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Los Angeles Galaxy Make Moves at MLS Re-Entry Draft With Cup In Sight.

The Los Angeles Galaxy traded up in Major League Soccer's Re-Entry Draft on Wednesday so the Galaxy could select Former New York Red Bull's forward Juan Pablo Angel. (Courtesy Diego Valenzuela)

By Kevin Koczwara

Despite being a dominant regular-season force the last two seasons, The Los Angeles Galaxy have not been able to claim an MLS Cup in either try. David Beckham, Landon Donovan and company couldn’t get the job done when it came time to buckle down and win in the postseason the last two years. The Galaxy may have solved some of its problems yesterday when it made some bold moves during the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

Los Angeles traded up to the fifth pick (the Houston Dynamo’s pick) in the draft to select former New York Red Bull forward and designated player Juan Pablo Angel. The Red Bull’s all-time leading goalscorer did not have his option picked up by New York at the end of the season because the club had signed two other designated players from Barcelona, Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez.

The Galaxy’s pursuit of Angel shows the league that the club isn’t giving up hope on winning an MLS Cup with Deavid Beckham, and have to be heavy favorites going into next year. Angel scored 61 goals in four seasons with New York, including playoffs, and he will add to the Galaxy’s already potent attack.

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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 Hope to Hold Off Kansas City Wizards in Final Home Game of the Season

Shalrie Joseph hasn't enjoyed much success against the Kansas City Wizards as a member of the Revolution in recent seasons. The Revolution will look to end the Wizards hopes of making the playoffs today at Gillett. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Goals from Shalrie Joseph and Kheli Dube helped the New England Revolution defeat the Houston Dynamo in Houston last weekend, 2-1, snapping a six month winless streak on the road for the Revolution. Despite the Revolution’s mathematical elimination from the playoffs and a short bench (the team traveled with 15 players, with 3 field players on the bench), the team put together a complete performance in Houston and looked more like a playoff bound team than a team with no hopes for a trophy.

“I think tonight we put on a real good professional show,” said Revolution Manager Steve Nicol after the win in Houston. “I didn’t think we gave too much away. We scored two good goals away from home, and overall it was a good performance.”

Nicol’s squad will try to build on the win in Houston tonight when the Revs take the Kansas City Wizards in New England’s final home game of the season.

The Wizards harbor an outside hope of making the playoffs. They are six points behind the Colorado Rapids with two games to play. Kansas City has to be happy its playing New England this weekend because the team has traditionally fared well against the Revolution.

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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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Revs Will Try To Turn it Around in Toronto

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

It’s been a long month for the New England Revolution. Battling through injuries, dealing with suspensions and managing only one point, a tie to San Jose. The Revs will look to end the second half of the month on a much higher note tomorrow against Toronto.

As of late, New England have started to get it’s feet under them despite all the setbacks. They finally have a chance to play with a full 18-man roster this weekend, the first time all month. Coming off a 0-0 tie to San Jose, the Revs now have some momentum on their side. Toronto is also coming off a 0-0 draw. The Reds (3-4-1, 10 pts.) managed to tie the LA Galaxy, the league’s best team, thanks in large part to TFC keeper, Stefan Frei. Both team’s will have an extra air of confidence coming into tomorrow night’s match.

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Revs Lace Up Against Portuguese Champions Benfica

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution could not have found a worst time to have an exhibition game against Portuguese side S.L. Benfica. Nevermind that the game has no bearing towards the outcome of the season, and that it is against one of the top clubs in Europe.

Let’s look at the timing of the game.

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Rev's Players Show Versatility

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution have played five games in 15 days in the month of May, more than one with a limited bench, and it is starting to show.

“I think one of the biggest factors tonight was fatigue,” said New England manager Steve Nicol about the Revolution’s performance against San Jose. “We could see with 25 minutes to go that guys were beginning to flag. Not just the guys we brought off, but the guys that were still on have played in all these games we’ve had.”

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Revs Shorthand Against Red Bulls in Open Cup

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution face the New York Red Bulls tomorrow in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game at 8 p.m. at Red Bull Arena. The Revolution and the Red Bulls are both recovering from tough weekend defeats — the Red Bulls lost, 4-0, to the San Jose Earthquakes and the Revs lost, 3-2, to the Columbus Crew on a heartbreaking stoppage time goal — and looking to rebound in the mid-week.

The Revolution will be shorthanded when they make the trip to New York tomorrow. They will bring 14 players with them including two goalies – that makes only 12 field players and only three substitutes on the bench including a back-up goalkeeper. New England has been forced to fight off injuries all season, but at this tough stretch of games, which includes five more games in May, the Revolution are really starting to fight a war of attrition.

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