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New England Revolution signs forward Bjorn Runstrom

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution announced the signing of Swedish forward Bjorn Runstrom on a free transfer. Runstrom,  28, will occupy an international spot on the team’s roster once he receives his U.S. P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.

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Jose ‘Pepe’ Moreno forces the Revolution to look for another path, for now

Jose "Pepe" Moreno signed with the new England Revolution and now seems to be backing out of the deal. Not a good sign for the Revs.

 By Kevin Koczwara

“We still don’t know with certainty that the quotes attributed to him were in fact his, so if they are, we need to understand what he’s dealing with and where his feelings are coming from before we proceed and find some resolution on the matter.” — Brian Bilello, President of The New England Revolution

A week or so after the Major League Soccer SuperDraft I spoke with Mike Burns, General Manager of the New England Revolution, about the team’s latest signings, John Lozano and Fernando Cárdenas, from Colombia. Burns said he and coach Jay Heaps went down to Colombia one weekend to watch the league’s relegation playoffs. In passing Burns mentioned he and Heaps had discussions with other players.

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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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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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Revolution Won't Give Up on Season

Pat Phelan and the rest of the Revolution won't be rolling over for their opponents for the rest of the year despite being ineligible for the playoffs. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

The weather in Massachusetts could not better represent what the New England Revolution are probably feeling going into this weekend’s game against Real Salt Lake. The gloomy and morose conditions outdoors go hand in hand with the fact that the Revs are technically out of a playoff spot and are hereby playing for pride the remainder of the season.

Despite the “meaningless” overtone that this weekend’s game at Gillette Stadium (only one more remaining) might have for the Revs’ fans, the players must know that to them, the games, meaning playoff potential are not are all invaluable. With games against Real, Houston, Kansas City and New York, the Revolution are in a position to try different things, mix up the lineups and give coach Steve Nichol something to build on next year.

For youngsters like Seth Sinovic, Kevin Alston, Zack Schilawski, Sainey Nyassi, and Kenny Mansally, each game represents another chance to see more playing time, to get better and perhaps show Nichol a little extra something that wasn’t there before.

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Revs can't outlast Union

Chris Tierney filled in at the right back position after Cory Gibbs was sent off in the first. Tierney and the Revs tried to hold onto their 1-0 lead but were unable too keep the Union at bay.

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It took some late heroics from Justin Mapp and the Philadelphia Union to beat a shorthanded New England Revolution, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium.

The Union scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to take the lead and the win away from a Revolution side that played 50 plus minutes with 10 men after Cory Gibbs was sent off in the 40th minute. The loss is the third in a row for the Revolution and the team’s first since the Chicago Fire beat the Revs on June 26.

The Revs (6-12-3, 21 pts.)opened the scoring in the 31st minute when a Marko Perovic corner found Shalrie Joseph roaming at the back post unmarked. Joseph’s attempt on net was blocked, but the Revolution captain was able to push a pass to Ilija Stolica a few feet from goal. The Serbian forward quickly turned and sent a shot across the goal to the back post, beating Union goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

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Revolution Keep It Going

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Revolution opened their SuperLiga campaign on a high note by beating Mexican side Pumas UNAM, 1-0, at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday night. It was the Revolution’s second shutout victory in a row in all competitions — they defeated MLS’s top team, Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night, 2-0, in league play.
New England put themselves into a good position in Group B’s standings with the win over PUMAS. The Revolution are second in the group, trailing Mexican side Morelia (1-0-0, 3 pts.) because of goal differential after the Monarcas beat Chicago Fire, 5-1.

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Revolution Shine Against Galaxy

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Melissa Turtinen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution ended a scoring draught and a three-game losing streak with its 2-0 win over league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy – was this the game the Revolution needed to turn their season around?

It was questionable how well the Revs (4-9-2) were going to play after their 5-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on July 2 and the team’s lack of scoring, as of late – the Revs went 347 minutes since their last goal (May 29 in New England’s 3-2 win over New York).

“Eventually a game was going to break our way,” Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph said. “If we kept pushing and pushing and keep battling hard and we talked about how we didn’t work hard enough the past couple of games and we needed to stick to our game plan to keep up the hard work. We showed a lot of mental and physical strength out there as well as heart and I think we definitely put on a good show.”

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Revs Re-sign Ralston

Courtesy Revolutonsoccer.net

The New England Revolution have announced today that they have re-signed the club’s former captain Steve Ralston today. Terms of the contract have not been released, but the 35-yard-old will rejoin the team tomorrow, Wednesday June 9, for training at Gillette.

Ralston signed with AC St. Louis of the second-division in January as a player/assistant coach. Ralston made his first appearance for his hometown club on May 22 after recovering from off-season rehabilitation after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. he was injured while playing for the Revolution on Spet. 26, 2009 in a match against Seattle Sounders FC at Gillette.

“We’re very pleased that Steve has decided to return to MLS and to New England,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. “Steve has always been a consummate professional and we expect his leadership will benefit us both on and off the field. The bottom line is that we believe that Steve Ralston makes the Revolution a better club and we’re looking forward to his return.”

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