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LIVE BLOG : Manchester United @ New England Revolution

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

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Foxboro, MA – Welcome to Gillette Stadium! We are trying something different here at ASN tonight, with a live running commentary here, as well as on Twitter! It’s @MattyJollie here with you tonight, and I will be your in-game host! You can follow along on Twitter @RevsASN for in-game tweets, or here with me and leave your thoughts and comments!

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7:05 – Lineups have been announced!  NEW ENGLAND (Reis, Tierney, Coria, Soares, Alston, Boggs, Phelan, Joseph, Feilhaber, Nyassi, Lekic)  MANCHESTER UNITED (Lindegaard, Fabio, Vidic, Evans, Rafael, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Young, Berbatov, Rooney)

7:15 – A mostly full strength squad for New England, with Tierney sliding back to left-back, and Boggs playing left-mid.  In a surprising twist, Nicol goes with a 4-4-2 tonight, playing Benny Feilhaber up top with Rajko Lekic. Plenty of familiar faces on the pitch for Manchester United, with Rooney and Berbatov up top, and newly-signed Ashley Young making his debut in a Red Devils uniform.

7:45 – A slight drizzle here at Gillette Stadium has a few fans scattering towards the covered walkways and concourses. Nothing too heavy, but enough to bring out a few rain ponchos.

8:02 – Both clubs are coming onto the field for pre-game lineups. Revs in their all blue home kits, Red Devils in their patented red kit with white shorts.

8:10 – WE ARE SET FOR KICKOFF! The whistle blows, and we are UNDERWAY !

3′ – Both teams sparring early, but it is very clear that Man Utd. is absolutely here to play.

8′ – Can’t seem to find a properly inflated ball at the moment. Slight delay.

10′ – Free Kick for New England in a DANGEROUS spot.

11′ – Tierney’s effort slams into the wall, and the ball is cleared by Vidic.

13′ – Shalrie Joseph almost opens the scoring, after a Zak Boggs cross is deflected and Joseph’s glancing header is wide.

15′ – It needs to be said: New England is more than holding their own here.

19 ‘ – Great individual play by Nani sees him cross to an unmarked Rooney, whose header is too high

23′ – Manchester United beginning to dictate play. Revs doing well to defend.

25′ – Good build up play from New England. Phelan fires on net but it is save easily.

26′ – Another good bit of possession from the Revs, it’s Phelan again, who kicks a field goal over the crossbar.

28′ – Good cross from Ashley Young, a bit too high for Dimitar Berbatov however. Goal kick to NE.

30′ – Young does well to earn a corner for United. Nothing comes of it.

34′ – Revs continue to hold their own. Even maintaining possession for stretches.

36′ – Carrick fires just wide after a good pass from Anderson.

41′ – Stunning save from Matt Reis. Fabio gets to the byline, crosses to Berbatov who is stoned by Reis.

45′ – Reis does well to stop a Nani effort short side that goes out for a corner.

HALFTIME – The Revs dodged a few bullets late in the half, but Reis came up big. Look for multiple subs at the half, but for now, it’s REVS 0 – MANCHESTER UNITED 0

48′ – Revs make six changes at the half, Feilhaber, Joseph and Lekic stay on the field. Owen, Ferdinand, and Macheda on for United.

51′- GOAL. Manchester United striker and sub Michael Owen opens the scoring off a good pass from Carrick.

54′ – GOAL. Macheda finds acres of space in the box, beats Loewy and Cochrane, and fires easily past Shuttleworth. 2-0.

56′ (2-0 MAN) – Revs earn a free kick at the very top of the box. Feilhaber to take.

57′ (2-1 MAN) – GOAL. Mansally redirects the free kick past the keeper and New England cuts the lead in half.

61′ (3-1 MAN) – GOAL. Frantic, fast-paced stuff here. Feilhaber does well to deflect a cross, but the ball goes out for a corner. Corner kick somehow finds Macheda at the back post, and the Italian buries it back post.

64′ (3-1 MAN) – Schilawski, Dabo, Guy in. Felihaber, Lekic, Nyassi out.

67′ (3-1 MAN) – Huge roar for Ryan Giggs who just now enters the match.

69′ (3-1 MAN) – Mansally does well to earn a free kick, but it’s cleared by the wall.

74′ (3-1 MAN) – New England counters well, Joseph dictates play through the middle and finds Mansally on the left flank, and the resulting shot is parried away and cleared.

76′ – (3-1 MAN) – Ji Sung Park and Mame Diouf on for United.

81′ (4-1 MAN) – GOAL. Now THAT is the Manchester United we know.  Beautiful stuff from the champs, as Obertan beats Boggs, then finds Giggs, who flicks on to Park, who cheekily chips Shuttleworth from close range. Impressive.

86′ (4-1 MAN) – Things have quieted down just a tad as the teams near the final whistle. Schilawski called for offside and the attack breaks down.

FULL TIME – MANCHESTER UNITED 4, NEW ENGLAND 1

*** We’re headed down for both press conferences, be sure to check back later for a full recap and coaches’ impressions!

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Quick Start Guide to the HerbaLife World Football Challenge

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

The Second Annual World Football Challenge Kicks Off in FoxboroFoxboro, MA – Tonight marks the beginning of the 2011 HerbaLife World Football Challenge, when the New England Revolution take on the 19-time English Champions and 2010/11 UEFA Champions League Runner-Up, Manchester United.  For fans new to the World Football Challenge (which are quite a few, seeing as this is only the second time the competition has been held) have seemed a little unsure of the “format” or whether it was an actual tournament at all.  So, allow me to educate you over the next five minutes with a crash-course, FAQ-style primer on this summer’s biggest international club soccer tournament.

What exactly IS the World Football Challenge? – The WFC was created in 2009, with an eye towards pitting some of the finest international club teams in the world against each other on American Soil. The first tournament in 2009 (won by Chelsea FC of England) had 4 teams: Chelsea (ENG), Inter Milan (ITA), AC Milan (ITA), and Club America (MEX). The original tournament was done round-robin style, with each team playing three matches in venues across the United States (Revs fans will remember the Milan Derby was played at Gillette Stadium), with the club with the best record taking home the title. This edition of the WFC is quite different, as it now includes Major League Soccer teams as well.

Who is participating in this tournament? – A total of 13 clubs are participating in this year’s tournament: 8 international clubs, and 5 from MLS. They are as follows:

Manchester City (ENG)

Manchester United (ENG)

FC Barcelona (SPA)

Juventus (ITA)

Club America (MEX)

CD Guadalajara (MEX)

Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)

Chicago Fire (USA)

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (USA)

Philadelphia Union (USA)

Los Angeles Galaxy (USA)

Vancouver Whitecaps (CAN/MLS)

What is the format for the tournament ? – The round robin style has been scrapped.  Seven of the international clubs (Sporting Clube being excluded) will play three matches each. The MLS clubs are grouped together by conference, equalling three matches played (thus, New England, Chicago, and Philadelphia play one match each, while LA Galaxy will play two and Vancouver one) and this is done for competition purposes. There will be NO DRAWS in this particular tournament. If the match were to end level, the teams will advance directly to penalty kicks.

What is the scoring format? – Teams are awarded (3) points for a win in regulation, (2) points for a win in penalty kicks, (1) point for a penalty kick loss, (0) for a loss in regulation. Teams are also awarded (1) point per goal in regulation up to a max of three in each match. So, for an example, if a team were to win a match 3-0 in regulation, they would be awarded 6 points (3 for the win, and a max 3 for each goal). The club, or in the MLS case the Conference, with the highest point total at the end of the competition will be crowned champion of the 2011 HerbaLife World Football Challenge.

Are there any limits on rosters and/or substitutions? – Twenty Five (25) players are allowed on the team sheet for each match (11 selected and 14 substitutes), and teams are allowed to use up to 11 of those 14 substitutes during the match.  No cautions or sending-off will carry forward into the next match except red-cards for violent play, serious foul play, or two yellows in the same match (resulting in a red).

What does the schedule look like for the WFC ? – The fixture list for the competition is as follows:

New England Revolution vs.Manchester United  – July 13  –  Gillette Stadium

Los Angeles Galaxyvs.Real Madrid    -July 16  – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Club America  vs.   Manchester City   -July 16  –     AT&T Park

Manchester City  vs.   Vancouver Whitecaps FC  –  July 18   –   Empire Field

CD Guadalajara   vs.  Real Madrid    –  July 20  –    Qualcomm Stadium

Manchester United  vs.Chicago Fire    –  July 23 –   Soldier Field

Philadelphia Union  vs.   Real Madrid   –  July 23   -Lincoln Financial Field

Juventus   vs.  Sporting Clube de Portugal  – July 23     –    BMO Field

Los Angeles Galaxyvs.Manchester City  – July 24   -The Home Depot Center

Juventus  vs.     Club America   -July 26  –   Citi Field

Juventus  vs.     CD Guadalajara-  July 28  –   Carter Finley Stadium

FC Barcelona   vs.    Manchester United –  July 30   –  FedEx Field

FC Barcelona   vs.   CD Guadalajara –    August 3  –   Sun Life Stadium

FC Barcelona   vs   .Club America-August 6  –      Cowboys Stadium

 

It promises to be a great competition and affords American Soccer fans a great opportunity to see some of the World’s best players. Be sure to check back here often as we here at Revs ASN will keep you updated throughout the tournament!

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Revs Schedule Update

Posted on 11 March 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution have announced two changes to their schedule for later this season.

The Philadelphia Union will now face the Revs in Foxboro on Sunday, July 17, at 7 p.m. ET, one day later than originally scheduled.  This change is being made to accommodate an international friendly, featuring the Revolution, which will be announced at a later date.

The other schedule change moves FC Dallas’ visit to Gillette Stadium up one day to Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m.

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