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Ryan Guy Fills in for Clyde Simms in a new role for New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

 

Clyde Simms does more work than it sometimes appears for the New England Revolution. The former D.C. United holding midfielder sits just in front of the Revolution defense and behind Shalrie Joseph and the rest of the midfield. He’s the anchor, the player who picks up the scraps and fills the void left between the midfield and defense,  the area where forwards thrive. But left ankle tendonitis kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Houston Dynamo. That meant New England needed to find another heartbeat in the midfield to work with Joseph, who has abandoned his defensive midfield role for a more box-to-box approach in recent seasons.

Step up Ryan Guy.

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New England Falls victim to the same old trends

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution have struggled to stop opponents on set-pieces, score on its own set-pieces (including corner kicks) and stopping opponents from scoring goals in the last 15 minutes of the game. Against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution (4-6-1, 13 pts.) allowed Houston (3-3-4, 13 pts.) take advantage of New England’s shortcomings.

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Rookie McCarthy Needs to Lead Revolution's Midfield In Houston

Stephen McCarthy heads the ball

Stephen McCarthy will have to step up his game on Sunday when the New England Revolution play the Houston Dynamo. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/David Silverman)

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution lost its first game of the season last Saturday to Real Salt Lake — arguably the best team in Major League Soccer. In the, 2-0, loss, the Revs lost more than the game.

The team’s captain, Shalrie Joseph, and one of his center midfield partners, Pat Phelan, were both dismissed from the game with second half red cards, leaving Stephen McCarthy as the only healthy and eligible center midfielder for this weekend’s game in Houston against the Dynamo (1-1-2, 5 pts.) — Phelan and Joseph must serve a mandatory one-game suspension.

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MLS 2011 Season Preview: Eastern Conference

The New York Red Bulls are clear favorites to win the East. The rest of the conference is open with no clear second favorite. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Ryan Fleming

The Major League Soccer season is swiftly approaching us and it’s that time of year where we have to put up with silly conferences and even a more absurd playoff format. But put those things behind and here comes another year with Thierry Henry, Juan Pablo Angel and Nate Borchers (what’s funny? I’m serious).

The Colorado Rapids are the MLS Champs, but that doesn’t matter anymore. It’s a new season. Here’s the Eastern Conference preview.

1. New York Red Bulls. The most notable loss for the New York Red Bulls is the departure of Juan Pablo Angel to LA. From ‘07/’10 Angel bagged 58 goals, leading his team in scoring throughout his tenure. Despite the departure, NY does have some replacements, most notably Thierry Henry. The former Arsenal great came to the Red Bulls in July of ‘10, when manager Hans Backe was searching for a possible deadly partnership with Angel. Two other forward options for Backe will be United States Men’s National Team youngster Juan Agudelo and Corey Hertzog. With the creative Joel Lindpere linking up with the forwards from the midfield, combined with defenders Tim Ream and Rafa Marquez, NY looks to be a lock at the top of the East.

2 or 9. Toronto FC. The Reds went under a revamping of sorts in the offseason. The team brought in Aaron Winter and former Ajax assistant manager Bob de Klerk. Just last week they imported three Dutch players to provide Winter with some assistance in deploying the old Ajax system of “total football” up in Canada. For me, the Reds boast a team that could do anything. They could totally flop or, end up near the top of the conference. In a football-crazed town like Toronto, losing is no longer an option. Quick reason for concern, Winter spent a lot of time with trialists and didn’t find any real replacements with the departures of O’Brian White, Joseph Nane, Maxim Usanov, Amadou Sanyang, Chad Barrett, Raivis Hscanovics, Martin Saric and Nick Garcia.

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This Time, With Heart

Revolution defender Kevin Alston prevents a Red Bull goal. The Revolution beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 back on May 29 at Gillette Staduim in Foxborough, Mass. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/ Keith Nordstom

By Ryan Fleming

Coming into the season, like every other team in the MLS, the New England Revolution’s main goal was to win the MLS Cup. About a month ago, that goal changed after the Revs were eliminated from the playoffs following a 2-2 tie to Columbus on Sept. 26th.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet,” said Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph following the game. “I guess when the regular season’s done, then it’ll fully hit me. Right now, we’re just trying to practice and stay focused. We’ve still got a couple of games left and we’ve still got to finish strong.”

Well, Joseph has followed up on his words. The Revs are having more fun – playing more like a team, more smiles are being seen on the field – probably a result of their record since the bad news of their first playoff absence in nine years. New England posted a 2-1 record since the elimination; both wins were impressive ones over Houston and a dire Kansas City squad that was eliminated from the postseason after the loss.

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Revs Fighting to the Finish

Shalrie Joseph scored his third goal of the year to help the Revs end their 11-game road winless streak. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

When the New England Revolution took the field on Sunday night against the Houston Dynamo, one thing should have been on the players’ mind – winning.

Now that might seem common sense, even trivial. Of course, a team’s objective is to win, get the three points, then train for the upcoming week’s opponent. But for the Revolution, circumstances are a bit different. After becoming mathematically eliminated from the MLS Playoffs after its 2-2 tie to Columbus back on Sept. 25.

But despite the total lack of league meaning of the games, the Revs are maintaining a “must win” mentality, knowing how important it is for the team to close out the disappointing season on a high note.

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MLS Power Rankings Week 11

By Kevin Koczwara

A lot has changed in the last week around the MLS. Columbus has struggled since losing to Los Angeles and Colorado has jumped a few spots after a good week. Los Angeles is still the team to beat because no one has done it yet.

1. LA Galaxy – Still undefeated and still the best team in the league. They manhandled a good Houston team 4-1 over the weekend to prove that they don’t need their best players to win easy.

2. Real Salt Lake — RSL tied D.C. United, but they made up major ground the last few weeks in the West, and that should be rewarded. But they can’t have too many more slip-ups because the teams in the West are close behind them.

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Week 10 MLS Power Rankings

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

It was a busy week around Major League Soccer. The Columbus Crew lost for the first time this year. Real Salt Lake finished off May undefeated. New England got its first win since April 1o, and Philadelphia and D.C. each got their second wins of the season.

1. LA Galaxy – The Galaxy are tough to score on, ask previously unbeaten Columbus after their weekend’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Los Angeles, who was without their top scoring duo, Landon Donovan and Edison Buddle.

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Week 9 MLS Power Rankings

Courtesy Alison Ciarleglio of APC Studio

By Ryan Fleming

This week, a lot has changed, but the top teams stay the same. Overall I am most impressed with how the Galaxy are playing without two of their best players. The Revs still cannot score and the Sounders aren’t playing to their full potential.

1. LA Galaxy – Even without their best players, the Galaxy continue to win and make me second guess myself. Mike Magee scored his first of the season and the Galaxy continue to roll. They take on a tough Columbus team this Saturday on the road.

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MLS Power Rankings for Week 8

By Ryan Fleming

We have our weekly MLS Power Rankings for you after an exciting week. The Galaxy are still on top, but we have some movement in the middle of the pack. Depending how things shake up this weekend, the list could look much different next week.

LA Galaxy – The Galaxy remain undefeated, but tie a lowly Toronto FC. Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan will be missing for the next few months due to international duties. Huh? Oh, the World Cup. I guess we’ll see if LA can keep the streak going.

Columbus Crew – Much like LA, the Crew are undefeated. The boys in yellow got the go-ahead goal near stoppage time in Saturday’s game against Chivas. If anything, Columbus is now harder to beat than those we placed above them.

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