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New England Revolution in sad state of affairs

Marko Perovic was the New England Revolution's one attacking bright spot last season. He was let go by the team after it chose not to renew his contract at the midpoint of the season. His season ending injury and subsiquent release have clouded an already dismal season for New England. (Courtesy the New England Revolution)

By Ryan Fleming

Folks, you are witnessing the lowest of the low when it comes to the New England Revolution. Monday night’s 3-3 tie to Real Salt Lake simply highlighted what the small crowds at Gillette turn up to see. Some say the players are half-hearted, yielding up to tackles, not finishing runs or just plain giving up. Whatever the reason is, the Revs (3-8-7, 16 pts. and last in the Eastern Conference) aren’t getting it done on the field.

A week after the “Fortgate” incident at Gillette, supporters will surely be up in arms again, but instead this time complaining that the product being tested, and often defeated on the field, just simply isn’t good enough. Even acquisition of Benny Feilhaber isn’t enough. Luck isn’t enough — last night’s early straight red card to Nate Borchers, a 2-0 lead and apparently going ahead two times to a team playing with 10 men wasn’t enough.

The Revs gave silly balls away, turning over possession to a RSL side that is nearly impossible to beat at home and not to mention the team got an extra lift as it was retiring manager Jason Kreis’s No. 9 jersey after the game. To be up a man, the Revs surely didn’t play like it, owning only 33 percent of possession, and continuously looking as awkward as a teenager on their first date.

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Revs try to turn season around in Dallas

By Melissa Turtinen

The New England Revolution head to Dallas today looking for its first road win of the season. Too bad the Revs are running into a team that has been on quite the hot streak.

FC Dallas (6-3-4, 22 points) has won its last eight games, which includes a 531-minute shutout streak and five shutouts in May. Dallas finally let up a goal, or two, against the Houston Dynamo in its 2-2 tie on May 28.

While Dallas has been thriving, the Revolution (3-5-4, 13 points) has struggled with one-goal margin losses. The Revs lost to the LA Galaxy 1-0 on May 28 and a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on May 21. Between those two games the Revs also lost a U.S. Open Cup game 5-0 to Sporting Kansas City on May 25.

“We had three great chances, we just didn’t quite get it done,” head coach Steve Nicol told reporters after the Revs 1-0 loss to the Galaxy. “That kind of sums up a lot of the stuff we’re doing. Sometimes we look pretty good, but we just don’t get it done. That’s where we are at the moment.”

The Revolution has been shutout five times this season, and it looks to change that on Saturday by controlling possession and beating the 90-degree heat expected over the weekend in Dallas.

Dallas is the defending Western Conference champions and is second place in league standings, but the Revs have a positive history against the Texas club. New England is 11-5-2 all-time for regular-season road games against the club. The Revolution also won is first-ever cup championship with a 3-2 victory over FCD in 2007.

Injury Report

The Revs will be without Marko Perovic for the remainder of the 2011 season. The midfielder underwent knee surgery on Friday. The 27-year old suffered an injury on April 23 against Sporting Kansas City that aggravated a preexisting knee injury.

Kickoff for the match is at 8:30 p.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CT) at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It will be aired on ComcastSportsNet and 98.5 The Sports Hube HD2 radio.

Melissa Turtinen is a contributing writer for The Soccer Guys.

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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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New England Revolution draw with Los Angeles Galaxy in season opener

By Cory Ritzau of Prost America

CARSON, Calif. – The New England Revolution came into the Home Depot Center for their season opener and were fortunate to earn one point after a soggy, 1-1, tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy in Southern California. An early Sharlie Joseph goal could only be equalized by the hosts, as three separate times the Galaxy had apparent goals called back by the referee.

The Goals

The season could not have started any better for the Revolution. New England got on the board in the 3rd minute with a Joseph header, taking an early 1-0 lead against the LA Galaxy.

After a giveaway by Leonardo in the early going, Zack Schilawski got tangled with the Galaxy defenders but did well enough to earn a corner. The ensuing corner by Marko Perovic was cleared back to his feet and his second cross found Joseph sliding behind the defense unmarked for an easy header to the back of the net.

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What the Revs Could Do Right in the Offseason

Marko Perovic was a standout signing for the New England Revolution last year. Revs fans named him MVP for a disappointing 2010 season. (Courtesy Keith Nordstrom/Revolutionsoccer.net)

 By Ryan Fleming

The MLS season has been over for about a month now. League Champions, the Colorado Rapids, are surely still celebrating somewhere in Colorado, even though most of the Midwest is lost, packed beneath feet of snow.

Here, in Massachusetts, the snow hasn’t quite reached us, but for the New England Revolution, the snow could have came months ago and it wouldn’t have mattered.

The Revs flopped this season, aided by some bad luck and were, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoffs a couple months before the playoff seeds were slated.

Amongst the Revolution supporters, there were cries for a designated player that were unheard all season. There were rumors thrown about about a possible link to a player or two, but this is soccer, rumors manifest and live here.

Longtime fans are looking for Mike Burns, Revolution Vice President, Player Personnel and manager Steve Nicol to make their dreams a reality. Continue reading

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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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Revs Can't Handle the Red Bulls

By Kevin Koczwara

HARRISON, N.J. — The New England Revolution were unable to close off its disappointing season with a positive result as the Revs lost to the top-seeded New York Red Bulls, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena. With the win, the Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference regular season title for the second time in club history and the first since 2000.

The Revolution (9-16-5, 32 pts) were unable to overcome a 17th-minute goal from New York’s (15-9-6, 51 pts) Dane Richards and a stoppage time goal from Joel Lindpere. The Revs loss snaps the team’s 2-game winning streak and a 14-game regular season unbeaten streak (8-0-6) against the Red Bulls in dating back to 2005 when the Red Bulls were still the New York/New Jersey Metro Stars.

The Revolution looked the better side early with a long effort in the 9th-minute from Marko Perovic giving New York’s goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul a tough time as the ball skipped in front of the keeper and the rebound bounced away. Coundoul was able to recover.

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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 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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