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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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Revs try to turn season around in Dallas

By Melissa Turtinen

The New England Revolution head to Dallas today looking for its first road win of the season. Too bad the Revs are running into a team that has been on quite the hot streak.

FC Dallas (6-3-4, 22 points) has won its last eight games, which includes a 531-minute shutout streak and five shutouts in May. Dallas finally let up a goal, or two, against the Houston Dynamo in its 2-2 tie on May 28.

While Dallas has been thriving, the Revolution (3-5-4, 13 points) has struggled with one-goal margin losses. The Revs lost to the LA Galaxy 1-0 on May 28 and a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on May 21. Between those two games the Revs also lost a U.S. Open Cup game 5-0 to Sporting Kansas City on May 25.

“We had three great chances, we just didn’t quite get it done,” head coach Steve Nicol told reporters after the Revs 1-0 loss to the Galaxy. “That kind of sums up a lot of the stuff we’re doing. Sometimes we look pretty good, but we just don’t get it done. That’s where we are at the moment.”

The Revolution has been shutout five times this season, and it looks to change that on Saturday by controlling possession and beating the 90-degree heat expected over the weekend in Dallas.

Dallas is the defending Western Conference champions and is second place in league standings, but the Revs have a positive history against the Texas club. New England is 11-5-2 all-time for regular-season road games against the club. The Revolution also won is first-ever cup championship with a 3-2 victory over FCD in 2007.

Injury Report

The Revs will be without Marko Perovic for the remainder of the 2011 season. The midfielder underwent knee surgery on Friday. The 27-year old suffered an injury on April 23 against Sporting Kansas City that aggravated a preexisting knee injury.

Kickoff for the match is at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CT) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It will be aired on ComcastSportsNet and 98.5 The Sports Hube HD2 radio.

Melissa Turtinen is a contributing writer for The Soccer Guys.

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MLS 2011 Season Preview: Western Conference

Major League Soccer's Western Conference outshone the East last season, look for it to do the same this year as many of the teams only got better. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

There’s no disputing that the Western Conference was the better than the East last year. The two MLS Cup finalist teams, FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids, were both from the West and so was the top two teams in the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. The West had six of the best eight teams in the league last year. This year looks no different. In fact, many of the teams out west have improved this offseason.

There is a major shake-up in the west though. With the addition of teams in Portland and Vancouver, the Western Conference has a true rivalry in the works in the Northwest and potentially two teams looking to follow the Seattle Sounders’s model and come out swinging from the first whistle, upsetting the established balance.

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Colorado Rapids Claim First MLS Cup in Club History With Grit

FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids battled into extra time to decide a winner of the MLS Cup. An own goal by George John helped the Rapids claim its first ever Cup. (Courtesy MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

TORONTO, Ont — It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But the Colorado Rapids proved to be the bully and forced themselves on the pinnacle of MLS glory with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas claiming the 2010 MLS Cup.

For more than 90 minutes, the Rapids manically forced their way up and down the field and when situations became dire, proved just resilient enough. FC Dallas and regular season MVP David Ferreira tried utilizing their positive, attack-minded game and force it on Colorado. For a little while it seemed as if the Hoops would have their way, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a quick, line-drive cross that found a streaking Ferreira, who finished brilliantly between two Rapids center backs.

The score stood that way at halftime, but in the second half Colorado became the aggressor.

“It was physical play and the thing with physical play is it’s disruptive, so how often do you connect passes and if that was their game plan, it was perfect,” Dallas coach and manager of the year, Schellas Hyndman said of why his team couldn’t follow its game plan. “If it wasn’t their game plan, I would rather play like the way we play.”

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Few Things Before Toronto And Some Thanks

At the new BMO Field under the lights is where Colorado and Dallas will battle for the 2010 MLS Cup. (Photo Courtesy of owen_yeo)

By Ryan Fleming

A few thoughts before I head off to Toronto later tonight.

1. The game itself: It might not be the flashy, more glamorous teams of the MLS, but either way, I see these two teams matching up well against each other.
Kevin Hartman has the ability to be a game changer in goal for FC Dallas, but the midfield will be the key to the game, and with my playoff MVP, David Ferreira, commanding the midfield along with Dax McCarthy, I’m giving the upper hand to the Hoops.

Don’t be surprised if the Colorado Rapids can pull it out, though. If Omar Cummings played in a different league than the MLS, he would be getting more attention for his play. Colorado sure has a gifted player on their hands, and Dallas better be weary. The Jamaican international is a game changer.

2. My upcoming 12+ hour Greyhound ride: You might think I’m crazy, and even resort to names that would go against my better judgment. But believe me, I’ll endure the possibility of not sleeping, getting lost in Buffalo – where I’ll transfer at 3 a.m. – and the idea of missing my trip completely, rather than spend another $500 dollars I don’t have on a flight that frankly takes too long.

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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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FC Dallas has Date With Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup Final; Hoops Beat Los Angeles Galaxy to Advance

FC Dallas proved its the best team in the Western Conference last night by beating Major League Soccer’s top team in the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-0. Dallas beat Real Salt Lake in the semi-finals to move on to face what looked like an unbeatable Galaxy team. Los Angeles manhandled very good Seattle Sounders team in the semi-finals.

Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman cemented his place as the league’s best man between the pipes this year with a handful of spectacular saves. And David Ferriera proved, again, that he is the best player in the MLS this season and the league’s MVP. The Hoops midfielder pulled all the right strings and scored the match winner while assisting another another goal.

(Related: David Beckham injured during semi-final.)

The Hoops have now beat both of last year’s MLS Cup finalist on their way to the MLS Cup final. Next up, an impressive Colorado Rapids team lead by the dangerous Omar Cummings.

[Highlights after the jump.]

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How the West Will Be Won; MLS Cup Playoffs Continue

By Kevin Koczwara

So far my predictions haven’t played out so well. I thought New York would be able to walk over San Jose on Thursday night. I was wrong. San Jose stormed into New York and got the two goal win the team needed after falling behind, 1-0, in the home leg less then a week earlier.

The Quakes, 3-1, win in New York was astonishing and entertaining as Bobby Convey put on his best Steven Gerrard performance.

Both Gerrard and Convey almost single-handily took their team from the brink of lossing, and put the game on their shoulders.

Gerrard’s second half hat-trick in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Anfield over Napoli in a UEFA Cup match was just another miracle moment for the 30-year-old. Coming on as a substitute and leading the Reds back from the brink of a loss isn’t anything new for him – check 2005 Champions League Final and the 2006 FA Cup win over West Ham, just for a few.

Convey did similar to Gerrard on Thursday in New York, but with a twist. Convey and the Quakes were down a goal and playing at a raucous Red Bull Arena, yet Convey pulled his team level on aggregate with a 6th minute goal from just inside the box.

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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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Angel Casts Doubt on Future

New York Red Bulls striker Juan Pablo Angel recently suggested he is unlikely to return to the MLS club next year. (Photo Courtesy RedBullNY_049)

By Michael King

It seemed like an innocuous question. Something closer to standard in-studio fare than a probing inquiry –  just there to fill the void between halves on ESPN during Tuesday’s United States-Columbia exhibition match.

But when former U.S. defender and prominent ESPN soccer personality Alexi Lalas asked fellow half-time analyst Juan Pablo Angel if he planned to return to the New York Red Bulls next season, the midfielder responded with a surprising and puzzling, “I probably won’t.”

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