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2014 Benny Awards

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All of your information for the 2014 edition of the Benny Awards, Black and Red United's end of year awards extravaganza.

We kick of the 2014 edition of the Benny Awards as we always do, with the Richie Award. It is named named defensive midfielder Richie Williams, whose contributions were often overshadowed by names such as Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, and Jaime Moreno, but who was an important part of those early teams.

The Richie Award, for D.C. United's most underrated player of the year

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The voting for the Richie Award, given to D.C. United's most underrated player of the year, is now open!

We kick of the 2014 edition of the Benny Awards as we always do, with the Richie Award. It is named named defensive midfielder Richie Williams, whose contributions were often overshadowed by names such as Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, and Jaime Moreno, but who was an important part of those early teams.

The Richie Award, for D.C. United's most underrated player of the year

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We kick off this year's Benny Awards season with the Richie Award, which is given to the most underrated player of the year. It is named named defensive midfielder Richie Williams, whose contributions were often overshadowed by names such as Marco Etcheverry, Raul Diaz Arce, and Jaime Moreno, but who was an important part of those early teams.

The Richie Award: D.C. United's Most Underrated Player

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Every MLS fan knows the names of Dwayne De Rosario and Chris Pontius. They're legitimate superstars. Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, and Perry Kitchen are well on their way too.

None of those players are nominated for this award. This award is for the other guys.

The Richie Award is named after Richie Williams, the central defensive midfielder on those early championship-winning D.

D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls Lineups: Playoff Edition

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Troy Perkins, Bryan Namoff, Bobby Boswell (Devon McTavish, 59), Greg Vanney, Marc Burch (Rod Dyachenko, 41), Ben Olsen, Christian Gomez, Clyde Simms, Fred, Luciano Emilio (Nicholas Addlery, 65), Jaime Moreno. These were the D.C. United starters and substitutes that took on the Chicago Fire five years ago tomorrow in what was, until now, the team's last playoff game.

United States Men's National Team

Report: Minnesota United’s Ibarra to receive USMNT call-up

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With the 2014 World Cup in the rearview mirror, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is sure to use the coming months as an opportunity to integrate new faces into his side. However, one of those new faces is set to come from a pretty surprising location.

Freedom Kicks for 4 April 2014: Pontius, Simms, and Bitcoin

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Grab your coffee and let Thursday's Freedom Kicks wake you up!

I'm a little sleepy after staying up to watch the USMNT versus Mexico, so I don't have any unifying theme or witticisms this morning. Instead, I have links to interesting soccer related stories for you, so let's get into it!

Chris Pontius' DC United return delayed, recovery time could be another 8-12 weeks | MLSsoccer.

Mo digs Nogueira, Hack says midfield will take a little time to settle, more news

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Maurice Edu likes what Vincent Nogueira brings. John Hackworth says it'll take time for the midfield to settle, "But so far, so good." More news.

Lineups Are In: Feilhaber Returns to Starting Lineup, Shuttleworth Remains in Net

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With an injury report longer than some Greek literature, Jay Heaps certainly had his work cut out for him tonight in Houston when assembling his starting lineup and bench. However, given what he had to work with, Revs fans can be quite pleased with the squad they'll see on the field.

The back four is solid, with all four healthy veterans getting the start.

New England Revolution

Simms Needs Kidney Transplant

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Photo credit: Chris Aduama/aduamaphotography.com

In an interview with the Washington Post on Wednesday, former Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms, who's battled a rare kidney disease since he was a teenager, revealed that he will require a kidney transplant.

Simms, 31,who privatelyfought Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) during his nine-year MLS career (2005-2013), disclosed his condition when he retired in February.

PHOTOS: Clyde Simms’ Revolution Years

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Simms Retires, Reveals Battle with Kidney Disease

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Former New England Revolution midfielder Clyde Simms announced his retirement on Thursday, citing a previously-private battle against a rare kidney disease as the reason behind the decision.

Simms, 31, was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) as a teenager, and has battled the disease throughout his nine-year playing career.

United Abroad: Alumni News & Notes for January 2014

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Clyde Simms retires, Long Tan goes on trial with the Sounders, Hamdi Salihi turns down a Ligue 1 trial, and much more!

United Abroad is back in 2014 giving you your monthly update on former DC United players. Here's what has happened since the ball dropped about a month ago:

Clyde Simms anounces his retirement | Instagram

Former DC United mid fielder Clyde Simms announced his retirement from soccer yesterday via his Instagram account.

Alston Among 5 On Revs’ Re-Entry List

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MLS Comeback Player of the Year Kevin Alston was among five members of the 2013 New England Revolution squad thatwill be available for selection duringtheMLS Re-Entry Process, which will kick off on Thursday.

In addition to Alston, whoplayed121 career games for New Englandfrom 2009-2013, midfielders Ryan Guy,Juan Toja andClyde Simms, as well as forward Chad Barrett, were allnamed on the 68-player Re-Entry List, which was released on Monday.

The Give and Go: Episode 1

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In the debut episode of "The Give and Go," New England Soccer Today's Brian O'Connell chats with fellow NEST colleague and Boston.com writer Julian Cardillo to discuss the Revolution's upcoming game against Toronto FC, a key position battle and Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game.

Revs Surprise In Houston With A 2-0 Victory

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The New England Revolution shocked the Houston Dynamo 2-0 in Houston last night. Diego Fagundez put the Revs in front early in the second half before an own-goal from Ricardo Clark in the 84th minute sealed the home team's fate.

The result gives Houston (6-4-2)back-to-back home losses for the first time since losing three in a row in 2010 and leaves them on 20 points while New England (3-4-4)now have 13 on the season.

Revolution vs. FC Dallas 2013 Lineups: Heaps Moves to Two Forwards

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Crowd favorite and media darling Diego Fagundez is being handed his first start of the season tonight against FC Dallas as head coach Jay Heaps appears to be moving his New England Revolution to a more traditional two-forward setup. Fagundez appears to be entering to replace Kelyn Rowe, who made the bench but has been nursing some leg injuries this week.

Match report: Philadelphia 1-0 New England

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Philadelphia Union pulled into second place with a 1-0 win over New England at PPL Park. PSP has the recap and video highlights.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution at Fire

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Revolution center half Clyde Simms was his usual consistent self in Saturday's 1-0 win. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

It wasn't an episode of Revolution. Or Chicago Fire, for that matter. But for Jay Heaps' side, Saturday's night's 1-0 win at Toyota Park couldn't have been scripted any better.

Revolution vs. Fire 2013: Live Match Open Thread

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IT'S HERE! IT'S HERE! IT'S REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY HERE! THE REVS' SEASON HAS STARTED!

Be sure to discuss the New England Revolution's upcoming victory (knock on wood) in the comments section below!

Lineups

Revolution: Matt Reis; Andrew Farrell, A.J. Soares, Jose Goncalves, Kevin Alston; Donald Smith, Clyde Simms, Kalifa Cisse, Juan Toja; Lee Nguyen, Jerry Bengtson

Bench: Shuttleworth, Barnes, Caldwell, Dorman, Rowe, Barrett, Fagundez

Fire: Sean Johnson; Steven Kinney, Jalil Anibaba, Austin Berry, Gonzalo Segares; Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Joel Lindpere, Dilly Duka; Chris Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald

Bench: Tornaghi, Videira, Paladini, Thompson, Atouba, Alex, Santos

Revolution open season in Chicago tonight

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By Kevin Koczwara

The New England Revolution had to wait a week to open its 2013 Major League Soccer campaign. While the rest of MLS was playing last weekend, the Revolution were at home still prepping for the season and chomping to get on the field for a meaningful game. Tonight the Revs get their chance to get their season started with a game at Toyota Park against the Chicago Fire.

Eastern Conference preview

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PSP's Eastern Conference preview looks at each club and how the Union match up against them. In the end, PSP picks Michael Farfan and the Union to finish ... well, click on to read more.

New Season But Same Results As Revs Lose In Arizona

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Brad Evans converted a first-half penalty kick and Eddie Johnson added an insurance strike just before halftime as the New England Revolution lost 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders FC in the first game of the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium.

For a preseason friendly, the game was unusually physical, with six yellow cards and two red cards as New England's Sainey Nyassi and Seattle's Marc Burch were both sent off in the 80th minute.

Sounders beat New England 2-nil, more cards than lessons

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Brad Evans and Eddie Johnson were clearly the highlights of the match. Johnson's move to beat the New England Revolution defense and subsequent shot were exactly what Seattle Sounders FC will need to see from the forward this year. Evans was a strong distributor, great at off ball runs and threaded the penalty shot into the net.

Ten Question Marks Leading into 2013

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In no particular order, here are ten pressing questions for the New England Revolution:

1. Who is Sainey Nyassi and what does he do?

He costs a pretty penny and due to injury, contributed minimally in 2012. Nyassi saw plenty of time in the playoff years of 2008 and 2009. Many assumed he'd be out of a job come this off season with a midfield boasting Lee Nguyen, Scott Caldwell, Juan Toja, Andy Dorman, Kalifa Cisse, Clyde Simms, Ryan Guy and Kelyn Rowe.

The Clyde Simms Question

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For 6 seasons, Clyde Simms was a key focal point in the D.C. United midfield. He made 182 with United and was widely considered to be one of the most consistent defensive-midfielders in the league. Then came the emergence of Perry Kitchen. Kitchen, a former Akron Zip, was drafted by United in the 2011 SuperDraft and he quickly found himself in a battle for minutes and a starting spot in the midfield.

Player Ratings: New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire

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Clyde Simms was our an of the Match on Saturday. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection).

Five Things We Learned: Revolution at Dynamo

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Blake Brettschneider came in late for the Revolution on Saturday, but did little to point his team in the right direction. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

By now, it's clear that the Revolution have quite a few areas to address this winter.

For starters, they've gotto finda set piece specialist.

Foxboro Infirmary Ward: How Will Revs Cope With Short Bench?

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Injuries always play a role in any season, sometimes more than others, but with the 2012 winding down for the New England Revolution, available players are dropping like flies.

First, it was the loss of Saer Sene to season-ending knee surgery. Then, the news about Flo Lechner and Lee Nguyen both being lost for the rest of 2012 as well.

D.C. Downs Revs

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The New England Revolution struck first through Kelyn Rowe in the 29th minute, but defensive miscues and a lack of decisiveness in the final third allowed D.C. United to climb back for a 2-1 victory at RFK Stadium on Saturday night.

New England (7-15-7, 28 points) was officially eliminated from postseason contention with the loss, while D.

Five Questions: Revolution at D.C. United

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Clyde Simms will get his first opportunity to play at RFK Stadium against his former teammates on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

With six games remaining on the fixture list, the eighth place (re: not going to the playoffs) Revolution have two choices. They play out the string.

Revs vs. Union in a Nutshell

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The Union midfield did well to silence Fernando Cardenas and the Revolution's midfielders. (Photo: Walter Silva)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. A game to forget for the both the New England Revolution and the Philadelphia Union. A dour 0-0 draw where neither team really showed a desire to score a goal or put the opponent on the back foot.

New England 0 - 0 Philadelphia: Winless Streak Reaches 10 Games, 1st Time in Club History

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The New England Revolution made history tonight as they extended their winless streak to 10 games, more than any other team in the club's history.

Playing host to the Philadelphia Union for the only time this season, coach Jay Heaps decided to shake up the lineup tonight in lieu of recent performances as well as various injuries and fatigue as they entered the second of their three game home-stand spanning just 8 days.

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

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Freedom Kicks: D.C. United links for Friday 21 February 2014

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On today's breakfast platter: Goat!

Happy Friday, y'all! Enjoy the warm weather this weekend, because "Polar Vortex 3: Another F***ing Polar F***ing Vortex Are You F***ing Kidding Me??" will be hitting a city near you next week. But we're not focusing on that. We're focusing on Freedom Kicks.

Valentine's Day Freedom Kicks: Clyde Simms and New MLS Rules

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Start your Valentine's Day like you do every day, with soccer news from around MLS and the world.

As we dig out from yesterday's snow, there was still soccer news happening throughout the country and the world. Today's Freedom Kicks bring sad news about Clyde Simms' retirement, new jerseys for some of the big World Cup contenders, and another brand new MLS roster rule of which no one had previously heard.

The Rest

Freedom Kicks for Wednesday 29 January 2014: Waxing Nostalgic

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A former DC United stalwart retires, old shoes, and 90s sketch comedy. All that and more as we kick things in the name of freedom.

The State of the Union was last night, but there are other blogs on the internet for that. Instead, let's distract ourselves from such weighty issues by thinking of the way things used to be:

Clyde Simms announces his retirement | @clydesimms19
Longtime D.

Revs vs. KC Halftime Update: 0-0 Snoozer Thus Far

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It's halftime at Gillette Stadium and both teams have struggled to get ahead of the other. The wind is blowing and the elbows are swinging, providing the Foxboro faithful with a raucous, chippy first half but with only a handful of chances for the two clubs.

The first clear chance came for Sporting Kansas City in the 19th minute when a corner kick found its way into the Revs' penalty area, and was rebounded within the 6-yard box.

New England Revolution Best XI 2012 (as chosen by The Bent Musket staff)

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With the Revolution's 2012 season now firmly in the rear-view, we here at The Bent Musket decided to reflect on the season and each select our favorite starting XI from this past year. It wasn't the easiest task, but a fun an interesting exercise nevertheless. Selections include one goalkeeper, four defenders, four midfielders, two forwards, and three bench players.

Recap: Punched in the Gut

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I just can't put my finger on why we perform like we do in games like this. Whenever you face a team that has already been eliminated from the playoffs late in the season, there is the potential for an upset. When all a team has left is a chance to play spoiler, sometimes that can motivate a club to put in a strong performance despite their season already being dead.