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New England Revolution signs forward Bjorn Runstrom

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution announced the signing of Swedish forward Bjorn Runstrom on a free transfer. Runstrom,  28, will occupy an international spot on the team’s roster once he receives his U.S. P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

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Jose ‘Pepe’ Moreno forces the Revolution to look for another path, for now

Jose "Pepe" Moreno signed with the new England Revolution and now seems to be backing out of the deal. Not a good sign for the Revs.

 By Kevin Koczwara

“We still don’t know with certainty that the quotes attributed to him were in fact his, so if they are, we need to understand what he’s dealing with and where his feelings are coming from before we proceed and find some resolution on the matter.” — Brian Bilello, President of The New England Revolution

A week or so after the Major League Soccer SuperDraft I spoke with Mike Burns, General Manager of the New England Revolution, about the team’s latest signings, John Lozano and Fernando Cárdenas, from Colombia. Burns said he and coach Jay Heaps went down to Colombia one weekend to watch the league’s relegation playoffs. In passing Burns mentioned he and Heaps had discussions with other players.

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Fagundez and Caraglio signal new hope for struggling Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

New England Revolution fans haven’t had much to cheer about for the last two seasons. Last year the Revs had to watch the MLS Cup from afar for the first time in eight years. Top on the fact that it scored the least amount of goals in a season in club history and its all-time leading goalscorer Taylor Twellman announced his retirement. Things didn’t look much brighter going into 2011 either.

The team struggled to make off-season acquisitions of any real notoriety. There was more news from the preseason about arrests than positive play or developments on the field. If there was an expected turnaround from last year, it didn’t happen.

The Rev’s 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday showcased the team’s weaknesses: lack of depth, inability to finish chances, no true left back and an inability to hold a lead. But a positive emerged from the loss, which is something that hasn’t happened many times this season, the next generation of players showcased their talents and made an impact on the field. The future belongs to 16-year-old Diego Fagundez and the team’s first Designated Player Milton Caraglio.

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Revolution struggle to find consistent approach

An examination of the Revolution’s tactical struggles heading into Seattle for a game against a surging Sounders team.

By Kevin Koczwara

Steve Nicol has been trying to get the New England Revolution to play a 4-3-3 this season, which in turn is really a 4-5-1 with a pivoting midfield triangle. So far, the tactic hasn’t worked. In theory, the Revolution have the midfielders to play the three man central midfield, but it hasn’t worked because the outside players for the Revolution haven’t created any width or exposed opponent’s outside backs. The team has done its best to try the hoof and pray tactic out of the back, skipping the midfield triangle where its best players play. The long ball tactic kills any and all moment out of a 4-5-1 and Nicol’s desired 4-3-3, so something needed to change. Nicol knew it was time to give up on his experiment, so he switched to a more traditional 4-4-2 (really a 4-4-1-1).

In Saturday’s, 1-1, draw with the Chicago Fire, Nicol went with the tried and true 4-4-2 with Pat Phelan taking more defensive responsibility in the midfield, and winning plenty of tackles with little extra “umph”, giving Shalrie Joseph more freedom to roam and create. Kenny Mansally moved into the second striker role, playing in front of Rajko Lekic, making the formation more of a 4-4-1-1.

Early on, the formation proved effective. Mansally dropped deep to pick up any scraps, headed clearances, and to give the back a shorter outlet. His movement freed up both Chris Tierney and Sainey Nyassi on the wings. The two wide midfielder only one defender to take on after Mansally dragged his player underneath and out of position. Mansally’s movement took pressure of Lekic to hold play up and create as the sole striker, something that’s been difficult for the striker as he still adapts to the physical play of Major League Soccer. It was a nice change for the Revolution, and the team looked more confident and comfortable playing out of the back.

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Revolution and Fire play out to draw

Despite plenty of chances, neither the New England Revolution or the Chicago Fire can find a way to score the winning goal.

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Neither the New England Revolution or the Chicago Fire could find the back of the net more than once despite both sides having numerous scoring chances and opportunities to get an important win and three points. Dominic Oduro opened the scoring the 32nd minute for the Fire (2-4-9, 15pts) and New England (3-7-6, 15 pts) responded in the 48th minute through Rajko Lekic.

Chicago and New England occupy spots in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference standings and they both proved why at Gillette Stadium last night. Neither team could secure a real hold on the game. Both sides enjoyed a plethora of chances that should have resulted in goals, but neither was able to convert.

In the 16th minute Chicago had a great chance as Cristian Nazarit made a clever move to fool Revolution defender Franco Coria and to get himself some space just inside the box. Nazarit had Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis fooled on his shot, but the spin on his out-swinger carried the ball into to the corner of the goal, banging off intersection of the post and crossbar.

New England responded quickly with its own chance, though. The Revolution had a proper build-up and showed a flash of what the team is capable of in the 21st minute when Sainey Nyassi hit a solid cross toward Lekic at the back post. The Revs striker did well to take the ball down and hit a solid effort on a half-volley, but Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was well positioned and punched the ball clear. Both Pat Phelan and Nyassi followed up Lekic’s half-chance as Chicago struggled to clear the ball and gain possession.

Lekic would hit another half-volley attempt in the 28th minute, this time from a little deeper out and courtesy of a long ball from Darrius Barnes headed down by a streaking Kevin Alston. Lekic’s chance forced Johnson into a diving save and almost found the bottom corner of the Fire net. But it wasn’ meant to be.

Despite having the majority of the ball and the chances, the Revolution came away empty handed in the first half. Chicago, on the other hand,  made the best of its chances in the first half. In the 32nd minute Oduro opened the scoring after the Fire cleared a Revolution corner to Patrick Nyako in the midfield. Nyarko sprung Oduro with a diagonal ball into his feet. Oduro had one man to beat, Revs defender Darrius Barnes. He took on the converted left back with his pace and turned him inside out and then slotted the shot home pass a charging Reis.

“I think it was a breakaway from Patrick’s (Nyarko) end. Again, we’ve been working on this transition,” said Oduro. “He saw me make a run, through ball, took the guy on the run, I saw an opening and I just put the ball right there.”

The Revolution would get one more shot at net before the half time whistle though. Nyassi flicked a cross with the outside of his right foot into the box and found the head of a streaking Kenny Mansally in the 38th minute. It looked like a clear goal opportunity with Mansally six-yards out from goal, but he was unable to convert to free header, missing high.

“To be honest, it feels like a loss. We come in at half time one down when we should be three up; we’ve been great defensively this year, tonight we defended terribly,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol after the game. “But saying that, going forward we created chances. We could have had three in the first half.”

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New England Revolution Outlast Sporting Kansas City

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution stopped its two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City. A late goal from Rajko Lekic sealed the win for the Revolution after Kansas City (1-3-1, 4 pts) went down to 10 men in the 76th minute when Aurelian Collin was sent off with a straight red card.

New England ( 2-2-3, 9 pts) took an early lead in the 12th minute when Marko Perovic scored from outside the 18-yard-box with well placed shot. The Revs’s latest signing Benny Feilhaber laid off a pass to the Serbian forward in traffic. Perovic beat KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who had no chance of stopping the shot.

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Revolution need not get over zealous after draw with Galaxy; Revs still not there yet

Kenny Mansally and the rest of the Revolution fought hard in the pouring rain to earn a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net)

By Cory Ritzau of Prost America

Before I get ahead of myself let me offer two simple words: 90 minutes. That’s all we got to see Sunday night.

As the prognosticators are out in full force offering the full implications of Sunday’s draw and what it means for the rest of the season, let’s take a step back and do something that usually doesn’t play well on blogs and message boards: remind ourselves that it was only 90 minutes. Not to mention 90 minutes in a torrential downpour with 25mph winds 3,000 miles from home.

Only time will tell if Sunday’s contest becomes a piece of a larger trend or if the conditions made it such that those 90 minutes will be seen more as an aberration as the season progresses. At first thought I tend to think it’s more the latter than the former.

But in examining New England Revolution’s opening match, there are a few early tendencies that I think will become part of their larger identity moving forward.

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Revs Report Card 2010: Lack of Finishing and Poor Defending, Not A Good Mix for New England

Steve Nicol was unable to coach the New England Revolution into the playoffs for the first time since 2001.  Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom

By Ryan Fleming, Kevin Koczwara and Michael King

To say the season was a disappointment would be a severe understatement. At the beginning of the season the New England Revolution struggled early and often; unfortunately that abysmal pattern followed the Revs all season.

Missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001 will hurt no one more than the team’s longest tenured player, Shalrie Joseph.

“I guess when the regular season’s done, then it’ll fully hit me,” said Joseph talking about the shock of missing the playoffs.

Well, by now it’s surely hit the captain and the rest of his teammates. The season is over and the visions of a team that was riddled by injuries and a sudden absence of their captain (Joseph) aided their demise.

Forwards: D+

Certainly the most inconsistent position within the team. Scoring only 31 goals on the season, good for 13th out of 16 in the MLS, the Revs’ offense lacked any significant punch throughout the entire season.

The arrival of Marko Perovic a day before the Revs opened the season against LA, was one of the higher points for the club.

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Revs Spoil Kansas City Wizards Playoff Dreams

New England Revolution midfielder celebrates with his teammates after he scored his fourth goal of the season against in the team's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom

By Stephen Canning

The New England Revolution played the role of spoiler Sunday night, beating the Kansas City Wizards 1-0, ending their chances of making the playoffs. New England captain Shairie Joseph scored the only goal of the game and the Revolution won its home finale in front of a crowd of 18,298.

“It’s always fun to play spoiler,” said New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth who earned his third career win.

Shuttleworth played well, and the team recorded its first shutout since a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on August 14.

“He was solid as a rock,” said Revolution head coach Steve Nicol.

Kansas City (10-13-6, 36 pts.), in need of the win to keep their playoff chances alive, opened the game strong and controlled much of the tempo. However, it was New England (9-15-5, 32 pts.) who had the best chance early on. Joseph struck the post on a low drive after a give and go from Marko Perovic.

Joseph would get a chance to better his goalscoring record in the 31st-minute when Revs defender Chris Tierney picked him out streaking down the middle of the field with a long ball, Joseph knocked the ball around Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and placed the ball into the empty net.

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Revolution Won't Give Up on Season

Pat Phelan and the rest of the Revolution won't be rolling over for their opponents for the rest of the year despite being ineligible for the playoffs. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

The weather in Massachusetts could not better represent what the New England Revolution are probably feeling going into this weekend’s game against Real Salt Lake. The gloomy and morose conditions outdoors go hand in hand with the fact that the Revs are technically out of a playoff spot and are hereby playing for pride the remainder of the season.

Despite the “meaningless” overtone that this weekend’s game at Gillette Stadium (only one more remaining) might have for the Revs’ fans, the players must know that to them, the games, meaning playoff potential are not are all invaluable. With games against Real, Houston, Kansas City and New York, the Revolution are in a position to try different things, mix up the lineups and give coach Steve Nichol something to build on next year.

For youngsters like Seth Sinovic, Kevin Alston, Zack Schilawski, Sainey Nyassi, and Kenny Mansally, each game represents another chance to see more playing time, to get better and perhaps show Nichol a little extra something that wasn’t there before.

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