Tag Archives: Steve Nicol

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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MLS First Kick: New England Revolution at San Jose Earthquakes

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution didn’t get the easiest of season openers. The Revolution start the season on the west coast , where the Revs haven’t won since Sept. 26 2009 when they beat the Seattle Sounders, 1-0, with the San Jose Earthquakes.

New England hopes to end a 10 game winless streak on the west coast, 0-8-2, and begin its new season with a win for its new coach, Jay Heaps.

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New England Revolution trying to catch up with new facilities and new approach

By Kevin Koczwara

Changes needed to happen for the New England Revolution to keep up with the rest of Major League Soccer. The Revolution enjoyed success in the mid-2000’s, but as the decade came to a close the Revs fell so far behind the rest of the league that they can barely see the rest of the league’s brake lights ahead. This winter, New England’s front office staff set out on a mission to change that, to get the team back on track and catch it up with the rest of the league.

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Bill Littlefield: An Interview with the host of Only a Game

Bill Littlefield is the host of WBUR's Only A Game, a weekly sports radio show. (Courtesy WBUR.org)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Bill LiIttlefield has been talking sports on his weekly radio show Only a Game on WBUR and NPR since 1993. Since Only a Game’s inception, Littlefield and his team of producers/reporters have brought a special perspective to sports and sports news and commentary.

Only a Game doesn’t take the easy way out. It doesn’t report on the easy or hot-button stories every week. Instead, Littlefield and company work at finding different angles to over reported and over hyped stories, to finding gems hidden beneath the footprints other journalists leave while forgetting the value of digging deeper and seeing stories in another light. Only a Gamei’s a radio program dedicated to exploring and discovering.

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Possible Candidates to Replace Steve Nicol in New England

 By Kevin Koczwara

Steve Nicol has managed the New England Revolution for 10 seasons. In that time, he’s brought the Revs to four MLS Cup finals, one U.S. Open Cup and a SuperLiga championship and another SuperLiga final. His tenure in New England was a change from the old guard. Nicol took the Revolution into the next phase of MLS. He took a team struggling to find an identity and short on a cohesive plan and made it into one of the most consistent teams in the league — the team’s eight-straight appearances in the MLS Cup playoffs are a testament to that consistency.

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Our Favorite Video: Steve Nicol interviewed by Matt Reis

By Kevin Koczwara

With Steve Nicol’s tenure as the manager of the New England Revolution coming to a close today, we figured it would be nice to share a great video from the 2007 MLS Cup where Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis interviews Nicol prior to the game.

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Revs and Nicol Part Ways After 10 Seasons

By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution announced today that it was parting ways with manager Steve Nicol. Nicol leaves the club as the longest tenured coach at one club in Major League Soccer history — the Scot spent 10 years at the helm of the team.

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Game of Opportunities: Revolution continue to be burned by mistakes

By Kevin Koczwara

It didn’t matter that the New England Revolution enjoyed more possession. It didn’t matter that the Revs pushed the San Jose Earthquakes back in their own half for the majority of the game. It didn’t matter that the Revolution took more shots — 18 to San Jose’s 14, which is a deceiving because New England seemed to be pressing more and in control of the game. It didn’t matter that the Revolution had plenty of chances in front of goal. It doesn’t matter that the Revolution enjoyed the majority of possession and looked a team on Saturday night rather than a collection of individuals, which has not been the case for much of the season.

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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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