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Stephen McCarthy proved vital against the Vancouver Whitecaps in his new position

Former midfielder could be the answer to the defensive woes for the New England Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Omar Salgado pulled down Stephen McCarthy in the Revolution box just before halftime. The Vancouver Whitecaps player was frustrated with McCarthy’s marking on the previous corner kick and it boiled over into a fit of childish play. But Stephen McCarthy was having none of it.The 6’5” newly converted center back for the New England Revolution began screaming at the Whitecaps forward. The two had to be separated and referee blew the halftime whistle.

New England went into the locker room with a 3-1 lead, which would stretch to 4-1 in the second half after Lee Nguyen scored a magnificent goal, and all the momentum. Stephen McCarthy’s play at the back was one of the main reasons.

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Revolution Road Trip: Five Things We Learned

By Kevin Koczwara


The New England Revolution has lost four of the last five games, but the  team continues to show light and impress the eye despite not getting the deserved results. An impressive mid-week win over the Colorado Rapids set the stage for a highly anticipated match at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City with Western Conference powerhouse Real Salt Lake.  The Revolution took the lead but ended up falling to RSL, 2-1. The game was an open affair, the kind of game New England will have the upper-hand on for the most part with its talented midfield.

Here are five things to take away from the busy week/weekend.

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New England Revolution exploit LA Galaxy’s lack of width

By Kevin Koczwara

There was a lot of talk of the Los Angeles Galaxy playing poorly against the New England Revolution and lost 3-1. It seemed like Arlo White and Kyle Martino, the announcers for the game on NBC Sports, believed that the Galaxy’s poor play was the only factor in the game. What the two announcers failed to acknowledge was that one team’s positive play and game plan can make its opponent look like a U-8 side all out of ideas.

Revolution coach Jay Heaps showed his tactical acumen against Los Angeles with a flawless game plan. Heaps noticed some weaknesses in the Galaxy team sheet and went after them.The major omission and weakness for Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles side was the injury to Landon Donovan, the team’s attacking focal point and creator in the attacking third.

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Revolution Home Again: Three Points to Stopping Portland Timbers

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution opened the season with two games on the road and two losses. It’s not the kind of beginning Jay Heaps hoped for when he took the job as the team’s coach.

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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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The Benny Feilhaber Impact on the Revolution

By Kevin Koczwara

Chivas USA and the Philadelphia Union both passed on signing U.S. Men’s National Team Midfielder Benny Feilhaber in the Allocation Draft because of his league maximum salary of $425,000. The salary cap implications of signing the midfielder were too great for the two teams with the top picks in the draft lottery, so the Brazilian-born American fell to the New England Revolution with the third pick in the draft. The Revs didn’t pass on the chance to see the 26-year-old fall from their grasp; the team drafted him and his league max salary, bolstering its midfield and allowing the team to even shop the player around if it wants.

Feilhaber signed with the MLS from Aarhus GF in Denmark’s Superliga. The MLS paid for his transfer fee from the Danish club. Feilhaber’s contract was due to expire in June of this year. He scored four goals in 18 matches this season for Aarhus GF.

Here are some quick thoughts on the signing of Feilhaber:

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Rookie McCarthy Needs to Lead Revolution's Midfield In Houston

Stephen McCarthy heads the ball

Stephen McCarthy will have to step up his game on Sunday when the New England Revolution play the Houston Dynamo. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net/David Silverman)

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution lost its first game of the season last Saturday to Real Salt Lake — arguably the best team in Major League Soccer. In the, 2-0, loss, the Revs lost more than the game.

The team’s captain, Shalrie Joseph, and one of his center midfield partners, Pat Phelan, were both dismissed from the game with second half red cards, leaving Stephen McCarthy as the only healthy and eligible center midfielder for this weekend’s game in Houston against the Dynamo (1-1-2, 5 pts.) — Phelan and Joseph must serve a mandatory one-game suspension.

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Revolution hold on to beat D.C. United in home opener

By Ryan Fleming

FOXBOROUGH — It’s been said, but a year can make the difference. For the New England Revolution, a year means another chance at putting a frustrating, lackluster season behind, and improving to 1-0-1 on the year, isn’t a bad way to start.

The Revs (1-0-1, 4 pts.) defeated DC United, 2-1, in their home opener, in front of nearly 13,000 supporters, showing their supporters that perhaps this year will be a bit different.

“It’s huge,” midfielder Pat Phelan said when describing the importance of the win. “There are so many doubts coming into the season off of our results from last year. Would we have enough quality to get the points?

“And it’s still really early in the season and we shouldn’t be holding our heads too, too high, but we are flying high and we’re excited now. We’re looking forward to next week.”

Similar to last week’s game in LA, New England didn’t wasteany time in making its mark on the score sheet. In the eighth minute the dependable Shalrie Joseph launched a 40-yard ball ahead to Zach Schilawski, the lone Revolution forward, who continued to pester DC throughout. Charging in the box, the ball seemed to bounce up, clearly hitting his hand, then after returning to the ground, the forward volleyed the ball past United’s keeper Pat Onstad while no whistle was given.

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Revolution need not get over zealous after draw with Galaxy; Revs still not there yet

Kenny Mansally and the rest of the Revolution fought hard in the pouring rain to earn a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Galaxy. (Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net)

By Cory Ritzau of Prost America

Before I get ahead of myself let me offer two simple words: 90 minutes. That’s all we got to see Sunday night.

As the prognosticators are out in full force offering the full implications of Sunday’s draw and what it means for the rest of the season, let’s take a step back and do something that usually doesn’t play well on blogs and message boards: remind ourselves that it was only 90 minutes. Not to mention 90 minutes in a torrential downpour with 25mph winds 3,000 miles from home.

Only time will tell if Sunday’s contest becomes a piece of a larger trend or if the conditions made it such that those 90 minutes will be seen more as an aberration as the season progresses. At first thought I tend to think it’s more the latter than the former.

But in examining New England Revolution’s opening match, there are a few early tendencies that I think will become part of their larger identity moving forward.

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New England Revolution SuperDraft 2011 recap and importance of Reserve League

The New England Revolution selected 22-year-old center back A.J. Soares with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The former University of California player's playing style has been compared to that of former Revs center back Michael Parkhurt. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

BALTIMORE, Md. — The New England Revolution disappointed in the 2010. The club failed to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in eight years and the Revs never really got going in league play. New England did reach the SuperLiga finals, but lost, 2-1, to Monarcas Morelia.

The Revolution had the fourth worst record in Major League Soccer last year, granting them the sixth pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft — expansion sides the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers took the first two picks in the draft. New England was looking to fix it’s bottom ranked defense that allowed 50 goals last year, or the third worst offense in the league that mustered up a club low 32 goals scored.

A.J. Soares slipped perfectly into New England’s plan to reshape and revamp its defense this year after last year’s dismal season. Revs selected Soares with the sixth pick. The 22-year-old central defender fits nicely into a young defense that also boasts two-budding, solid defenders in Kevin Alston at the right back and Darrius Barnes as the rock in the center of the defense.

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