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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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A Quick Word: Martin Rennie on Shoring up the Defense of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Martin Rennie, the Whitecaps new coach. (Photo Courtesy The Vancouver Whitecaps/Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

The Vancouver Whitecaps (3-6-0, 9 pts.) travelled to New England today for tomorrow’s game against the New England Revolution and I got to speak with the Whitecaps’ (5-2-2, 17 pts.)new coach Martin Rennie via phone after the team settled up in its hotel about his first year coaching in Major League Soccer and his team.

Under Rennie’s leadership, Vancouver has become one of the toughest sides in MLS to score against and the team got its first road win in the club’s short MLS history. The Whitecaps defense has the second best goals against record in  all of MLS, only seven goals allowed in nine league matches, and sits fourth in the Western Conference with three games in hand over leaders Real Salt Lake and one game in hand on the San Jose Earthquakes.

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New England Revolution Host Vancouver Whitecaps: Three Things to Look For

By Kevin Koczwara

For all the hard work and promising displays on the field, the New England Revolution don’t have much to show in the way of wins or points this season (3-6-0 9 pts.). First year coach Jay Heaps has brought a new attitude to the team — a high-pressure, ball possession and attack-minded approach — but its lead to a few positive results. Instead, New England has loss games it should have won or drew (the 1-0 loss to New York; the 1-0 loss to FC Dallas; the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake).

Games aren’t being lost the same way they were in the past few seasons — in the dying moments of the game, or because of a lack of attacking power. This team is losing games because there is something missing right now: that unknown winner’s trademark of being able to gut out a victory.

On the flip side of New England is Saturday’s opponent the Vancouver Whitecaps (5-2-2 17 pts.). First year coach Martin Rennie has come in and instilled a defensive approach to a team that leaked in goals last year at an alarming rate. Even with an attack full of high-octane players — Sébastien Le Toux, Eric Hassli, Darren Mattocks, Omar Salgado, Etiba Harris and Long Tan — the Whitecaps have found goals hard to come by. Vancouver, right now, is the complete opposite of New England. The Whitecaps are eking out wins and have a winning swagger that comes with holding off opponents and beating top-tier teams.

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Manchester United come to New England for friendly with the Revolution

By Melissa Turtinen

Back in March the New England Revolution confirmed that they would be playing a friendly against Manchester United on July 13, but what were they thinking?

Man United is a world powerhouse when it comes to soccer. They have won 19 Premier League championships, have the Premier League Player of the Year with Nemanja Vidi? and skilled striker Wayne Rooney among an array of other worldly talents. The match was already destined to be a struggle for any MLS team, but now with recent hardships facing the Revs in league play, they’re likely to not only lose but to be embarrassed.

The Revolution is the underdog – way under – in this match. They are sitting last in the Eastern Conference (3-8-7, 16 pts.) and haven’t won a game since their 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 1 – essentially donning them one of the worst teams in the league. While Manchester United had a different previous season, finishing atop the Premier League, winning the title going 23-4-11 on the season and reaching the Champions League final, but losing to Barcelona, 3-1.

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Revolution snap scoreless drought in win over Vancouver Whitecaps

By Kevin Koczwara

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — For the second game in a row, the New England Revolution held its opponent scoreless, a feat the team had been unable to do once in the team’s previous eight games. The difference between last week’s game with Real Salt Lake and Saturday night’s against the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-5-5, 8 pts.) was that the Revolution (3-3-4, 13 pts.) was able to score and secure a win and three points.

Shalrie Joseph scored his team leading fourth goal of the season for the New England Revolution in the 49th minute from the penalty spot to get the Revs the goal they needed. Revolution midfilder Benny Feilhaber drew the penalty at the edge of the Whitecaps’ box after faking a shot and getting the Whitecaps’s defender to foul him in the area.

“The ball kind of didn’t really sit up for me to shoot it that well. I don’t think I could’ve shot it, so I faked the shot and the guy bit on it and I took a touch and he stepped right on my ankle,” said Feilhaber. “Iif he doesn’t touch me, then I get a touch to the right side and probably shoot the ball then. Once he stepped on my foot I had nowhere to go but down.”

Joseph stepped up to the penalty spot and put the ball in the back of the net. Whitecaps goalkeeper Jay Nolly had no chance to stop the shot as it was hard, low and perfectly placed out of his reach, something Joseph had been practicing earlier in the week.

“Me and Kevin [Alston] and Matt [Reis] yesterday and Thursday were messing around and trying to put it on the side netting. Me and Matt talked yesterday and Kevin was telling me I couldn’t put it in the side netting,” said Joseph. “I took a couple, so tonight when I went up, I knew what corner I was going – I had it picked out already in my mind – and I just wanted to put it there low and hard.”

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Major League Soccer first kick 2011 magic

By Ryan Fleming

Did you see the atmosphere in Vancouver this past weekend? If not, you’re missing out. What a special day for the city and even the country. While it was true bliss for one side, it was utter shame for the other. The 4-2 scoreline saw Toronto on the losing side and more than that, the embarrassed side.

For midfielder Dwayne de Rosario, who happened to score the league’s 8,000 goal in his team’s loss, the Canadian international claimed that his team had “no fight.” Watching the game, Rosario’s words couldn’t have been more accurate. Aron Winter’s team looked lost while his defense looked as sturdy as tumbleweed. The Dutch manager has reiterated that the changes wouldn’t come right away, but the first week is an indicator that much needs to be done in Toronto.

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MLS 2011 Season Preview: Western Conference

Major League Soccer's Western Conference outshone the East last season, look for it to do the same this year as many of the teams only got better. (Courtesy Major League Soccer)

By Kevin Koczwara

There’s no disputing that the Western Conference was the better than the East last year. The two MLS Cup finalist teams, FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids, were both from the West and so was the top two teams in the regular season, the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. The West had six of the best eight teams in the league last year. This year looks no different. In fact, many of the teams out west have improved this offseason.

There is a major shake-up in the west though. With the addition of teams in Portland and Vancouver, the Western Conference has a true rivalry in the works in the Northwest and potentially two teams looking to follow the Seattle Sounders’s model and come out swinging from the first whistle, upsetting the established balance.

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Time to get on board with Timbers and Whitecaps fans

The Portland Timbers' fans have already stamped their claim on the battle for the Northwest. Already, the club has sold 10,000 season tickets. (Courtesy Portland Timbers/Michael Stringfield)

By Ryan Fleming

Two new teams are coming into the MLS this year, the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps. That we know. What we don’t know is how successful Canada Part Deux will be. Toronto FC, the league’s first Canadian team, has an enormous following, something I experienced first hand when I went down for the MLS Final. They have supporter bars and clubs that emphasize how much our neighbors to the North really appreciate their team. The rest of the country should take notice.

The MLS decided to give it another go by giving the Whitecaps a gateway into the MLS.

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MLS Unprotected Players List for Expansion Draft

Jay DeMerit signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps after enjoying a successful World Cup with the U.S. men's national team in South Africa. He was not offered a new contract with his former club, Watford, this year. Courtesy Vancouver Whitecaps

Posted By Kevin Koczwara

The Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps have already made some moves to shape their squads. The Whitecaps signed U.S. men’s national team player Jay DeMerit as its top-defender and brand name player. The Timbers have already traded for New York Red Bulls defender Jeremy Hall for a third round MLS Super Draft pick.

The the 2011 Major League Soccer  expansion teams have sured up their defense with two quality players. DeMerit, a strong leader who recently captained Watford of the English Championship – England’s second division, will give the Whitecaps a rock solid, no nonsense center back in a tough league. The Timbers went after Hall – a young and promising defender that the Red Bulls were more than likely going to lose in the draft anyways – to give them a quick and promising talent to build on.

Next is the expansion draft for the latest additions to the MLS. Portland and Vancouver will have a chance to draft players from the existing clubs in the MLS in an expansion draft to sure up their line-ups. Each team in the MLS can protect up to 11 players on its rosters from the draft. Three of the protected players must be international players and Generation Adidas and homegrown players are already protected and do not have to put on the list. Once a team has a player selected it can protect another player from the draft. No team can have more than two players selected.

Here are the unprotected players lists for each team:

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