The Revolution wrapped up their Conference Semifinal series against the Crew with a flourish following Sunday's 3-1 second leg win at Gillette Stadium. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding Sunday's win.
Offense shines again
For the Columbus Crew defense, they are going to be seeing the Revolution offense in their nightmares.
After Saturday's explosive performance at Crew Stadium, it would take a complete meltdown or a historic comeback to keep the Revolution from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. But don't tell that to coach Jay Heaps.
Following his club's four-goal offensive flurry in the first leg of the Conference Semifinals, Heaps was already contemplating the challenge that awaited the Revolution in Sunday's return leg at Gillette Stadium.
Columbus, Ohio The first round of the 2014 MLS Playoffs kick off Saturday afternoon when the New England Revolution travel to Columbus to face the Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
One of the most intriguing matchupsof the MLS conference semifinals will kick-off on Saturdayat Crew Stadiumas the Columbus Crew host the Revolution in the first leg. But don't expect the lower-seeded hosts to show any apprehension heading into the contest.
The New England Revolution took a big step closer to wrapping up a playoff spit with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew at a wet Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Revolution claimed sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Sporting Kansas City and four points behind first-place D.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution pulled out a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night in front of 23,143 at Gillette Stadium, despite facing sloppy wet playing conditions, and a team in the midst of a playoff hunt, who already defeated the Revolution twice this season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution won their fourth straight match on Sunday night, coming back from an early deficit to defeat the Chicago Fire 2-1 in front of 12,204 at Gillette Stadium. For the second match in a row, the Revolution fell behind early, this time to a 28th minute Sanna Nyassi goal, but equalized before halftime through Diego Fagundez and then grabbed the game winner through Charlie Davies in the 60th minute.
Fabian Espindola brought United level in the 73rd minute at a rainy Gillette Stadium, but it wouldn't prove enough in a rematch with the Eastern Conference-leading Revs.
FOXBORO, Mass. - The crowd (13,589) was tiny. The rain (as always) poured down. But while Saturday might thereby have seemed like a home game, Gillette Stadium was anything but hospitable to DC United in a chippy, 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution that featured five yellow cards and a straight red for Eddie Johnson.
Sporting Kansas City travel to the East Coast this weekend for a rematch of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the New England Revolution. Gillette Stadium has been a friendly face for Kansas City to visit throughout the history of the stadium. KC is 8-3-6 there in league play, and 8-4-7 in all competitions.
With Saturday's home opener between the New England Revolution (0-2-0,0 points)andVancouver Whitecaps(1-0-1,4 point)at Gillette Stadium only hours away, let's take one last look at what the coaches and players were saying in the days leading up to it.
The New England Revolution (0-0-2, 0 points) will hope to record their first points of the season when they welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps (1-0-1, four points) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday for their home opener at 2:00 pm.
The Revs have struggled in the early part of the season so far.
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The New England Revolution are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2009 after Juan Agudelo's first half goal carried the team to a 1-0 victory against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Agudelo combined brilliantly with Lee Nguyen in the 28th minute to score the games lone goal and the Revolution defense held strong the rest of the way for the club's 14th shutout of the season.
Gillette Stadium, Diego's House, looking a bit like El Centenario in Montevideo.
Argentinos Juniors stadium where another Diego started, way out back in the day.
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A VIEW FROM THE FORT by Jim Dow
In June, 1980 Clive Gammon wrote the following in a Sports Illustrated piece on Diego Maradona, the Argentine wunderkind who was soon to sign the then richest sports contact in the world to play for Barcelona.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ The New England Revolution crushed the Philadelphia Union, 5-1, behind four second half goals to grab a crucial three points in front of 12,531 at Gillette Stadium. The win puts the Revolution into the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot
Kelyn Rowe gave the Revolution a halftime lead with a long range shot in the 26th minute, but the Union would equalize in the 51st minute through Danny Cruz after a miscue between Matt Reis and the Revolution backline.
The New England Revolution host the Philadelphia Union Sunday night in a matchup of two teams in a heated competition for a playoff spot. The Revs come into this week after defeating the Chicago Fire 2-0 for their ninth win of the season. This equaled their total from all of last season. Their next victory would put them in double-figures for the first time since 2009 - coincidentally the last season New England qualified for the playoffs.
"Arrrr-goooo... I mean Paaaa-triooooots!"NEW ENGLAND VS. TORONTO GILLETTE STADIUM - SUNDAY 7:30PM ETTV: SPORTSNET 360 (The Artist formerly known as The Score) THE KICKABOUT: We didn't really want to bang on more about the "Argos to BMO Field" rumblings that have re-animated recently - like the zombie issue it is - but this fixture is just too appropriate.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. â€“ The New England Revolution extended their MLS unbeaten run to five games and their shutout streak to 395 minutes, but their 0-0 draw in front of 14,163 at Gillette Stadium is unlikely to be one they are proud of, coming against last place D.C. United.
The draw kept the Revolution (5-4-5, 20 points) in sixth place, two points out of the fifth in final playoff spot, while United (1-10-3, 6 points) remained mired at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The New England Revolution beat the LA Galaxy 5-0 in front of a sun soaked crowd of 19,120 at Gillette Stadium. Saer Sene's first half goal was the difference between the two sides. Saer Sene, Lee Nguyen, Diego Fagundez, Chad Barrett and Kelyn Rowe with the New England goals.
"You'll Never Walk... Again" ï»¿ NEW ENGLAND VS. TORONTO ã€€ GILLETTE STADIUM - SATURDAY 7:30PM ET TV: THE SCORE ã€€ THE KICKABOUT: "Pahk da cah in Hahvahd Yahd". With that out of the way it's onto a fixture that has dozens excited across North America and not beyond.
To counter-act their ill-timed bye week, the New England Revolution participated in a closed-door scrimmage against the New England Force today at Gillette Stadium winning 4-0 (that means they scored FOUR GOALS!). The Force are a semi-professional team based outside of Hartford, CT that have aspirations of joining one of US Soccer's lower-division leagues by this time next year.
Brazil are in Boston for tomorrow nights match against Portugal at Gillette Stadium and tonight's practice was open to the media. I just could not turn down the opportunity to see the Samba Boys up close so I headed down to Gillette for the show.
And it was worth. I have watched Manchester United and Barcelona practice before and those practices were tightly scheduled.
Theregion's worst kept secret was finally confirmed by the Revolution organization on Tuesday.
Weeks after the Portuguese Football Federation, along with its Brazilian counterpart, initially revealed details of an early-September clash in Foxborough, the Revolution confirmed that the soccer powerhouses will play an international friendly at Gillette Stadium on Sept.
The Revolution continued their preparations for Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew out on the practice pitch behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. The session was open to the media for the first 15-20 minutes during passing/possession drills.
With the fourplayers loaned to Rochester back in town after the Rhinos were bounced from the postseason on Saturday, Wednesday's sessionoffered a rare sight, as coach Jay Heaps had nearly a full roster at his disposal.
Less than a year after drawing one of the biggest soccer crowds seen in New England, Portugal will return to Foxboro on Jun. 6 to play Mexico in a pre-World Cup friendly at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8:30pm.
Both sides are expected to field their first-choice players with the World Cup kicking offsix dayslater.