Only 24 hours from playing in the MLS Cup, AJ Soares, Patrick Mullins and Andy Dorman saw the business side of Major League Soccer as they were all left unprotected for Wednesday's expansion draft.
Each team can protect 11 players and the New England Revolution opted to protect: Kevin Alston, Teal Bunbury, Charlie Davies, Andrew Farrell, Jose Goncalves (Int'l), Jermaine Jones, Daigo Kobayashi (Int'l), Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe, Bobby Shuttleworth and Chris Tierney.
The 2014 MLS Cup Final between the LA Galaxy and New England Revolution is this Sunday. Here's how to watch it - and why you should care.
The MLS Cup Final is set, and while the Philadelphia Union are not involved this year, there are plenty of reasons to watch. Hey, you still watch the Super Bowl when the Philadelphia Eagles miss it, right?
Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy/Forward) – Landon Donovan completely dominated the Salt Lake defense in Carson to push his Galaxy into the MLS CUP Semifinals. His three goals and one assist turned the game on its head and buried Real, ending their hunt for the league championship.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Lee Nguyen kept his offensive hot streak going, Teal Bunbury scored his first goal since September 3rd and even captain and center back Jose Goncalves joined the attack and tallied a rare goal as the New England Revolution defeated the Columbus Crew 3-1 (7-3 on aggregate) on Sunday night in Foxboro.
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.
Despite a holding atwo-goal aggregate leadentering into the second leg of the two-game Eastern Conference Semi-finals, the Revolution came out firing andgrabbed a 3-1 victory Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
Lee Nguyen scored for the sixth straight game and netted his 20th goal of the year between the regular season and playoffs.
The New England Revolution overpowered the Columbus Crew 4-2 in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday at Crew Stadium. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding the contest.
Offense Explodes in Victory
For the first time since May 17, the Revolution found the back of the of the net four times or more in their 4-2 victory over the Crew in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
At this time last year, Diego Fagundez was the name on every fan's lips. Hisskill on the balland goal scoring abilities propelled the New England Revolution to an unexpected trip to the playoffs.While that run ended in the second leg of the conference semis, the general consensus was that the Revolution wouldn't have gotten that far without Fagundez.
Major League Soccer MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored both of the New England Revolution's goals to lead the Revs to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Houston Dynamo. Nguyen scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year in the 65th and 87th minutes, respectively, to help New England overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.
The New England Revolution clinched at least a top three seed in the Eastern Conference for the second straight season after Lee Nguyen scored two goals in the second half to overturn a halftime deficit and defeat the Houston Dynamo 2-1 in Houston on Thursday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Lee Nguyen may not have been called into coach Jurgen Klinsmann's camp forthe United States'friendly against Ecuador on Friday at Rentscheler Field, but that doesn't mean he won't get his elusive fourth cap before the end of the month.
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 fifth straight match on Saturday, coming back from their third straightanother early deficit to defeat the Montreal Impact 2-1 in front 19,665 on a rainy night at Gillette Stadium. Calum Mallace gave the Impact a 13th minute lead with his first MLS goal, but Kelyn Rowe equalized in the 23rd minute and then Lee Nguyen scored the winner two minutes later.
For the third straight game Lee Nguyen was named Man of the Match, and he did so while playing against a good, albeit undermanned,Sporting Kansas City side.On paper, the 3-1 score may imply thatthe Revscontrolled in this game. But in reality,it was a chippy game that put the referee Ismail Elfath to work and was, more or less, evenly played throughout.
FOXBORO, Mass. Lee Nguyen showed New England fans a taste of what he was capable in 2012, especially when he hit a Goal of the Year candidate against Vancouver -the very team who waived him before the season started.
Then in 2013, it became even more important how good Nguyen was, becoming a key cog in the midfield after playing 33 games on the season.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Wednesday night, overturning an early deficit behind a first half goal by Teal Bunbury and two second half strikes from Lee Nguyen at Gillette Stadium in front of 11,707 – the second lowest home crowd of the season – in U.
Big win for the New England Revolution on Saturday as they beat Toronto FC 3-0 in Toronto.
Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe each had a goal and an assist in the victory while Teal Bunbury added a second half tally to give New England its second straight victory and extend the club's unbeaten streak to three games.
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Something about Lee Nguyen is different this year.
He knows it, his coach knows it, and anyone who's regularly watched the Revolution this year knows it, too. But Nguyen, who leads the Revolution with 13 goals and is already being touted as a potential league MVP candidate, hasn't offered too many specifics about his success in 2014, opting instead to praise his teammates and the hard work he's put in at practice.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In what's become a regular occurrence this season, Lee Nguyen was surrounded by reporters on Saturday following another win he helped spearhead. Only this time, a nearby teammate became part of the scene.
As Nguyen answered questions about his team-leading 13th goal, as well as his team's recent run of success, a low chant started to build from the left of his locker.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – While the stakes are certainly higher than they were during the Conference Semifinal, don't expect the Revolution to alter their approach to Saturday's deciding leg of the Conference Final at Gillette Stadium.
Three weeks after dispatching the Columbus Crew with a 3-1 series clinchingwin in the second leg of the Conference Semifinals, the Revolution won't be reaching for the keys to a nearby bus with a one-goal advantage and 90 minutes separating them from a trip to the MLS Cup final.
Lee Nguyen's impressive campaign has put him on the shortlist for MVP, while strong performances from Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies were enough to to put a total of three Revolution players on theleague's listoffinalists for regular season honors.
The big hoorah here is seeing Lee Nguyen's name on the list for the first time in seven years. There is bit more of a veteran field presence than in recent camps, but still a few curious young fella choices. And, no, this time I will not be railing about the exclusion of Eric Lichaj, who has had a few struggles lately.
Landon. Again. And while we're here, it's also all about the U.
A total of 130 points vaulted Eagles Screaming to the scoring lead this round. The duo of Landon Donovan (LA, $11.8) and captain Sebastien Le Toux (PHI, $8.4) scored 22 points each, with Le Toux contributing an assist over two games, and Donovan notching two goals and two assists in one game.