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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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New England in need of a Revolution

The new England Revolution continue to struggle on the field while issues off the field may alienate its strongest fan base, The Fort.

By Ryan Fleming

It has become common place, unfortunately. The New England Revolution’s struggles not only on the field, but off of it have been hurting the team. Since this has been going on for a few years, it’s something that has been notice and directly keeping people from attending games.

Due to the lack of quality the Revs have put on the field, the attendance has naturally suffered. As of June 18, New England currently has the league’s third lowest attendance (12,008), less than 2,000 more than Columbus. Despite the team’s strong start to the season and the spotlight signing of United States Men’s National Team midfielder, Benny Feilhaber, the Revs are currently the definition of the word struggling.

Managing a 1-5-3 record since May 7 – scoring a meek four goals within that frame – the Revs Front Office hasn’t found that main piece yet, a consistent offensive threat. The last two years alone, New England has brought over countless players, many that are now pieces of different clubs.

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Taylor Twellman Inspired Us All

New England Revolution great Taylor Twellman retired today, November 3, 2010. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Ryan Fleming

There are times in a player’s career where he/she has to fight through to obtain goals that one wants to achieve. For Taylor Twellman put all the rumors of his retirement to bed by officially retiring Wednesday afternoon, and now the former New England Revolution forward will no longer battle through pain to obtain his goals.

Well, don’t worry now Mr. Twellman, you’ve scored enough in your day.

“Taylor Twellman has been the face of the Revolution since joining us in 2002,” Revs owner Robert Kraft said at a press conference early Wednesday afternoon. “His heart, grit and determination have been a model for other players, and he’s played a tremendous role in establishing a new standard of success and consistency for not only our team, but also around the league.”

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Twellman No Chance of Return, Revs Sign Griffiths

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

By Kevin Koczwara

Taylor Twellman has not suited up seen any action for the New England Revolution since Aug. 30, 2008 when he suffered a head injury after collision with former Los Angeles Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin. There was hope Twellman would be ready to play this season for the Revolution, but now his hopes of returning to the field this year have ended.

“My goal from the start of this season was to be back on the field this year,” Twellman said. “I’m very disappointed that this setback has derailed that goal.”

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Revs Shorthand Against Red Bulls in Open Cup

Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

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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Two Small Strikers with Injury Problems: Michael Owen and Taylor Twellman

Twellman has a great strike rate in the MLS but his game has not transferred well to the international stage. (Courtesy Jarrett Campbell)

Twellman has a great strike rate in the MLS but his game has not transferred well to the international stage. (Courtesy Jarrett Campbell)

By Kevin Koczwara

I have been thinking about Michael Owen ever since he signed with Manchester United. I just don’t know what it is about that story that keeps me coming for me. Michael Owen bothers me for some reason. He just makes me think about how great some players could have been, or were but no one really noticed. He was under appreciated at one time, and for a while he was overrated, and washed up. He scores goals, yes. But he doesn’t seem to have that winning edge, or that cutthroat play.

And today, while mowing the lawn and thinking about what I would write tonight, it hit me. Michael Owen reminds me of Taylor Twellman for some reason. And hear me out on this.

I am not saying Twellman is the equivalent to Owen, Michael has more talent and has faced stiffer competition throughout his career. But the way their careers have unfolded is what got me thinking.

Taylor Twellman Michael Owen
1980                                                            1979
5 ft 11 in                                                     5 ft 9 in
International Scoring Rate: 0.21    International Scoring Rate: 0.58
Club Scoring Rate: 0.60                      Club Scoring Rate: 0.50

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