New England Revolution

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Sporting Kansas City 3, New England Revolution 0

After a red card in the 14th-minute to Revs central defender Stephen McCarthy, you just knew that Saturday’s nights trip to Kansas City was not going to end well. And it didn’t.

Graham Zusi and Kei Kamara put the home side in control before the halftime break, while C.J. Sapong added a killer third just two minutes into the second half.  The win pushed Sporting KC (2-0-0, 6 pts.) to the top of the Eastern Conference standings, while the Revs (0-2-0, 0 pts.) suffered their second consecutive road loss to the open the 2012 campaign. New England returns to Gillette Stadium for its home opener next weekend against the Portland Timbers.

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Revs Have Quiet Optimism Heading Into MLS Season Opener

It has been an extremely busy offseason for the New England Revolution. Not only did the Revolution replace log-term coach Steve Nicol with Jay Heaps, but the roster has undergone a total makeover, with 11 new players coming in and 12 players leaving. Expect the Revs to add at least another two more players in the next week or so.

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MLS Preseason: New Enland 2 Red Bulls 0

Rookie midfielder Kelyn Rowe scored a pair of late goals and veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis kept a clean sheet in his first 90-minute performance of the preseason as the New England Revolution claimed a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rowe broke a scoreless deadlock with an opportunistic finish in the 77th minute before capping the night with a stunning strike in the 84th minute, bringing his tally to four goals and four assists in five preseason games. The U.S. Under-23 midfielder has at least one goal or one assist in each of the Revolution’s preseason matches.

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Revolution Signs Two Experienced Colombian Players

The New England Revolution could have filled two of needs with the signing of central defender John Lozano and midfielder/forward Fernando Cárdenas.

“Both John and Fernando have experience playing in Colombia’s top division, both with and against some of CONCACAF’s top club teams,” Revolution General Manager Michael Burns said. “Lozano is a strong central defender who reads the game well, and Cárdenas is a creative player who we believe has the tools to help us in the attacking half of the field. We expect that both players will have significant roles on our team this season.”

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Man United Beat New England Revs 4-1

Michael Owen. Federico Macheda (2) and Ji-Sung Park were the goalscorers as Man United kicked-off their North American tour with a comfortable 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution. Kenny Mansally got the Revs goal.

United started with Anders Lindegaard in goal, a back four of Fabio, Jonathan Evans, Nemanja Vidic and Rafael. In midfield Nani started on the right, Anderson and Michael Carrick in the middle with Ashley Young on the left. Up front was Dimitar Berbatov and Wayne Rooney.

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New England Revolution 2008 Season Preview

New England Revolution

2007 Record: 14-8-8 (2nd in East)

Coach: Steve Nicol (7th Year)

Key Players: Taylor Twellman, Matt Reis, Steve Ralston, Michael Parkhurst

Key Pickups: Chris Albright (from L.A. Galaxy)

Key Losses: Pat Noonan (to AAFK), Andy Dorman (to St. Mirren)

2008 Outlook: Good

It’s official. Revs fans are tired of the Buffalo Bills comparisons. For a team from the land of champions (Red Sox are defending MLB champs, Celtics are rolling in the NBA, and the Patriots were, um, almost perfect…), finishing second is simply not good enough, even if you can do it four times in six years (and three years in a row now). The U.S. Open Cup the Revs won last year was nice, but I doubt it satisfied the notoriously demanding N.E. sports fans.

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Eastern Conference Moves

Even though the big news in the MLS recently was on the Superdraft there were three moves made near draft day by three teams in the Eastern Conference.

D.C. United acquires forward Fronco Neill on a one-year loan.

Franco was brought in on loan from Argentinos Junior to add some offense to D.C. United. And is expected to join the team for the beginning of the preseason. Neil will be added to the roster of D.C. United when he obtains his work visa and all the international transfer papers are complete. Since making his debut in the 2004-2005 season Neill has scored 10 goals in 60 games. D.C. United led the Eastern Conference in goals last year with 56 and with Neill now in the fold they add another dangerous forward to their already formidable front line.