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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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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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Burpo, New England Injury Update

Not that it came as any surprise, but New England goalkeeper, Preston Burpo, will miss the rest of the season while recovering from successful reduction surgery. Burpo sustained distal tibia and fibula fractures during Saturday’s win over New York.

Not all the news from the Revs’ injury report was negative, though. Matt Reis, the longtime Revolution (3-6-2, 11 pts.) keeper, has been taken off the IR and was practicing today. Reis was put on the IR back on April 30 so he could continue to recover from surgery on his left shoulder that repaired his labrum and rotator cuff.

The Revs travel to Seattle this weekend, where they take on the struggling Sounders

EDITOR’S NOTE: Reis will not be active in Saturday’s match.

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Burpo Injury Dampens Victory For Revs

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution’s first victory since April 10 came with a price on Saturday night. Despite beating the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, the Revolution lost an integral part of their squad when Preston Burpo went down in the 34th minute with a lower right leg fracture, when making a play on a ball outside the box. Burpo was attended to for sometime before being stretchered off the field and taken to Mass General by ambulance.

“That was bad, especially for a guy who has been so big for us making another big play,” said Revolution rookie striker Zack Schilawski. “It’s tough and you don’t want to see a guy go down like that. A lot of the guys were shaken up and I think we were fortunate that it happened so close to half time so that we could get in here and get it back together.

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Revs Ends Losing Streak With Win Over Red Bulls

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By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Despite a horrific injury to starting goalkeeper Preston Burpo, the New England Revolution were able to get their first win since their home opener on April 10, when they beat Toronto FC. The Revolution defeated the New York Red Bulls, 3-2, last night with goals from Marko Perovic, Zack Schilawski and an own goal by Red Bulls defender Tim Reams.

The Revolution opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Shalrie Joseph opened up the Red Bull defense with a through ball over the top of their backline into the path of a streaking Marko Perovic. Perovic slotted the pass into the back of the net on a half-volley, beating New York’s keeper Bouna Coundou

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Benfica Never Gave the Revs a Chance

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By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution barely had a chance to get warmed up before S.L. Benfica opened up the score sheet en route to a decisive 4-0 win for the Portuguese Champions. Benfica took control of the game from the first minute of play and never let the Revolution feel comfortable or get into a rhythm.

Benfica started the scoring in the 15th minute when Filipe Menezes took advantage of a Revolution turnover in their own end. He dribbled into the box, unmarked, and slotted his shot past Revs goalkeeper, Preston Burpo, into the bottom right corner of the net. Benfica’s off the ball movement opened a hole in the defense for Menezes, Revolution defenders were forced away from the ball by Benfica players making positive runs into and through the box, opening a slot for Menezes to slot into and shoot from.

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Revs and Quakes Play to Stalemate

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By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution stayed winless in May, but do get an important point as they drew level with the San Jose Earthquakes, 0-0, in Foxborough. The tie is the second in the month of May for the Revs (2-5-2, 8 pts.), they tied FC Dallas, 1-1, earlier this month, and was much needed as they have lost four in a row recently in all competitions.

Though the game was up and down throughout, either team could maintain pressure in the final third of the field.

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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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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's Injuries Taking a Toll

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By Ryan Fleming

The New England Revolution started the season traveling with less than the allotted 18-man roster. Injuries to players Darrius Barnes, Shalrie Joseph and Edgaras Jankauskas troubled the team, but after Saturday night’s 1-1 tie to FC Dallas, “shorthanded” has a whole different meaning.

Saturday night’s referee, Jeff Gontarek, handed out 12 cards, seven of which went to the Revs. Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky were shown red, both in the second half, which turned entertaining quickly.

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