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RECAP: Manchester United 4 – Revolution 1

Posted on 14 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

Owen and Macheda Did Most of the Damage for United

Foxboro, MA – Federico Macheda once again stole the show against MLS opposition on Wednesday night, scoring twice to lead Premier League champions Manchester United past MLS side New England Revolution 4-1 in front of a spirited crowd of 51,523 at Gillette Stadium. The match was the kick-off fixture of the 2011 HerbaLife World Football Challenge, pitting teams from around the world in matches across the United States and Canada.

Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson, taking the field for the first time in their pre-season tour of the United States, fielded a starting lineup filled with recognizable faces, including striker Wayne Rooney, Portuguese midfielders Nani and Anderson, and Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic. One of the bigger points of interest for United fans, was the debut of newly-signed winger Ashley Young, who had recently joined the club from Aston Villa. Young started the match up front with Rooney and Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.

With an eye towards an increasingly important match with Philadelphia on Sunday, Revolution head coach Steve Nicol was faced with a difficult task in fielding a starting lineup that could compete, but also wouldn’t be stretched too thin ahead of their upcoming league match. Nicol remarked, “we have a huge game coming Sunday, and we knew that would cause us some problems, but, we did what we had to do.” Nicol opted to play a 4-4-2, playing Benny Feilhaber up top with Rajko Lekic, with Sainey Nyassi and Zak Boggs on the wings. Veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis was more than pleased to stand between the pipes for New England, staring out at one of the biggest and most storied clubs in world football.

The match kicked off in front of a well-populated Gillette Stadium, and they were almost blessed with an early goal, when Chris Tierney found space down the left flank in the 12th minute and fired in a cross that was deflected and found the head of Shalrie Joseph, whose glancing header was only just wide of the far post.

As the first half continued on, Manchester United began imposing their will on the game, showing their world class talent and skill, which finally came through in the 18th minute, when Portuguese winger Nani worked his way through the Revolution defense along the right flank, weaving his way through and creating enough space to fire a cross to Wayne Rooney, whose header was too tall for the crossbar.

Both sides continued to trade punches with each other throughout the middle of the first half. New England played a nice piece of possession football through the middle of the field in the 24th minute, with Joseph and Feilhaber combining to find Pat Phelan, whose off-balance effort from long range was stopped easily. Manchester United then answered back a few moments later, earning a corner kick that failed to test the Revs goal.

Hands down the biggest impact moment of the first half came in the 41st minute, when United defender Fabio broke loose down the left flank and advanced to the goal line, cut back and delivered a pass to an open Berbatov, who was denied in close range by a sprawling Matt Reis, which kept the match level and delighted both groups of supporters.

The first half ended still scoreless, and as the teams walked off the field, it was evident that the home crowd was more than pleased with the effort. That sentiment seemed to be shared throughout both locker rooms as well, Manchester United midfielder, Nani, had high praise for the home club, stating “(Their) position was good. They play compact. In the first half, it was very, very compact. A lot of quality when they pass the ball. I think they can be a good team.”

Both coaches seemed pleased with the effort from their “first XI” in the first half. Revolution head coach Steve Nicol quipped, “Well obviously we’re happy with the way things went things went in the first half. I thought we were pretty solid, defended well. We were fitter and sharper than them, so it was important that we kept things tight and we did.” . The sentiment was shared across the hallway by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said of the Revolution, “The first half (New England) were very competitive. And I think what happens when you make changes in a game, sometimes you lose that momentum you had in the first half. I thought they did pretty well then, I think that maybe they weren’t as forceful and powerful as they were in the first half. Athletic, it’s what you expect of the States’ teams – they’re all athletic, very committed, fit, and organized. So yeah, they’ll be pleased.”

Both sides began the second half making wholesale changes in their lineups, with the Revolution changing their entire defensive lineup, and also inserting Bobby Shuttleworth in goal. Shlarie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber remained in the game to try to keep some sort of order through the middle of the field.

The lack of first team cohesion from New England was seen almost immediately after the second half whistle blew, when midfielder Michael Carrick opened up the New England back line with a great pass to England international striker, Michael Owen, who buried his first chance of the game after coming on at the half. It was a tidy finish, and even Steve Nicol had to marvel at the quality afterwards, “When you have the guys of that caliber, they have to give him the ball. Then there’s only one thing that’s going to happen and he’s going to put it in the back of the net.”

A second United goal came almost directly after the restart, when three minutes later it was Carrick again playing the role of creator, carving the Revolution defense with a brilliant pass to 19 year-old Federico Macheda, who easily slotted home the pass with the side of his foot.

New England did, however, manage to answer back and find the scoresheet only two minutes later. Benny Feilhaber stood over a dangerous free kick at the top of the Manchester United box and fired low and hard towards the net, but instead found striker Kenny Mansally, who almost in self-defense, redirected the shot past a diving ‘keeper. It wasn’t the prettiest of goals, and the culprit certainly knew it, as Feilhaber added after the game, “I miss-hit it a bit, and Kenny was in the right spot, hit it off the shins – or wherever it hit him – and great finish by him.”

The joy of scoring was short-lived for New England, when United answered in the 61st minute. Rafael stepped up to a corner kick and delivered a cross into the box that skimmed off the head of a leaping Sainey Nyassi, and found the feet of Macheda, who easily beat Shuttleworth back across the goal to the far post, giving United a 3-1 lead.

New England could only muster one more solid opportunity in the 74th minute, when Shalrie Joseph orchestrated a great counter attack off a United set piece. Joseph found space through the middle of the field and played to Mansally, who managed to weave his way into enough open space to fire off a shot that was saved well and parried away by the United ‘keeper.

Easily the prettiest and most eye-opening piece of play came on United’s fourth and final goal in the 81st minute. Second half substitute Gabriel Obertan won the ball down the left side of the penalty area, beat Zak Boggs to the line, and then played the ball to Ryan Giggs, who cheekily flicked-on to Korean international Ji-Sung Park, who collected the flick and deftly chipped over a diving Shuttleworth, igniting the crowd one last time on the night.

The match ended at 4-1 for United, and the Red Devils began their pre-season tour of the United States with a victory. Steve Nicol can certainly look to that first half and find plenty of positives from the play of his first choice team against an incredible opponent. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side looked better in the second half after the pace of play picked up, as he pointed out, “It was all about getting our tempo back and these are the types of games that help towards that. I thought in the second half when we speeded up the passing up through the last subs, we scored some very good goals through that. So I am satisfied.”

New England returns to league play on Sunday night, when the Philadelphia Union come to Gillette Stadium in a huge Eastern Conference matchup. Manchester United continues their tour with a cross-country trip to Seattle, where they will take on the Seattle Sounders next Wednesday night.


2011 Herbalife World Football Challenge

New England Revolution vs. Manchester United

July 13, 2011 – Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

Manchester United 4, New England Revolution 1

Scoring Summary:

MUFC – Michael Owen (Michael Carrick) 51

MUFC – Federico Macheda (Michael Carrick) 54

NE – Kenny Mansally (Benny Feilhaber) 56

MUFC – Federico Macheda (Rafael) 61

MUFC – Ji-Sung Park (Ryan Giggs) 80

New England Revolution: Matt Reis (Bobby Shuttleworth 46), Chris Tierney (Darrius Barnes 46), A.J. Soares (Otto Loewy 46), Franco Coria (Ryan Cochrane 46), Kevin Alston (Kenny Mansally 46), Zak Boggs, Benny Feilhaber (Ousmane Dabo 65), Shalrie Joseph, Pat Phelan (Stephen McCarthy 46), Sainey Nyassi (Ryan Guy 65), Rajko Lekic (Zack Schilawski 64)

Substitutes Not Used: Tim Murray, Alan Koger, Diego Fagundez, Andrew Sousa, Ryan Kinne

STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 4; Corner Kicks: 0; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 4

Manchester United: Anders Lindegaard, Fabio, Jonathan Evans, Nemanja Vidic (Rio Ferdinand 46), Rafael, Ashley Young (Gabriel Obertan 67), Anderson (Mame Diouf 75), Michael Carrick (Ji-Sung Park 75) Nani (Ryan Giggs 67), Dimitar Berbatov (Federico Macheda 46), Wayne Rooney (Michael Owen 46)

Substitutes Not Used: Sam Johnstone

STATS*: Shots: 19; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 7; Offside: 1; Fouls Committed: 10

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:


Referee: Mark Geiger

Assistant Referees: Claudio Badea, Steven Taylor

Fourth Official: Niko Bratis?Weather: Cloudy and 69 degrees

Attendance: 51,523

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LIVE BLOG : Manchester United @ New England Revolution

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Matty Jollie

Photo Courtesy of MLSSoccer

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!


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.


*** 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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TMR Episode 37 – The Midnight Ride vs The Manchester Uniteds

Posted on 12 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

Hank is once again joined by American Soccer News Revolution beat writer Matty Jollie and Kevin Koczwara from The Soccer Guys to discuss the upcoming games against Manchester United as well as Philadelphia, and also speculate as to how to best fix the Revs.  Also stay tuned to the very end of the show for a special segment with two special guests.

Click here to listen

Matty Jollie – http://revs.american-soccer-news.com/



Kevin Koczwara – http://thesoccerguysonline.com



Football Fall River – http://twitter.com/futbolfallriver


email: footballfallriver@yahoo.com

The Midnight Ride

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Union stand tall in 1-0 loss to powerhouse Manchester United

Posted on 21 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

An impressive 44,213 were on hand to watch Manchester United eke by the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at Lincoln Financial Field. A Gabriel Obertan finish was the difference late in the match after an entertaining display from both sides of attacking play.

The tempo was a problem for the Union early on but all was quickly adjusted as both teams calmed a relatively frenetic pace and settled for end-to-end attacking soccer. Manchester United threatened early and often with the front work of Danny Welbeck and young winger Gabriel Obertan finding space behind the Union’s fullbacks, namely Jordan Harvey. After the 15 minute mark, however, the Union awoke from their slumber, opening up the game and unleashing a formidable attack led by playmaker Fred. Danny Mwanga put on one hell of show wrong-footing Jonny Evans and turning Fabio on several occasions, a performance that could put him on a few European shortlists.

A youth revolution at the half must have channeled Mwanga’s first half energy as the first 10 minutes of the second half was all Union. Jack McInerney had two early chances, one of which trickled by the left post. Mwanga continued his dominance of a preseason form defender in Jonny Evans.  In the end, however, it was a Jordan Harvey turnover that sunk the Union. At 75 minutes, Danny Welbeck received the ball within the 18 and dropped a quick ball off to an onrushing Gabriel Obertan. Brian Perk, showing his Celtic FC performance was no fluke, cut down the angle but Obertan was able to slot the ball under him to make it 1-0. The Union continued to battle valiantly with a range of opportunities, close and. McInerney troubled the defense, even new trialist Martin Rivas had a flash here and there, but overall the final ingredient was missing. A single finish.

It was refreshing to see the young players get a run out as many impressed but with chance after chance, and this being a running theme for the season, it was disappointing not to see the Union get one. United did not disappoint with efficient, though rarely flashy, soccer. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, and the ever chippy Paul Scholes saw the field to fits of applause and Manchester United started their Tour of America off with a 1-0 win over a team they will surely come away respecting.

Philadelphia Union Starting Lineup


Orozco Fiscal——Califf————–Arrieta—————Harvey


Le Toux————————————————————Fred


Manchester United Starting XI





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Scouting Report: Manchester United, Tour of America

Posted on 21 July 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union will face their second international test in the last week tonight at 7:30PM at Lincoln Financial Field. At last count, there are 35,000+ ready to participate in Manchester United’s third visit to the City of Brotherly Love.

After this match, ten days of solid rest should bode well for a Union squad that as of late has been picked apart by injuries. Alejandro Moreno left this past weekend’s win vs. Toronto FC in the 54th minute after reaggravating a knee injury while youngster Roger Torres and the versatile Shea Salinas will be sidelined for several more weeks with respective ankle injuries. So many Union fans are wondering – where are the reinforcements? Kyle Nakazawa, coming back from a long-term knee injury, could see some minutes tonight while trialists – J.T Noone and Eduardo ‘Chacho’ Coudet – should be on the field for the Union at some point as well. It’s particularly Coudet that Union fans are baffled about. The 35-year old veteran of the Argentine league has been with the club for almost a month now and the transfer window opened almost a week ago – so why hasn’t he signed yet?

Regardless, the test ahead for the Union may be meaningless to some fans. Many are fraught with the fear of more injuries and fatigue but on the other side of things, this could be one hell of a match. The players that take the pitch for Manchester United will be a mixture of young and old, established and those still developing but the Red Devils no matter, will be here to win. We all know the names Ryan Giggs, Nani, Edwin Van der Sar, Dimitar Berbatov and Paul Scholes. Established players – some in their prime and others near the end of respective storied careers. The youngsters, though, will be looking to secure one of the very few openings that United has in their gameday rosters. Those to watch out for?

Federico Macheda: At only 18, the Italian striker has made himself quite a name at Old Trafford. In less than 10 official appearances, Macheda has struck for three goals, one being a memorable curler that won the game in dramatic fashion for United after being down 2-1 vs. Aston Villa.

Mame Biram Diouf: The Senegalese international has yet to really break the ranks but grabbed his first goal in a United shirt in January of last season. Diouf dominated the Norwegian top flight in his several seasons there and will have a tough time breaking through into United’s starting XI. His performance vs. Celtic FC, however, bodes well for his start to the preseason.

Tom Cleverley – Despite a season-ending injury suffered in April of this past season, Cleverley raised his stock significantly with his play on loan with Watford of the English Championship. A midfielder, the 20-year old struck with regularity, scoring 10 goals in a season and a half of play with Hornets earning himself the club’s Player of the Year for the 2009-2010 season.

Add a host of other youngsters vying for attention from the venerable Sir Alex Ferguson to the mix and you have a team that will be tough for the Union to overcome. Can our starlets match up? Expect Danny Mwanga, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, and friends to feature prominently.

Are you excited for the match? Do you think captain Danny Califf can shut down Berbatov? Can Le Toux score against the Dutch legend Edwin Van der Sar?  How do you think the Union will fare?

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Union to face Manchester United, July 21st

Posted on 06 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union will face Manchester United at Lincoln Financial Field on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at a time to be determined.

Seeing as it’s right after the World Cup in South Africa, we probably won’t see a full squad from United but you can expect some very significant names to be lining up against the Zolos. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin Van der Sar and many others. In order to accomodate the game, the league will move a fixture that would have seen the Union away at Colorado on July 21st. Details on that to come.

It will NOT be part of the season ticket package due to the fact it’s a joint venture between CAA, SUM, and Lincoln Financial Field. All Founding Members, however, will get a chance to purchase tickets in advance – a window starting today and ending Sunday, May 9th, 2010. So take a look at the price structure below and get buying:

$225 – Field
$135 – Row 1
$110 – Club 1
$85 – Club 2
$85 – VIP Midfield
$65 – Midfield
$50 – Sidelines
$35 – Corners
$30 – Endzones

It will be the Red Devils 2nd stop on a four game tour that lands them eventually in Houston to take on the MLS All-Star squad.

July 16 – Manchester United vs. Celtic F.C. 7:30 pm ET Rogers Center, Toronto

July 21 – Manchester United vs. Philadelphia Union TBD Lincoln Financial Field

July 25 – Manchester United vs. Kansas City Wizards 6:00 pm ET Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City

July 28 – MLS All-Star Game vs. Manchester United 8:30 pm ET Reliant Stadium, Houston

Sons of Ben have a designated section so go here to figure all that good stuff out.

What do you think of Glazer-owned United coming to Philadelphia? Think it will be a packed house?

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