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Revs Home Schooled by Philadelphia in 0-3 defeat

Posted on 17 July 2011 by Hank Alexandre

The New England Revolution were embarrassed at home tonight, as they fell to the Philadelphia Union 3-0. This was the 10th game in a row that the Revs have failed to win,not including Manchester United, with their last win coming against Vancouver on May 14th.

Without Shalrie Joseph in the line-up, and Ousmane Dabo back on the injured list, Head Coach Steve Nicol elected to start Stephen McCarthy and Pat Phelan in a central midfield position, with Benny Feilhaber on the left, and Sainey Nyassi on the right. Nicol must have had confidence in his backline of Alston, Coria, Soares, and Tierney after watching them keep a clean sheet against Manchester United earlier in the week.

But Philadelphia was quick to expose the Revolution’s lack of quality on the field. Carlos Ruiz opened the scoring with a beautiful goal in the 12th minute off a headed ball from Keon Daniel. Justin Mapp started the play off by challenging Chris Tierney in the left hand corner and beating AJ Soares. Mapp’s ball found Daniel on the far post, and Daniel did well to deflect it across the face of goal to Ruiz.

In the 24th minute the Union doubled their advantage off of a free kick. Kyle Nakazawa found Sebastien LeToux open on the far post, who headed it across the face of the goal in almost an exact replay of the first goal. This time it was Carlos Valdes who put it in the net as Matt Reis was pulled out of play.

The Revolution looked out of sorts from the beginning of the game. The central pairing of McCarthy and Phelan struggled from to maintain possession. Lekic barely had any touches, and Benny Feilhaber at times looked lethargic and disinterested. With the lack of quality in the midfield, the Revolution were not able to get out wide to generate any attack from the flanks, and failed to register a single shot on goal in the first half.

The 2nd half saw a New England formation change to a 3-5-2 which immediately put the Revolution on the front foot. Barnes came in for Franco Coria, Boggs came on for Nyassi, and Chris Tierney moved in to the left midfield. With a two goal lead the Union were more than content to sit in their own end of the field to weather the attack.

However, the Revs would be again be on the back foot as the Union began to press. Benny Feilhaber, already on a yellow card, recklessly challenged Carlos Ruiz and was promptly issued a second yellow. The Revs had to finish the game a man down.

Despite having some more of the possession in the second half, the Revs could not sustain any meaningful attack with just 10 men. Philadelphia did well to shut down the middle of the field and limit New England’s opportunities. And to add insult to injury, Philadelphia defender and Dorchester native Sheanon Williams beat Matt Reis on the far post in the final minute to make the game 0-3.

It is safe to say at this stage that the Revolution are in dire straits. Coach Nicol wants new faces, but it may be too far gone at this point. The whole organization seems to be failing at some level. The front office has alienated their supporters groups. The Player Development staff can’t attract or sign players. The Team can’t execute the basics and the Coaches can’t seem to fix it. If this keeps up, New England is destined to finish dead last in the league.

Coach Nicol said after the game “I think the first half is about worse as I’ve been here. It was like watching a bunch of schoolboys.” Well, the schoolboys may find themselves failing or even expelled, but sooner or later the responsibility has to fall to the teachers.

Scoring Summary:
PHI – Carlos Ruiz (Keon Daniel, Justin Mapp) 12
PHI – Carlos Valdes (Sebastien Le Toux, Kyle Nakazawa) 24
PHI – Sheanon Williams (Danny Mwanga) 93+

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

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Shuttleworth, Otto Loewy, Alan Koger, Ryan Guy

STATS*: Shots: 6; Shots on Goal: 0; Saves: 4; Corner Kicks: 6; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 10

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, 73)

Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Roger Torres

STATS*: Shots: 12; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 0; Corner Kicks: 5 ; Offside: 0; Fouls Committed: 8

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 49
NE – Benny Feilhaber (caution) 66
NE – Benny Feilhaber (second caution/ejection) 66
PHI – Keon Daniel (caution) 71

Referee: Chris Penso
Assistant Referees: Hector Vergara, Eric Boria
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger
Weather: Clear, 85 degrees
Attendance: 13,414

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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.

Recent News

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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