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Revs lose out on Marko; clear cap room

Posted on 01 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution parted ways with its 2010 MVP and leading goal scorer Marko Perovic on Thursday June 30th, along with his countryman Ilija Stolica.

The move occurred on the last day before guaranteed contracts kicked in for MLS, as players on the roster as of July 1st are guaranteed salaries throughout the rest of the season.

However, both Perovic and Stolica had contracts that were set to expire on June 30, with options for the team to extend them through the rest of the season.  Stolica, who had been loaned out in April, seemed destined to be cut as the deadline approached. But Perovic, who had suffered a season ending knee injury earlier this season, specifically asked for his contract option not to be picked up by the team.

To Marko’s credit, he was done for the season, and could have continued to collect salary while he recovered from his ACL surgery.  Asking for his release allows the Revolution to get cap room and roster relief.  Coupled with Stolica’s salary, the Revs now have a bit more wiggle room to try and sign a true impact player that can help the Revs reach the playoffs in October.

But who that player will be  is anybody’s guess. Looking at the Revs roster moves over the last three seasons, one has to wonder what it is about this MLS franchise and it’s inability to secure decent players. Jeff Larentowicz did not want an extension in 2009, and opted to be traded in 2010 to Colorado, where he signed a lucrative contract and won a championship. Stories of designated players who almost have signed but backed away have plagued this team since the “Beckham” rule went into effect. And now Marko has asked for and been granted his unconditional release.

Perhaps the reason has to do more with the teams infrastructure and technical staff than it does with MLS as a whole.  Steve Nicol is a Liverpool legend, but that only goes so far when your support staff and assistant coaches are made up of former college coaches and youth directors.  Hardly the infrastructure one would find in the top leagues in Europe.

Furthermore, Mike Burns, Vice President of Player Personnel, seems limited in his ability to attract and retain talent. This could be due to the ownership not providing him with the resources he needs, or it could be his own failing.  Regardless, it is his job to make sure the team has the players it needs to compete, and he has fallen short in that regard over recent years.

Stevie Nicol has already made multiple trips to Europe, Africa, and even Turkey.  Rumors are starting to form that a Designated Player could be on the way to New England.  One can only hope that Nicol has a player in mind that can make an immediate impact on the field. Hopefully that player is more akin to Perovic rather than Jankauskas or Niouky.

 

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New York Red Bulls 2 – Revolution 1

Posted on 12 June 2011 by Matty Jollie

A spirited New England Revolution side fell short on Friday night in New Jersey, dropping their fifth straight match, to the New York Red Bulls 2-1. The win snapped New York’s six game winless skid, and also vaulted them to the top of the Eastern Conference. Although the result was once again not what Revolution head coach Steve Nicol was looking for, on this night there were several positives to take away from the match.

Nicol named a mostly unchanged side from the lineup he sent out in the previous match, with Didier Domi and Ousmane Dabo making consecutive appearances, but the Revolution boss did bring Pat Phelan into the fold in the midfield to partner with Dabo and captain Shalrie Joseph.  Still without the services of Benny Feilhaber who continues to battle through injury, New England was looking for more possession through the midfield, and with the defensive minded Phelan and Dabo in the center of the park, the Revs showed lapses of good control of the ball.

New York is by far the club hurt most by Gold Cup call ups, losing five key players for the tournament (Juan Aguedelo, Rafa Marquez, Dane Richards, Dwayne De Rosario, and Tim Ream) and the lineup sent out by the home side certainly reflected the absences.  Talisman Thierry Henry captained the side, and New York also counted on Joel Lindpere, but outside of this duo, it was a side full of uncertainty yet given the circumstances on this night, head coach Hans Backe had plenty to be happy with.

The two sides spent most of the early stages of the match feeling each other out through the midfield, and outside of a first minute Luke Rodgers effort from close range and yet another dangerous opportunity again in the seventh, the first fifteen minutes were not much more than a sparring session.

New England finally found their first chance in the 17th minute, when Chris Tierney found space from his left midfield spot and played a delicately crafted ball to a waiting Pat Phelan who had found space at the back post, however his off-balance effort was pushed wide and the match continued scoreless.

The big breakthrough came for New England in the 34th minute, when striker Rajko Lekic was pulled down in the box by New York defender Stephen Keel, and awarded a penalty. Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph stepped to the spot to take the kick and uncharacteristically could not convert, as goalkeeper Greg Sutton dove to his left to make a fine save to keep the clean sheet in tact.

This missed chance loomed large almost four minutes later, when Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry tore through the right side of the Revs’ defense, found space in the box and fired a low, hard cross across the face of goal that unfortunately for New England found the feet of defender Ryan Cochrane, whose resulting own goal gave New York the lead heading into half time.

New York doubled their advantage almost immediately after half time, as once again it was Henry who found space through a clever ball from Keel, and after Henry cut back in the box to spring loose from Cochrane, he slotted the ball past Revolution ‘keeper Matt Reis, and just five minutes after half time the Red Bulls were up 2-0.

The second goal almost seemed to ignite the Revolution side, as they responded three minutes later when rookie Zak Boggs scored the third goal of his career.  Chris Tierney once again won the ball on the left flank and carved out enough space to play a well-weighted cross to the back post that Boggs was able to corral and control before firing past the goalkeeper to cut the deficit in half.

Substitutions played a major role for New England in the dying embers of the game, as late entrants Kenny Mansally and Stephen McCarthy both had chances to to tie the match, Mansally seeing his effort in the 72nd minute slide just wide of the net, and McCarthy with a volley off of a corner that also went wide.

New York responded quickly, as they twice saw efforts from Mehdi Ballouchy, the first being saved quite well by Matt Reis, and the second being fired just wide of the net, which kept the match at 2-1, and kept the Revolution well within reach.

New England seemingly tied the score late in the final act, when an 87th minute cross from yet another substitute, Sainey Nyassi, found Lekic at the back post, who buried the header into the back of the net, yet the hopes of the traveling supporters were dashed when the linesman’s flag raised to indicate offsides, erasing the goal, and effectively ended the Revs’ bid to pull away with a point.

As New England looks to end their skid, this upcoming week will certainly afford them two good opportunities to do so, as they return home to Foxboro for two fixtures: a Wednesday night affair with struggling Toronto FC, followed by a weekend tilt with rival Chicago Fire who have also found the first half of the 2011 MLS season challenging.

New York has a much more daunting task forthcoming, as they make the trek across the country to Portland, to try to steal a result from the Timbers in front of the incredibly intimidating Timbers Army at a rocking JELD-WEN Field.

 

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New England Revolution at New York Red Bulls

June 10, 2011 – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.)

New York Red Bulls 2, New England Revolution 1

Scoring Summary:

NYRB – Own goal (Ryan Cochrane) 37

NYRB – Thierry Henry (Stephen Keel) 50

NE – Zak Boggs (Chris Tierney, Didier Domi) 54

 

New England Revolution: Matt Reis, Didier Domi, A.J. Soares, Ryan Cochrane, Kevin Alston, Chris Tierney, Ousmane Dabo (Stephen McCarthy 20), Shalrie Joseph ©, Pat Phelan (Kenny Mansally 56), Zak Boggs (Sainey Nyassi 85), Rajko Lekic

 

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Franco Coria, Kheli Dube, Darrius Barnes

 

STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 3; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 4; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 13

 

New York Red Bulls: Greg Sutton, Roy Miller, Stephen Keel, Carlos Mendes, Jan Gunnar Solli, Austin da Luz (John Rooney 84), Joel Lindpere, Teemu Tainio, Mehdi Ballouchy, Luke Rodgers (Corey Hertzog 65), Thierry Henry ©

 

Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Sacir Hot, Tyler Lassiter, Teddy Schneider, Matt Kassel

 

STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 6; Saves: 2; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 16

 

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

 

Misconduct Summary:

NYRB – Stephen Keel (caution) 33

NYRB – Mehdi Ballouchy (caution) 57

 

Team Records:

New England Revolution – 3-7-4, 13 pts.

New York Red Bulls – 5-2-7, 22 pts.

 

Referee: Terry Vaughn

Assistant Referees: Fabio Tovar, Ian Anderson

Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 80 degrees

Attendance: 21,201

 

NOTES

  • With the loss, the Revs fell to 25-18-11 overall against New York
  • The loss was the team’s second in a row after going 14 straight regular-season matches undefeated against the Red Bulls since 2005
  • The Revs now remain winless at Red Bull Arena, going 0-2-0 in regular-season action and 0-3-0 overall since the facility opened in 2010
  • Shalrie Joseph’s missed penalty kick attempt was his first miss since the 2008 season … he had converted his last four attempts, including two previous attempts this season
  • Ryan Cochrane’s own goal in the 37th minute was the team’s first surrendered own goal since May 8, 2010, when Cory Gibbs scored an own goal at Columbus in a 3-2 loss
  • The Revs and Red Bulls also saw an own goal scored in a meeting in 2010, when then rookie defender Tim Ream scored an own goal to give the Revs a 2-1 lead at Gillette Stadium on May 29
  • With New York credited with a first-half goal, tonight marked the first time in six games that the match was not scoreless at the half … the last Revs game in which there was a halftime score was the April 30 match at Chivas USA when it was 2-0, Chivas USA, at the halftime intermission
  • Pat Phelan started his first match since the April 9 Real Salt Lake match at Gillette Stadium
  • Zak Boggs’ goal was his first of the 2011 season … it was the third goal of his career and his first since May 8, 2010, when he scored two goals at Columbus in a 3-2 loss
  • Zak Boggs’ goal snapped the Revolution’s 601-minute streak without a goal being scored from the run of play
  • Prior to Zak Boggs’ goal tonight, New England’s last goal from the run of play came in the 83rd minute on April 23 from Rajko Lekic in a 3-2 win at home against Sporting Kansas City … the Revs had scored twice in games since April 23, but one goal was a penalty kick (Shalrie Joseph vs. Vancouver on May 14) and one goal came directly from a free kick (Chris Tierney at San Jose on May 21)
  • Boggs’ goal also snapped a 168-minute scoreless streak overall, with the team’s last goal coming in the 86th minute at San Jose on May 21 from Chris Tierney’s free kick
  • Chris Tierney recorded his first assist of the 2011 season with his helper on Zak Boggs’ goal … it was his eighth career assist and his first since Oct. 16, 2010, when he assisted on Shalrie Joseph’s game-winning goal against Kansas City
  • Didier Domi recorded his first assist in MLS with his helper on Zak Boggs’ goal
  • When Kenny Mansally came on as a substitute for Pat Phelan in the 56th minute, the Revs switched to a 4-4-2 alignment with Mansally up  top with Rajko Lekic
  • Matt Reis suffered just his third loss against New York as a member of the Revs … he is now 11-3-7 in 21 career regular-season meetings against the Red Bulls

 

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Revolution Burned in Chicago

Posted on 18 August 2010 by sstoehrst

New England’s historic run of results ground to a screeching halt in Bridgeview this evening as they fell to their bitter rivals the Chicago Fire 2-1. Marko Perovic opened the scoring early with an opportunistic goal but Chicago hit back through Baggio Husidic in the first half and sealed up the result in the final minutes via Calen Carr, who made his first appearance of 2010.

The match wasn’t one for the purists as it was marred by rough tackles, sloppy defending, play-acting and very questionable officiating in front of a good home crowd for a Wednesday. Yellow seemed to be the color of the day with seven total cautions shown, but the game certainly never lacked excitement.

The Revs took the early initiative through Perovic, who unleashed a knuckling drive from forty yards that nearly snuck under the crossbar and had to be tipped away by rookie Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson. Just minutes later in the 14th Pat Phelan collected the first yellow card through a rough tackle on Logan Pause (mlssoccer.com is reporting the reasoning as dissent, but there didn’t seem to be any).

Despite that, New England drew first blood moments after in the 16th minute. Marko Perovic pressured Wilman Conde outside the 18, and the normally composed defender took a heavy touch and then slipped, allowing the Serbian maestro to round Johnson and execute a clinical finish from a tight angle and hand the Revolution the lead. The goal was Perovic’s fifth in MLS, tying him with Zack Schilawski as the Revs’ leading league goalscorer.

The visitors then weathered an extended period for pressure from the home side that resulted in no clear chances. In the 25th minute Perovic nearly tricked Johnson into conceding again when his long free kick eluded all heads in the box but took a wicked bounce, causing the young stopper to fumble the ball slightly. Just a minute later Cory Gibbs was shown a yellow card for persistent fouling after tripping Marco Pappa.

The home side would have their equalizer in the 32nd minute after a turn of bad luck for the Revolution. An errant shot from Brian McBride at the top of the box deflected right to Baggio Husidic, who then converted a simple finish past Reis to even the scores.

Referee Michael Kennedy did little to endear himself into the hearts of Revolution fans or even MLS neutrals with his performance tonight, and the first major controversy came in the 38th minute. Matt Reis was just sending a goal kick forward and long before the ball reached the forward line, Fire Designated Player Nery Castillo caught Kevin Alston below the eye with a blatant elbow off the ball. The Mexican international likely deserved a red card but escaped with just a yellow, and from there the officiating crew seemed to lose control of proceedings.

A minute later Wilman Conde was shown a card for a late and reckless challenge on Pat Phelan that saw the gritty midfielder on the sidelines for treatment, though it seemed obvious there was no intent on the part of the defender and the call was fair. Another very physical but unintentional challenge resulted in a yellow just minutes after that when Marko Perovic caught defender CJ Brown with a boot in the face. The half ended with the scores tied at 1.

The Fire opened the second half with the ineffective (and violent) Nery Castillo on the bench, replacing him with Mike Banner. The Fire and the Revs traded long shots, with Segares firing over from 22 yards in the 47th and Joseph stinging Johnson’s palms from 30 yards about four minutes later after a good setup from Ilija Stolica.

Emmanuel Osei, who was back to his adventurous ways for most of the match and was not at his best, became the fourth Rev to enter the book a minute after Joseph’s shot when he crunched Brian McBride from behind in midfield. Mike Banner had a low shot saved by Reis in the 63rd, and the Revs responded almost immediately with clever overlapping play from Alston and Stolica, but the veteran striker’s hard shot flashed just wide of the near post with Johnson at full extension.

As Steve Nicol prepared a double switch in the 67th minute Cory Gibbs went down clutching his heel, forcing Nicol to burn all three subs at once. Khano Smith, Jason Griffiths, and Seth Sinovic replaced Chris Tierney, Pat Phelan, and Gibbs and put the Revs in a precarious position with over twenty minutes remaining in the match. Before play restarted, Calen Carr replaced McBride for the Fire.

The Revolution then enjoyed some superiority due to clever wing play from Sainey Nyassi and a bit of good work and trickery by Khano Smith. Unfortunately, all they were able to muster in terms of real threats during a good ten-minute stretch was a Shalrie Joseph header wide from a corner.

Revs fans then had to hold their collective breaths as shades of 2008 threatened to haunt them again. Marko Perovic took a rough shot straight to the head while challenging Sean Johnson to an aerial ball, catching the big goalkeeper’s elbow right in the side of the skull. The sequence was chillingly similar to the play that eventually cost Taylor Twellman the past two seasons of his career. Perovic was alert and moving, however, and didn’t leave the game.

He may have wished he did. Just two minutes later Calen Carr cut inside the 18-yard box and sent a low near-post shot through Emmanuel Osei’s legs, eluding a shielded Matt Reis and scoring what would be the game-winning goal.

The match turned ugly after the goal. In the 90th minute the Revolution had a very legitimate shout for a penalty, or at least a direct free kick on the edge of the box, when a streaking Marko Perovic was clipped and dropped on a free run at goal. Michael Kennedy waved play on and gave the corner, but it looked to be the wrong call.

To add insult to injury, Kennedy showed his seventh and final card to a Revolution player deep into stoppage time, making it the fifth caution given to the visitors. Darrius Barnes and Freddie Ljungberg were jawing and shoving behind the play for a few minutes before grappling while chasing a loose ball down the touchline. Both had handfuls of shirts and both went down, but rather than show a card to each man Kennedy gave Freddie Ljungberg a free ride and cautioned Barnes. It would be the last meaningful event of the match.

After the final whistle, the Revolution players and coaches surrounded and berated the officiating staff, with Perovic, Joseph, and Barnes looking especially irate. Even Fire fans likely can’t blame them. In a final indictment of Kennedy and his crew’s performance, the Revs were called for a whopping eighteen fouls, while the Fire were whistled for only three, including none in the second half.

Lineups:

Revolution (4-4-2): Reis; Alston, Osei, Barnes, Gibbs (Sinovic 69); Nyassi, Phelan (Griffiths 69), Joseph, Tierney (Smith 69); Perovic, Stolica

Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Robinson, Brown, Conde, Segares; Pappa (Watson-Sirobe 89), Pause, Husidic, Castillo (Banner 46); Ljungberg, Mcbride (Carr 69)

Attendance: 14,056

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Assistants: Chris Strickland, Paul Scott
4th Official: Abiodun Okulaja

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Revolution Friday Update: 8/13/2010

Posted on 13 August 2010 by sstoehrst

This week’s hot news item is the first visit to Foxboro from Steve Ralston after he took over the assistant coaching job in Houston. An “MLS Original,” Ralston wore the captain’s armband for two years in New England and owns an array of MLS and team records. He will be honored in a pre-kickoff ceremony on Saturday night.

During the Revolution’s historic run of success in the last decade, including eight straight MLS Cup playoff appearances, four MLS Cup Finals, a SuperLiga title and a US Open Cup title, Steve was an essential cog in a talented New England midfield. His almost telepathic understanding with Shalrie Joseph and Taylor Twellman created scores of great memories for the fans in the Fort, and despite the fact that he’s now coaching with the enemy he will always be a loved and respected member of the Revolution family.

New England reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract of Senegalese midfielder Joseph Niouky on Wednesday. They didn’t cite any specific reasoning behind the deal, but did stress that this move was not made with the intention of opening up a roster spot for player acquisition.

This is a puzzling move at best. It can be lauded in a simple sense, as Niouky was rarely more than a waste of space on the pitch despite starting eleven of the Revs’ first twelve matches this season. His composure was horrible, calling his passes “erratic” could have been complimentary and he accumulated cards and suspensions with reckless abandon. When examined from the pure standpoint of what he brings to the table, cutting Niouky is a move that should have been made months ago.

That said, cutting him after the guaranteed contract deadline and apparently deciding not to utilize the roster spot opened by his departure is baffling. By week three everyone and their mother already knew signing him was a disaster; would it not have been a much better idea to cut him loose before July 1st and avoid having to buy him out? Furthermore, the Revolution have failed to name a full eighteen-man squad for numerous matches this campaign, so removing a body from the roster without some form of replacement seems like an unnecessary gamble.

The injury report released today indicates that Marko Perovic will be fit to start against Houston, which is phenomenal news. Revolution fans should be very interested to see how he interacts with new signing Ilija Stolica in his first MLS start; developing some chemistry between the pair could prove crucial to New England’s hopes of a playoff push.

Kevin Alston may also be available, though he suffered a setback on Thursday that must have Nicol worried. Jason Griffiths should also be available for the first time in a month after suffering a hamstring strain back on July 10th. Despite participating in drills and full-speed training again, Zak Boggs still isn’t allowed to head the ball and won’t be featuring on Saturday as he continues to recover from a concussion.

Kheli Dube, Nico Colaluca, and Edgaras Jankauskas will not be available.

Kick-off for the Revolution versus the Houston Dynamo is scheduled for 8 PM at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

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Revolution Draw Union at PPL Park

Posted on 31 July 2010 by sstoehrst

Chester, PA — The New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union fought to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon away from home. Sebastien Le Toux continued his MVP form with a wonderfully-taken goal in the first half but the Revs hit back through the red-hot Marko Perovic, his fourth league goal this season.

The Revs picked up a much-needed road point to continue their league resurgence. While the Union faithful may look at this as a point lost, but they’ve maintained their league unbeaten streak at home and in the end, the teams were evenly-matched.

FIRST HALF:

The Revolution entered play on a 4-match shutout streak, but faced a daunting task as Philly are 2-1-0 at PPL Park and the Sons of Ben make it a hostile atmosphere for any visiting opponents. Sometime captain Cory Gibbs got the start at left back after returning from injury.

The match started slow, with neither team making any meaningful inroads. For the first 12 minutes or so Philadelphia had the better of the possession but the Revolution were giving them no ground in the attacking third. In fact, it was New England who had the first meaningful chance in the 14th minute. Shalrie Joseph started a mesmerizing passing sequence with a long floor pass to Schilawski, who laid off to Chris Tierney. The left midfielder cut inside and played a little one-two with Perovic before sending the ball to a wide-open Sainey Nyassi, but the young Gambian scuffed his shot just wide of the far post.

Sebastien Le Toux and Perovic both attempted speculative drives from distance that came to naught as each side pressed on in a match that looked very even. In the 23rd minute Alejandro Moreno committed a high-boot foul on Pat Phelan, but ended up worse for it and had to receive treatment on the sidelines.

(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

It was Philadelphia who drew first blood. Le Toux played a slick one-two with Moreno before playing it in to rookie Danny Mwanga. The Congolese ex-pat striker did well to hold the ball up before making a quick turn. Le Toux read it well and curled a brilliant shot to the far-post upper 90 to make it 1-0 in front of their home fans.

Emboldened by their goal, Philadelphia took the match by the scruff of the neck and pressed the Revolution hard. Ten minutes after the goal Le Toux caught the Revs on the break and nearly had another chance in a similar position, but Emmanuel Osei managed to nick it off his feet to prevent disaster.

The Revs next meaningful chance was from a free kick. Perovic, ever-dangerous, hit it hard and beat the wall with some wicked swerve on it, but it flashed just over the bar. Seitz had the angle covered regardless. Joseph received the first yellow card of the match (and only his second of the season) in the 45th minute for a sliding challenge from behind on Miglioranzi. The Brazilian was shaken up on the play; he also collided with Le Toux and the combination appeared to put some stress on his knee.

In first-half stoppage time Le Toux nearly had his second has he dipped a good free kick on frame but Reis palmed it over the bar.

SECOND HALF:

The Revolution came out after the interval with guns blazing and took control of the first ten minutes or so of the half. A dangerous cross whipped in met the head of Shalrie Joseph, but he was well-covered and the ball bounced tamely into Chris Seitz’s gloves. That was followed up in the 51st minute by a blast from Kevin Alston at distance that blazed over the bar.

New England then had a very strong penalty shout turned away by the officials. A free kick was met by the head of Schilawski and the effort was goal-bound, but blocked by the arm of Stefani Miglioranzi. Schilawski immediately appealed for the penalty but it was refused, despite replays showing the ball meeting Miglioranzi’s outstretched arm. Minutes later, Schilawski set up Phelan for a long drive that didn’t threaten Seitz. Just after that Justin Mapp made his Union debut, coming on for Danny Mwanga.

The Union had their first registered shot in the 57th minute when Alejandro Moreno screwed a shot wide from just outside the box. Fred then became the second player to go into the referee’s book when he cynically kicked Shalrie Joseph in the hamstring with no attempt to play the ball three minutes later.

Kenny Mansally replaced Zack Schilawski in the 61st minute and just five minutes later found himself right in the thick of the action as he headed a dangerous Chris Tierney cross to Shalrie Joseph but the ball was cleared by Califf. The referee then incorrectly awarded a goal kick.

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New England kept up the pressure and in the 70th minute the inevitable finally happened and the Revs equalized. Marko Perovic curled a free kick from around 30 yards out, keeping it low. Seitz appeared to have it covered and dove, but the ball took a freak bounce from six yards out and jumped over the prostrate keeper and into the net. The goal was Perovic’s fourth in the last five matches, continuing his searing form over the last few weeks.

The Revolution continued their dominance after the goal. Smelling blood in the water, Kenny Mansally connected with a diving header in the 74th minute but it was right at Seitz who gobbled it up quickly.

Marko Perovic almost picked up his second goal of the match when he received an excellent pass from Kevin Alston at the top of the eighteen. He turned Orozco Fiscal inside-out but his shot flashed just high and wide. Perovic then earned a yellow card for a challenge from behind on substitute Andrew Jacobson. The ensuing free kick resulted in a very tame shot off the boot of Orozco Fiscal that Matt Reis saved very easily.

As the match wound down to full time, the Union took back the initiative. In the 89th minute there was a scrum in the Revs’ box as substitute Jack McInerney had a shot blocked that fell to Sebastien Le Toux, but Reis was out in a flash to deflect it wide. Just seconds later Justin Mapp blasted a shot wide from a tight angle.

In the dying seconds both teams had chances. Sebastien Le Toux put a header just wide and had a legitimate shout for a penalty turned down as Shalrie Joseph tugged his shirt as the ball came in. Then, at the other end, Marko Perovic sent a long-range free kick towards goal that took a deflection on the way in and nearly snuck inside the post. Seitz punched away the following corner and that turned out to be the last touch of the match.

The Revolution will be back in action on Wednesday, August 4th against Puebla in the SuperLiga semi-final, at home. A win would put them into their second final in the competition’s four seasons.

Attendance: 18,147

Scoring:

PHI – Le Toux 8 (Mwanga 3) 25’

NE – Perovic 4 (unassisted) 70’

Misconduct:

NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution, reckless tackle) 45’

PHI – Fred (caution, reckless tackle) 60’

NE – Marko Perovic (caution, reckless tackle) 85’

Lineups:

NE – Reis; Alston, Osei, Barnes, Gibbs; Nyassi, Joseph, Phelan, Tierney; Schilawski (Mansally 61’), Perovic
PHI – Seitz; Arrieta, Califf, Orozco, Harvey; Le Toux, Miglioranzi, Coudet (McInerney 83’), Fred (Jacobson 77’); Moreno, Mwanga (Mapp 56’)

Referee: Jasen Anno
Linesmen: Thomas Supple, Steven Taylor
4th Offical: Lee Suckle

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Revs Take On Expansion Philadelphia

Posted on 29 July 2010 by sstoehrst

Perovic has been in top form recently

The Revolution will look to continue a sparkling run of form as they visit the expansion Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on Saturday; a run that has seen them take full points form their last four matches in all competitions.

New England went against the league grain in the last few weeks, abstaining from scheduling international friendlies and instead focusing on running the table in the SuperLiga group stage, which resulted in three straight victories and the top spot in Group B.

Philadelphia, on the other hand, is coming off a well-fought friendly loss to English powerhouse Manchester United, capping a short streak where they defeated a tough Toronto side at PPL 2-1 and then managed to pull out a 1-0 result against Celtic in another international friendly. The youthful side has had some difficulty finding consistency in their play this season but they boast a good home record and have acquitted themselves well in most matches so far.

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The Revolution will be playing without the services of assist leader Kheli Dube who picked up a knee ligament strain in training. This likely won’t impact selection for Stevie Nicol, whose will probably play a 4-4-1-1 formation similar to what was seen throughout SuperLiga play. However, Dube’s injury represents yet another option off the bench taken away from the Revs in a time of the season where their depth will be most tested.

On the other hand, Cory Gibbs should be available after recovering from a quad strain, and both Nico Colaluca (ankle sprain) and Jason Griffiths (hamstring strain) are nearly ready for action and could feature on the bench. Chris Tierney was a concern with a rib contusion but it should be no problem for the versatile midfielder. Not featuring will be midfielder Michael Videira, who was released by the club on the 26th.

Justin Mapp will look to contribute early (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Philadelphia made two interesting acquisitions in the last week or so, picking up Justin Mapp from Chicago in a trade for allocation money. The 25-year old winger with eight years of professional experience will look to revitalize what many would say has been a career marked by unfulfilled potential and should be expected to start. Also signed on a free transfer was Argentine midfielder Eduardo Coudet, who should pair up with Stefani Miglioranzi in the center of midfield.

Revolution Keys to Victory

The Revs will need to continue the good defensive form that has seen them keep four straight clean sheets at home. Darrius Barnes’ return to fitness has stabilized what had been looking like an increasingly suspect back four and it will be up to them to stop the red-hot all-star Sebastien Le Toux. His seven goals are good enough to see him tied for fourth in the league in the Golden Boot running, and his endless work rate causes fits for even the best MLS defenses.

New England will also need to look to feed Marko Perovic at every opportunity. The man is in a rich vein of form and it seems like every decent shot he takes is destined for the back of the net. Shalrie Joseph needs to be his usual impeccable self, winning and distributing the ball about the pitch with authority and precision.

Finally, someone else on this team needs to step up and score goals. The Revolution only managed to put up five goals in their last four matches, all victories, and Perovic bagged three of them. Rookie and leading goalscorer Zack Schilawski needs to step up and put one in away from home, and more contributions in the form of goals need to be had from the likes of Joseph, Sainey Nyassi, Kenny Mansally, Chris Tierney and others if New England wants to continue this unbeaten streak.

Lineup Forecast
4-4-1-1

Reis (GK); Alston*(DR), Barnes(DC), Osei(DC), Sinovic(DL); Nyassi(RW), Niouky(CM), Joseph*(CM), Tierney(LW); Perovic(AM/SS); Schilawski(ST)

* – participated in the All-Star game on Wednesday

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Revs Beat Chicago, Move On In SuperLiga

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution guaranteed themselves a spot in the SuperLiga 2010 semifinals on Saturday night with a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire, their first win in Chicago since 2006.

Marko Perovic scored the game winner for the second time in three games as the Revs have now won three in a row without conceding a single goal.

New England will face the Mexican side Monarcas Morelia on Tuesday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in the last match of the group stage. A win or a draw will guarantee the Revolution top seed and home field advantage in the semi-finals. Morelia, who drew 2-2 with UNAM Pumas on Saturday, need at least a draw to advance regardless of other results.

On Sunday, the other MLS vs. MLS clash in the group stage finished even as Houston Dynamo battled Chivas USA to a 1-1 draw. Lovel Palmer’s opener early in the match was canceled out by a Jesus Padilla header in the second half. Later results left Houston in second place with 4 points, and Chivas in third with 1.

Puebla routed 10-man Pachuca 3-1 later that night to guarantee their semi-final place. Gabriel Pereyra opened the scoring and a Mario Ortiz brace finished the job while Pachuca managed a consolation goal from Arizala. This loss knocks Pachuca, who notably feature USA world cup veterans Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez, out of contention with a game to spare.

Chivas will need to beat Pachuca by a couple of goals to qualify for the semi-finals, but all of that will be determined when group play comes to a conclusion on Wednesday.

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Colorado Spoils Revs’ Return Home

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

It was a battle against old teammates tonight for both sides as the New England Revolution faced off against the Colorado Rapids.

Former Revs-now-Rapids Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson started against their former team in the two clubs first match up of the season.  Preston Burpo and Cory Gibbs, acquired by the Revs in the trade that sent Thompson and Larentowicz to Colorado, made their fourth consecutive starts for the Revs.

Captain Joseph is sorely missed by the Revs ©ASN

The Revs, without the services of their captain Shalrie Joseph once again, looked to assert themselves in the center of the field with Pat Phelan partnering up with Joseph Niouky.  However, Colorado quickly put their stamp on the game and took control early.

After some back and forth play in the opening minutes,  the Revolution looked likely to be the first to find the back of the net with.  Phelan played the ball out to the left side to a wide open Seth Sinovic, who sent a perfect cross into the Colorado box for Kheli Dube.  Dube’s first touch sent the ball skyward however, and it was easily collected by Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Colorado was quick to counter however with some quick distribution from Pickens, and Rapids midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy capitalized with his first goal of the season.  Finding plenty of room in the midfield, Ballouchy ran past Pat Phelan and unleashed a strike that swerved to the right of Preston Burpo. “I was trying to peek left,” said Burpo. “As soon as he hit it, the ball was swerving to my right, and I was way off of it.”

But the Revolution soon equalized. Sainey Nyassi was brought down outside the box and referee Jair Maruffo awared the free kick.  Marko Perovic who started at left midfield for Chris Tierney tonight took the kick and curled a beautiful,    well-struck ball into the back of the net in the 18th Minute.

Colorado had the majority of the chances in the first half, and nearly scored on multiple occassions.  After Jeff Larentowicz failed to capitalize on a free kick, Ballouchy found himself again with the ball.  With his back to goal, Ballouchy turned a bicycle kick over the Revs’ defense but found woodwork.  The ball fell to the feet of Conor Casey, who struck but was blocked by Burpo.  Casey tried to capitalize on the rebound but the ball was cleared away.

The first half ended with both sides at one, with the Revolution finding some success moving the ball down the flanks, but unable to connect in front of the goal.

The second half, the Revs again came out strong, and looked to gain the advantage.  The Revs stepped up their play and did well to win the ball in the midfield, thanks to stronger play from Joseph Niouky and Pat Phelan.  Phelan nearly found net with a blistering strike on goal, but Pickens was well positioned to make the save.

In an attempt to shake up the defense, Steve Nicol shuffled the lineup by taking off rookie Zack Schilawski in the 62nd minute in favor of Edgaras Jankauskas, who made his first appearance of the season.  In the 70th minute, Khano Smith came on for Kheli Dube, sliding Marko Perovic more to the middle of the field.

The Revs started to press more, with both Phelan and Niouky getting into the attack.  However, it was Colorado that would finally win the upper hand.  Wells Thompson did well down the left side to win the ball and find Conor Casey in front of the net.  He held the ball up long enough to find Pablo Mastroeni, who struck the ball perfectly past the Revs defense and into the back of the net.

In an attempt to salvage a draw, Steve Nicol subbed off defender Seth Sinovic in favor of forward Kenny Mansally, and switched to a 3-5-2 formation.  The Revs, however, despite their efforts, failed to find any kind of chemistry and left the field on the wrong end of the score sheet.

The Revs have two more games at home before they head out on the road.  They host FC Dallas next Saturday, and Chivas USA just 4 days later on the following Wednesday.  Steve Nicol will most definitely be looking forward to the return of Shalrie Joseph to the lineup, and pressuring his side to bring home maximum points over the next 10 days before they head to Columbus on May 8th.

Match Facts

Scoring Summary:
COL — Mehdi Ballouchy 1 (unassisted) 14’
NE — Marko Perovic 1 (unassisted) 18’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni 1 (Conor Casey 1) 73’

Misconduct Summary:
NE — Pat Phelan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 48’
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Reckless Foul) 66’
COL — Conor Casey (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 90’

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; Brian Poeschel
4th Official: David Gantar
Attendance: 8,142

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Revs take on Colorado

Posted on 24 April 2010 by Hank Alexandre

After playing 3 of their first 4 games on the road, The New England Revolution kicks off a three-game home stand over the next twelve days starting with the Colorado Rapids this Saturday.

The Rapids are 2-1-1 this season, with both their wins coming against bottom dwelling teams.  The Rapids opened their season with a 1-0 win over Chivas USA, before drawing against Chicago and sufffering a loss against red hot Kansas City.  Colorado’s leading goal scorer Conor Casey accounts for three of the Rapids six goals this season, but all three have come from the penalty spot.

Joining the Rapids this off season are former Revolution midfielders Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson.  Larentowicz, who scored the goal that secured New England’s place in the playoffs last season, scored in the 3-1 win over Toronto last week off of a free kick.  Thompson,  who has been primarily used as a substitute this season, drew the foul that set up Larentowicz’ goal.  However, Thompson,  did feature in a US Open Cup match up against Kansas City, in which he scored both goals in the Rapids win.  New England Fans will remember Thompson’s game winning goal against FC Dallas in the 2007 US Open Cup Final.

The Revolution are looking for some strength in the midfield.   Team captain Shalrie Joseph is listed as probable and could make the start.  If not, the Revs will be looking for stronger play from midfielders Joseph Niouky and Pat Phelan.  Phelan, who has yet to score for New England, needs to assert himself against his former teammate Larentowicz and drive the ball forward to the likes of wingers Chris Tierney or Sainey Nyassi, or attacking midfielder Marko Perovic.

Although the Rapids hold a slight lead in all time matchups, The Revolution have had the edge over the Rapids at home.  Prediction for Saturday’s match: 2-1 Revolution.

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The Corner Stoehr: Thinking Ahead

Posted on 24 April 2010 by sstoehrst

Five Keys for Revolution’s Success This Season

Four matches in, and the New England Revolution are hanging at .500. Through two wins and two losses only one concrete conclusion can be drawn: the Revolution are a team struggling for consistency.

As if that’s anything new. Going in we all knew that this would be a year of transition, and a combination of aging stars, mediocre bit-players and unpolished rookies is always going to produce varying quality in the early going. That said, the first four matches have yielded enough insight to compile a list of the top five keys to success for the rest of this young season:

5.) Defend Against Set Pieces

New England’s opening day loss to the Galaxy came in a fairly even match, with chances squandered from both sides. In the end, LA was probably the better side, but it is galling to see that Edson Buddle was totally unmarked when he fired home his header in the sixth minute. Just minutes later Buddle nearly doubled the advantage from a corner but he failed to put the ball on frame when he was again left unmarked. While the Revolution have done a very good job of not conceding dangerous free kicks, every set piece seems to be a nail biter. The Revs defense looks confused and disorganized whenever their opponents have a dead ball situation, and that’s something that can very quickly come back to bite them. Set plays are a massive part of the game of soccer and it is imperative that New England sorts out the issues. If not, we’ll be staring at a long and frustrating season full of soft and cheap goals.

4.) Be The Winged Wonders

Stevie Nicol and several others pointed out that the key to New England’s rampant success against Toronto in round three was the wing play. So far this season wingers Chris Tierney and Sainey Nyassi have linked well with fullbacks Sinovic and Alston to produce a potent attacking force capable of whipping tantalizing crosses into the box. Much of that disappeared in San Jose. This wasn’t helped by the incredibly narrow pitch at Buck Shaw but the Revs looked uncharacteristically reluctant to take the ball to the byline and the corner flag, leaving lone striker Schilawski working awfully hard to create space for himself. Between the burgeoning partnership and crossing abilities of Tierney and Sinovic and the blistering pace of Nyassi and Alston, New England could have one of the most successful wide attacking lineups in the league and they will need to focus on spreading defenses if they want to score more goals this season.

3.) Get A Goalscorer

The Revolution have scored six goals in four matches, and have been shut out twice. Three goals have come from Zack Schilawski on a hat-trick, two from Kenny Mansally, and one gifted from Raivis Hš?anovi?s to Sainey Nyassi. If the Revs are going to improve from last season’s record low of 33 goals they need a talismanic double-digit goalscorer. So far, despite Schilawski’s hat-trick and Mansally’s spectacular solo effort against DC, I haven’t seen enough consistency to suggest any one forward is ready to break out this season. If the Revs can get ten or twelve goals out of Schilawski, Dube, or Mansally and rely on one of them to hit the back of the net with regularity and in clutch situations this season, they should be right in the mix come this Fall.

2.) Perovic Must Be The Answer

Before the season, many wondered who would replace the playmaking influence of Steve Ralston in the attacking third. It would appear that Steve Nicol and company believe Serbian midfielder Marko Perovic to be the solution, and early evidence indicates that his emergence could dictate the team’s fortunes. Perovic is obviously most comfortable roaming behind the strikers and playing that final ball and his left foot is deadly from dead ball situations, but against San Jose he seemed slightly out of sync with the rest of the squad. Marko needs to settle in fast and take the reins of the offense, allowing Shalrie to play deeper and dictate the pace of the game. Forcing Joseph to do too much could lead to another season of low output in the attacking third, and I’m not sure the Revolution could squeak into the playoffs like they did last year.

1.) Keep Shalrie Healthy

New England’s total dominance of Toronto in round three came about due to a combination of factors, but no one can deny the influence of Shalrie Joseph on the midfield. The Grenadian international provides the calming, possession-oriented influence in midfield that Niouky was reported to bring, and he has easily the most potent soccer brain in the squad. Without him, service both to the wings and to the frontmen has been erratic at best, and the Revs will have to ensure that he is healthy and 100% for as much of the season as possible if they are to have any shot at a playoff berth.

What areas do YOU think the Revs need to address? Leave comments below!

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