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Soares, McCarthy what’s left of the snap-back crew and New England’s central defense

A.J. Soares will need to step up in Saturday's game against Sporting Kansas City with all the injuries in the New England Revolution defense. (Photo Courtesy New England Revolution/Revolutionsoccer.net)

 By Kevin Koczwara

A.J. Soares and Stephen McCarthy sat at their lockers with old-school snap-back hats straight out of the 90’s on their heads. It was media day for the New England Revolution, and the second year players sat next to each other in front of their lockers dressed and ready to go. I decided to approach them and talk about their second seasons in Major League Soccer and their second year with the Revolution.

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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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Versatile Jewsbury eyes leadership role with Timbers

Jack Jewsbury (left) tackles New England Revolution defender A.J. Soares (right) during Saturday's 1-1 draw. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net)

By Michael King

The goal for the Portland Timbers in 2011 is to solidify themselves as a legitimate Major League Soccer team. Though not a true expansion team, Portland enjoyed success as a member of the USL. However, the Timbers have a long way to go to make their impact in MLS.

The team kept some of its USL players, but built its core squad from a combination of the MLS Expansion Draft, Superdraft, and various trades. The resultant team is light on defense and heavy on quick, offensive-minded players. The Timbers play a unique style of attacking soccer that involves limited attention to defending their own goal. Portland is less concerned with maintaining its defensive form than with getting forward and keeping the ball in the offensive third.

However, in order to play that type of soccer successfully, a team needs a versatile midfield, equally capable of leading the offense and stifling counter-attacks. For the Timbers, that midfield core lies around Jack Jewsbury.

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