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Revolution Friday Update

Posted on 30 July 2010 by sstoehrst

I’m going to try and start a new weekly feature where every Friday Hank and/or I give a brief rundown of the week’s interesting news items, with opinion. Once replaced as the lead story, these articles will be available in the “Also Noted” section in the center of the page. Now, onto the news!

The breaking news in Revs camp is the announcement of two new signings from the international free-transfer market. Serbian forward Ilija Stolica and Brazilian attacking midfielder Roberto “Betu” Linck have inked contracts with MLS and will meet up with the Revolution after tomorrow’s trip to Philadelphia.

Stolica, 31, is a tall and strong forward who most recently plied his trade at FC Buducnost in Montenegro. He, like Marko Perovic, is a former Serbian youth international and Olympian, and will be expected to slot in quickly alongside Schilawski and Perovic up front. With Dube out for a couple weeks, Stolica should see action right away. His transfer is pending receipt of his P-1 Visa.

Betu is a younger player at 22 who, interestingly, will not count as an international player for roster purposes. Betu is a veteran of Gremio’s youth system but moved the US in 2002. He played college soccer at Irvine Valley College in California and also in the US Indoor Xtreme Soccer League with the Chicago Storm. He spent last season with Romanian second-division side CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea and is awaiting his international Transfer Certificate.

Both moves seem to be steps in the right direction – since the defense has apparently sorted itself out with the return of Darrius Barnes, the biggest problem facing the Revolution has been in attack. 15 goals in 15 MLS matches simply won’t cut it, and New England can’t rely on flashes of brilliance from Perovic and the occasional goal at home from Schilawski if they want to make a playoff push.

On the other hand, do the Revs really need more unknown international Bosman players? In a summer where New York has grabbed Henry and (apparently) Marquez, Chicago signed Nery Castillo, and Seattle added another DP in the Uruguayan World Cup vet Alvaro Fernández, it doesn’t say much for the organization to continue to deal in nameless players from the dredges of the European leagues. Nothing against the Montenegran top flight or Romania’s division 2, but shouldn’t MLS teams be shooting a little higher?

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The other big news item this week has been the announcement that the New England will be opening both sides of the bowl for seating at Gillette next season. Season tickets will be available at in prime Category I midfield seats and other sections in Category II and Category III areas will also be open.

This is certainly an exciting development but, to be frank, are the Revs really making up the kind of numbers that should encourage this move? The benefits for stadium atmosphere and acoustics are obvious, but unless the real problem of failing attendance numbers is addressed you’re just going to end up spreading 10,000 lonely souls over a larger surface area. In a cavernous place like Gillette that can often have the opposite effect of what the Revs Front Office is looking for.

On the injury front, Kheli Dube will miss the clash with the Union tomorrow with a knee ligament strain. He’ll be staying in Foxboro along with Nico Colaluca (ankle), Zak Boggs (concussion), Jason Griffiths (hamstring) and Edgaras Jankauskas (adductor). Preston Burpo (leg), though on the season-ending injury list, will be traveling with the squad to Philadelphia to watch the game and be among his teammates.

And finally some fun, as Shalrie Joseph joined fellow MLS All-Stars and several Manchester United stars, including Ryan Giggs, for a tour of NASA’s Houston facilities on Tuesday. Jeff Lemieux posted pictures on the Revs official blog, and you can view them here.

Opinions on the new signings? Do you think opening the whole bowl is a good idea? Leave questions and comments below!

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Revs look for a jump start with early start

Posted on 22 May 2010 by Hank Alexandre

Today the New England Revolution head to Toronto FC for their final meet-up against the northern side of the regular MLS season.   The game has been moved up to start at 1:00 ET so not to conflict with the UEFA Champions League Final starting at 2:30.  This early start just might be what the Revs are looking for to jump start their season.

The Revs are 2-5-2 coming into this match, with their last win coming against Toronto FC in the Revolution’s home opener way back in April.  Since then they have managed only two points in six league games, and have lost six out of eight in all competitions, including a 3-0 US Open Cup loss to New York Red Bull, and a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of super club and Portuguese league champions Benfica.  Toronto FC, on the other hand, having lost three out of four games to start the season, have gone 3 -1-1 since and have not lost at home all season.

The Revolution took advantage of some very shaky play on behalf of the Toronto FC defense and were able to capitalize on it twice.  Zack Schilawski scored three goals that night and nearly had a fourth, while Kheli Dube and Sainey Nyassi, who also scored for the Revs, provided plenty of service for the rookie.  Toronto has since turned things around and have had a +3 goal differential over their last 6 games.

The good news for the Revolution is that Toronto FC will be down some key players.  Dwayne DeRosario, TFC’s leading goal scorer (6), is traveling with the Canadian national team and will miss the match, as will Julian DeGuzman, who is out with an injury.

The Revs continue to be without the services of center backs Darrius Barnes and Emmanuel Osei, and will be forced to start midifelder Pat Phelan in the back line for the second time this season.  Phelan, who played center back at Wake Forest, played 90 minutes on the back line for the Revs in last week’s match against San Jose, which ended as a scoreless draw.

The Revs may finally have the services of Shalrie Joseph however,  whose leave of absence from the team appears to have been a 5 game suspension for violating the leagues Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health policy.  Joseph’s last game for the Revs was the first meeting against Toronto, in which he played a large part in the success.  Since then the Revs have struggled to find a winning formation in the midfield, although in recent weeks have stopped the bleeding by switching to a 5 man midfield.  This formation has had benefits in recent weeks, most notably in the game against Columbus, in which midfielder Zak Boggs saw his first start and netted two goals for the Revs.

If Joseph does play, he will likely come in off the bench as he has not played with the team in 6 weeks.  He would likely come in for Chris Tierney, but considering Tierney’s improved play in the center midfield over recent weeks, Joseph Niouky may be the player to come off.  If Coach Steve Nicol decides he needs to play two forwards, he could play Perovic or Tierney out on the left and move Boggs into a more forward role, or substitute Boggs for Dube.

Projected starting line-up for the Revs: Burpo, Sinovic, Gibbs, Phelan, Alston, Boggs, Tierney, Perovic, Niouky, Nyassi, Schilawski

Prediction: 2-0 Revolution.

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Revs stomp TFC, 4-1 in home opener

Posted on 11 April 2010 by Liam O'Connell

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – The New England Revolution secured their second consecutive victory of the 2010 season, beating Toronto FC 4-1 in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. The emphatic win was led by rookie forward Zack Schilawski who registered a hat trick in his home debut in only an 11-minute span. He is only the third rookie in MLS history to score three goals in one match in his first season.

The game didn’t start the way the home side intended, with Toronto applying pressure, and eventually breaking through in the 28th minute thanks to Dwayne De Rosario. The Revolution cleared the ball out of their box toward Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, who sent a cross back into the box where De Rosario came in and headed it home.

By now, people should stop questioning the team selection process of Head Coach Steve Nicol (who let us not forget earned his 100th career MLS victory tonight). If Schilawski’s performance wasn’t reason enough, take a look at the play of Seth Sinovic.

Despite only being a rookie, the Revolution’s left back was dealing with the threat of one of MLS’s most experienced and skilled midfielders, Dwayne De Rosario. Almost every time DeRo made a push down that side of the field, Sinovic contained him one-on-one or forced him off the ball. It even led to Preki switching him over to the other side of the field in the second half when things turned the Revs’ way.

Toronto’s goal without a doubt sparked the Revs and made them realize it was time to wake up. Towards the end of the first half Dube had a deflected ball fall to him in the box, which he volleyed, but could only hit the outside of the side netting with. Then, moments before the end of the half, there was a clear call for a handball on the top of Toronto’s box, but the linesman ruled Schilawski offside.

In the second half, New England immediately came out with even more energy and forward push.

In the 47th minute, the Revolution scored the tying goal, through rookie forward Zack Schilawski. Nyassi received the ball wide, and worked a quick one touch give-and-go with Dube. Nyassi raced onto the quick return ball, and had the time and space to whip a ball in across the box. Schilawski drifted in from the far post to tap home his first MLS goal.

Shalrie Joseph told reporters after the game, “It was huge that we got [the goal] so early [in the second half]. They didn’t really want to play and we knew that they scored early and if we were also going to give up an early strike, we were going to keep working at it and it shows what this team is capable of.” That momentum he spoke of was without a doubt built upon.

Only four minutes after scoring his first goal, Schilawski stole the ball from Toronto defender, Nick Garcia, and ran in on goal, coolly slotting the ball near post past the sprawling TFC goalkeeper Frei.

Schilawski obviously impressed his coach. “The second goal is just a great goal” said Nicol, as he addressed the media. “He’s through on the goalie. He’s cool, he’s calm. He rolls it in the side netting. It’s just a fantastic finish and well-taken – all the good things that he has.”

The Revolution continued to increase the pressure applied to the Toronto defense, and the majority of the play was happening in the visiting team’s offensive half. Dube had multiple chances, many worked by the captain Shalrie Joseph. Even Sinovic was getting in on the action, getting a shot off from outside the box.

Then, in the 58th minute, Joseph threaded a perfectly weighted ball from the midfield to Dube who was making a run down towards the right side of the field. Dube one timed the ball across the goalmouth, to Schilawski who easily finished and completed his hat trick.

Wing play was clearly something emphasized by the Revolution in this match. Head Coach Steve Nicol told the press after the game, “I think getting the ball wide was always going to be huge for us.”

In the first half, the majority of the positive offensive push by the Revolution came from the left side, where Sinovic, Tierney, and Schilawski connected well down the field. However, it seemed that in the second half there was more of an emphasis on working down the right flank, as two of Schilawski’s goals were created by wing play on that side by Dube and Nyassi.

In the second half, Toronto rarely troubled the Revs defense, let alone goalkeeper Preston Burpo. They were forced to take long range shots from far outside the box, all of which were easily handled by Burpo.

In the 64th minute, as hard as it may be to believe, Schilawski could have – and arguably should have – made it four goals on the night. Joseph, the Revolution captain, again provided a great ball to the forward who was running in on goal, but unfortunately tripped over the ball just as he should have looked to get the shot off.

In the 66th minute, the Revolution put the game beyond all doubt. Niouky sent a ball through the defense towards a Nyassi run. It looked as if it should have been easily dealt with by the Toronto defender, but he tried a soft backpass towards the Toronto goalie, unaware of the oncoming Nyassi. The Revolution winger ran right through and finished the ball past Stefan Frei who could do nothing to stop it.

After the fourth goal, the Revs made all three of their substitutions, bringing in Marko Perovic, Khano Smith, and Pat Phelan for Kheli Dube, Chris Tierney, and Shalrie Joseph respectively.

Marko Perovic’s talent and skill was immediately on display, as he received the ball in the 71st minute and with his first touch went at and beat the defender, creating space for himself and releasing Khano towards goal.

Even with all the substitutes made, the Revolution continued to dominate play and controlled the majority of the possession. The Revs created a few more chances, and the few efforts Toronto continued to have were relatively tame ones on Burpo’s goal.

The Revolution’s next game is this coming Saturday, April 17th where they will be visiting the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. and will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet

Scoring Summary:
TFC – Dwayne De Rosario (Nick Garcia) 28
NE – Zack Schilawski (Sainey Nyassi, Kheli Dube) 47
NE – Zack Schilawski (unassisted) 51
NE – Zack Schilawski (Kheli Dube, Shalrie Joseph) 58
NE – Sainey Nyassi (unassisted) 66

New England Revolution: Preston Burpo (GK), Cory Gibbs, Emmanuel Osei, Chris Tierney (Khano Smith 71), Seth Sinovic, Sainey Nyassi, Shalrie Joseph © (Pat Phelan 75), Kevin Alston, Joseph, Niouky, Kheli Dube (Marko Perovic 70), Zack Schilawski

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth (GK), Kenny Mansally, Darrius Barnes, Zak Boggs

STATS: Shots: 17; Shots on Goal: 9; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 5; Offside: 6; Fouls Committed: 15

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei (GK), Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Raivis Hscanovics (Chad Barrett 58), Dan Gragan, Joseph Nane, Dwayne De Rosario ©, Amadou Sanyang (Julian de Guzman 60), Martin Saric, O’Brian White (Fuad Ibrahim 75), Nick LaBrocca

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Conway (GK), Gabe Gala, Ty Harden, Sam Cronin

STATS: Shots: 9; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 2; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 15

Misconduct Summary:
TFC – Raivis Hscanovics (caution) 11
TFC – Julian de Guzman (caution) 85

Referee: Alex Prus
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry
Fourth Official: Eric Proctor
Weather: Clear, 55 degrees
Attendance: 12,798

Special thanks to Jeff Lemieux and RevolutionSoccer.net for providing quotes and statistics for the game.

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