NE Revolution

SKC-MLS-CupThe new MLS Power Rankings are out and the Seattle Sounders stay in the number one position. What amazes me is that after losing seven games in a row, that the New England Revolution are viewed as only the third worst side in MLS. How bad are Houston and Montreal?

1: FC Dallas
Xander Bailey. Enough said.

Last Week: Bye
Last Five: W-W-W-L-W
Next MLS Game: July 28 vs. LA

2: Sporting Kansas City
Don’t usually get wound up about All-Star snubs, but to say Benny Feilhaber wouldn’t help vs. Bayern is bonkers.

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JayHeapsmay19The weather has turned warm and its time for the annual New England Revolution‘s summer slump. The Revs lost 2-1 at Real Salt Lake on July 4th to extend the teams current winless streak in the league to four games.

When the World Cup started Jay Heaps side was in first place in the east, today they are in third, five points behind D.C. United, albeit with a game in hand.

The Revs are heading into the busiest part of their schedule, as New England will play six league matches in the next three weeks. Its the perfect opportunity to out together a winning streak, but worrying Heaps’s squad is starting to look a little thin.

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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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thefort2The New York Red Bulls won for the first time at Gillette Stadium on Sunday as they beat the New England Revolution 2-0 in front of 23,950 fans.

This was a huge three points for New York, who arrived at Foxboro without their top four players. But they got an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Luis Robles whose 10 saves was the difference in the game.

As for New England coach Jay Heaps it is back to the drawing board. After going on a seven match unbeaten run, the Revs have now lost two in a row, and been shut out in both games.

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New England RevolutionAll good things must come to an end, and the New England Revolution‘s seven game unbeaten streak ended Saturday night as they lost 2-0 in Montreal. This was New England‘s worst performance since the opening night defeat in Houston, and will have given coach Jay Heaps plenty to think about on the plane ride home.

The worst team in MLS were all over the Revs from the opening minute and went ahead in the third minute, when a great one-two between Andres Romero and Marco Di Vaio carved open the New England defense allowing Romero to slide to ball past Bobby Shuttleworth for his third of the season.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapNew England Revolution‘s 2-1 victory over D.C. United Saturday night at Gillette Stadium might have been their most impressive win of the season. Yes it lacked the offensive fireworks that marked the clubs previous thumping’s of Seattle and Philadelphia, but in winning, Jay Heaps side showed a grit and determination that we had not seen this season.

DC boss Ben Olsen had set up his side to stop New England‘s free flowing attack and the first 45 minutes reflected that, as the Revs midfielders struggled to find any room while United were content to sit back and wait for a counter attack opportunity.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapIt was not to long ago that New England Revolution fans were wondering about this teams offense and where the goals were going to come from. That is not the case at the moment after the Revs scored five goals for the second consecutive game to beat the Philadelphia Union 5-3. The win, New England‘s first-ever at PPL Park, put the team into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Everything that Jay Heaps is doing at the moment is working. Daigo Kobayashi seems to be a steal the season while teams must be looking at their draft strategy and wondering how Patrick Mullins, who scored for the second consecutive week, slide down the draft board.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapNew England Revolution ripped apart the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, thumping one of the “big”clubs in MLS 5-0. The Revs scored early and often as Diego Fagundez scored his first two goals of the season in a first half that saw New England jump out to an emphatic 4-0 lead. Patrick Mullins, Teal Bunbury and an own goal from Chad Marshall added the other goals for the hosts.

After a slow start, Jay Heaps side in the last five games has has beaten Houston, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto, Seattle and drew in Chicago. That is a impressive streak.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapRemarkably New England Revolution fans will wake up this morning and find their side top of the Eastern Conference after their first win ever at BMO Field extended the Revs unbeaten streak to four games.

It looked like it was going to be another disappointing trip to the Great White North when Jackson put Toronto ahead in the sixth minute. But Revs rookie Patrick Mullins, a surprise starter, scored his first professional goal in the 24th minute, connecting on a laser from 20 yards out.

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Revs Coach Jay HeapThe New England Revolution scored twice in stoppage time on Saturday night at Gillette to beat the 10-man Sporting Kansas City 2-0 victory.

Once again New England‘s attack struggled to create chances then in the second minute of stoppage time, a Diego Fagundez cross was turned in by Teal Bunbury for his first goal in a Revs uniform.

Then minutes later Fagundez saw his goalbound header blocked by the hand of Sporting midfielder Oriol Rosell and Lee Nguyen buried the penalty shot, his second in as many weeks. Why Rosell was not given a straight red for a deliberate red card, was only one of several curious refereeing decisions by Alan Kelly.

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