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Revs producing early question marks

By Ryan Fleming

 

The New England Revolution continue to flip and flop their roster with moves that many could see coming. There are those, still, that have many losing their hair, following up with the obligatory “here we go again” motto.

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Fagundez and Caraglio signal new hope for struggling Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

New England Revolution fans haven’t had much to cheer about for the last two seasons. Last year the Revs had to watch the MLS Cup from afar for the first time in eight years. Top on the fact that it scored the least amount of goals in a season in club history and its all-time leading goalscorer Taylor Twellman announced his retirement. Things didn’t look much brighter going into 2011 either.

The team struggled to make off-season acquisitions of any real notoriety. There was more news from the preseason about arrests than positive play or developments on the field. If there was an expected turnaround from last year, it didn’t happen.

The Rev’s 3-2 loss to Chivas USA on Saturday showcased the team’s weaknesses: lack of depth, inability to finish chances, no true left back and an inability to hold a lead. But a positive emerged from the loss, which is something that hasn’t happened many times this season, the next generation of players showcased their talents and made an impact on the field. The future belongs to 16-year-old Diego Fagundez and the team’s first Designated Player Milton Caraglio.

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New England's First DP: Hold the applause for now

By Ryan Fleming

To the surprise and absolute relief of New England Revolution’s supporters, the team announced today that for the first time in the club’s history it has signed a Designated Player. Milton Caraglio, an Argentine, is the man in Foxborough now – aside from Vice President of Player Personnel Mike Burns, the man the with heaviest weight on his shoulders.

Not only does Caraglio get paid DP money, he also gets all the pressure applied to a DP in the MLS. Now, it might seem like if the 22-year old would go to, say, New York, he might have more pressure on him, but give me a second to change your mind.

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Revolution struggle to find consistent approach

An examination of the Revolution’s tactical struggles heading into Seattle for a game against a surging Sounders team.

By Kevin Koczwara

Steve Nicol has been trying to get the New England Revolution to play a 4-3-3 this season, which in turn is really a 4-5-1 with a pivoting midfield triangle. So far, the tactic hasn’t worked. In theory, the Revolution have the midfielders to play the three man central midfield, but it hasn’t worked because the outside players for the Revolution haven’t created any width or exposed opponent’s outside backs. The team has done its best to try the hoof and pray tactic out of the back, skipping the midfield triangle where its best players play. The long ball tactic kills any and all moment out of a 4-5-1 and Nicol’s desired 4-3-3, so something needed to change. Nicol knew it was time to give up on his experiment, so he switched to a more traditional 4-4-2 (really a 4-4-1-1).

In Saturday’s, 1-1, draw with the Chicago Fire, Nicol went with the tried and true 4-4-2 with Pat Phelan taking more defensive responsibility in the midfield, and winning plenty of tackles with little extra “umph”, giving Shalrie Joseph more freedom to roam and create. Kenny Mansally moved into the second striker role, playing in front of Rajko Lekic, making the formation more of a 4-4-1-1.

Early on, the formation proved effective. Mansally dropped deep to pick up any scraps, headed clearances, and to give the back a shorter outlet. His movement freed up both Chris Tierney and Sainey Nyassi on the wings. The two wide midfielder only one defender to take on after Mansally dragged his player underneath and out of position. Mansally’s movement took pressure of Lekic to hold play up and create as the sole striker, something that’s been difficult for the striker as he still adapts to the physical play of Major League Soccer. It was a nice change for the Revolution, and the team looked more confident and comfortable playing out of the back.

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New England in need of a Revolution

The new England Revolution continue to struggle on the field while issues off the field may alienate its strongest fan base, The Fort.

By Ryan Fleming

It has become common place, unfortunately. The New England Revolution’s struggles not only on the field, but off of it have been hurting the team. Since this has been going on for a few years, it’s something that has been notice and directly keeping people from attending games.

Due to the lack of quality the Revs have put on the field, the attendance has naturally suffered. As of June 18, New England currently has the league’s third lowest attendance (12,008), less than 2,000 more than Columbus. Despite the team’s strong start to the season and the spotlight signing of United States Men’s National Team midfielder, Benny Feilhaber, the Revs are currently the definition of the word struggling.

Managing a 1-5-3 record since May 7 – scoring a meek four goals within that frame – the Revs Front Office hasn’t found that main piece yet, a consistent offensive threat. The last two years alone, New England has brought over countless players, many that are now pieces of different clubs.

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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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