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What the Revs Could Do Right in the Offseason

Marko Perovic was a standout signing for the New England Revolution last year. Revs fans named him MVP for a disappointing 2010 season. (Courtesy Keith Nordstrom/Revolutionsoccer.net)

 By Ryan Fleming

The MLS season has been over for about a month now. League Champions, the Colorado Rapids, are surely still celebrating somewhere in Colorado, even though most of the Midwest is lost, packed beneath feet of snow.

Here, in Massachusetts, the snow hasn’t quite reached us, but for the New England Revolution, the snow could have came months ago and it wouldn’t have mattered.

The Revs flopped this season, aided by some bad luck and were, for all intents and purposes, out of the playoffs a couple months before the playoff seeds were slated.

Amongst the Revolution supporters, there were cries for a designated player that were unheard all season. There were rumors thrown about about a possible link to a player or two, but this is soccer, rumors manifest and live here.

Longtime fans are looking for Mike Burns, Revolution Vice President, Player Personnel and manager Steve Nicol to make their dreams a reality. Continue reading

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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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Revs Spoil Kansas City Wizards Playoff Dreams

New England Revolution midfielder celebrates with his teammates after he scored his fourth goal of the season against in the team's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/Keith Nordstrom

By Stephen Canning

The New England Revolution played the role of spoiler Sunday night, beating the Kansas City Wizards 1-0, ending their chances of making the playoffs. New England captain Shairie Joseph scored the only goal of the game and the Revolution won its home finale in front of a crowd of 18,298.

“It’s always fun to play spoiler,” said New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth who earned his third career win.

Shuttleworth played well, and the team recorded its first shutout since a 1-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on August 14.

“He was solid as a rock,” said Revolution head coach Steve Nicol.

Kansas City (10-13-6, 36 pts.), in need of the win to keep their playoff chances alive, opened the game strong and controlled much of the tempo. However, it was New England (9-15-5, 32 pts.) who had the best chance early on. Joseph struck the post on a low drive after a give and go from Marko Perovic.

Joseph would get a chance to better his goalscoring record in the 31st-minute when Revs defender Chris Tierney picked him out streaking down the middle of the field with a long ball, Joseph knocked the ball around Wizards goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen and placed the ball into the empty net.

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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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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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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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Short Bench for Revs After Suspensions

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution have been struggling with injuries all year, but now they have a whole new player personnel issue to worry about: suspensions.

Midfielder Joseph Niouky and forward Kheli Dube will both serve a one game suspension after both players were shown straight red cards for separate incidents during Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas.

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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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Revs Lose Second Striaght

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By Ryan Fleming

When a team’s best player is missing from injury, it needs to find a way to play without him – to close the hole as best it can and as soon as it can. Without Shalrie Joseph the New England Revolution are trying to close the gash in their ship before it sinks. Right now, their midfield is barely staying afloat.

The Revolution fell to the Colorado Rapids, 2-1, Saturday night – again demonstrating their midfield woes. But despite the loss there is a sense of pride throughout the team.

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Schilawski Scores 3 as Revs Rout Toronto

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By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Steve Nicol became one of only three coaches with 100 wins as a manager in the MLS, joining Sigi Schmid and Bob Bradley as the Revolution won 4-1 over Toronto F.C. (0-2-0, 0 pts) in the team’s home opener.

Nicol would need some help to get that win as the Revolution found themselves down 1-0 in the 28th minute when Toronto’s Dwayne De Rosario scored the game’s first goal after heading in a well placed cross from Nick Garcia from 15-yards out from goal.

The Revolution (2-1-0, 6 pts) showed good build-up play and controlled play in the first half of the game for the most part, but they found themselves behind at half because of De Rosario’s perfectly placed header that got past Revolution goalkeeper Preston Burpo. De Rosario’s goal was his third goal against the Revolution in as many games.

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