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Ryan Guy Fills in for Clyde Simms in a new role for New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

 

Clyde Simms does more work than it sometimes appears for the New England Revolution. The former D.C. United holding midfielder sits just in front of the Revolution defense and behind Shalrie Joseph and the rest of the midfield. He’s the anchor, the player who picks up the scraps and fills the void left between the midfield and defense,  the area where forwards thrive. But left ankle tendonitis kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Houston Dynamo. That meant New England needed to find another heartbeat in the midfield to work with Joseph, who has abandoned his defensive midfield role for a more box-to-box approach in recent seasons.

Step up Ryan Guy.

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New England Falls victim to the same old trends

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution have struggled to stop opponents on set-pieces, score on its own set-pieces (including corner kicks) and stopping opponents from scoring goals in the last 15 minutes of the game. Against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution (4-6-1, 13 pts.) allowed Houston (3-3-4, 13 pts.) take advantage of New England’s shortcomings.

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Our Favorite Video: Steve Nicol interviewed by Matt Reis

By Kevin Koczwara

With Steve Nicol’s tenure as the manager of the New England Revolution coming to a close today, we figured it would be nice to share a great video from the 2007 MLS Cup where Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis interviews Nicol prior to the game.

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Revs end slump with complete performance against FC Dallas

Shalrie Joseph and Monsef Zerka celebrate the Revolution's goal in the 14th minute of the team's 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday, Sept. 10. (Courtesy Courtesy Revoutionsoccer.net; Photo by David Silverman)

 By Kevin Koczwara

July 20, that’s the last time the New England Revolution won. The Revolution beat D.C. United, 1-0, thanks a goal from Stephen McCarthy in the 73rd minute. The season was looking bleak then, the Revs were 4-9-7 (19 pts.) through 20 games. That win ended a nine game winless streak — three draws and six losses. Since the win in the D.C., things haven’t gotten any easier for New England.

The Revs went on another slump, this time more agonizing than the last. The games were there to be won. New England had control. It had early leads, significant leads, leads at home, and leads on the road. And yet, the Revolution found ways to lose a grip and give up the valuable three points it needed to get close to fighting for a playoff spot. Letting a lead slip away became almost cliché, so much so that no lead seemed safe.

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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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Revolution snap scoreless drought in win over Vancouver Whitecaps

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the second game in a row, the New England Revolution held its opponent scoreless, a feat the team had been unable to do once in the team’s previous eight games. The difference between last week’s game with Real Salt Lake and Saturday night’s against the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 pts.) was that the Revolution (3-3-4, 13 pts.) was able to score and secure a win and three points.

Shalrie Joseph scored his team leading fourth goal of the season for the New England Revolution in the 49th minute from the penalty spot to get the Revs the goal they needed. Revolution midfilder Benny Feilhaber drew the penalty at the edge of the Whitecaps’ box after faking a shot and getting the Whitecaps’s defender to foul him in the area.

“The ball kind of didn’t really sit up for me to shoot it that well. I don’t think I could’ve shot it, so I faked the shot and the guy bit on it and I took a touch and he stepped right on my ankle,” said Feilhaber. “Iif he doesn’t touch me, then I get a touch to the right side and probably shoot the ball then. Once he stepped on my foot I had nowhere to go but down.”

Joseph stepped up to the penalty spot and put the ball in the back of the net. Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly had no chance to stop the shot as it was hard, low and perfectly placed out of his reach, something Joseph had been practicing earlier in the week.

“Me and Kevin [Alston] and Matt [Reis] yesterday and Thursday were messing around and trying to put it on the side netting. Me and Matt talked yesterday and Kevin was telling me I couldn’t put it in the side netting,” said Joseph. “I took a couple, so tonight when I went up, I knew what corner I was going – I had it picked out already in my mind – and I just wanted to put it there low and hard.”

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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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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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Reis and Revolution focused on reshaping defense

Matt Reis hopes the trials and tribulatoins of the 2010 season are behind the team. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Jason Dalrymple)

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution defense struggled last year, to say the least. The Revs allowed a league leading 50 goals. The defense couldn’t stop the goals from raining in because it never had a full compliment of defenders or goalkeepers. A major injury for the defense was the absence of Matt Reis for much of the season.

Reis was unable to start the season because of offseason surgeries to his shoulder and knee in 2010. The 35-year-old goalkeeper needed time to recover and rest. If things had gone to plan, Reis would have come back later than he had too and got all the rest he needed after rehabbing, but that wasn’t reality. This season, though, Reis is getting more rest and feeling fresher.

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