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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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Reis’s Stop Boosts Revs

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By Ryan Fleming

When Matt Reis took his place in goal Tuesday night to face Puebla’s fourth penalty taker, Edgar Lugo, he not only stepped in to give the New England Revolution a great chance at advancing to the SuperLiga final for the second time in three years, he attempted to stop another blockade on an aging season that has been anything but normal for the Revolution.
Reis ended up standing his ground long enough and dove to his right just at the last second to slap away Lugo’s shot and handing Kenny Mansally the clinching chance to continue the team’s impressive six-game unbeaten streak that the Revs have somehow conjured together. Mansally converted, pushing the Revs ahead on an even 1-1 score, but 5-3 on PKs.
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What the Future Holds for the USMNT

By Kevin Koczwara

It has been over a week since the United States Men’s National Team was humbled by a young Ghana squad – the youngest team in the World Cup Finals – in extra time at the World Cup in South Africa. I have had enough time to soak in the pain, the misery and the confusion of seeing my country lose at the World Cup when I truly thought it could advance in the tournament and make major strides, you know, kind of like how the Italians, Argentines and Brazilians must feel right about now.

Then I got to thinking about the future of U.S. soccer and how bright it may be. The squad that went to South Africa was a good mix of veteran players and up-and-coming talent. The roster manager Bob Bradley took with him had a good mix and set a good framework for the next World Cup – 2014 in Brazil.

The Yanks will have major questions to answer during the qualifying for the 2014 World Cup: who will their core defenders be? And who will supply the much needed goals?

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Revs Look to Win Second in A Row in Seattle

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution ended a long and dreary May on a high note with a win over the New York Red Bulls last weekend. The win ended the Revolution’s seven game winless streak in the MLS, and gave the team its first win in May. Tonight the Revs look to win back-to-back games for the first time this year tonight in Seattle

New England should be confident going into Seattle. The Sounders are coming off a loss to the Colorado Rapids and the Sounders have not been playing up to their potential and meeting expectations thus far this season.

Fredy Montero has had an underwhelming season — scoring 3 goals in 11 matches so far. Freddie Ljuneberg is having a a sophomore slump as well this year in the MLS.

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Revs Lace Up Against Portuguese Champions Benfica

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution could not have found a worst time to have an exhibition game against Portuguese side S.L. Benfica. Nevermind that the game has no bearing towards the outcome of the season, and that it is against one of the top clubs in Europe.

Let’s look at the timing of the game.

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Rev's Players Show Versatility

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By Kevin Koczwara


The New England Revolution have played five games in 15 days in the month of May, more than one with a limited bench, and it is starting to show.

“I think one of the biggest factors tonight was fatigue,” said New England manager Steve Nicol about the Revolution’s performance against San Jose. “We could see with 25 minutes to go that guys were beginning to flag. Not just the guys we brought off, but the guys that were still on have played in all these games we’ve had.”

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Revs Shorthand Against Red Bulls in Open Cup

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution face the New York Red Bulls tomorrow in a U.S. Open Cup play-in game at 8 p.m. at Red Bull Arena. The Revolution and the Red Bulls are both recovering from tough weekend defeats — the Red Bulls lost, 4-0, to the San Jose Earthquakes and the Revs lost, 3-2, to the Columbus Crew on a heartbreaking stoppage time goal — and looking to rebound in the mid-week.

The Revolution will be shorthanded when they make the trip to New York tomorrow. They will bring 14 players with them including two goalies – that makes only 12 field players and only three substitutes on the bench including a back-up goalkeeper. New England has been forced to fight off injuries all season, but at this tough stretch of games, which includes five more games in May, the Revolution are really starting to fight a war of attrition.

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Revolution v Columbus Crew Injury Report

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England have and will continue have struggles as long as their injury problems and suspensions continue, and tonight’s game against Columbus Crew looks no different.

The long term injury to Matt Reis forced the Revolution (2-3-1, 7 pts.) to make an offseason move for a goalkeeper, Preston Burpo, that could man the fort while Reis was out.

Taylor Twellman’s injury has sent manager Steve Nicol on a great expedition for a goal-scorer. And nothing has turned up besides a few flashes from Marko Perovic and Zack Schilawski, but nothing consistent has surfaced for the Revolution.

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Revs Lose For Third Time in Four Games

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By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass The New England Revolution suffered their fourth loss of the season, their third in four games, at the hands of Chivas USA 4-0 at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Revolution (2-4-1, 7 pts.) were unable to overcome a poor first half performance, giving up two goals to Chivas (3-3-1, 10 pts.), and saw midfielder Marko Perovic being sent off with a straight red card.

Chivas (record here) scored their first goal in the 26th minute when a long ball from Chivas goalkeeper Zach Thornton found the feet of Jesus Padilla who finished his chance clinically on net, beating Preston Burpo.

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Revolution Get First Win in D.C.

Courtesy New England Revolution (www.revolutionsoccer.net)By Kevin Koczwara

Kenny Mansally helped the New England Revolution (1-1-0, 3 pts.) notch their first win of the 2010 campaign with a 2-0 victory over D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Saturday night with a pair of goals less than a minute apart.

Mansally came on in the 68th minute for rookie Zack Schilawski, who looked frustrated with the Revolution’s lack of ability to get the ball to their strikers in dangerous space. Mansally got himself involved in the Revolution counterattack right away when he scored the first goal of the game in the 79th minute. Mansally put away his first opportunity on net when it came to him from a beautiful cross by Chris Tierney on the left side of the midfield.

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