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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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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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FC Dallas, Colorado Looking to MLS Cup

Kosuke Kimura displays the MLS Eastern Conference Trophy after his Colorado Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes last week. (Photo Courtesy Colorado Rapids/MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

Colorado has been there before. Dallas has not.

Dallas posted an unbeaten streak of 19 (20, if you want to count its 1-1 friendly against Inter Milan). Colorado had a mere streak of five – impressive in its own right, but not as dominating.

Come Sunday, dismiss all the numbers, all the stats, the “should-haves” and “did-nots,” and focus on the Rapids and the Hoops. No more analyzing the past, but hanging on the present as both sides battle for the MLS Cup.
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Red Bulls and Rapids Need to Build Off of Last Week's Wins in MLS East Semi-Finals

New York Looks to End Wondo and Quakes Miracle Run

By Kevin Koczwara

The New York Red Bulls have made an amazing turnaround from last season’s poor form, abysmal really. And so have the San Jose Earthquakes, thanks in large part to the play of Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski.

Wondo’s 18 goals this season for the Quakes were more than half of the team’s total and led the league, the man was simply on a roll since breaking into the squad’s starting 11. But the striker was shut down in the first leg of the two leg fixture with New York.

Newcomer Joel Lindpere for the Red Bulls put his mark on the MLS Cup playoffs with the winning goal in the first leg in San Jose. Lindpere has been the sparkplug in the Red Bulls’ engine this season and his goal last weekend put New York in the driving seat for tonight’s fixture at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

New York should be able to handle Wondo and company, especially if French striker Thierry Henry has finally recovered from his knee injury. The former Barcelona and Arsenal striker hasn’t played in three matches and could be the final missing attacking piece for New York in the playoffs and his presence along with Juan Pablo Angel should be able to push the Quakes on the counter-attack as San Jose tries to score the two goals the team needs to advance.

Rapids Try to Sweep Crew Away

The Colorado rapids set the stage for the MLS Cup playoffs last Thursday with Pablo Mastroeni’s game-winning goal. The Rapids took the first leg of their semi-inal playoff match with the Columbus Crew, 1-0, in Colorado and will look to keep their one-goal advantage in Columbus against a Crew team that has enjoyed success in front of its home crowd this season with a 10-3-2 record.

The Crew will have to overcome the one-goal deficit to beat a solid Rapids team that doesn’t travel well (4-6-5), but boasts Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in the attack. Cummings was a handful for the Rapids in Colorado last week, and will surely try to be as effective this Saturday. The Crew will have to find a way to keep Cummings away from the penalty area and slow his runs out wide that open up space for Casey and the Rapids’ midfield down. If the Crew can’t contain the Jamaican international, it will be another long night for Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who is filling in for injured William Hesmer.

If Colorado can lock up an early goal, the team will more than likely be moving on to play the winner of New York and San Jose in the quarter-inals because a two-goal deficit is a lot to overcome in one game when Matt Pickens is goal for the opponent. Pickens had a .733 save percentage in the regular season and worked in seven shutouts in 2010. He has been a steady goalkeeper in the MLS since getting the full-time job in 2007 for the Chicago Fire.

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MLS Cup Preview and Predictions

The Columbus Crew won its first and only MLS Cup in 2008. The Crew will need to get through the East to claim the Cup. (Courtesy Wikicommons.)

By Ryan Fleming and Kevin Koczwara

Before the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs commence we’ll take a bit of a look at the conference matchups before the first leg of the postseason starts. Will the Red Bulls take home the cup this year? Can Los Angeles make up for last year’s finals loss? Or will Real Salt Lake add another to their trophy case?

The West

Coming into the 2010 MLS Cup, RSL look to be one of the favorites to take home the Cup. The Royals had a solid season and look poised to make a deep postseason run. For the defending champs, they could become the third team in MLS history to win back-to-back titles. Real, the No. 2 seed coming into the tournament, takes on a Dallas team that has limped their way into the playoffs including losses to Western Conference foes, LA and Real.

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Revs and Quakes Play to Stalemate

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution stayed winless in May, but do get an important point as they drew level with the San Jose Earthquakes, 0-0, in Foxborough. The tie is the second in the month of May for the Revs (2-5-2, 8 pts.), they tied FC Dallas, 1-1, earlier this month, and was much needed as they have lost four in a row recently in all competitions.

Though the game was up and down throughout, either team could maintain pressure in the final third of the field.

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Revs Struggle to Find the Net Against Quakes

Courtesy of revolutionsoccer.net

Courtesy of revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Trips to California this year have been tough for the New England Revolution so far this year. The Revolution lost the season opener to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center, 1-0. Then on their second trip to CA last night, the Revolution suffered their second loss of the young season and their second loss in The Golden State with a 2-0 defeat to San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0, 6 pt.).

The Revolution (2-2-0, 6 pt.) started off the game on their heels without their stalwart midfielder Shalrie Joseph (out with a hip flexor strain) controlling the play. San Jose attacked and used their small field to their advantage as they sent balls from one end of the field to the other from the start of the game. San Jose used their physical style of play to push and move the Revolution defenders around, make them uncomfortable and unsure of the ball, and to open up the field.

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