On this week's podcast: Should he stay or should he go his name is Chicharito, American football at the youth level is shrinking what does this mean for soccer in America, MLS "football" pitches, and old rivals at it again predictions for Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford this Sunday.
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.
The Kid is Alright and The Kids Are All Right Too plus an Interview with Lee Ngyuen
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. – 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. – 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.
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.
It's MLS Round Five, and the New England Revolution are facing FC Dallas for their fourth match of the young 2013 season at Gillette Stadium. Home is a great place to be for the Revs when they're facing Dallas, as their 23-12-3 all-time record against the Hoops is buttressed by a 12-5-1 mark at home, including an 8-1-1 posting at Gillette.
BC striker Charlie Rugg (right) battles New England Revolution defender Darrius Barnes in a February exhibition match at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)
Charlie Rugg's 2012 didn't get off to the start the pacey Boston College Eagles striker had hoped for. At the tail end of an impressive preseason, Rugg suffered a knee injury that would keep him out of the starting lineup for the first four games of the season.
The New England Revolution will close out their home account tonight at Gillette Stadium against the red hot Chicago Fire, who are looking to improve upon their already impressive 2012 record as they prepare for the MLS playoffs. With eight players occupying their most recent injury report, the suspension of midfielder Benny Feilhaber, and the international absences of strikers Diego Fagundez and Jerry Bengtson, the Revs are looking pretty thin heading into this matchup.
The 2002 Revolution squad march out for their first home game at cmgi Field, which would be re-named Gillette Stadium before the end of the season. (Photo: Sean Donahue)
Funny how an idea can quickly take on a life of its own.
A little overa monthago, Sean Donahue and I were bantering about former Revolution players as we fired up the laptops, flipped through game notes and set up shopcover thecurrent crop players, who were getting set to face Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium.
With playoff chances now officially in the rear-view, the New England Revolution will host their I-95 rival New York Red Bulls for the second and final time this season at Gillette Stadium. Following a 2-1 defeat against D.C. United last weekend, the Revs have now been mathematically eliminated from the MLS playoff picture, while the Red Bulls remain firmly a part of it as they currently occupy 3rd place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The New England Revolution are facing off against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night for the third and final time of 2012. The series is split at 1-1-0, though the teams could not be further apart in the league.
With the Red Bulls coming off a lackluster 2-0 loss to Kansas City at midweek, the Revs have to feel they have a good chance to play spoiler.
Diego Fagundez got his third start of the season on Wednesday. (Photo: Chris
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Injuries and international absences may have decimated the New England
Revolution's attack, but Diego Fagundez picked up the slack on Wednesday, helping spark the offense
in a 2-0 upset win over the Columbus Crew at Gillette Stadium.
Kevin Alston and the Revolution defense grabbed their second straight shutout on Wednesday.
(Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)
FOXBOROUGH, Mass – The Revolution used two second half goals to down the Columbus Crew and
snap their 10-game winless streak – their longest since 1999. Striker Dimitry Imbongo slotted
home his first MLS goal and Chad Marshall scored an own goal as the Revolution won for the first
time since July 8th.
Although it might have been Labor Day Weekend around America, MLS teams were putting in plenty of
hard work to secure Playoff Spots heading into the post season. Let's take a look back and enjoy
the action across the league as the post season contenders and post season pretenders are becoming
clearer each game.
17-year-old Diego Fagundez made his second start of the season on Saturday. (Photo: Walter
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution set the club record winless streak on Saturday
night, failing to win their tenth straight match in playing to a dire scoreless draw with the
Philadelphia Union at Gillette Stadium in front of 11,841.
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.
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.
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.
It is no secret that one of the most discussed stadium situations in Major League Soccer involves the New England Revolution. Fans of the team have long complained that Gillette Stadium is too big, too cavernous and too remote to be a successful venue. At the same time, the stadium is owned by the same family/entity that owns the Revs, suggesting that the team has little impetus to spend money to buy land or build a stadium just for the Revs.
Another game, another somewhat disappointing result for the Union. They had nearly 70% of
possession in the first half, and had a handful of prime scoring opportunities in the second half,
but couldn't score. But it's like we've come to expect that, so this wasn't anything all that new.
Still, a road point is never a terrible result.