In a game very reminiscent of 2016 Colorado fell to Houston 2-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup final, the second time they've lost the last game of the tournament. The lineup:
MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle The starting XI was also the finish XI as no subs were made in the 90 minutes and the team was dragging by the end.
The big news today, as you see above, is the release of our new road/alternate jersey. This replaces the yellow flag kit we've had for the last two seasons. There's not much that has changed though, blue sleeves instead of yellow, a red C instead of the state flag on the base, and removal of some blue edging.
Last Wednesday Sporting KC's new reserve side, the Swope Park Rangers, beat the Rapids in Tucson 3-1. Last night the first team showed why they have that title by one-upping their reserve team in a 4-1 victory over the Rapids. Our starting XI:
K. Doyle Gashi - Powers - Badji Watts - Azira Williams - Sjoberg - Burling - Miller MacMath Great to see Gashi get his first minutes in a Rapids uniform.
You could be forgiven if you thought you were watching a replay of last year's team while viewing last night's preseason match. A dull 0-0 draw with very little offensively shown by the Rapids. When the best chance either team has to score is a PK skied over the bar you know its one of those games. Colorado started with a pretty strong XI:
The Dynamo are back in Arizona to take on the Colorado Rapids.
Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids
This is the first game for Houston in the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup. During their first set of preseason games in Arizona the team went 1-1-1 against their MLS opponents. The team returns to Arizona for the Desert Diamond Cup and this time they have David Rocha and Agus with them as well as the recently signed Abdoulie Mansally.
Colorado started the Desert Diamond Cup with a 3-1 loss to the USL Swope Park Rangers. I planned to watch the game last night to do a real game recap but the stream sucked. Delayed 5 minutes, constantly buffering, and poor camera work. So I gave up pretty quickly.
It appears that all MLS clubs will soon be controlledby different majority owners.
Houston Dynamo co-owner Gabriel Brener is nearing a deal that would likely give him controlling interest in the club, Fox26Houston.com reported on Tuesday. Brener currently owns 25 percent of the Dynamo, but is teaming up with another pair of investors to buy the 50-percent stake that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) holds.
Fielding a lineup that should bear a strong resemblance to the one seen next week in Colorado, the Revolution staked a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls in Saturday's preseason finale at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Kelyn Rowe opened the scoring in the 52nd minute when he latched onto a Diego Fagundez through ball and beat Luis Robles for the cool finish.
For the first time since he was acquired in January, Revolution center back Benjamin Angoua participated in full training with his new club on Monday.
Angoua, who joined the club via loan from French Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp for the 2017 MLS season with the option to transfer permanently following the season, was hindered by a hamstring injury suffered prior to his acquisition.
The final score may have told a different story, but the scenes that unfolded during extended stretches of Saturday's preseason contest against Colorado suggest the Revolution attack is quickly finding its rhythm this winter.
To wit, the Revolution registered no fewer than four dangerous chances during the first half against a first-team Rapids selection.
Typically, the defensive cohesiveness comes together sooner than the offensive chemistry for many clubs during the preseason. But for the Revolution, the exact opposite was true on Saturday.
While New England's attack looked like it was in midseason form, the defense appeared to be stuck in early-winter mode after conceding twice right before the break in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Rapids.
Two weeks to the day they'll open the regular season at Colorado, the Revolution dropped a 3-1 loss to the Rapids in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup preseason match at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Here are some Revolution-related observations from Saturday's contest:
-The regular connections in the final third during the first 60 minutes was undeniably the most positive development of Saturday's game.
Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution an early lead, but the Rapids were simply too much as the locals dropped a 3-1 loss in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup clash in Tucson, Ariz.
Agudelo, who donned a clear protective mask following facial surgery last week, tallied in the 19th minute after tapping through a ball from Antonio Mlinar Delamea, who corralled a Chris Tierney corner to set up the opportunity.
No matter how you slice it, winning a trophy even one for a preseason tournament is cause for celebration. Just don't expect Revolution coach Jay Heaps to be basking in the glow of Saturday's 1-0 win over Crew SC in the Desert Diamond Cup final.
Sure, Heaps was pleased with the chances his offense generated.
If you want a glimpse into what Revolution coach Jay Heaps has in store for the start of the regular season, Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup final should serve asan accurate preview of coming attractions.
Following Wednesday's 2-1 Round Three win over the Dynamo, Heaps told the media that Saturday's preseason finale against Columbus Crew will bear a close resemblance to regular season farein terms of preparation and personnel.
The Revolution are headed back to a cup final albeit one for a preseason tournament.
Not long after beatingthe Houston Dynamo on in Round 3 of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament on Wednesday,the Revolution learned they'd be playing forchampionship spoils in Saturday's championship final against Columbus Crew SC.
Teal Bunbury scored the opening goal, then assisted on the winner to help the Revolution claim a 2-1 victory over the Dynamo on during Round Three of the Desert Diamond Cup tournament at Kino Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday.
Bunbury, who collected his first goal of the preseason on Saturday against Sporting Kansas City, tallied in the 48th minute after collecting a deflected ball along the left channel and chipping keeper Joe Willis for the breakthrough.
Teal Bunbury scored a second half equalizer to put the Revolution on level terms with Sporting Kansas City in a Desert Diamond Cup second match day clash that ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Bunbury took hold of a Diego Fagundez pass near the box, then blasted a hard shot inside the far post to beat Tim Melia in the 58th minute of match that featured an 11th minute strike from Graham Zusi to give Kansas City an early lead.
It was a wild beginning to the Desert Diamond Cup for the Revolution, who watched an early lead evaporate to a short-handed Real Salt Lake before recovering late to secure a 3-3 draw on Wednesday at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.
Unsigned 2016 second round pick Michael Gamble scored in the 13th minute to give the Revolution a lead that was briefly threatened before the half when a Joao Plata bid barely cleared the bar in the 32nd minute.
The Revolution will kickoff the 2016 preseason on Jan. 22, and will partake in the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup tournament for the fifth year in a row after they announced their preseason plans on Tuesday.
The club's first training session will take place at Gillette Stadium on Jan.
Watch the Revolution take on the Dynamo in tonight's Desert Diamond Cup match.
The Desert Diamond Cup continues tonight, when the Revolution and Dynamo clash during an unofficial preview of the 2016 regular-season opener between the two sides.
With just two matches left in the preseason calendar, Revolution gaffer Jay Heaps will likely opt for a reserve-heavy Starting XI, enabling unsigned rookie forwards Michael Gamble and Femi-Hollinger Janzen to compete for contracts.
Saturday's 5:30 PM game will be the first action for Seattle since winning MLS Cup 2016.
The Arizona phase of the Seattle Sounders preseason continues with a friendly against the Portland Timbers. This is Seattle's first match since winning MLS Cup. The Timbers already lost to Red Bulls and NK Istra 1961 in their earlier preseason friendlies.
Afternoon matchup to provide sneak peek of March 4 season opener.
In two short weeks, the Revolution and Rapids will kick off the 2017 MLS season in Commerce City, Colo. This afternoon, the two clubs will square off in a tune-up match during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
Both teams have already played an inaugural match in the tournament, with the Revolution falling to the Houston Dynamo and the Rapids drawing with Sporting Kansas City.
Tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET, the Revolution square off with Real Salt Lake to kick off the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup.
For the fourth season in a row, the Revolution will take on Real Salt Lake during the first round of the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The match marks the official start of the Revs' preseason campaign.