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thefort2It’s a good job that the World Cup is diverting the attention of the soccer fans in New England as otherwise the alarm bells would be going off after the New England Revolution suffered their third straight MLS defeat on Saturday in front of 16,483 fans at Gillette.

The defeat leaves New England with a 7-6-2 record, and their 23 points is good for third place in the east.

Once again it was problems at both ends of the pitch that undid New England. MLS defender of the year Jose Goncalves is having a miserable year and once again was at fault for the Union’s first goal.

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SKC-MLS-CupFC Dallas stays in the number one position in the MLS rankings, while Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy both jumped up the rankings after good weekends.

1: FC Dallas
Even if they’re not playing well, they’re always so dangerous on set pieces that they can just bury you. It was even through an hour this weekend, then Houston gave ‘em an inch. And then it was over.

Last Week: Won vs. Houston, 4-1
This Week: Saturday vs. Seattle

2: Real Salt Lake
Going on the road and getting a point is always a good result. Doing it at the MLS Cup champions’ place, and getting a MotM performance from your backup ‘keeper? Tough, gutty early-season performance.

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Toronto FC's home ground BMO FieldNothing like a bit of Major League Soccer aggro to get the day going! With the opening of the 2014 MLS season less than a month away, Eastern Conference rivals the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC are already exchanging handbags.

It appears that Philadelphia Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz is not amused with TFC‘s spending spree that has seen them sign the likes of Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley and Julio Cesar.

n an interview with The Philly Soccer Page this week, Sakiewiz took a swipe at TFC for spending in excess of $90 million this off-season.

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The Philadelphia Union 2014 schedule has been released and we have tickets to every big Union match, both home and away this season. You can also buy your Philadelphia Union tickets directly from your iPhone or Android  phones with our new ticket app.

Philadelphia Union 2014 Schedule
Mar 8 10:30 ET Portland Timbers v Philadelphia Union – Buy Philadelphia Union Tickets
Mar 15 4:00 ET Philadelphia Union v New EnglandBuy Philadelphia Union Tickets
Mar 22 7:00 ET Columbus v Philadelphia Union – Buy Philadelphia Union Tickets
Mar 29 4:00 ET Philadelphia Union v Montreal ImpactBuy Philadelphia Union Tickets

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seattle-sounders-fansMajor League Soccer has announced its complete 2014 regular season schedule, and just as it did during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break between June 12-24, when the 2014 World Cup is taking place in Brazil.

The league’s 19th season will begin on Saturday, March 8 in Seattle, where the host Sounders will take on Sporting Kansas City at CenturyLink Field, followed by seven matches that evening and one on Sunday, March 9. The regular season will end on Oct. 26 before the MLS Cup playoffs begin the following week.

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The New England Revolution picked up their first home win of the season on Saturday as they beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in front of 18,383. Diego Fagundez and man-of-the-match Lee Nguyen scored the two Revs goals.

After getting thumped in New York last week, Revs boss Jay Heaps switched formations tonight. He went to a 4-1-4-1 system with Cisse is the holding role and Nguyen and Rowe in the play maker roles. And it worked.

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With 19 attempts on goal, with 11 of them on target, New England had their best offensive performance of the season.

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thefort2This Saturday the 1-3-2 New England Revolution take on the 3-2-2 Philadelphia Union at Gillette. To help preview the game and give a Union perspective, I interviewed Dan Walsh, editor and founder, of The Philly Soccer Page.

Its been a good start to the season for Philadelphia with only one defeat in your last seven games. Have you been surprised with how the team has played?

No. Their wins have come against 8th, 9th and 10th place teams. They’re beating the bottom feeders, drawing with the mid-table teams, and losing to the good ones. I expected them to be mid-table, and that’s where they are.

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AJ-SoaresThe New England Revolution winless streak against the Philadelphia Union is now up to 8 after a late goal from Jack McInerney helped the Union defeat the Revs 1-0 tonight in Philly.

New England fans were hoping that the team would build on last week’s 1-0 win in Chicago, but except for the last 10 minutes, this looked a lot like the 2012 New England Revolution.

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Hear from Jay Heaps, Jose Goncalves & Juan Toja regarding this week’s league match vs. the Philadelphia Union.

It’s rivalry week in Major League Soccer as New England heads to Philadelphia in search of their first ever win against the Union.

The Union won both meetings at PPL Park a year ago,but the Revs coming off the 1-0 win in Chicago, their first season opener win since 2009, go into this match healthy.

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Major League Soccer has released its 2013 schedule and it has a new wrinkle this season: Rivalry Week.

Eight of the nine matches in Week 3 (March 16 weekend) will pit regional rivals against one another, with the NBC Sports Group on board to air three live matches that weekend showcasing some of the league’s premier rivalries.

Rivalry week games include:

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