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Revs Home Schooled by Philadelphia in big defeat

Posted on 18 July 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com

The New England Revolution (3-9-7, 9th in the East) fell 3-0 to a surging Philadelphia Union (8-4-7, 1st in the East) squad yesterday evening at Gillette Stadium. Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Valdes, and Sheanon Williams all tallied for the Union as they dispatched a Revolution team still looking for their first win since May 14th.

Revs ASN has all of the gory details. And Philly ASN chimes in as well.

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Union take sole possession of first in the East with convincing 3-0 win

Posted on 18 July 2011 by Breton Bonnette

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For joint Union and US Women’s National Team fans, there was only one thing that was going to wash the bad taste out of their mouths after that heart-breaking loss in the World Cup final: a Union win. If it was convincing, all the better but three points were hoped for. With Shalrie Joseph suspended for the Revolution, it’s safe to say that three points – World Cup final loss or not – were actually expected.

The Revs came into this game without a win in 8 games and having endured a midweek run-around with Manchester United. The Union, almost completely the opposite. Without a Major League Soccer match until July 29th, the Union were looking to throw everything into this game with an 11 day competitive rest coming up and two friendlies against Everton and Real Madrid scheduled for the coming week. They didn’t disappoint.

Carlos Ruiz, fresh off his re-confirmation that he will not be going anywhere anytime soon, got the Union started off on the right foot in the 12th minute.  His headed through ball started the offensive drive that eventually wound up full circle. Justin Mapp ran on to the pass and hit ball far post to a charging Keon Daniel. The winger, instead of opting for an off balance shot on net, nodded the ball in front of the net, wrong-footing the Revolution’s Matt Reis in the process,  to an onrushing  El Pescadito. The poacher did the rest, putting it home for an early 1-0 lead and his 6th goal of the season. That goal pretty much set the tempo and feel for the rest of the game. The Union dominated, much like their play against San Jose the week prior, but they finished their chances in this one. The Revs looked wounded without their talisman Joseph and their only other real playmaker on paper Benny Feilhaber did nothing but hurt New England in this one. It was his sending off midway through the second half that sealed the loss for New England.

Carlos Valdes poked one home only 10 minutes after Ruiz’s opener, his first of the year, and Sheanon Williams got his first, as well, late in the game as the Union built on their hot streak. Philadelphia will now have a little fun this week facing up against European powerhouses Everton (July 20th) and Real Madrid (July 23rd) before returning to Major League Soccer regular season play after the MLS All-Star break on Friday, July 29th against the defending champs, Colorado, at PPL Park.

For the FULL game story, head to the Revolution ASN site here.

Scoring Summary:

PHI — Carlos Ruiz 6 (Keon Daniel 1, Justin Mapp 2) 12

PHI — Carlos Valdes 1 (Sebastien Le Toux 7, Kyle Nakazawa 3) 24

PHI — Sheanon Williams 1 (Danny Mwanga 3) 93+

New England Revolution — Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Franco Coria (Darrius Barnes 46), A.J. Soares, Chris Tierney, Sainey Nyassi (Zak Boggs 46), Pat Phelan, Benny Feilhaber, Stephen McCarthy, Kenny Mansally (Zack Schilawski 79), Rajko Lekic.

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Gabriel Farfan, Justin Mapp (Danny Mwanga 63), Brian Carroll, Kyle Nakazawa, Keon Daniel (Stefani Miglioranzi 79), Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz (Michael Farfan 74).

Misconduct Summary:

NE — Benny Feilhaber (caution; Reckless Foul) 49

NE — Benny Feilhaber (caution; Reckless Foul) 66

NE — Benny Feilhaber (ejection; Second Caution) 66

PHI — Keon Daniel (caution; Dissent) 72

Referee: Chris Penso

Referee’s Assistants: Hector Vergara; Eric Boria

4th Official: Mark Geiger

Attendance: 13,414

Time of Game: 1:51

Weather: Clear-and-85-degrees

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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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Game #21 Preview: Union at New England

Posted on 28 August 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The Union are set for atonement after a dismal 2-0 loss at the hands of the worst team in Major League Soccer. Danny Allsopp’s brace and Philadelphia’s showing tested a lot of Union fans with ten games to play. Will the Zolos reward their faithful with a spirited second away win? Or will the suffering continue?

Happier times...

Philadelphia Union at New England Revolution
Saturday, August 28, 2010, 7:30PM, 6abc
Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA

Philadelphia Union Projected Starters (4-11-5)


Orozco F.————Califf————-Gonzalez—————Harvey



————————Mwanga———Le Toux————————

OUT: MF Shea Salinas (L fibula fracture); QUESTIONABLE: FW Alejandro Moreno (R hamstring strain)

New England Revolution Projected Starters (6-11-3)



Nyassi—————Joseph————-Phelan————–K. Smith



OUT: GK Preston Burpo (R leg fracture); FW Taylor Twellman (concussion); DOUBTFUL: MF Jason Griffiths (L hamstring strain); FW Edgaras Jankauskas (L adductor strain); GK Matt Reis (lower back pain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Kevin Alston (L hamstring strain); FW Zak Boggs (concussion); MF Nico Colaluca (R ankle sprain); PROBABLE: FW Kheli Dube (R knee MCL sprain); DF Cory Gibbs (L ankle sprain); MF Marko Perovic (L foot plantar fascitis)

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The Revs continue to face an onslaught of injuries. Most importantly for the Union, it’s netminder and former MLS All-Star Matt Reis who will not be in net for New England. Reis is sidelined with back pain and youngster Bobby Shuttleworth will get his second start for the Revs, his first start ending in a 3-0 defeat to the Sounders. MLS All-Star defender Kevin Alston will also miss due hamstring issues.

The Revs come into this game now 8-2-4 vs. expansion squads.

Food for thought, who would you protect come expansion draft time? Better yet – who wouldn’t you mind heading to Portland or Vancouver?

It’s not a fun statistic but the Union haven’t won since July 17th – more than a full month since Philadelphia outlast Toronto FC at PPL Park. Their only road win? Against the Houston Dynamo on May 29th.

Did anyone else almost forget? The Union will take on Mexican powerhouse Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday, September 1st. Not sure about you but I’d take a win over New England before winning bragging rights vs. Chivas.

Keys to the Win

You have to think that the Union starters were embarrassed after last weekend’s performance vs. cellar-dwellers DC United and are looking to get firmly back on track. Setting the tone early on with relentless attack is great and all if you can finish the chances you do get. Too many times vs. DC there was hesitation after hesitation on the attacking end and somebody with a little urgency has to take hold of things. Let’s also not forget the absence of Marko Perovic who Union fans know all too well for the dipping free kick from 35-40 yards out that left Chris Seitz helpless and flabbergasted.

The answer to this is relatively clear – assuming nobody would have made Califf captain if he couldn’t bounce back after adversity – but will Califf follow his match vs. DC with a solid one against New England? One of the last things the Union wants heading into next season is the sad realization that they hold the Major League Soccer record for fewest shutouts in a season. A good start would be Califf leading the Zolos to one at Gillette tonight.

New England has not been shy about their intentions for tonight especially coming off a winless road trip. They need to win to keep any hopes – though slim – for the postseason alive. The Revs have won their last four at home so a reversion back to early season form has to be in the cards if the Union want to leave Gillette with points. For Philadelphia, it’s more for the late season momentum as making the playoffs looks unattainable this season.

With ten games remaining and the playoffs a distant possibility, expect the young guys to get significant time. Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, and Toni Stahl should all see more time than usual as Nowak balances the rest of this expansion season with preparations for 2011.

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Everything positive as Sounders put down the Revolution

Posted on 06 June 2010 by nschiffler

Where was this kind of play all season?

Inspired by an early goal by Leo Gonzalez, his first in MLS, the Seattle Sounders broke out of their offensive slump and routed the New England Revolution 3-0 at Qwest Field.

Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero added first-half goals as the Sounders controlled the run of play for 90 minutes, giving the home side a huge win that they desperately needed to get themselves back in the pack of playoff contending teams.

“We want to make this a tough place for teams to play,” Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid said. “I think we made it that way tonight, so it does a lot for our spirit, it does a lot for our confidence, it just does an awful lot for the morale. And it was good to win and score some fine goals.”

It didn’t take long for Seattle to get on the scoresheet with one of those fine goals. Montero held up with the ball well, allowing Gonzalez to arrive, and the Costa Rican played the ball to Zakuani. His touch back got away from him but fell right to Gonzalez, who hit a brilliant, swerving, unsaveable shot with the outside of his foot from the edge of the penalty area that found the back of the net.

Not to be outdone, Zakuani chipped in with a wonderful goal of his own about twenty minutes later. Again it was Montero, this time taking a quick throw-in, acting as the catalyst. The throw found Brad Evans in the box, and he controlled the ball before looping it back out to Zakuani. He took the ball out of mid-air, volleying it with his right foot off the crossbar and in, with the kind of accuracy no keeper in the world could have done anything about.

Pat Noonan tried to get in on the goal-scoring action in the 31st minute. He received the ball with two defenders on him, shook off one and juked past the second before smacking his shot off the post. The ball rebounded away to safety.

But Seattle wasn’t done putting the ball in the back of the net. In the 42nd minute Gonzalez passed to Noonan, who touched the ball over to Montero. He took his time with the ball at his feet, faking a shot to create a little more space, before smashing a low shot under beleaguered backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth and in for another score.

Schmid credited the change to a 4-4-2 formation, with Ljungberg playing on the wing and Noonan up top with Montero as a second striker, for some of the offensive production.

“Sometimes if we’re a little more clever, a little more composed, we’ll get even more goals,” he said. “It was definitely a huge step in the right direction and the change in formation helped us the most.”

Two of the Sounders’ highest profile offensive players, Ljungberg and Montero, shined in their new positions. Although Ljungberg didn’t get on the scoresheet, he was influential all game long, constantly breaking down the New England defense.

The Seattle domination continued in the second half even though they were unable to score again. But New England never threatened and they appeared beaten as soon as the second goal was scored against them.

Perhaps the best way to summarize the one-sidedness of the match is through the comments of New England coach Steve Nicol, who was understandably disappointed with the match.

“There is nothing we can take away from this game that is positive,” Nicol said.

If nothing about the match was positive for New England, then everything was positive for the Sounders.

Sounders Player Ratings
Kasey Keller 6.5 – Came out very well to punch clear a couple times when he was needed, but had very little to do.
James Riley 6 – Not much action on his side but he was reasonably solid when called upon.
Jeff Parke 6 – Played bigger than he is. He did misjudge one ball that led to a New England free header, and while not winning every ball always put pressure on the opposing player.
Tyrone Marshall 6.5 – Did well in the air early even when under pressure, and was winning most everything. New England weren’t offering much going forward, though.
Leo Gonzalez 8 – Incredible game. After scoring an absolute golazo, it seemed like he got an extreme boost of confidence and was a monster on offense and defense. Got forward fearlessly and was still able to recover defensively. He was subbed out in the 90th minute just so he could get a huge ovation. That says a lot.
Freddie Ljungberg 7.5 – Very good work on the ball on wing throughout the entire game, was able to use his pace and trickery to get free. To his credit he stayed out on the wing, keeping the formation in good shape, and he appeared to be much more effective there. Although he didn’t always link up perfectly with the other attackers, still had his best game in a long time.
Patrick Ianni 5.5 – Stepped into a few hard challenges early and always won the ball. Was effectively physical and helped take Joseph out of the match. His passing was really bad though, as he had quite a few weird giveaways and balls played to nobody.
Brad Evans 6.5 – Constantly was getting himself in good spaces, and his being in the right place led to goal number two. Probably in his best position as an all-purpose central midfielder.
Steve Zakuani 7 – Combined extremely well down the left wing, and was very dangerous early. Scored his goal on a ridiculously good volley. Shifted to right side in second half sometimes and drifted out of the match occasionally, but it was over already then.
Pat Noonan 7 – Quietly effective. One really good run to beat two defenders and hit the post. Played intelligently, especially to get it to Montero for the third goal. He did look like he had tired legs toward the end and was subbed out in the 81st minute.
Fredy Montero 7.5 – Good holding-up play on the ball throughout the game. He just looks so much more comfortable as a second striker, I cannot emphasize this enough. Fantastic composure on his goal, and was involved in the other two. Showed just how good he can be.
Roger Levesque 5.5 (sub 81) He’s a hustler, even though the game was completely out of reach. Missed a pretty good chance.
Sanna Nyassi (sub 85) Not on long and barely touched the ball.
Taylor Graham (sub 90) Not on long and I’m not sure if he ever touched the ball.

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Photo gallery: Sounders 3, Revs 0

Posted on 06 June 2010 by dlindsay

The Seattle Sounders soundly defeated the New England Revolution by a score of 3-0 in the final MLS match before the World Cup break. Here is a photo gallery supplied by David Lindsay.

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Tuesday audio update

Posted on 01 June 2010 by ASN Staff

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For more information on your host Jason Davis check out Match Fit USA and of course be sure to listen to AmericanSoccerShow.com, home of the popular American Soccer Show weekly podcast. Be sure to listen in every Monday!

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Amaechi Igwe signs with Ingolstadt

Posted on 25 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Igwe (right) in his Revs days ©ASN

Former New England Revolution defender Amaechi Igwe has signed a contract with newly-promoted Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt, according to reports out of Germany. The 22-year old is making the move on a free transfer. ASN’s ‘Over There’ page has more.

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MLS Saturday preview: Shalrie Joseph returns to Revs and more

Posted on 22 May 2010 by ASN Staff

Shalrie Joseph ©Julie Harper/ASN

Shalrie Joseph has returned to the New England Revolution and will join the team for today’s match against Toronto FC. Joseph’s absence left the Revs in a difficult bind; without him they have been winless in their last six league matches. ASN’s Hank Alexandre has full coverage.

No rest for the productive. The Columbus Crew visit the Kansas City Wizards after a midweek victory at Red Bull Arena. The visitors bring a three game winning streak into CommunityAmerica Ballpark, while the home side is winless in their last five. One of those streaks will end. Which one will it be? Nate Brinson provides a preview of the affair.

Further west, Jason Kreis’ Real Salt Lake squad looks to keep the momentum going against Chivas USA. It was last week’s result — a 3-1 win over the Dynamo — that gave Real a surge of confidence. “It was huge – biggest game of the season for us so far,” said captain Kyle Beckerman. Kali Korbis reports from Salt Lake City.

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MLS Week 8 wrap-up

Posted on 16 May 2010 by Breton Bonnette

The LA Galaxy hoped to send Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle off to national team camp in style, with a win over Toronto FC Saturday night at the Home Depot Center. It didn’t happen thanks in no small part to the exploits of TFC keeper Stefan Frei. “A goalkeeper can always be a great equalizer in our sport and he was great tonight,” Donovan said of Frei’s effort after the match. Still, the 0-0 draw allows the Galaxy to keep their unbeaten start to the season intact. ASN’s Ivan Yeo reports from Carson, Calif.

Three thousand miles away, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., Fred Montero single-handedly put an end to the New York Red Bulls unbeaten run at their new ground. Montero slotted home the only goal of the match in the 85th minute. ASN has tons of coverage from that match.

Down the road in Philadelphia, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored his first ever MLS regular season goal, which stood up until the very last minute of stoppage time when Philadelphia’s Danny Mwanga got his first career goal. The Union rookie rocketed a shot from just inside the box for a 1-1 final at Lincoln Financial Field. Breton Bonnette wrote a match report while Sam Toma rated the Philadelphia players.

Philip Woodruff followed the proceedings from Dallas and supplied a match report and FC Dallas player ratings.

In the nation’s capital, the Colorado Rapids ended one of the longest streaks in MLS history, defeating DC United 1-0 at RFK Stadium for the first time in 11 years and sending the home side further into the abyss of the MLS table. Chris Snear has that report.

For just the second time this season and the first time in over a month, the New England Revolution were able to keep a clean sheet as they held their opponents the San Jose Earthquakes scoreless. Although the Revs were not able to find the back of the net themselves, they proved not only to have the defensive mettle necessary to earn a draw, but showed strength in the midfield for the second league game in a row. Hank Alexandre reports from Gillette Stadium.

Finally, in Kansas City, with the home side trailing 2-1 in the 89th minute, Kei Kamara found himself all alone in front of a gaping goal. Less than a month ago in similar circumstances, the Wizards striker garnered worldwide attention when he slipped, missed the ball, and handled on his way to the ground. This time, Kamara remained on his feet and easily tapped it in to complete a two goal, second-half comeback for the Wizards. “This time I was wearing blue shoes,” Kamara explained after the match, which was covered by Nate Brinson.

Goalscorer Montero takes on Tony Tchani as Hans Backe looks on ©Scott Marsh/ASN

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