2009 Recap: Yes, the New England Revolution once again fell short of that elusive title. But, they also once again competed with the best MLS had to offer despite suffering severe injuries and incessant bad luck. My fave coach, Stevie Nicol, deserves props for getting NER (11-10-9) to the playoffs without Twellman and Ralston for most of the way. In the end though, the lack of a title for NER despite so many competitive years must sting. Bob Kraft is a man who likes to hoist hardware.
Top Players: Sharlie Joseph is deserving of every accolade that is heaped upon him. He was a force to be reckoned with in 2009 (8 goals and assists) despite only starting 24 matches. Ralston was arguably even more valuable to the Revs though, notching 7 goals and assists in 17 games before injuries ended his season (yet again). Personally, I loved to watch the development of Darrius Barnes, who was the only MLS field player to play every minute of every game.
Symbolic Stats: The Revs made the playoffs despite scoring the second fewest goals (33) in the league. It seemed like they either won 1-0 or lost by a bundle. In fact, if one looks at their stats alone, they would probably think NER was terrible in ’09. Such is the genius of Nicol though, who is the best MLS manager at winning when he should lose. They were 2nd in the league when it came to wins after being down at the half. I think they bounce back next year too.
2009 MLS Season Review: