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New York Red Bulls Remarkable Turnaround

Rafa Marquez celebrates with New York's supports group. The former Barcelona midfielder has added another dimension to New York's midfieldsince signing as the team's third designated player. (Courtesy Alison Ciarleglio of APC Studio)

By Kevin Koczwara

Manager Hans Backe and the New York Red Bulls had a lot of work to do last winter after a dismal 2009 season that saw the team finish with Major League Soccer’s worst record (5-6-19). Last night all the hard work paid off as the team clinched its second regular season Eastern Conference Championship in club history – the first in 10 years.

“There was just room for improvement. We couldn’t do worse than last year. We just came in and worked hard, and we [qualified for the playoffs],” said Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards after defeating the New England Revolution, 2-0, Thursday night. Richards scored the game-winning goal. “It’s not over yet with the playoffs. Hopefully we have three more games left, and we can go all the way with it.”

New York transformed from a struggling club in a hot bed of soccer to an ideal place to play in less than a season. Much of the transformation had little to do with the the big offseason and midseason moves that littered headlines.

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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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Burpo Injury Dampens Victory For Revs

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution’s first victory since April 10 came with a price on Saturday night. Despite beating the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, the Revolution lost an integral part of their squad when Preston Burpo went down in the 34th minute with a lower right leg fracture, when making a play on a ball outside the box. Burpo was attended to for sometime before being stretchered off the field and taken to Mass General by ambulance.

“That was bad, especially for a guy who has been so big for us making another big play,” said Revolution rookie striker Zack Schilawski. “It’s tough and you don’t want to see a guy go down like that. A lot of the guys were shaken up and I think we were fortunate that it happened so close to half time so that we could get in here and get it back together.

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Revs Ends Losing Streak With Win Over Red Bulls

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Despite a horrific injury to starting goalkeeper Preston Burpo, the New England Revolution were able to get their first win since their home opener on April 10, when they beat Toronto FC. The Revolution defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, last night with goals from Marko Perovic, Zack Schilawski and an own goal by Red Bulls defender Tim Reams.

The Revolution opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Shalrie Joseph opened up the Red Bull defense with a through ball over the top of their backline into the path of a streaking Marko Perovic. Perovic slotted the pass into the back of the net on a half-volley, beating New York’s keeper Bouna Coundou

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