their equalizer in the 32nd minute after a turn of bad luck for the Revolution. An errant shot from Brian McBride at the top of the box deflected right to Baggio Husidic, who then converted a simple finish past Reis to even the scores.

Referee Michael Kennedy did little to endear himself into the hearts of Revolution fans or even MLS neutrals with his performance tonight, and the first major controversy came in the 38th minute. Matt Reis was just sending a goal kick forward and long before the ball reached the forward line, Fire Designated Player Nery Castillo caught Kevin Alston below the eye with a blatant elbow off the ball. The Mexican international likely deserved a red card but escaped with just a yellow, and from there the officiating crew seemed to lose control of proceedings.

A minute later Wilman Conde was shown a card for a late and reckless challenge on Pat Phelan that saw the gritty midfielder on the sidelines for treatment, though it seemed obvious there was no intent on the part of the defender and the call was fair. Another very physical but unintentional challenge resulted in a yellow just minutes after that when Marko Perovic caught defender CJ Brown with a boot in the face. The half ended with the scores tied at 1.

The Fire opened the second half with the ineffective (and violent) Nery Castillo on the bench, replacing him with Mike Banner. The Fire and the Revs traded long shots, with Segares firing over from 22 yards in the 47th and Joseph stinging Johnson’s palms from 30 yards about four minutes later after a good setup from Ilija Stolica.

Emmanuel Osei, who was back to his adventurous ways for most of the match and was not at his best, became the fourth Rev to enter the book a minute after Joseph’s shot when he crunched Brian McBride from behind in midfield. Mike Banner had a low shot saved by Reis in the 63rd, and the Revs responded almost immediately with clever overlapping play from Alston and Stolica, but the veteran striker’s hard shot flashed just wide of the near post with Johnson at full extension.

As Steve Nicol prepared a double switch in the 67th minute Cory Gibbs went down clutching his heel, forcing Nicol to burn all three subs at once. Khano Smith, Jason Griffiths, and Seth Sinovic replaced Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, and Gibbs and put the Revs in a precarious position with over twenty minutes remaining in the match. Before play restarted, Calen Carr replaced McBride for the Fire.

The Revolution then enjoyed some superiority due to clever wing play from Sainey Nyassi and a bit of good work and trickery by Khano Smith. Unfortunately, all they were able to muster in terms of real threats during a good ten-minute stretch was a Shalrie Joseph header wide from a corner.

Revs fans then had to hold their collective breaths as shades of 2008 threatened to haunt them again. Marko Perovic took a rough shot straight to the head while challenging Sean Johnson to an aerial ball, catching the big goalkeeper’s elbow right in the side of the skull. The sequence was chillingly similar to the play that eventually cost Taylor Twellman the past two seasons of his career. Perovic was alert and moving, however, and didn’t leave the game.

He may have wished he did. Just two minutes later Calen Carr cut inside the 18-yard box and sent a low near-post shot through Emmanuel Osei’s legs, eluding a shielded Matt Reis and scoring what would be the game-winning goal.

The match turned ugly after the goal. In the 90th minute the Revolution had a very legitimate shout for a penalty, or at least a direct free kick on the edge of the box, when a streaking Marko Perovic was clipped and dropped on a free run at goal. Michael Kennedy waved play on and gave the corner, but it looked to be the wrong call.

To add insult to injury, Kennedy showed his seventh and final card to a Revolution player deep into stoppage time, making it the fifth caution given to the visitors. Darrius Barnes and Freddie Ljungberg were jawing and shoving behind the play for a few minutes before grappling while chasing a loose ball down the touchline. Both had handfuls of shirts and both went down, but rather than show a card to each man Kennedy gave Freddie Ljungberg a free ride and cautioned Barnes. It would be the last meaningful event of the match.

After the final whistle, the Revolution players and coaches surrounded and berated the officiating staff, with Perovic, Joseph, and Barnes looking especially irate. Even Fire fans likely can’t blame them. In a final indictment of Kennedy and his crew’s performance, the Revs were called for a whopping eighteen fouls, while the Fire were whistled for only three, including none in the second half.

Lineups:

Revolution (4-4-2): Reis; Alston, Osei, Barnes, Gibbs (Sinovic 69); Nyassi, Phelan (Griffiths 69), Joseph, Tierney (Smith 69); Perovic, Stolica

Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Robinson, Brown, Conde, Segares; Pappa (Watson-Sirobe 89), Pause, Husidic, Castillo (Banner 46); Ljungberg, Mcbride (Carr 69)

Attendance: 14,056

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Assistants: Chris Strickland, Paul Scott
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja

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Revs Kick Off Road Trip In Chicago

Posted on 17 August 2010 by sstoehrst

Hot off another hard-fought home win, the Revolution will square off against fierce rival Chicago at Toyota Park on Wednesday night.

New England rides into this encounter continuing a historic run of form that has seen them unbeaten in eight straight in all competitions, posting a 6-0-2 record with six shutouts. And they’ve done it all with a hobbled, patchwork squad.

Tierney has been 'Mr. Versatility' for the Revs this season

The Revs have named a different starting XI in each of the eight encounters during their streak. Injuries have forced Steve Nicol and co. to shift players all over the pitch, including moving Chris Tierney to right back for this past Saturday’s match against Houston.

Thankfully, the arrival of newcomers Ilija Stolica and Betu have alleviated some of the pressure on the roster and a number of wounded warriors are nearing full fitness. Kevin Alston traveled with the team today and may make either a start or a bench appearance tomorrow night after recovering from a hamstring strain, among others returnees.

New England’s key through all of this has been gritty and cohesive defense. You can’t lose if the other team doesn’t score, and the Revs seem to have taken this mantra to heart as they’ve conceded only twice since losing 5-0 to RSL on July 2nd. Darrius Barnes’ return seemed to be the piece that brought it all together, but the inspired play of Kevin Alston, Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, and sometime-fullback Chris Tierney must be lauded as well.

Offense continues to be a sore spot for the Revolution, and despite their successes they’ve only scored nine goals through eight previous matches. However, Saturday indicated that their flagging offense may have received a jolt of class when Ilija Stolica, in just his first MLS start, flashed some otherworldly class to control an errant ball from Nyassi and lash home a brilliant volley.

Stolica’s hold-up play and scoring instincts will be in high demand when the Revs journey to Toyota Park. The Fire’s defense has been leaky at times, but twenty-one goals conceded and a goal-differential of zero in sixteen matches isn’t horrible, especially when compared against New England’s twenty-nine conceded and -9 GD in eighteen contests.

In other injury news, rookie Jason Griffiths made his return in stoppage time on Saturday and should be fit to start or sub in if called upon Wednesday. The Revs haven’t released a full injury report yet, but early indications are that Nico Colaluca and Zak Boggs did not travel with the team and thus will not be available for selection during this road trip. Edgaras Jankauskas also remains injured.

Kickoff is at 8:30 PM EST, televised in New England by CSN.

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Revs Beat Chicago, Move On In SuperLiga

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution guaranteed themselves a spot in the SuperLiga 2010 semifinals on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, their first win in Chicago since 2006.

Marko Perovic scored the game winner for the second time in three games as the Revs have now won three in a row without conceding a single goal.

New England will face the Mexican side Monarcas Morelia on Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in the last match of the group stage. A win or a draw will guarantee the Revolution top seed and home field advantage in the semi-finals. Morelia, who drew 2-2 with UNAM Pumas on Saturday, need at least a draw to advance regardless of other results.

On Sunday, the other MLS vs. MLS clash in the group stage finished even as Houston Dynamo battled Chivas USA to a 1-1 draw. Lovel Palmer’s opener early in the match was canceled out by a Jesus Padilla header in the second half. Later results left Houston in second place with 4 points, and Chivas in third with 1.

Puebla routed 10-man Pachuca 3-1 later that night to guarantee their semi-final place. Gabriel Pereyra opened the scoring and a Mario Ortiz brace finished the job while Pachuca managed a consolation goal from Arizala. This loss knocks Pachuca, who notably feature USA world cup veterans Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez, out of contention with a game to spare.

Chivas will need to beat Pachuca by a couple of goals to qualify for the semi-finals, but all of that will be determined when group play comes to a conclusion on Wednesday.

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