Monthly Archives: September 2014

#NERevs looking for 14th win in Columbus OH

The New England Revolution were 2-1 victors against the last place Montreal Impact and with that win the Revs are undefeated in their last five games. The club is 13-12-3 overall and has six remaining matches in the 2014 regular season. NE is currently in 3rd place and four points clear of the 4th place NY Red Bulls. Once again NE had to come from behind in order to secure the 3pts they took from the Impact at Gillette Stadium this past Saturday (9/13/14). After Andrew Farrell lost his footing the ball found it’s way to Calum Mallace and the 6’1″ 24 year old Scotland native put it in the net (13′), giving his club an early one goal lead. However, the lead was short lived because just ten minutes later Kelyn Rowe was able to find the equalizer with a shot from outside the eighteen yard box. The match would not stay level for long though. In the 25th minute Lee Nguyen, who has been on fire of late, finished a wonderful flick on header from Charlie Davies to give the home side the 2-1 lead they finished the night with. NE out shot MTL 18 to 10 in this game. Barnes was once again given the start at left back despite the healthy return of both Alston and Tierney who were available on the bench. Also worth noting is the season debut of Geoffrey Castillion who entered the match in the 76th minute with his club up a man after Krysztof Krol was sent off for a second yellow in the 62nd minute. The Dutchman looked very comfortable on the field despite the nervy nature of the match and the wet conditions. The win for the Revolution did not come without a price however. At the half head coach Jay Heaps was forced to sub in Scott Caldwell for an injured Jermaine Jones. Jones had picked up a nasty foot contusion after being hit by Calum Mallace. The injury to Jones leaves his status for the upcoming match in Columbus in doubt. The Crew are currently in 5th place and coming off an impressive result in Houston where they came from two goals behind to earn a valuable road point. The club is also rumored to be making yet another roster move after just inking Emanuel Pogatetz, who may be making his debut versus the New England Revolution in the upcoming match on September 2oth.

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N.E. putting out the Fire and the upcoming Impact

Winners of four straight now as New England beat Chicago 2-1 this past Sunday night in Foxboro Mass. Once again it took a come from behind effort for Heaps and company but when Chris Penso blew the final whistle it was the Revolution with the three points. After the 25 year Gambian Sanna Nyassi put the visitors up NE was able to knock in two un-answered goals for the victory. The first of which come from Diego Fagundez who had an easy finish after a wonderful cross from Lee Nguyen. The go ahead goal came in the 60th minute with Jermaine Jones making a great pass up the middle sending forward Charlie Davies in alone on goal. Charlie slotted home the finish, beating goal keeper Sean Johnson for his third goal of the season. Davies came into the match in the 58th min for Patrick Mullins and that was the first move by either coach. The move proved effective with Davies scoring just two minutes into his appearance. The win puts the Revolution within reach of 2nd place Sporting KC and puts their record at 12-12-3. Up next on the schedule will be the Montreal Impact, who will come into Gillette Stadium in last place and having played a game already this week. New England will be looking to get a 5th straight win and revenge after falling 0-2 in Montreal on May 31st. The match is another opportunity for New England to better position themselves as the playoffs approach.

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The KC victory and upcoming match with Chicago

This past Wednesday the Rev’s managed a 3-1 home victory over the defending MLS champions, Sporting KC in a nationally televised match. Lee Nguyen erupted and had one of his best matches in a Rev’s uniform scoring a brace. Teal Bunbury found the back of the net with NE’s first goal. A goal that leveled the match after SKC was able to score just nine minutes in after an arrant clearing header by NE’s new DP, Jermaine Jones. Jones who was making his home debut in Foxboro found retribution just 36 minutes later when he found Bunbury, who scored his goal just before the half. That was the last action for Jermaine in the match as he was substituted out for Steve Neumann. The win brings the Rev’s to within one game of .500 and raises hopes that they may just be able to surpass last year’s 3rd place finish.
Up next will be the Chicago Fire, who visit Gillette Stadium Sunday night. The Fire are currently in eighth position and four points below that elusive red line. A desperate Chicago side will be looking for the full spoils and a potential climb into 7th place. Meanwhile NE’s position at third is at no risk for the time being. This will be the third meeting between these clubs this season with the Fire having won the previous game at Gillette and the clubs drawing level at Toyota Park. Quincy Amarikwa has scored against NE in both matches this season so Jay Heaps and company will want to keep a close eye on the striker. Another thing to keep an eye on will be the role of Jermaine Jones. The USMNT star from this past WC in Brasil was coveted both by NE and Chicago but NE in dramatic fashion was able to ink the star and not the Fire.

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