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Stephen McCarthy proved vital against the Vancouver Whitecaps in his new position

Former midfielder could be the answer to the defensive woes for the New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Omar Salgado pulled down Stephen McCarthy in the Revolution box just before halftime. The Vancouver Whitecaps player was frustrated with McCarthy’s marking on the previous corner kick and it boiled over into a fit of childish play. But Stephen McCarthy was having none of it.The 6’5” newly converted center back for the New England Revolution began screaming at the Whitecaps forward. The two had to be separated and referee blew the halftime whistle.

New England went into the locker room with a 3-1 lead, which would stretch to 4-1 in the second half after Lee Nguyen scored a magnificent goal, and all the momentum. Stephen McCarthy’s play at the back was one of the main reasons.

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Revolution Road Trip: Five Things We Learned

By Kevin Koczwara


The New England Revolution has lost four of the last five games, but the  team continues to show light and impress the eye despite not getting the deserved results. An impressive mid-week win over the Colorado Rapids set the stage for a highly anticipated match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City with Western Conference powerhouse Real Salt Lake.  The Revolution took the lead but ended up falling to RSL, 2-1. The game was an open affair, the kind of game New England will have the upper-hand on for the most part with its talented midfield.

Here are five things to take away from the busy week/weekend.

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New England Revolution exploit LA Galaxy’s lack of width

By Kevin Koczwara

There was a lot of talk of the Los Angeles Galaxy playing poorly against the New England Revolution and lost 3-1. It seemed like Arlo White and Kyle Martino, the announcers for the game on NBC Sports, believed that the Galaxy’s poor play was the only factor in the game. What the two announcers failed to acknowledge was that one team’s positive play and game plan can make its opponent look like a U-8 side all out of ideas.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps showed his tactical acumen against Los Angeles with a flawless game plan. Heaps noticed some weaknesses in the Galaxy team sheet and went after them.The major omission and weakness for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles side was the injury to Landon Donovan, the team’s attacking focal point and creator in the attacking third.

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Revolution Home Again: Three Points to Stopping Portland Timbers

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution opened the season with two games on the road and two losses. It’s not the kind of beginning Jay Heaps hoped for when he took the job as the team’s coach.

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Soares, McCarthy what’s left of the snap-back crew and New England’s central defense

A.J. Soares will need to step up in Saturday's game against Sporting Kansas City with all the injuries in the New England Revolution defense. (Photo Courtesy New England Revolution/Revolutionsoccer.net)

 By Kevin Koczwara

A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy sat at their lockers with old-school snap-back hats straight out of the 90’s on their heads. It was media day for the New England Revolution, and the second year players sat next to each other in front of their lockers dressed and ready to go. I decided to approach them and talk about their second seasons in Major League Soccer and their second year with the Revolution.

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MLS First Kick: New England Revolution at San Jose Earthquakes

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution didn’t get the easiest of season openers. The Revolution start the season on the west coast , where the Revs haven’t won since Sept. 26 2009 when they beat the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, with the San Jose Earthquakes.

New England hopes to end a 10 game winless streak on the west coast, 0-8-2, and begin its new season with a win for its new coach, Jay Heaps.

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New England Revolution Make Important Moves Before MLS Draft

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution has been quiet for a large portion of the Major League Soccer offseason. The team has been doing more cutting than adding since the end to the dismal 2011 season. But ahead of this week’s MLS 2012 SuperDraft, the Revolution went out and made a surprise move. A move that should help the team in the upcoming draft.

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Revolution close out disappointing season in Toronto

By Kevin Koczwara

 

The New England Revolution have lost five games in a row. Since its impressive, 2-0, win over FC Dallas on September 10, The Revolution have been outscored 11-4, and the defense has looked a shell of it’s already fragile self. Since A.J. Soares’ surgery on Oct. 6, the defense has looked shakier than ever. The rookie’s presence has been sorely missed in a defense that already struggled with identity and protecting its goalkeeper — Soares was voted by the press as the Revs’ Defender of the Year.

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Revolution still have work to do

By Ryan Fleming

Let’s breathe for a second. Sure, they are 1-0-1. Yes, they are just a measly two games in. So, should the New England Revolution fans be that excited? Probably not, but I’m impressed.

This isn’t saying that if I was a fan, I wouldn’t be over the moon, as they say. Fans of any teams, but especially soccer ones, have a long memory. It wasn’t that long ago (a year) that the Revs played some uninspired ball. Sure, they were stricken with injuries, players were playing out of position, but the bottom line is they just plain stunk.

For now, the stormy days in New England seem to be fading.

Shalrie Joseph, who took a leave of absence from the team to enter the league’s substance abuse program is with the team, is playing his part – dominating the midfield, spraying passes and for now, scoring goals. Much can be said about the presence of Joseph. The lanky midfielder is by far the best player on the New England roster and as important as any player to any team in the league. Scoring two goals in two games will get your name recognized and published, but for an underrated midfielder in a market that isn’t anywhere near the top of the league, Joseph could start getting some much-deserved publicity — especially if the Revs continue to play well.

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Hard work paying off early for New England Revolution in 2011

Franco Coria has come on strong since signing with the Revolution in the summer. (Courtesy New England Revolutoin)

By Ryan Fleming

Plain and simple, last year didn’t go right. There were many factors that lead to the demise of the New England Revolution’s 2010 season. The absence of their captain, Shalrie Joseph, the injury-ridden roster that was forced to go through transformations week in and week out. But right now, the Revs find themselves in a much different position two games in the new season, with smiles and a constant yearning for more

“We’re never happy, we’re always wanting more,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol after Saturday’s 2-1 win over D.C. united. “Sitting on the sideline you see more things that go wrong than you actually do when you pat a player on the back when they do things right.”

New England finds itself sporting a 1-0-1 record with an impressive draw with Los Angeles Galaxy and after Saturday night’s win over the emerging DC United. The Revs are one of the more peculiar stories of the league thus far. What has to be the most eye-bulging part of the team is it’s defense.

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