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Diego steals the show in loss to Chivas

Posted on 07 August 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution dropped another crucial 3 points as they lost to the visiting Chivas USA, but it was a night of new beginnings for the home town squad as they wasted no time in deploying their new Designated Player Milton Caraglio into the starting lineup, and also gave 16 year old Revolution Academy player Diego Fagundez his first major league appearance.

The Revs looked lively in the first half, creating multiple chances with some good ball movement and hold up play from Caraglio.  In fact, New England had three corner kicks and a free kick in the first 5 minutes of the match, but their first chance came from the run of play, when Shalrie Joseph served up a perfect cross to the far post for Ryan Cochrane, but the defenders header missed just wide.  DP Caraglio would register the Revs’ first attempt on frame with a low driven shot in the 10th minute, but it was easily gathered up by Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy.  Caraglio would again come into play in the 21st minute when he found himself on the end of a looping cross from Zack Schilawski from the right flank. Caraglio did well to get to the back post and head the ball across the face of goal but Chris Tierney could not get a foot on it to convert.

Alejandro Moreno broke the deadlock in the 31st minute, by beating Matt Reis to Nick LaBrocca’s cross.  LaBrocca received  a diagonal ball from Simon Elliott in the middle of the field, and fired it across the face of the net.  Matt Reis appeared to have the ball well in hand before Moreno snuck his foot onto the oncoming ball.

However the Revolution appeared to be undaunted as they continued to dictate the tempo of the game.  New England would continue their attack into the second half.  Benny Feilhaber, Kevin Alston, Sainey Nyassi and Shalrie Joseph were all very active as they pressed the Chivas defense. However, defensive lapses would get the better of the Revolution again as Nick LaBrocca would be sent through the back line into open space after Feilhaber lost control of the ball off of a poor pass from Alston.  Revs defender Darrius Barnes did well to get into position and block LaBrocca’s first attempt, but the ball fell right to LaBrocca’s left foot and he drilled it from point blank range into the Revs goal.

Kenny Mansally came on for Milton Caraglio shortly after the hour mark, and the Argentine got plenty of applause from the home crowd.  But the crowd really came alive when 16 year old homegrown academy player Diego Fagundez took the field in place of Zack Schilawski.

Diego had an immediate impact on the field, bringing a new level of energy to the field. Shortly after he came on, he found himself in an attacking position, and with the ball at his feet, he cut inside Chivas defender Heath Pearce, who clipped his trailing leg just inside the penalty box.  The Referee pointed to the spot and Shalrie Joseph converted, and the Revs had cut the lead in half.

Shalrie was very close to leveling the score at 2-2 in the 79th minute when he was able to put a headed ball on frame that appeared to have beat Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy, however he was able to get a hand to the ball and keep it out of the net. Instead it would be Alejandro Moreno who would give his team another goal, as he found himself in position to receive the ball in front of Ryan Cochrane and Chris Tierney, but was able to get around them and Matt Reis and tuck the ball away from the left channel and notch his second goal of the game.

The Revs were quick to take the attack once again, with Diego leading the charge.  Kevin Alston lobbed a long ball into the box from deep in his own end, and Diego was able to get around Chivas Defender Zarek Valentin and fire the ball into the opposite corner.

But there was no time for celebrating as the Revs were still down a goal with just minutes to play.  Shalrie was the focal point of the attack, and with just seconds left in the game the Revs captain had two chances to equalize and salvage a point, but to no avail after his first chance was well saved by Kennedy, and his second went over the bar.

The Revolution will look to find away to salvage some points on the road as they head to Columbus next weekend to take on the East leading Crew.

Scoring Summary:
CHV: Alejandro Moreno (Nick LaBrocca, Simon Elliot) 31
CHV: Nick LaBrocca (unassisted) 59
NE: Shalrie Joseph (penalty kick) 69
CHV: Alejandro Moreno (Ante Jazic, Justin Braun) 80
NE: Diego Fagundez (Kevin Alston) 86

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Darius Barnes, Ryan Cochrane (Pat Phelan 81), Shalrie Joseph ©, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Diego Fagundez 66), Benny Feilhaber, Sainey Nyassi, Milton Caraglio (Kenny Mansally 62)

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Otto Loewy, Zak Boggs, Ryan Guy

STATS*: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 8 ; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 11

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, Michael Umana, Zarek Valentin, Simon Elliott (Paulo Nagamura 76), Blair Gavin (Ben Zemanski 56), Jorge Flores (Laurent Courtois 66), Nick LaBrocca, Alejandro Moreno, Justin Braun

Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Michael Lahoud, Francisco Mendoza, Marcos Mondaini

STATS*: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 5; Saves: 6; Corner Kicks: 1; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 13

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:
CHV: Kennedy (caution) 68

Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Assistant Referees: Craig Lowry, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Daniel Fitzgerald
Weather: Cloudy and 79 degrees
Attendance: 11,523

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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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Podcast – Episode 19 – The Midnight Ride Homestand Fiasco

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

It’s all doom and gloom this week on TMR, as Hank, Sean and Brian are distraught and dismayed at the thought of the New England Revolutions performance over the last few weeks.  Routed at home by Chivas USA a week ago, the Revs seemed to be a bit more composed in Columbus, but to no avail, as the defense finally cracked under the pressure from the Crew.  Who do you blame? Players? Front Office? Head Coach? TMR talks at length about how things are shaping up for the Revs, and what to expect out of them going forward.

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Revs, again, at a loss.

Posted on 06 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Without Shalrie Joseph in the line up for the fourth straight game, the New England Revolution have gone from a team full of youthful promise to a side that has much to learn.

On Wednesday night in the final game of a three game homestand, the Revs lost 0-4 to visitors Chivas USA.  Chivas found their stride early in the match as New England could not muster any sort of field possession.  While the Revs struggled, Chivas showed great composure on the ball and enjoyed plenty of room to navigate around the field at will.

In the past, New England’s strength has been in the midfield, with the likes of Shalrie Joseph, Steve Ralston, and Jeff Larentowicz dictating the run of play.  With two of those three playing elsewhere this season, and the third on an indefininite leave, the once strong spine of the Revolution has evaporated, allowing visiting teams to have free reign in the Revs defensive half.

Except for a few moments in the first half, Chivas had their way with the Revolution.  Those moments came from forward Zack Schilawski and attacking midfielder Marko Perovic.  In the 4th minute, Schilawski found himself with the ball in the center of the pitch and tried to catch Chivas keeper Zach Thornton off his line, but the ball sailed wide to the left.  Just minutes later, the Revolution tried to engineer a give and go, with Perovic winning the ball and feeding it to Schilawski, who fed it into space for winger Sainey Nyassi.  Nyassi however failed to see the play unfold and did not make the run onto the ball.

Perovic put in a workman like effort in the first 25 minutes of the game coming back to win the ball repeatedly, only to be smothered by the Chivas midfielders who, unlike the Revolution, were quick to double team and apply pressure.  Perovic tried twice to find his teammates in support with a desparate heel flick, but to no avail.

Chivas, once they found their space in the midfield, began to dominate the game.  At the 16th minute, Chivas forward Justin Braun nearly connected with a cross from Jesus Padilla, but his header missed wide to the left of the goal.  In the 20th minute Sacha Kljestan took a free kick that forced goal keeper Preston Burpo to make a palm save over the cross bar.

In the 26th minute, Chivas capitalized on their pressure tactics, and took advantage of Revs defender Kevin Alston, who slipped challenging Padilla for a loose ball in the box.  Padilla collected the ball and deftly avoided Burpo’s save attempt, and slid the ball into the back of the net to take a 0-1 lead.

In the 29th minute, after winning the ball from Chivas Midfielder Ben Zemanski, Perovic again was on the attack when Zemanski grabbed the Serbian’s shirt in full view of Referee Steven DePiero and Fourth Official Siliu Petrescu.  The foul was surely forthcoming but the referee allowed play to continue, as Perovic was still in control of the ball.  Perovic lashed out twice in frustration, and connected with the Chivas midfielder’s face, and was summarily ejected.  This was the third ejection in just two games suffered by the New England Revolution.

Down to 10 men, the Revolution were at a loss to stop the Chivas midfield from dominating the game.  In the 33rd minute Justin Braun powered past Revs midfielder Pat Phelan, literally turning him inside out and made the score 2-0, beating Preston Burpo on the near post.  Braun almost scored again in the 41st minute, but that time Burpo was up to the task.

After the halftime break the Revs went to a 3 man back line, subbing off Kevin Alston in favor of forward Edgaras Jankauskas, with the intention of winning the ball and maintaining some possession for the struggling Revolution.  The plan seemed to backfire however, as Chivas continued to find space and time to hold the ball in the midfield. Eventually,  Kljestan engineered a third goal by moving the ball across the face of the Revolution defense, where he found Padilla uncovered on the far left where Alston would have been.  Padilla expertly slid the ball past Burpo to make it 3-0.

The Revs first shot on goal finally came in the 64th minute.   Pat Phelan unleashed a rocket that would have found the back of the net for the midfielders first MLS goal, had it not been for the heads up play of the Chivas keeper Thornton.  Zack Schilawski also found himself with the ball at his feet in front of the goal in the 77th minute, but in this case referee  DePiero did not allow the advantage and awarded a free kick.

Schilawski was then subbed off for Kenny Mansally, who took the free kick.  The resulting scrum saw attempts from Khano Smith thwarted.

Preston Burpo, coming off of a career best, 10 save performance against FC Dallas, appeared to be less composed against his former club Chivas.  On numerous occasions Burpo would come far off his line to play the ball, only to be caught off guard and scurry back to the net.  On one such occurrence Burpo was clearly beat, and Braun nearly scored a second, but Cory Gibbs was able to get back and clear the ball off the line.  However, Chivas midfielder Blair Gavin sealed off Chivas’ complete victory in the 81st minute, beating the Revs’ defense and Preston Burpo from just outside the box.

The Revolution will need to put this game behind them and concentrate on solving their midfield crisis, as they travel to  Ohio this Saturday to face the Columbus Crew.  The Crew are second in the east having only played 4 games so far this season.  However, with the likes of Guillermo Barros Schelotto in the midfield and the  physical attacking play of Stephen Lenhart, the Revs will need to find some form of maintaining possession in the oppositions end of the field if they hope to salvage their dismal start to the season.

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Revs face Chivas with home stand on the line

Posted on 05 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution return to the pitch on Wednesday night to face Chivas USA in the final game of a three game home stand.

This is the third game in 11 days for the Revs, and the fourth game in a row without team captain Shalrie Joseph.  In Shalrie’s absence, the team has managed to salvage only one point in all games.  Without their talismanic midfielder managing the game, the Revolution have struggled to maintain possession and failed to dictate the run of play.

Things are not going to get easier for Head Coach Steve Nicol.  Including Wednesday’s game, the Revolution will play 6 games in the next 17 days. This Saturday the Revolution will face Columbus on the road, and then return to prepare for their US Open Cup match next Wednesday against the Red Bulls in New York. The Revs then face San Jose at home the following Saturday the 15th, followed by an international friendly against Portuguese super-club Benfica on wednesday the 19th before traveling to face Toronto FC on May 22nd.

That’s two games a week for the next three weeks with a roster that has already been besieged by injuries.  Kevin Alston is listed as questionable as he is suffering from an undisclosed illness. Joining Shalrie, Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman on the players not available list are Emmanuel Osei (leg infections) and Mike Videira (ankle injury).  Videira’s absence will come as a real blow as the team is already short on central midfielders without Shalrie and Joseph Niouky who was ejected from last week’s game and is serving a one game suspension, as is forward Kheli Dube.

However, returning to the team, after sitting out Saturday’s game, is midfielder/defender Chris Tierney, whose much improved performance early this season impressed Steve Nicol enough to give him the starting spot on the left wing for the first three games.  Tierney may return to the starting lineup against Chivas on Wednesday if Nicol decides to play Marko Perovic in an attacking role in place of Kheli Dube.

Chivas USA comes into Foxboro with the same record as New England, having salvaged a draw against Chicago last Saturday, but have a -3 goal differential.  The Goats will likely start the same line-up as they did against the Fire, but they will be without the services of Midfielder Michael Lahoud, who was fined and suspended by the league after the match for a tackle on Chicago’s Justin Mapp.  With Lahoud out, Sacha Kljestan may return to the midfield and either Maicon Santis or Chukwudi Chijindo will join Justin Braun up front. Defensive midfielders Blair Gavin and Ben Zemanski will hold up the middle with Jonathan Bornstein and Zach Thornton anchoring the team.

The Revolution defense will once again be put to the test if their team fails to win the battle of the midfield.  However, the Revs have been scoring opportunistic goals, and if they can break through the midfield on the counter attack, New England could manage to win the whole three points.

Prediction: This game has 0-0 draw written all over it, but Revs will scrape out a 1-0 win.

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