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New England Revolution Host Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Things to Look For

By Kevin Koczwara

For all the hard work and promising displays on the field, the New England Revolution don’t have much to show in the way of wins or points this season (3-6-0 9 pts.). First year coach Jay Heaps has brought a new attitude to the team — a high-pressure, ball possession and attack-minded approach — but its lead to a few positive results. Instead, New England has loss games it should have won or drew (the 1-0 loss to New York; the 1-0 loss to FC Dallas; the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake).

Games aren’t being lost the same way they were in the past few seasons — in the dying moments of the game, or because of a lack of attacking power. This team is losing games because there is something missing right now: that unknown winner’s trademark of being able to gut out a victory.

On the flip side of New England is Saturday’s opponent the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-2 17 pts.). First year coach Martin Rennie has come in and instilled a defensive approach to a team that leaked in goals last year at an alarming rate. Even with an attack full of high-octane players — Sébastien Le Toux, Eric Hassli, Darren Mattocks, Omar Salgado, Etiba Harris and Long Tan — the Whitecaps have found goals hard to come by. Vancouver, right now, is the complete opposite of New England. The Whitecaps are eking out wins and have a winning swagger that comes with holding off opponents and beating top-tier teams.

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MLS First Kick: New England Revolution at San Jose Earthquakes

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution didn’t get the easiest of season openers. The Revolution start the season on the west coast , where the Revs haven’t won since Sept. 26 2009 when they beat the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, with the San Jose Earthquakes.

New England hopes to end a 10 game winless streak on the west coast, 0-8-2, and begin its new season with a win for its new coach, Jay Heaps.

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New England Revolution Make Important Moves Before MLS Draft

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution has been quiet for a large portion of the Major League Soccer offseason. The team has been doing more cutting than adding since the end to the dismal 2011 season. But ahead of this week’s MLS 2012 SuperDraft, the Revolution went out and made a surprise move. A move that should help the team in the upcoming draft.

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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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New England Revolution SuperDraft 2011 recap and importance of Reserve League

The New England Revolution selected 22-year-old center back A.J. Soares with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The former University of California player's playing style has been compared to that of former Revs center back Michael Parkhurt. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

BALTIMORE, Md. — The New England Revolution disappointed in the 2010. The club failed to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight years and the Revs never really got going in league play. New England did reach the SuperLiga finals, but lost, 2-1, to Monarcas Morelia.

The Revolution had the fourth worst record in Major League Soccer last year, granting them the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft — expansion sides the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers took the first two picks in the draft. New England was looking to fix it’s bottom ranked defense that allowed 50 goals last year, or the third worst offense in the league that mustered up a club low 32 goals scored.

A.J. Soares slipped perfectly into New England’s plan to reshape and revamp its defense this year after last year’s dismal season. Revs selected Soares with the sixth pick. The 22-year-old central defender fits nicely into a young defense that also boasts two-budding, solid defenders in Kevin Alston at the right back and Darrius Barnes as the rock in the center of the defense.

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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 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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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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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 29, 2010

New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston was called into the U.S. National team's camp before the World Cup, but he was unable to solidify a spot on the team after getting injured. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

MLSsoccer.com — 24 Under 24: First names are revealed

A great series by MLSsoccer.com dedicated to naming the best young prospects on Major League Soccer rosters. If the MLS can be a successful league in the future it will need these players to step up their game and fulfill the potential seen in them. The list starts off at number 24, Dax McCarthy of FC Dallas, and works its way to number 21, Kevin Alston of the New England Revolution. Philadelphia Union starlets Jack McInerney and Roger Torres are squished in between Alston and McCarty.

ESPNSoccernet — The Devil inside — by Kevin Palmer

Dimitar Berbatov’s expensive arrival at Manchester United from Tottenham was s surprise to many. The transfer of the Bulgarian striker broke the British record at the time and went against the red Devil’s policy of only signing players in their teens or early 20’s.  It took Berbatov a few years to settle into Manchester. This season, his third with the club , Berbatov has put the Premier League on notice and displayed just why Sir Alex calls him a “genius” and why the Scot spent £30.75 million on the player. a hat-trick against Liverpool that included a highlight reel goal that will forever be remembered are only a few of things Berbatov talks to Kevin Palmer about.

The Guardian — Arsène Wenger thinks Arsenal’s Lukasz Fabianski will be ‘great keeper’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has received much criticism for his unwillingness to spend money on the transfer market to buy a true number one goalkeeper, something many fans and pundits believe is holding Arsenal back from winning the English Premier League. With the injury to Arsenal’s usual number one, Manuel Almunia, Wenger had to start back-up keeper Lukasz Fabianski in the club’s Champions League, 3-1-, win over Partizen Belgrade. Wenger always has faith in his reserve players, and Fabianski is no different. The French coach thinks his Polish keeper has a bright future ahead of him if he can stay confident and not waste the chances he gets. Fabianski will be Arsenal’s keeper this weekend as the Gunners take on Chelsea on Saturday.

Telegraph — Wayne Rooney presents Fabio Capello with England striker dilemma for Euro 2012 qualifier

The Wayne Rooney saga seems to never die. Now, the England and Manchester United forward will miss plenty of playing time because an injury. that’s not good for England as the team tries to qualify for the 2012 Euros because there is a real shortage of strikers on the bench with Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe also sidelined. Fabio Capello has some interesting choices to make in the Three Lions upcoming qualifying matches regarding his line up.

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Monarcas Crowned King of SuperLiga, Beat Revolution in Finals

Monarcas Morelia won its first trophy since the club won the Copa Pachuca in 2001. Courtesy Kevin Koczwara

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston scored his first professional goal against Mexican team Monarcas Morelia in the SuperLiga final, but his goal wasn’t enough to help the Revolution win the tournament for the second time in three years. Morelia won, 2-1, its first SuprLiga title with two goals from striker Miguel Sabah in the second half.

The Revolution’s loss to Monarcas is the first time the Revs have lost a game to a Mexican team in SuperLiga play (7-1-1). Monarcas’ win makes them the third Mexican team to win the SuperLiga championship in its four years of existence — the Revolution are the only MLS team to be crowned champions of the tournament, 2008.

Neither New England or Monarcas were able to break the deadlock and find the back of their opponents net in the first half. The Mexican side enjoyed much of the possession on the first half as the Revolution came out of the gates slow and Monarcas came close to capitalizing, twice.

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