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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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Revs producing early question marks

By Ryan Fleming


The New England Revolution continue to flip and flop their roster with moves that many could see coming. There are those, still, that have many losing their hair, following up with the obligatory “here we go again” motto.

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Hard work paying off early for New England Revolution in 2011

Franco Coria has come on strong since signing with the Revolution in the summer. (Courtesy New England Revolutoin)

By Ryan Fleming

Plain and simple, last year didn’t go right. There were many factors that lead to the demise of the New England Revolution’s 2010 season. The absence of their captain, Shalrie Joseph, the injury-ridden roster that was forced to go through transformations week in and week out. But right now, the Revs find themselves in a much different position two games in the new season, with smiles and a constant yearning for more

“We’re never happy, we’re always wanting more,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol after Saturday’s 2-1 win over D.C. united. “Sitting on the sideline you see more things that go wrong than you actually do when you pat a player on the back when they do things right.”

New England finds itself sporting a 1-0-1 record with an impressive draw with Los Angeles Galaxy and after Saturday night’s win over the emerging DC United. The Revs are one of the more peculiar stories of the league thus far. What has to be the most eye-bulging part of the team is it’s defense.

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Revolution hold on to beat D.C. United in home opener

By Ryan Fleming

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been said, but a year can make the difference. For the New England Revolution, a year means another chance at putting a frustrating, lackluster season behind, and improving to 1-0-1 on the year, isn’t a bad way to start.

The Revs (1-0-1, 4 pts.) defeated DC United, 2-1, in their home opener, in front of nearly 13,000 supporters, showing their supporters that perhaps this year will be a bit different.

“It’s huge,” midfielder Pat Phelan said when describing the importance of the win. “There are so many doubts coming into the season off of our results from last year. Would we have enough quality to get the points?

“And it’s still really early in the season and we shouldn’t be holding our heads too, too high, but we are flying high and we’re excited now. We’re looking forward to next week.”

Similar to last week’s game in LA, New England didn’t wasteany time in making its mark on the score sheet. In the eighth minute the dependable Shalrie Joseph launched a 40-yard ball ahead to Zach Schilawski, the lone Revolution forward, who continued to pester DC throughout. Charging in the box, the ball seemed to bounce up, clearly hitting his hand, then after returning to the ground, the forward volleyed the ball past United’s keeper Pat Onstad while no whistle was given.

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Revolution on right track heading into home opener with D.C. United

Steve Nicol looks to have the Revolution on the right track heading into its home opener on Saturday after a dramatic 1-1 draw with the Galaxy last Sunday. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom))

By Ryan Fleming

Surprises have come early to the New England Revolution.

Many predicted the Los Angeles Galaxy to push aside the lowly Revs, last year’s afterthought come playoff time. Instead, the Revs, behind captain Shalrie Joseph ,showed David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the rest of the Galaxy exactly how this year is different.

Amidst torrential rain, the Revs left the West coast with a point, a huge accomplishment to any MLS team.

“It feels good starting the first game of the season getting a point on the road against a huge team like LA. Coming down here and getting a point is good for our confidence,” Joseph said after the game.

Confidence is something that wandered away from the Revs locker room as last season wore on. The Revs found themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and out of a playoff spot for the first time since 2001. This season, despite only one game, the Revs are already noticeably different.

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