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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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Nguyen_revsThe New England Revolution picked up their first win of the season Saturday night when they beat the San San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, at Buck Shaw Stadium. The game seems destined to be heading for a draw until Lee Nguyen popped up to score the game-winning goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

A quickly taken free kick from New England in midfield surprised San Jose and a great pass from Scott Caldwell released Nguyen who created some space for himself in the penalty box before firing a shot past Quakes goalkeeper Jon Busch.

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Post game interviews with both New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps and Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson after todays 0-0 draw at Gillette.

Jay Heaps

 

Carl Robinson

 

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GilletteThe New England Revolution and the Vancouver Whitecaps battled to a scoreless draw in New England’s home opener on Saturday.

The Revolution headed into the match with two big questions. What was the mindset of captain Jose Goncalves and who would replace the goals scored by the departed Juan Agudelo?

Goncalves was brilliant last season for New England but has been clearly frustrated this year by his contract situation. In the team’s opener against Houston, Goncalves was poor and was dropped by Revs boss Jay Heaps for last weeks trip to Philadelphia.

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thefort2The 2014 MLS season so far is not going the way that New England Revolution fans hoped.

After reaching the playoffs last year, a young New England side came into this season with the weight of expectations for the first time. And after two games it is fair to say that New England is having trouble meeting those expectations.

After last weekends 4-0 drubbing in Houston, the Revolution headed to Philadelphia on Saturday in search of their first victory ever at PPL Park. But a first half goal by Sebastien Le Toux sent Jay Heaps side to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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New England RevolutionThe good feeling that New England Revolution fans had heading into the new MLS season lasted all of 62 seconds. That is how long it took for Houston striker Will Bruin to capitalize on a mistake by Revs defender Jose Goncalves and make it 1-0 Houston.

Eleven minutes later it was game over when Bruin scored again. This time a sloppy Scott Caldwell pass was intercepted outside the Revs penalty box and Corey Ashe’s cross found an unmarked Bruin at the back post.

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thefort2A really good move by the New England Revolution on Wednesday as they acquired forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City via trade. To get the 23-year-old striker, the Revs gave up their first-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and that nebulous thing called allocation money.

In 89 career appearances in Kansas City, Bunbury made 48 starts while scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists.

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neuman-revsFor the third consecutive year the New England Revolution has to be celebrating another terrific MLS SuperDraft.

In 2012 the Revs picked Kelyn Rowe with the third pick overall and last year they moved up to take Andrew Farrell with the first pick overall.

Entering the draft today, New England had three picks in the first round and were expected to pick striker Patrick Mullins with their first pick, fourth overall.

But the Revs surprised many observers and took M/F Steve Neumann out of Georgetown who was ranked in the top six.

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thefort2On the day that Eastern Conference rivals Toronto FC announced the double signing of USA international Michael Bradley and England international Jermain Defoe, the New England Revolution announced that they had signed forward Charlie Davies on a free transfer from Denmark’s Randers FC.

Davies spent the second half of the 2013 season on loan with the Revs from the Danish club, making four league appearances as a substitute.

“We’re pleased that Charlie will be re-joining us and that we were able to find a way to make it work with MLS and Randers,” New England general manager Mike Burns said in a statement. “Charlie came in last summer and showed us a lot of good things, and we’re looking forward to seeing him integrated into the squad more in 2014.”

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thefort2The New England Revolution schedule has been released and we have tickets to every big Revs match, both home and away this season. You can also buy your New England Revolution tickets directly from your iPhone or Android phones with our new ticket app.

Six of the team’s first nine matches will be played on the road, and the league will take a two-weekend break between June 12 and June 22 during the group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

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