In a rare Thursday match last week on national television, the New England Revolution were able to come from behind and beat the Houston Dynamo by a score of 1-2. Lee Nguyen scored both goals for NE (65′,87′) and in the process boosted both his league and team MVP credentials. Giles Barnes scored an unassisted goal for the home side (37′) who were bidding farewell to head coach Dominic Kinnear. Kinnear will be joining the San Jose Earthquakes in their new stadium for the 2015 MLS season after having lead the Dynamo the last nine years. The three points earned for NE gives them 52 on the season heading into their own home finale against Toronto this Saturday. Entering the match NE occupies 2nd place in the Eastern Conference while TFC, who are already eliminated from playoff contention, are in seventh place. NE have five wins in nine attempts all time versus Toronto at Gillette stadium and carry a four game undefeated streak into the match in all competition. Toronto are win less in their last four and will be without Jonathan Osorio, Dwayne De Rosario (suspensions) and Jermain Defoe (groin injury). All indications point toward another victory for the Revolution. However, with their position locked up it’s possible but unlikely that coach Jay Heaps puts out a weak starting eleven. The match is not only on fan appreciation night but also will have a potential home field advantage on the line should the club make the MLS Cup. Should Dallas lose their match and make the final they would have to travel to Gillette Stadium should the Rev’s manage three point versus Toronto. Aside from the large crowd expected on hand and future speculations, coach Heaps may not want to risk tainting the current form of the club by altering his starting eleven too much and thus enabling TFC to escape New England with a moral or psychological victory.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
The New England Revolution will be heading up North to take on the Montreal Impact this Saturday at 4:00pm. This match will be televised nationally on UND in the US and on CSNN locally (Boston Area). The Impact were winners in the last encounter between the clubs back in May but did drop the first of three total matches this season with NE. The two team enter the match in very different situations. The Rev’s are looking to not only clinch a playoff birth but also have an eye finishing top’s overall in the Eastern conference. Montreal on the other hand has won once in the last five matches and is firmly in last place. Right now it looks as though the Impact will be finishing in last place overall in the league table as well. Despite the awful season Montreal is having head coach Jay Heaps will be aware of the potential threat the Impact could present. The Impact have been decent at home and have a neutral goal differential when playing at home. Montreal was able to draw against the Chicago Fire and the supporter shield contending LA Galaxy in recent weeks. They have player like Jack McInerney, Calum Mallace, and Marco Di Vaio (retiring) who have been tough to deal with in the past. The club North of the border will be taking on a spoiler role no doubt and be looking to finish the year with something to hang their hats on. New England will be looking to find some form on the road, something they’ve struggled with this season going into the final run. They will also be traveling next week to Houston to take on the Dynamo. The Rev’s are coming off an impressive win at home over the newly branded Columbus Crew. Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones carried New England to the 2-1 final that secured the three points which have the Rev’s currently in 2nd place (48pts -10RGD). An impressive crowd braved harsh condition to propel the club forward onto victory in the second to last match at Gillette Stadium this regular season. The Rev’s will finish the season at home versus Toronto looking to cap of one of if not the best regular season in club history. However the final three matches will untimely decide what kind of momentum the club will have going into a very probable post season.
The New England Revolution have just four games remaining in their thirty-four game 2014 regular season. The club has amassed 14 wins, 3 draws, and 13 losses through the 30 games played thus far. Tomorrow Saturday October 4th, the Revs will be hosting the Columbus Crew, a team they have yet to beat in two attempts this season. The Crew will be looking to avenge the three losses they suffered at the hands of the Revolution in 2013 as well taking 2nd place from NE in the current standings. Columbus sits just two points behind New England and in 4th place overall in the Eastern Conference. Both teams will enter that match, which will be officiated by Jose Carlos Rivero on a hot streak, having won their previous matches. The Revs have won five of the previous six and the Crew have won four of the previous six matches. New England has cause to be optimistic entering the match as they are coming off the very impressive 2-3 victory versus Sporting Kansas City, the team which ended it’s 2013 campaign. After having taken a two goal lead on the road NE gave up two goals in as many minutes and found themselves in a difficult position. However, with momentum and history not on their side the Revolution lived up to it’s name finding a late goal, snaring the spoils of war with a 2-3 win. Kelyn Rowe, Jose Goncalves, and Jermaine Jones were the heroes of the day and the men who enabled New England to leap frog KC and take 2nd place. A position they will fight adamantly to hold onto in tomorrow nights affair at Gillette Stadium against the Crew.