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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 Hope to Hold Off Kansas City Wizards in Final Home Game of the Season

Shalrie Joseph hasn't enjoyed much success against the Kansas City Wizards as a member of the Revolution in recent seasons. The Revolution will look to end the Wizards hopes of making the playoffs today at Gillett. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Goals from Shalrie Joseph and Kheli Dube helped the New England Revolution defeat the Houston Dynamo in Houston last weekend, 2-1, snapping a six month winless streak on the road for the Revolution. Despite the Revolution’s mathematical elimination from the playoffs and a short bench (the team traveled with 15 players, with 3 field players on the bench), the team put together a complete performance in Houston and looked more like a playoff bound team than a team with no hopes for a trophy.

“I think tonight we put on a real good professional show,” said Revolution Manager Steve Nicol after the win in Houston. “I didn’t think we gave too much away. We scored two good goals away from home, and overall it was a good performance.”

Nicol’s squad will try to build on the win in Houston tonight when the Revs take the Kansas City Wizards in New England’s final home game of the season.

The Wizards harbor an outside hope of making the playoffs. They are six points behind the Colorado Rapids with two games to play. Kansas City has to be happy its playing New England this weekend because the team has traditionally fared well against the Revolution.

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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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Revolution need playoff push

Kevin Alston's (right) long throw-ins came in handy against Seattle. In the second half his throw-in was flicked on by Shalrie Joseph to Chris Tierney who headed the ball into the net to tie the game. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Major League Soccer doesn’t just crown a champion at the end of the season if the team is at the top of the MLS standings. No, the regular season allows teams to qualify for the MLS cup playoffs. Teams have to finish in the top half of the league to qualify for the end of the season tournament in the hopes of being crowned kings of American soccer.

Currently, the New England Revolution are on the outside looking in at the playoff crowd in 12th position with eight games left to play. Of the eight games remaining on the Revolution’s schedule, three are at home and five are away.

The Revs have a horrid away record this season, and they will need to improve on it quickly if they want to make any sort of push toward a playoff spot. The Revolution is 1-8-1 on the road this season, the one win was a 2-0 victory over last place D.C. United in the second game of the year back on April 3.

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Revs Unbeaten Streak Ends In a Fire

New England Revolution defender Darrius Barnes heads a ball against the Chicago Fire last week. The Revs fell to the Fire, 2-1, to end an eight-game unbeaten streak. (Photo Courtesy Getty Images/RevolutionSoccer.net)

By Kevin Koczwara
The last time the New England Revolution lost a game in any competition was an embarrassing 5-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake on July 2, just before the Major League Soccer All-Star break, at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City.

But, like most good things, the Revs’ winning streak had to come to an end at some point.

The Revolution lost two games in the past week as it made a road trip through Chicago and Kansas City.

The Revs lost a tough game on Wednesday to the Chicago Fire, 2-1. The game could have gone either way as both teams tenaciously battled for the much desired three points. If the Revolution had earned the desired result, it would have leapt over the Fire and into fourth place in the Eastern Conference and made up some ground in the Wild Card race for the MLS Playoffs.

What made the loss to the Fire so difficult was the way the Revolution lost the match. It took an 85th minute goal from a virtually unknown forward to seal the match for Chicago and a series of missed calls from the referee to keep the Revs out of the Fire’s net.
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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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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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Week 7 MLS Power Rankings

By Ryan Fleming and Kevin Koczwara

1.) LA Galaxy – The Galaxy are running away with the best record in the MLS right now. They have conceded only two goals in eight games and scored 15, a staggering +13 goal differential. They are the team to beat.

2.) Columbus Crew – The Crew have played the least amount of games in the MLS, but they have gotten points out of every game and still aren’t ticking on all cylinders. The Crew can only get better and that should put some fright into their competition.

3.) San Jose Earthquakes – After a dismal season last year, the Earthquakes have made great strides through the first eight weeks of the season. The Earthquakes have been able to put goals on the board thus far this year and standout rookie defender Ike Opara has helped solidify their defense.

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MLS Week 7 Action Recap: Galaxy Keep Rolling

Getting a refund isn't always a good thing. Courtesy Luis Antonio Rodríguez Ochoa

By Kevin Kocwara

The Los Angeles Galaxy proved to all of Major League Soccer that they are the best team in the league this weekend by thumping the struggling, but talented, Seattle Sounders, 4-0, on Saturday. The Galaxy’s (7-0-1, 22 pts.) drumming of the Sounders (2-3-3, 9 pts.) prompted Seattle’s ownership to refund the fans that attended because of the poor product that showed up on the pitch.

The win is the eighth for the Galaxy, most in the league, and kept their unbeaten record in tact. Along with having an impeccable 22 points in the MLS (closest points total is the New York Red Bulls with 15), the Galaxy have the stingiest defense in the MLS. The West Coasters have conceded only two goals in eight games, an impressive feat in any league in the world.

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