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New England in need of a Revolution

The new England Revolution continue to struggle on the field while issues off the field may alienate its strongest fan base, The Fort.

By Ryan Fleming

It has become common place, unfortunately. The New England Revolution’s struggles not only on the field, but off of it have been hurting the team. Since this has been going on for a few years, it’s something that has been notice and directly keeping people from attending games.

Due to the lack of quality the Revs have put on the field, the attendance has naturally suffered. As of June 18, New England currently has the league’s third lowest attendance (12,008), less than 2,000 more than Columbus. Despite the team’s strong start to the season and the spotlight signing of United States Men’s National Team midfielder, Benny Feilhaber, the Revs are currently the definition of the word struggling.

Managing a 1-5-3 record since May 7 – scoring a meek four goals within that frame – the Revs Front Office hasn’t found that main piece yet, a consistent offensive threat. The last two years alone, New England has brought over countless players, many that are now pieces of different clubs.

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Why Colorado is Still the Team to Beat

By Ryan Fleming

It is hard to notice the Colorado Rapids. I mean that with all do respect. They don’t have any stand out players or names that shout MLS stardom or the best it has to offer. In other words, no names jump out at you. But again, maybe that’s the point of it all?

The Rapids most noticeable player is Conor Casey. Some might know Casey as a United States international, a rather hulking forward who uses his hard work and body to get the better of defenders. In the last three years, Casey has produced an impressive 42 goals in 90 appearances for the Rapids. What is so baffling is that no one really notices. It might his lack of glitz or glam, but no defender can really solve him.

This season the reigning MLS Champs are 3-0-0, and have forced a league-high eight goals. Now, you can point to their opposition, mainly the newly expansion Portland Timbers or lowly Chivas USA, but you cannot take away that their defense has allowed a mere two goals, while the offensive production continues to flourish. In the offseason, the Rapids added Irish international Caleb Folan to help bring out the best in Casey up front and to assist in help boost the offense production. Despite the oft-injured career that Folan’s can unfortunately be characterized, the Irish forward has bagged two goals, including one in the most recent 4-1 win over United.

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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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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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