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MLS news and notes: Henry, Javier Morales, Player Salaries and Trading Cards

By Ryan Fleming

To start off my MLS thoughts of the weekend, I won’t mention the dribbling circus that Thierry Henry busted out on Saturday night against Los Angeles. Yes, impressive. Not, great enough to mention, especially since it didn’t result in a scoring chance.

1. The issue of terrible tackling needs to be, well, tackled in the MLS. After one of the most gifted players in the league, Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales, suffered a horrific injury from a similar silly tackle that downed Seattle’s Steve Zakuani, the league has a perfect opportunity to make a statement. The nine-game sentence handed down to Colorado’s Brian Mullan after his ruthless tackle ended Zakuani’s season, should also be slapped on Marcos Mondaini’s tackle on Morales.

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Revs Make Mistake Not Securing Phelan

The New England Revolution could lose a key member of its team if the Portland Timbers or Vancouver Whitecaps take Pat Phelan in Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft. Courtesy Keith Nordstrom/Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

The New England Revolution, along with the rest of the MLS, came out with its protected list of players for Wednesday’s Expansion Draft. The Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers will go through the pool of players in a 10 round selection process.

Interestingly enough, the Revs took a different approach at this year’s protected list. Both Bobby Shuttleworth and long-time goalkeeper Matt Reis were both on the Revs’ exclusive list – the only team in the MLS to have two keepers on it.

Also on the list was Shalrie Joseph, Kevin Alston and team MVP Marko Perovic. You can see both lists here.

The Revolution’s move is alarming and quite silly because the team is leaving quality players off of the protected list who are apt to be selected to either of the two expansion sides.

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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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Revs Keep Playoff Hopes Alive; Columbus Tries to End Them

New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph hopes today's game against the Columbus Crew doesn't end the Revs chances at making the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

New England Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph hopes today's game against the Columbus Crew doesn't end the Revs chances at making the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

It wasn’t the type of ending the New England Revolution worked for in Dallas, or deserved, after they took a 2-0 lead into the 80th minute.

But a penalty from David Ferreira in the 80th minute and a last gasp stoppage time goal from Jeff Cunningham sealed a 2-2 draw for FC Dallas to keep their 16 game unbeaten steak alive.

The Revolution (7-14-4, 25 points) looked poised to end its dreadful road trip with a much needed three points in Dallas (10-2-13, 43 pts.) as the team fights for a playoff spot. Heading into Pizza Hut Park, the Revs had been shutout on the road, 5-0, and made a habit of allowing early goals.

But for once it was the Revolution who scored first. Shalrie Joseph scored his first goal of the season in the fifth minute and things looked to be going the Revs way for once.

“Lucky for me it [the goal] came early in the game which settled the team a little bit and allows us to play,” said Joseph at practice on Friday.

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Phelan's Header Secures Revolution Victory Over D.C. United

Matt Reis made a season high six saves against D.C. United to help the Revolution extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Melissa Turtinen

Foxborough, Mass. — It wasn’t pretty and they didn’t play well. But, the New England Revolution left Saturday night’s game with three points and that’s all that matters.

“Truth be told, we didn’t play well, we didn’t pass the ball well,” said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturday’s game. “I think the biggest thing was we didn’t have any legs tonight. And consequently, we didn’t pass it well and we didn’t play well, but what we did do was we stuck at it and we got a goal.”

The Revolution defeated D.C. United, 1-0, on Aug. 7. The lone goal came in the 42nd minute after Pat Phelan headed in Chris Tierney’s free kick from near midfield. Phelan flicked the ball into the inside post.

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Revs Continue to Improve During Five Game Unbeaten Streak

Kenny Mansally against the Philadelphia Union. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

What does a five-game unbeaten streak spell out for the New England Revolution? Things are looking up.

The Revs latest game, an entertaining 1-1 tie to Philadelphia at PPL Park just showed how much this team has improved over the last month. On the road coming back from a goal down against a tough Union team isn’t an easy task. The Revolution deserve their kudos.

Sure, the goal was lucky – a free kick goal by Marko Perovic that took a bad bounce past Union keeper Chris Seitz. But for now, things are going New England’s way. The Revs are in the midst of climbing their way out of the Eastern Conference cellar, currently in seventh place with Philadelphia, both having 15 points.

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