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Ryan Guy Fills in for Clyde Simms in a new role for New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

 

Clyde Simms does more work than it sometimes appears for the New England Revolution. The former D.C. United holding midfielder sits just in front of the Revolution defense and behind Shalrie Joseph and the rest of the midfield. He’s the anchor, the player who picks up the scraps and fills the void left between the midfield and defense,  the area where forwards thrive. But left ankle tendonitis kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Houston Dynamo. That meant New England needed to find another heartbeat in the midfield to work with Joseph, who has abandoned his defensive midfield role for a more box-to-box approach in recent seasons.

Step up Ryan Guy.

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Rapid Reaction: Henry goal helps New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution were unable to take advantage of a depleted New York Red Bulls team today and loss, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena. New York capitalized in the 7th minute when Thierry Henry scored a magnificant chip from outside the area, beating a stretched Stephen McCarthy to the ball. The Red Bulls held on to the lead for the remainder of the game despite losing Henry to a hamstring injury in the 23rd minute and relentless pressure from the Revolution.

Some thoughts on the game…

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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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Jose ‘Pepe’ Moreno forces the Revolution to look for another path, for now

Jose "Pepe" Moreno signed with the new England Revolution and now seems to be backing out of the deal. Not a good sign for the Revs.

 By Kevin Koczwara

“We still don’t know with certainty that the quotes attributed to him were in fact his, so if they are, we need to understand what he’s dealing with and where his feelings are coming from before we proceed and find some resolution on the matter.” — Brian Bilello, President of The New England Revolution

A week or so after the Major League Soccer SuperDraft I spoke with Mike Burns, General Manager of the New England Revolution, about the team’s latest signings, John Lozano and Fernando Cárdenas, from Colombia. Burns said he and coach Jay Heaps went down to Colombia one weekend to watch the league’s relegation playoffs. In passing Burns mentioned he and Heaps had discussions with other players.

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Kelyn Rowe hopes to add attacking force to New England Revolution

Kelyn Rowe is a top-talent from this year's MLS SuperDraft. The New England Revolution selected him third in the draft. (Courtesy MLS Soccer)

 By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution struggled to score goals last season. One part of the problem  was the finishing. The other  part of the problem: creating quality chances.  With the third pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, the Revolution tried to address the issue of creating opportunities by drafting UCLA and Generation adidas midfielder Kelyn Rowe. With the third pick, New England had plenty of options, and instead of filling a positional need, the Revs picked arguably the best player on the board.

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Game of Opportunities: Revolution continue to be burned by mistakes

By Kevin Koczwara

It didn’t matter that the New England Revolution enjoyed more possession. It didn’t matter that the Revs pushed the San Jose Earthquakes back in their own half for the majority of the game. It didn’t matter that the Revolution took more shots — 18 to San Jose’s 14, which is a deceiving because New England seemed to be pressing more and in control of the game. It didn’t matter that the Revolution had plenty of chances in front of goal. It doesn’t matter that the Revolution enjoyed the majority of possession and looked a team on Saturday night rather than a collection of individuals, which has not been the case for much of the season.

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New England’s Season of Almosts

Ryan Guy takes a tumble in the Revolution's loss to the Seattle Sounders, 2-1, last weekend. The Revolution took a first half lead and squandered it, which has been the story of the team's 2011 season. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Photo by Louis Walker)

 By Kevin Koczwara

To say this season has been a disappointment for the New England Revolution, is an understatement. The Revs (5-14-12, 27 pts.) sit at the bottom of Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference pig-pile. Only expansion side Vancouver Whitecaps have fewer points than the Revolution, with 22. But no team has been as frustrating as the Revolution.

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Revs end slump with complete performance against FC Dallas

Shalrie Joseph and Monsef Zerka celebrate the Revolution's goal in the 14th minute of the team's 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 10. (Courtesy Courtesy Revoutionsoccer.net; Photo by David Silverman)

 By Kevin Koczwara

July 20, that’s the last time the New England Revolution won. The Revolution beat D.C. United, 1-0, thanks a goal from Stephen McCarthy in the 73rd minute. The season was looking bleak then, the Revs were 4-9-7 (19 pts.) through 20 games. That win ended a nine game winless streak — three draws and six losses. Since the win in the D.C., things haven’t gotten any easier for New England.

The Revs went on another slump, this time more agonizing than the last. The games were there to be won. New England had control. It had early leads, significant leads, leads at home, and leads on the road. And yet, the Revolution found ways to lose a grip and give up the valuable three points it needed to get close to fighting for a playoff spot. Letting a lead slip away became almost cliché, so much so that no lead seemed safe.

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