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Revs need a turnaround against Vancouver

By Kevin Koczwara

Things looked like they were finally going in a positive direction for the Revs. Just a few weeks ago they signed American International midfielder Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber had an instant impact in the team’s 3-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City that weekend. The season was looking bright for New England heading into two winnable games with Chivs USA and a slumping Colorado Rapids.

Since then, things haven’t worked out to plan for the Revs. The Revolution were embarrassed in Los Angeles by lowly Chivas USA, 3-0. Then the team couldn’t muster anything in front of goal for a second straight week last Saturday in a 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids. Both those games were winnable games. Chivas sits at the bottom of the heap and in the midst of a re-building year. Colorado is without its two-headed strike partnership Omar Cummings and Conor Casey. The Revolution just didn’t have what it took to get the vital six points from the two matches.

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Why Colorado is Still the Team to Beat

By Ryan Fleming

It is hard to notice the Colorado Rapids. I mean that with all do respect. They don’t have any stand out players or names that shout MLS stardom or the best it has to offer. In other words, no names jump out at you. But again, maybe that’s the point of it all?

The Rapids most noticeable player is Conor Casey. Some might know Casey as a United States international, a rather hulking forward who uses his hard work and body to get the better of defenders. In the last three years, Casey has produced an impressive 42 goals in 90 appearances for the Rapids. What is so baffling is that no one really notices. It might his lack of glitz or glam, but no defender can really solve him.

This season the reigning MLS Champs are 3-0-0, and have forced a league-high eight goals. Now, you can point to their opposition, mainly the newly expansion Portland Timbers or lowly Chivas USA, but you cannot take away that their defense has allowed a mere two goals, while the offensive production continues to flourish. In the offseason, the Rapids added Irish international Caleb Folan to help bring out the best in Casey up front and to assist in help boost the offense production. Despite the oft-injured career that Folan’s can unfortunately be characterized, the Irish forward has bagged two goals, including one in the most recent 4-1 win over United.

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Omar Cummings deserves chance at Aston Villa on loan to prove himself

Aston Villa is in search of a dynamic player that can ease the pain off of Gerard Houllier's injury plagued squad for the second half of the season. Omar Cummings of the Colorado Rapids could be just the type of player Houllier is looking for. (Courtesy Ben Sutherland)

By Kevin Koczwara

Aston Villa fans haven’t had much to cheer for this season. Former boss Martin O’Neil resigned a few weeks before the season started. James Milner sold his soul to the devil, Manchester City, after being the team’s brightest spark last year. Injuries have rampaged through the squad and tested a young and inexperienced bench from the start. Now, Villa sits just two points from the drop zone and a desperate need to turn things around.

With a desperate need for goals, Villa boss Gerard Houllier may look to Major League Soccer for a short-term answer if transfer funds are tight this January. It is believed that Houllier is interested in signing a short-term loan deal for Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings if the two teams can agree on a deal. Houllier will look for Cummings to bring some pace into his slogging squad that has been hampered by injuries to players like Ashley Young.

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FC Dallas, Colorado Looking to MLS Cup

Kosuke Kimura displays the MLS Eastern Conference Trophy after his Colorado Rapids defeated the San Jose Earthquakes last week. (Photo Courtesy Colorado Rapids/MLS)

By Ryan Fleming

Colorado has been there before. Dallas has not.

Dallas posted an unbeaten streak of 19 (20, if you want to count its 1-1 friendly against Inter Milan). Colorado had a mere streak of five – impressive in its own right, but not as dominating.

Come Sunday, dismiss all the numbers, all the stats, the “should-haves” and “did-nots,” and focus on the Rapids and the Hoops. No more analyzing the past, but hanging on the present as both sides battle for the MLS Cup.
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FC Dallas has Date With Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup Final; Hoops Beat Los Angeles Galaxy to Advance

FC Dallas proved its the best team in the Western Conference last night by beating Major League Soccer’s top team in the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy, 3-0. Dallas beat Real Salt Lake in the semi-finals to move on to face what looked like an unbeatable Galaxy team. Los Angeles manhandled very good Seattle Sounders team in the semi-finals.

Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman cemented his place as the league’s best man between the pipes this year with a handful of spectacular saves. And David Ferriera proved, again, that he is the best player in the MLS this season and the league’s MVP. The Hoops midfielder pulled all the right strings and scored the match winner while assisting another another goal.

(Related: David Beckham injured during semi-final.)

The Hoops have now beat both of last year’s MLS Cup finalist on their way to the MLS Cup final. Next up, an impressive Colorado Rapids team lead by the dangerous Omar Cummings.

[Highlights after the jump.]

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Red Bulls and Rapids Need to Build Off of Last Week's Wins in MLS East Semi-Finals

New York Looks to End Wondo and Quakes Miracle Run

By Kevin Koczwara

The New York Red Bulls have made an amazing turnaround from last season’s poor form, abysmal really. And so have the San Jose Earthquakes, thanks in large part to the play of Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski.

Wondo’s 18 goals this season for the Quakes were more than half of the team’s total and led the league, the man was simply on a roll since breaking into the squad’s starting 11. But the striker was shut down in the first leg of the two leg fixture with New York.

Newcomer Joel Lindpere for the Red Bulls put his mark on the MLS Cup playoffs with the winning goal in the first leg in San Jose. Lindpere has been the sparkplug in the Red Bulls’ engine this season and his goal last weekend put New York in the driving seat for tonight’s fixture at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

New York should be able to handle Wondo and company, especially if French striker Thierry Henry has finally recovered from his knee injury. The former Barcelona and Arsenal striker hasn’t played in three matches and could be the final missing attacking piece for New York in the playoffs and his presence along with Juan Pablo Angel should be able to push the Quakes on the counter-attack as San Jose tries to score the two goals the team needs to advance.

Rapids Try to Sweep Crew Away

The Colorado rapids set the stage for the MLS Cup playoffs last Thursday with Pablo Mastroeni’s game-winning goal. The Rapids took the first leg of their semi-inal playoff match with the Columbus Crew, 1-0, in Colorado and will look to keep their one-goal advantage in Columbus against a Crew team that has enjoyed success in front of its home crowd this season with a 10-3-2 record.

The Crew will have to overcome the one-goal deficit to beat a solid Rapids team that doesn’t travel well (4-6-5), but boasts Omar Cummings and Conor Casey in the attack. Cummings was a handful for the Rapids in Colorado last week, and will surely try to be as effective this Saturday. The Crew will have to find a way to keep Cummings away from the penalty area and slow his runs out wide that open up space for Casey and the Rapids’ midfield down. If the Crew can’t contain the Jamaican international, it will be another long night for Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who is filling in for injured William Hesmer.

If Colorado can lock up an early goal, the team will more than likely be moving on to play the winner of New York and San Jose in the quarter-inals because a two-goal deficit is a lot to overcome in one game when Matt Pickens is goal for the opponent. Pickens had a .733 save percentage in the regular season and worked in seven shutouts in 2010. He has been a steady goalkeeper in the MLS since getting the full-time job in 2007 for the Chicago Fire.

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MLS Cup Preview and Predictions

The Columbus Crew won its first and only MLS Cup in 2008. The Crew will need to get through the East to claim the Cup. (Courtesy Wikicommons.)

By Ryan Fleming and Kevin Koczwara

Before the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs commence we’ll take a bit of a look at the conference matchups before the first leg of the postseason starts. Will the Red Bulls take home the cup this year? Can Los Angeles make up for last year’s finals loss? Or will Real Salt Lake add another to their trophy case?

The West

Coming into the 2010 MLS Cup, RSL look to be one of the favorites to take home the Cup. The Royals had a solid season and look poised to make a deep postseason run. For the defending champs, they could become the third team in MLS history to win back-to-back titles. Real, the No. 2 seed coming into the tournament, takes on a Dallas team that has limped their way into the playoffs including losses to Western Conference foes, LA and Real.

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Revolution's road woes continue to haunt

Revolution defender Seth Sinovic had his hands full on Saturday night trying to defend Colorado midfielder Brian Mullen Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

The Colorado Rapids continued their home dominance with a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night, the Rapids have won three straight games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, 3-0.

It didn’t take long for the Rapids (10-7-7, 34 points) to put New England (7-14-3, 24 points) in a deep hole. Omar Cummings scored his team-leading 10th goal in the fifth minute after a missed clearance by Revolution defender Emmanuel Osei.

Cummings goal marked the second time in two games that the Revolution had given up a goal in the first 10 minutes. It was a major blow for the Revs as they tried to recover after last weekend’s loss to Chivas USA in Los Angeles, and the team tries to make a push for a playoff spot.

“This is a hard enough place to come anyways, without giving them goals, but it is basic stuff,” said Revolution manager Steve Nicol. “It is not rocket science why we have lost tonight. We made too many basic errors, which just encourages the opposition to come after us.”

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