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Crossroads at Giants Stadium
The New York Red Bulls this week find themselves at a crossroads with an important game against the Chicago Fire in primetime on Thursday evening. Just around the corner in June, tougher competition than those in their first few games this season awaits New York.
The best of times, the worst of times
It would be cliche, and perhaps misplaced hyperbole, to compare this season's New York Red Bulls to A Tale of Two Cities. But while this past week hasn't provided the worst possible results, the early success this team has enjoyed has turned a draw and a loss into gut-wrenching disappointments.
Cause for celebration in New York
Either it's very early in the regular season, or the regular season doesn't mean anything at all. Whatever the reason, the most hardened cynics of Major League Soccer and the New York Red Bulls take the team's early success with a grain of salt.
Among the New York faithful, however, there is reason to be optimistic, if not celebratory. A minor misstep in Columbus during opening weekend was quickly brushed aside by a series of wins throughout April that propelled the Red Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference, the top of the entire league, and an impressive ten-point lead over perennial rivals DC United, who occupy the cellar of the conference with expansion Toronto FC after three straight losses to open the season.
Red Bulls show promise but little else in Columbus draw
In a significant improvement over last year, the New York Red Bulls showed a lot of heart and determination in their season opener against the Columbus Crew. If only the score reflected their efforts. For the third straight year, New York opened the season with a draw, this time a goalless result at Crew Stadium on Saturday night.
Beckham has immediate impact on MLS
David Beckham has yet to play a game for the Los Angeles Galaxy and likely will not until August, yet across Major League Soccer season ticket sales have been soaring thanks to the attention the former English National Team captain has brought to the league.
Revs fall at final hurdle again
- For the first time the Revolution had a shot at a title against a team other than the Los Angeles Galaxy. This time the Houston Dynamo was the opponent and the Revs looked for a reversal of fortune after having lost in their two previous MLS Cup final appearances in 2005 and 2002, as well as the US Open Cup final in 2001 to the Galaxy in overtime. While the opponent changed, the end result was the same as the Revs lost in even more dramatic and tragic fashion.
Scottish Champs impressed by MLS
Glasgow Celtic, the defending Scottish Premier League Champions, opted to spend part of their preseason in the US, where they faced two Major League Soccer teams. Celtic started their trip with a 4-0 loss to D.C. United on July 12th, who currently reside in first place in MLS. They then played Chivas de Guadalajara (Mexico) to a scoreless tie on July 14th, before drawing 1-1 with the New England Revolution on July 19th despite being outplayed.
Clint Dempsey leads Revs and US with style
In the aftermath of a disappointing World Cup for the US Men’s National Team, both former Head Coach Bruce Arena and former captain Claudio Reyna have commented on the necessity of more players plying their trade in Europe for the US to advance. This belief, though held by many, fails to have much backing when one considers the best player for the US in this World Cup was in fact the New England Revolution’s own Clint Dempsey.
fair play or foul play
From what I know about people and what I know about sports, a simple game of football can never be assumed to be played fair when there are such high stakes involved. This is especially true when it comes to the world stage and World Cup. This past Saturday many witnessed two games of this spectacular event which epitomises the reason why they instigated “fairplay”. Here are the facts as I saw them on the 25th of June:
World Cup full of expectations, ends in great disappointment for the US
The US Men’s National Soccer Team’s World Cup dreams came to a crashing halt on June 22nd as they lost to Group E underdogs Ghana. The USA managed only a single point in group play, losing to the Czech Republic, tying Italy and ending with a loss to Ghana. Going into the World Cup, the Czech Republic and Italy looked to be the favorites to advance with the USA as firm challengers and Ghana the unknown quantity. Group E, however, considered the “group of death” by many, proved to be just that as it was the only group in which no team had clinched a spot in the next round before their third game.
Injury depleted Revs struggle to get results despite good play
The New England Revolution have come away with three ties in a row, while without as many as 11 players due to injury in addition to missing two players to the World Cup. The Revs were missing Pat Noonan, Daniel Hernandez, James Riley, Joe Franchino, Khano Smith, Marshall Leonard, Doug Warren, Willie Sims, Jani Galik, Ryan Latham and Leandro de Oliveira for all or most of their recent matches due to injury in addition to Clint Dempsey (USA) and Avery John (Trinidad and Tobago) due to World Cup duty. Despite this, the Revs still outplayed many of their opponents and can feel unlucky to have only come away with three ties in three matches.
Revolution Defeat Defending Champs 4-0
The Revolution offense exploded against the Galaxy after scoring only two goals through all of April. Shalrie Joseph scored twice, while Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston each added one. Jose Cancela earned man of the match honors for his assists on two of the goals and a shot that led to a third. The win was the second of the season for the Revs, with both coming against the Galaxy.
Revs fall 1-0 to Wizards
Kansas City continued their perfect record of three wins in three games at the expense of the Revolution. With a little help from the referee, Kansas City defeated the defending Eastern Conference Champions and pulled five points ahead of them in the standings.
Revs held to a scoreless draw by Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls’ home opener will likely be more remembered for pre-game and halftime festivities than the game itself. The new ownership of the New York franchise went all out to make the game an exciting event, honoring former greats of New York’s soccer past, including Pelé and Franz Beckenbauer, in a pre-game ceremony and bringing in Shakira and Wyclef Jean to perform at halftime. The match itself, while a lively affair, was marred by poor finishing on both sides.
"Pescadito" out for 2-3 weeks!
After suffering a strained hamstring during Saturday's match against Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park, Carlos "Pescadito" Riuz will be out 2-3 weeks and will miss the games against Colorado, Kansas City, and the 2004 champs, D.C United.
F.C Dallas defeats RSL 2-1
During week 2 of MLS play, F.C Dallas took on a "battered" Real Salt Lake who last week lost to Chivas U.S.A 3-0 during the first week of the season.
Revs kick off season with victory over the defending champions on the road
The New England Revolution started off the season in style on Saturday, April 1st with a 1-0 win in Los Angeles against the defending champions, the Galaxy. After losing 1-0 in overtime to the Galaxy in last year’s MLS Cup final and then seeing the Galaxy presented with their championship rings before the game, the Revs had all the motivation they would need.
Casper calling FIFA
Well World Cup is just around the corner and the security is starting to be put into place. Lately the UK and FIFA are discussing the issues involving the latest “DAMBUSTERS” song which has taken the Brits by storm at all the games.
No not the vintage World War II airplanes which have just marked their 70th anniversary this week. But I have fond memories of building one in my youth. We are talking Chelsea vs Barcelona and fan control before this weeks’ European contest.
Revs pick up three players in Superdraft
The New England Revolution picked up three attacking players and a partial allocation in the 2006 Superdraft. Forwards Willie Simms and Kyle Brown as well as midfielder Leandro de Oliveira came to the Revolution via the draft.
US get tough World Cup draw
The United States' Mens National Soccer Team missed being seeded for
the World Cup by one point and suffered the consequences by being
drawn with Italy, Czech Republic and Ghana.
Rematch with Galaxy in MLS Cup final brings same result
- The New England Revolution got their second shot at winning the MLS Cup and again it came against the Los Angeles Galaxy. While the teams have greatly changed since 2002, the end result was the same. The Galaxy won their second ever MLS Cup 1-0 in overtime thanks to a goal by Guatemalan Guillermo Ramirez in the 107th minute. Their only other MLS Cup coming in 2002 when Guatemalan Carlos Ruiz scored the game winner in the 113th minute in another 1-0 overtime win. The Revs went into the match as favorites with the better regular season record (17-7-8, 59 points) than the Galaxy (13-13-6, 45 points). The Revs scored 11 more goals than the Galaxy over the regular season, while allowing 8 less. None of this mattered in the final, however, as the Galaxy were the better team on the day and kept the Revs from winning their first ever championship.
Revolution advance to MLS Cup 2005 with win over Chicago
– The New England Revolution defeated the Chicago Fire on Sunday to earn a trip to the 2005 MLS Cup Final. Clint Dempsey scored the game’s lone goal in the 4th minute and the Revs held on to win their second Eastern Conference Championship. The Revs will face off against the Los Angeles Galaxy in the final, a rematch of the only other time the Revs made the final in 2002.
Revs advance to Eastern Conference Final with spectacular comeback
– Playing their first ever game in snow, the New England Revolution overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Metrostars 3-2 on aggregate goals in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. After losing game 1 on the road 1-0, the Revs found themselves down 2-0 on aggregate when Youri Djorkaeff scored in the 59th minute of game two. The Revs then scored three unanswered goals to advance to the Conference Final for the fourth year in a row.
Revs end regular season with 1-0 victory over Fire
Foxboro, MA. - Having already secured the top spot in the East, the New England Revolution played a game with little meaning, but came out on top with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. Taylor Twellman scored the lone goal of the match to up his goal total to 17 and secure the MLS Golden Boot as the top scorer of the season.
Revs earn point with more late game heroics
- Some more late game heroics by Taylor Twellman saved the first place Revs from suffering an embarrassing defeat against the last place Columbus Crew on Wednesday. The Revs put three times more shots on target than Columbus, yet looked to be going home with a lose until Twellman extended his lead atop the scoring charts with his 16th goal of the season deep into stoppage time.
Revolution fall in 5-4 thriller against the Metrostars
East Rutherford, NJ.
– The New England Revolution lost in their first chance to clinch a playoff spot in a 5-4 loss to the 5th place Metrostars. The Revs fell behind early, but came back and took the lead at 4-3, before giving up two late goals. The loss marks the first time the Revs have given up more than three goals all season.
So, now what?
The Rapids have clinched the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. A victory over Chivas Jr. and another loss by Ye Olde Royale Salte Lake guaranteed the Rapids post season life. Could it get any better?
Revs break team record for wins in a season with win over Salt Lake
Salt Lake City, UT.
– The New England Revolution won their 14th game of the season with a 1-0 victory on the road against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Khano Smith scored the lone goal of the match as the Revs reached 14 wins for the first time in their ten year history. With 7 games remaining the Revs currently have 48 points, their best ever points total, surpassing the 45 reached in 2003.
Ralston scores game winner against Mexico as US qualify for the World Cup
- The US Men’s National Team became the first nation in the CONCACAF (North and Central America) region to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was the first time since 1934 that the US has accomplished this feat. It also marks the 5th consecutive time the US has qualified for the World Cup. The New England Revolution’s Steve Ralston scored the game winner for the US, while DaMarcus Beasley also scored, as the US beat their archrivals.
Twellman, Revs stun D.C.
– The New England Revolution began to distance themselves from the chasing pack with a 2-1 comeback win over defending champs D.C. United. DC dominated a lot of the possession and got off to an early lead, but the Revs managed to come back and get the win.
Revolution fall 2-0 to Rapids, lose two players to suspension for next game
– The Revolution’s struggles in Denver continued on Wednesday as the first place Revoultion fell 2-0 to the struggling Colorado Rapids. Missing their usual starting strikers Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan, to a US National Team call-up and an ankle injury, respectively, head coach Steve Nicol opted to play a defensive 4-5-1 formation with Clint Dempsey starting alone up top. Also out due to injury was back-up forward Connally Edozien, which could’ve influenced the decision to make the formation change. Missing due to national team duty were Steve Ralston (USA) and Avery John (Trinidad and Tobago), while Colorado were without Jeff Cunningham (USA).
US defeat Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup Qualifying
East Hartford, CT.
- The US beat Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 on Wednesday August 17th, and guaranteed that they would finish no worse than 4th place in the final stage of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with 4 matches still left to play. The top 3 teams automatically qualify for the World Cup, while the 4th place team will go into a play-off with a team from Asia. The US are currently second in the standings with 15 points, one behind Mexico and eight above the third and fourth place teams.
Revs give Dallas first home defeat, win 2-1
- The New England Revolution handed FC Dallas their first home loss of the season with a 2-1 victory on Saturday night. Texas native Clint Dempsey and Grenada International Shalrie Joseph scored to lead the Revs to their league leading 12th win of the season.
Revs crush Salt Lake with 4-1 win
– The New England Revolution ran out easy winners against Expansion side Real Salt Lake, putting 4 goals on the board to grab a large win. The Revolution dominated their first ever match against Real Salt Lake. The Salt Lake squad featured 5 former Revolution players in Brian Kamler, Rusty Pierce, Andy Williams, Chris Brown and Brian Dunseth.
Revs struggles continue, fall to KC in first home loss
– For the first time since September 4th of 2004, the New England Revolution lost at home as their midseason struggles continued. The Revolution lost 2-1 to Kansas City and have managed to get only 5 points out of their last six games. Due to the Chicago Fire also losing, the Revs remain in first in the Eastern Conference, however they have been overtaken by San Jose in the overall standings.
Revs blow off US Open Cup, fall 3-2 to Fire in extra time
– The New England Revolution essentially decided to blow off their chance of bringing home the Dewar Cup to their empty trophy case by playing what was in essence their reserve team against the Chicago Fire’s starters in front of standing room only crowd of just under 4,000 at Lusitano Stadium.
July Wrap-Up: MLS proves they can compete with the best in hectic month
In a very eventful month of July for Major League Soccer, the league and its teams proved they could compete against some of the best in the world. MLS clubs faced off against top clubs from Europe as Real Madrid, Chelsea FC, AC Milan and Fulham FC all visited the US on preseason tours.
MLS All-Stars crush Fulham, 4-1
- The MLS All-Stars, led by several members of the New England Revolution, crushed Fulham’s hopes of bringing the All-Star trophy back to London with them.
Chelsea defeat AC Milan in first game of the “World Series of Football”
- The 26,208 soccer fans in attendance got to witness some world class soccer on Sunday night as defending English Premier League champs Chelsea FC defeated European Champions League Finalists and Italian Serie A runners-up AC Milan by a score of 1-0 in Foxboro. The game was the first in a series of friendlies called the “World Series of Football” in which Chelsea face Milan twice, and the Chicago Fire faces Milan and DC United faces Chelsea. The match featured some exciting end to end action with each team having many good goal scoring oppurtunities. Chelsea had their full squad available, while Milan were missing Kaka, Nelson Dida, Paolo Maldini and Andriy Shevchenko.
US wins Gold Cup, defeats Panama on penalties
E. Rutherford, NJ.
- The US Men’s National Soccer Team defeated Panama 3-1 on penalty kicks after both sides failed to score in 90 minutes of regulation time. Although the US controlled much of the possession in the match, both sides had great chances to take the lead, but poor shooting and good goalkeeping kept both teams off the score sheet. The win marked the third time the US has won the Gold Cup.
Chivas upsets Revs in battle of first vs. last
– The first place New England Revolution fell to the last place Chivas USA 1-0 on Friday, July 22nd. Currently with a record of 10-3-5, the Revs have had some struggles as of late going 1-2-1 in July so far with their only win coming against the then top team in the league (FC Dallas). The Revs have been without midfielders Steve Ralston and Clint Dempsey as well as forward Pat Noonan due to call-ups to the US for the Gold Cup for all of those games, except for the win in which the Revs had Pat Noonan and Clint Dempsey back. Help is on the way though, as all three players should be back in a Revolution uniform for the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday, July 27th.
Revs complete spectacular comeback, score two late goals to win
– The New England Revolution completed a spectacular comeback coming back from a goal down in the 90th minute to win against the top team in the West, FC Dallas, by a score of 3-2. Taylor Twellman was the hero of the night getting his second hat trick as a member of the Revs.
US advances to semifinals of Gold Cup
– The US Men’s National Team defeated Jamaica 3-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals where they will face Honduras. For the first time in the tournament, the US got out to an early lead and held it for the whole match.
Depleted Revs fall to Fire
– The New England Revolution suffered just their second loss of the season, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire. New England were without Pat Noonan, Steve Ralston, Clint Dempsey and Avery John due to Gold Cup call-ups as well as Shalrie Joseph due to yellow card accumulation. Chicago were without Tony Sanneh, Chris Armas, Samuel Caballero and Ivan Guerrero due to Gold Cup call-ups. After a fairly even first half that was marred by poor passing, Chicago took over for the last 45 minutes and managed to get the goal they needed for the win.
US finishes Gold Cup group play undefeated, takes first in Group B
The United States’ Mens National Soccer Team finished group play of the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 2-0-1 record and first place in Group B. The US had a little more trouble then expected in group play, but still managed to come out on top despite resting several key players each game.
Late game heroics by Dorman save Revs on Independence Day
– Andy Dorman silenced a sell-out crowd at the Home Depot Center, scoring on the last kick of the game to give the Revs a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Independence Day. The Galaxy took a late lead and seemed to be headed to victory, but for the late game heroics the Revolution had in store.
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Maybe its some kind of Jekyll and Hyde syndrome, but it looked like two different Rapids teams showed up for the 4th of July game. The wild and sporadic contrasts in their play seemed like a fine example of Colorado's overall performance this season.
Revolution win again, beat Metrostars 4-2
– The New England Revolution won their ninth game of the season on Saturday in exciting fashion. After getting out to an early lead, the Revs gave up two goals and fell into a 2-1 whole. They came back scoring three goals in the last eighteen minutes to win the match 4-2 and improve their record to 9-1-4.
Revs get back on track, beat Crew 3-1
– After a disappointing first loss of the season to DC United last Saturday, the Revs bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew. The Revs fell behind early, but scored three unanswered goals to win the match.
Revs suffer first defeat, fall 2-0 to DC United
– The New England Revolution suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of defending champs DC United. The Revs came out flat in the first half, went down by two goals early and were unable to recover.
Revs extend streak, beat Kansas City 2-0
Kansas City, MO.
– The New England Revolution picked up a win on the road to extend their unbeaten streak to 11 games. The Revs, sitting comfortably in first place, got the win thanks in part to some fine saves from Man of the Match Matt Reis. The win puts the Revs record at 7-0-4.
Revolution extend streak to ten games with 1-1 tie against Kansas City
- The New England Revolution extended their team record unbeaten run to ten games with a 1-1 tie against the Kansas City Wizards. The Revolution were without forward Pat Noonan and midfielders Steve Ralston and Clint Dempsey who were away with the US National Team, as well as Avery John who was with the Trinidad and Tobago National Team. Kansas City was without Kerry Zavagnin and Josh Wolff, also away with their national teams. Shalrie Joseph, listed as doubtful due to a broken nose received on Thursday, played the whole match.
Revs remain unbeaten, tie Colorado 0-0
– The New England Revolution extended their unbeaten run to nine games with a 0-0 tie against the Colorado Rapids. The Revs extended their home shut-out streak to five games and stayed at the top of the standings.
Former Officer Candidate makes it big in MLS
For most college juniors the summer holds nothing but family visits, partying at the beach, or for the academically challenged, a little summer school. For Joshua Gros though, summer held nothing of the like.
Juve wins Serie A
The Juventus has won the Series A.
After the 3-3 of the Milan with the Palermo, Juventus has won his 28 Serie A.
Women's soccer.... Stacey Janetos
We have interviewed the Greek - Canadian Stacey Janetos. She was born 18 July 1978 in Toronto and she has Greek origin. She has a degree in psychology in an university of USA and she has a big passion for soccer.
Revs stay unbeaten, comeback to tie Metrostars
East Rutherford, NJ.
– Taylor Twellman scored twice on Saturday to lead the undefeated Revs in a 2-2 tie against the Metrostars. The Revs took the lead very early in the game only to allow a goal within ten minutes and then fall behind with less than ten minutes to go. Twellman proved the hero scoring the game-tying goal just a minute before the end of regulation.
Revs beat defending champs, extend winning streak to 6 games
- The New England Revolution defeated D.C. United by a score of 1-0 on Saturday. Taylor Twellman scored the lone goal of the game for New England as the Revs remained the only team still unbeaten this season. The Revs, now nine points up in the Eastern conference after only seven games, have beaten the defending Champions twice already this season.
First place Revs extend winning streak, beat Chicago 2-0
– The New England Revolution continued to build their lead in first place with a dominating 2-0 victory over the second place Chicago Fire. The win extended the Revs winning streak to five games and leaves them unbeaten on the season with a 5-0-1 record. New England is currently 6 points ahead of the Chicago Fire for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Revs having played one less game than the Fire.
Revs leave Chivas till late, extend winning streak with 88th minute goal
– The first place, undefeated New England Revolution extended their winning streak to four games with a dominating performance in heavy rain, resulting in a 1-0 victory over expansion team Chivas USA. Clint Dempsey was the hero for the Revolution again, scoring the game’s only goal in the 88th minute. The win moved the Revs to 4-0-1 on the season with Dempsey having the game-winning goal in all four wins as he leads the league in scoring.
F.C Dallas, what a surprise!
After a "see-saw" season last year with injuries, releases, and staff changing, F.C Dallas finally gets the luck of the draw.
First Place Revolution extinguish Fire, get another win on the road
–The New England Revolution established themselves as the early front-runners in the Eastern Conference with a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday, April 27th. The win puts the Revs 3 points ahead of the Fire in the standings, having played one less game. Taylor Twellman, Clint Dempsey and Pat Noonan all scored in the game and all three currently sit atop the MLS goal scoring chart with 3 goals. Twellman’s goal marked his 50th career MLS goal.
Soccer tickets............... this is a passion!!
Perhaps for someone they are only pieces of paper, they will perhaps serve for going to see a simple game of soccer, but for many others (myself included), they are something of jewel, that a history represents indeed even some his own team of the heart or a special game.
Revs overcome referee and defending champs, end DC’s home unbeaten streak
– The New England Revolution, just three games into the season, have stormed into first place with a game in hand. The Revolution, now 2-0-1, are off to their best start in franchise history after beating DC United, the defending champs, in a high scoring affair that ended 4-3. With the win, the Revs ended DC United’s home unbeaten streak that had stretched back to May of last year.
Galvan Rey's Double Stings Kansas Late
After a nightmare first half at Giants Stadium for the MetroStars, Sergio Galvan Rey was able to come up big and save the Metros after going down by 2-0 within the first half of play. John Wolyniec provided two assists, both of which found Galvan Rey in the box as he netted two goals Saturday night to give the MetroStars a tie on their “real” opening night.
Deja vu all over again?
The Colorado Rapids home opener seemed to be all to familiar. A home game that ended in a goalless draw bears resemblance to a Hankinson result. The squad did show both some strong points, and short comings.
Crew streak ended, Revs dominate in 3-0 home opener win
– The New England Revolution ended the Columbus Crew’s record 19 game unbeaten streak in regular season play on Saturday with a 3-0 win in the Revolution’s home opener at Gillette Stadium. Forward Pat Noonan and midfielders Clint Dempsey and Andy Dorman all scored for the Revs in the second half.
Llamosa Leaves Revs
The New England Revolution’s veteran defender Carlos Llamosa saw his career as a Revs player come to an end as the Revs announced today that his contract has been terminated.
Steady United Win 2-0
Jose Vergara promised that Chivas USA would bring an exciting, attacking style of soccer. On Saturday, neither DC United or the expansion Mexican side could deliver on that statement. The result was a bland clash between a side looking to create an identity and another side possibly looking ahead.
Metros and Real battle weather, and each other to 0-0 draw.
GIANTS STADIUM, April 2—More rain then a monsoon, gale force like winds, and even a power outage did not cause there to be a lack of a soccer game at Giants Stadium tonight. Goals though were another matter as the Metros and the expansion team Real Salt Lake drew 0-0.
Revolution comeback to tie ‘Quakes in season opener
San Jose, CA. – The New England Revolution came back from a two goal deficit to tie the San Jose Earthquakes in their season opener Saturday night. The Revs fell behind by two goals just 21 minutes into the first half, but managed to take control of the match in the second half and tie the game on goals by Pat Noonan and Taylor Twellman.
Metros tie RSL 0-0
The MetroStars opened their season at home as they took on expansion team Real Salt Lake. In a game full of weather the MetroStars were unable to break through and the game ended in a scoreless draw. Both teams fought hard to score a goal, but the wind and rain took control of the game making it almost impossible to place the ball perfectly. An exciting match ended with a shutout for both young keepers on Saturday night.
MetroStars Looking to Rebound
Exactly 9 months ago the MetroStars were riding high. They were sitting pretty at the top of the Eastern Conference with 22 points and had just defeated the defending champion LA Galaxy 3-0 off of two Eddie Gaven Golazos. But then the tide turned.
Revolution Preseason Update
The New England Revolution have already completed the first part of their international preseason, finishing off a week in Bermuda with 3 wins in 3 days. They are back in Foxboro for a week before heading off to Ecuador for two weeks. Once again this year the Revs opted to not go to Florida to face other MLS teams. Revs Technical Director Joe Cummings explained the Revs preseason plans and other happenings.
Revs start preseason with three wins
The New England Revolution started off their preseason on a good note, taking three wins in three days out of Bermuda despite missing seven potential starters. The Revs had to make the trip without Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan, Steve Ralston and Clint Dempsey due to US National Team call-ups, as well as Jay Heaps, Joey Franchino and the newly signed Brazilian Cassio for various other reasons. The Revs played full matches against a Bermuda “Select XI” team on Tuesday and against the Bermuda National team on Thursday as well as a 45-minute match against Bermuda’s top club team, Dandy Town, on Wednesday. Meanwhile Twellman, Noonan, Ralston and Dempsey saw action with the US National Team against MLS expansion team, Chivas US on Wednesday.
Hill of Hope
Whether you are sitting by the dock of the SF bay near the Ghandi statue, standing on the cliff edge of the Grand Canyon or looking up at the Joshua Tree in California…they all require a bit of travelling. An earnest sole is needed with an open mind as well as a good pair of Berghaus hiking boots…These are some of the local wonders of the world here in the USA which I suggest are a mandatory must see. I myself, a LJ Nomads Soccer Club alumni haven’t seen the Joshua Tree yet so you know what’s on my mind…But for the first time explorer, I suggest be prepared as they can be overwhelmingly emotional experiences…
US start final round of World Cup Qualification with a win on the road
The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team went into Port of Spain, Trinidad after a shortened training camp due to a labor dispute and managed to get a crucial three points on the road to start the final round of World Cup Qualifying. Led by 20 year-old Eddie Johnson and veteran Eddie Lewis’ goals along with some great saves from Kasey Keller, the U.S. held off a Trinidad and Tobago attack led by Dwight Yorke and Stern John, two forwards with English Premier League experience.
The FCD Rant: Yet another delay....
As you all probably know by now, Hunt Sports Group has delayed the opening of it's new Soccer Specific Stadium, Frisco Sports Entertainment Center due to rain constraints. Thus causing all F.C Dallas Fans to pull out the sharp objects.
Back In Black (and Blue)
- Tossed aside by Tim Hankinson a year ago, Fernando Clavijo has reclaimed striker Chris Carrieri for the Rapids.
There Goes My Hero
On January 27th, favorite for fans of both the U.S. National Team and New England Revolution, Joe-Max Moore decided to hang up his cleats. The third all time leading scorer in the history of the U.S. National Team and the all-time scorer in the history of the Revolution made the decision to retire after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his knee. The 33 year old had earned the reputation at both the national and club level as a fierce competitor, who would never give anything less than his all. This is what made him a fan favorite in New England and the rest of the U.S. and this was why he is the favorite player for so many American soccer fans, including myself.