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New England Revolution Host Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Things to Look For

By Kevin Koczwara

For all the hard work and promising displays on the field, the New England Revolution don’t have much to show in the way of wins or points this season (3-6-0 9 pts.). First year coach Jay Heaps has brought a new attitude to the team — a high-pressure, ball possession and attack-minded approach — but its lead to a few positive results. Instead, New England has loss games it should have won or drew (the 1-0 loss to New York; the 1-0 loss to FC Dallas; the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake).

Games aren’t being lost the same way they were in the past few seasons — in the dying moments of the game, or because of a lack of attacking power. This team is losing games because there is something missing right now: that unknown winner’s trademark of being able to gut out a victory.

On the flip side of New England is Saturday’s opponent the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-2 17 pts.). First year coach Martin Rennie has come in and instilled a defensive approach to a team that leaked in goals last year at an alarming rate. Even with an attack full of high-octane players — Sébastien Le Toux, Eric Hassli, Darren Mattocks, Omar Salgado, Etiba Harris and Long Tan — the Whitecaps have found goals hard to come by. Vancouver, right now, is the complete opposite of New England. The Whitecaps are eking out wins and have a winning swagger that comes with holding off opponents and beating top-tier teams.

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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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Revolution struggle to find consistent approach

An examination of the Revolution’s tactical struggles heading into Seattle for a game against a surging Sounders team.

By Kevin Koczwara

Steve Nicol has been trying to get the New England Revolution to play a 4-3-3 this season, which in turn is really a 4-5-1 with a pivoting midfield triangle. So far, the tactic hasn’t worked. In theory, the Revolution have the midfielders to play the three man central midfield, but it hasn’t worked because the outside players for the Revolution haven’t created any width or exposed opponent’s outside backs. The team has done its best to try the hoof and pray tactic out of the back, skipping the midfield triangle where its best players play. The long ball tactic kills any and all moment out of a 4-5-1 and Nicol’s desired 4-3-3, so something needed to change. Nicol knew it was time to give up on his experiment, so he switched to a more traditional 4-4-2 (really a 4-4-1-1).

In Saturday’s, 1-1, draw with the Chicago Fire, Nicol went with the tried and true 4-4-2 with Pat Phelan taking more defensive responsibility in the midfield, and winning plenty of tackles with little extra “umph”, giving Shalrie Joseph more freedom to roam and create. Kenny Mansally moved into the second striker role, playing in front of Rajko Lekic, making the formation more of a 4-4-1-1.

Early on, the formation proved effective. Mansally dropped deep to pick up any scraps, headed clearances, and to give the back a shorter outlet. His movement freed up both Chris Tierney and Sainey Nyassi on the wings. The two wide midfielder only one defender to take on after Mansally dragged his player underneath and out of position. Mansally’s movement took pressure of Lekic to hold play up and create as the sole striker, something that’s been difficult for the striker as he still adapts to the physical play of Major League Soccer. It was a nice change for the Revolution, and the team looked more confident and comfortable playing out of the back.

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Revs can’t overcome LA at Home

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Los Angeles Galaxy cleared the ball off the line twice in stoppage time and saw a shot hit the crossbar with moments left in its 1-0 win over the New England Revolution. The Galaxy secured the win thanks to a goal in the 69th minute by Miguel Lopez from a David Beckham cross. The Revolution will feel it did enough to get at least a draw, even three points if the Revs could have finished the chances early.

“It was definitely frustrating to come away losing one-nil. First half, I thought we did great. We made some chances but never took them,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol.

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Revs Report Card 2010: Lack of Finishing and Poor Defending, Not A Good Mix for New England

Steve Nicol was unable to coach the New England Revolution into the playoffs for the first time since 2001.  Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom

By Ryan Fleming, Kevin Koczwara and Michael King

To say the season was a disappointment would be a severe understatement. At the beginning of the season the New England Revolution struggled early and often; unfortunately that abysmal pattern followed the Revs all season.

Missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001 will hurt no one more than the team’s longest tenured player, Shalrie Joseph.

“I guess when the regular season’s done, then it’ll fully hit me,” said Joseph talking about the shock of missing the playoffs.

Well, by now it’s surely hit the captain and the rest of his teammates. The season is over and the visions of a team that was riddled by injuries and a sudden absence of their captain (Joseph) aided their demise.

Forwards: D+

Certainly the most inconsistent position within the team. Scoring only 31 goals on the season, good for 13th out of 16 in the MLS, the Revs’ offense lacked any significant punch throughout the entire season.

The arrival of Marko Perovic a day before the Revs opened the season against LA, was one of the higher points for the club.

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Revs Can't Handle the Red Bulls

By Kevin Koczwara

HARRISON, N.J. — The New England Revolution were unable to close off its disappointing season with a positive result as the Revs lost to the top-seeded New York Red Bulls, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena. With the win, the Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference regular season title for the second time in club history and the first since 2000.

The Revolution (9-16-5, 32 pts) were unable to overcome a 17th-minute goal from New York’s (15-9-6, 51 pts) Dane Richards and a stoppage time goal from Joel Lindpere. The Revs loss snaps the team’s 2-game winning streak and a 14-game regular season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) against the Red Bulls in dating back to 2005 when the Red Bulls were still the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars.

The Revolution looked the better side early with a long effort in the 9th-minute from Marko Perovic giving New York’s goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul a tough time as the ball skipped in front of the keeper and the rebound bounced away. Coundoul was able to recover.

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Revs Spoil Kansas City Wizards Playoff Dreams

New England Revolution midfielder celebrates with his teammates after he scored his fourth goal of the season against in the team's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom

By Stephen Canning

The New England Revolution played the role of spoiler Sunday night, beating the Kansas City Wizards 1-0, ending their chances of making the playoffs. New England captain Shairie Joseph scored the only goal of the game and the Revolution won its home finale in front of a crowd of 18,298.

“It’s always fun to play spoiler,” said New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth who earned his third career win.

Shuttleworth played well, and the team recorded its first shutout since a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on August 14.

“He was solid as a rock,” said Revolution head coach Steve Nicol.

Kansas City (10-13-6, 36 pts.), in need of the win to keep their playoff chances alive, opened the game strong and controlled much of the tempo. However, it was New England (9-15-5, 32 pts.) who had the best chance early on. Joseph struck the post on a low drive after a give and go from Marko Perovic.

Joseph would get a chance to better his goalscoring record in the 31st-minute when Revs defender Chris Tierney picked him out streaking down the middle of the field with a long ball, Joseph knocked the ball around Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and placed the ball into the empty net.

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Revolution need playoff push

Kevin Alston's (right) long throw-ins came in handy against Seattle. In the second half his throw-in was flicked on by Shalrie Joseph to Chris Tierney who headed the ball into the net to tie the game. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Major League Soccer doesn’t just crown a champion at the end of the season if the team is at the top of the MLS standings. No, the regular season allows teams to qualify for the MLS cup playoffs. Teams have to finish in the top half of the league to qualify for the end of the season tournament in the hopes of being crowned kings of American soccer.

Currently, the New England Revolution are on the outside looking in at the playoff crowd in 12th position with eight games left to play. Of the eight games remaining on the Revolution’s schedule, three are at home and five are away.

The Revs have a horrid away record this season, and they will need to improve on it quickly if they want to make any sort of push toward a playoff spot. The Revolution is 1-8-1 on the road this season, the one win was a 2-0 victory over last place D.C. United in the second game of the year back on April 3.

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Monarcas Crowned King of SuperLiga, Beat Revolution in Finals

Monarcas Morelia won its first trophy since the club won the Copa Pachuca in 2001. Courtesy Kevin Koczwara

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston scored his first professional goal against Mexican team Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga final, but his goal wasn’t enough to help the Revolution win the tournament for the second time in three years. Morelia won, 2-1, its first SuprLiga title with two goals from striker Miguel Sabah in the second half.

The Revolution’s loss to Monarcas is the first time the Revs have lost a game to a Mexican team in SuperLiga play (7-1-1). Monarcas’ win makes them the third Mexican team to win the SuperLiga championship in its four years of existence — the Revolution are the only MLS team to be crowned champions of the tournament, 2008.

Neither New England or Monarcas were able to break the deadlock and find the back of their opponents net in the first half. The Mexican side enjoyed much of the possession on the first half as the Revolution came out of the gates slow and Monarcas came close to capitalizing, twice.

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Revs can't outlast Union

Chris Tierney filled in at the right back position after Cory Gibbs was sent off in the first. Tierney and the Revs tried to hold onto their 1-0 lead but were unable too keep the Union at bay.

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It took some late heroics from Justin Mapp and the Philadelphia Union to beat a shorthanded New England Revolution, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium.

The Union scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to take the lead and the win away from a Revolution side that played 50 plus minutes with 10 men after Cory Gibbs was sent off in the 40th minute. The loss is the third in a row for the Revolution and the team’s first since the Chicago Fire beat the Revs on June 26.

The Revs (6-12-3, 21 pts.)opened the scoring in the 31st minute when a Marko Perovic corner found Shalrie Joseph roaming at the back post unmarked. Joseph’s attempt on net was blocked, but the Revolution captain was able to push a pass to Ilija Stolica a few feet from goal. The Serbian forward quickly turned and sent a shot across the goal to the back post, beating Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

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