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Columbus Crew

Tough Task Ahead

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The one team of all teams that the New England Revolution had to face in the Conference semi-finals just had to be the stubborn and similarly-streakingColumbus Crew.

For Revolution fans, there is just one team in the conference that scares them: the Crew.

Parkhurst: Revs-Crew Will Be ‘Entertaining’

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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.

Mirror Images

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Few teams are as good at the classic late-season pushthan the Revolution, whoclawed and wrestled their way into the playoffs this year in a fashion similar to postseason runs of years past. Butthe Columbus Crew might be the Revolution's closest doppelganger this time around.

Revs to Face Crew in Conf. Semis

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The Revolution will face the Columbus Crew on Nov. 1 at 4pm ET for the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which will take place at Crew Stadium. The second leg will take place at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 9 at 5pm ET.

New England, which clinched the second seed last weekend, had to wait until the conclusion of Sunday's Sporting K.

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By the Numbers: #CLBvNE

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With the New England Revolution set to take on the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference Semifinals,New England Soccer Today took a look at how the two clubs stack up in some key statistical areas.

Scoring Breakdown: The Crew generated most of their offense from open play, scoring 36 of their goals during the open course of play, ranking fifth in the league.

Homegrown – MLS Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

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Part 2 of the special edition of Homegrown: Jay breaks down the MLS EasternConference playoff picture. Other ways to listen: Download the Podcast Here!(Right click, save as) If you like this podcast please subscribe, rate, review, share, and comment. Let us know what you think!

Lee Nguyen wins MLS Player of the Week

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New England Revolution forward Lee Nguyen wins the MLS Player of the Week award for week 32. Read More

Lee Nguyen Leads Revs To Victory

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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.

MLS Scores: Houston Dynamo 1 – New England Revolution 2

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Lee Nguyen scored twice as the New England Revolution kept their undefeated streak going with a win over the Houston Dynamo. Read More

Coaching consistency in MLS

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If New England, DC, and Seattle show that coaching consistency in MLS works, what do we make of the San Jose Earthquakes? Read More

3 Ways MLS Can Combat the Fierce Competition From Foreign Leagues

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As we've discussed for weeks now on this site, the new MLS brand ("MLS Next") comes at a time of incredible importance to the league. For most of the front office and media, the focus has been on the league's future and how bright it looks. However, the league needs to take a hard look at the present if it even wants to have a future considering the American soccer landscape is more challenging than it seems.

National Team Action on Tap for Jones

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Getting called up for National Team actionwon't get old anytime soon for Revolution midfielderJermaine Jones.

Jones was tapped by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann prior to the Saturday's Revolution-Impact clash, and will get the chance to collect his 47th cap when the U.

New York Red Bulls Edge One Step Closer to Playoffs

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Last night at Red Bull Arena, the New York team's playoff dreams took a step forward, while those of Toronto dimmed, especially with the Columbus Crew win against the Philadelphia Union. It is a close race to the finish this year with DC United at the top of the Eastern Conference, followed by the New England Revolution, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Columbus Crew currently sitting in the top five.

MLS Scores: Revolution make the playoffs

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The New England Revolution make the MLS playoffs after a draw with the Montreal Impact in Saturday's MLS scores. Read More

Postseason Ticket Punched

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If Lee Nguyen felt slighted after his name wasn't called by Jurgen Klinsmann for U.S. Men's National Team duty, he certainly didn't letit affect him on Saturday.

Nguyen's clever chip in the 69th minute allowed the Revolution to book their ticket to the postseason after securing a 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo.

Eastern Conference

2014 MLS Cup Playoffs StoryStream

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It's go time. The playoffs are underway, and everything you need to know about United's push for a fifth MLS Cup title is right here.

We've known for a while now that D.C. United would win the Eastern Conference and face the Eastern Conference winner of what MLS now calls the "Knockout Round.

D.C. United will face the New York Red Bulls or Sporting Kansas City in MLS's Eastern Conference Semifinals

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The final results of the regular season had a significant impact on playoff seeds in the East. As a result, United will face the winner of Thursday night's do-or-die match between NYRB and Sporting.

We've known for a while now that D.C. United would win the Eastern Conference and face the Eastern Conference winner of what MLS now calls the "Knockout Round.

Talking Points: #NEvTOR

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The New England Revolution finished their seasonon a winning note by edging Toronto FC 1-0 on Saturday. Here's a look at some of the talking points surrounding the contest.

Nguyen Does it Again

In the final game of the regular season, it was fitting that the Revolution's only goal came courtesy of forward Lee Nguyen.

The Warmup: #NEvTOR

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Foxboro, Massachusetts The Revolutionfinish their regular season at home on Saturday against Toronto FC.

Location:Gillette Stadium

Scheduled kick-off: 7:30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet; WUFC 1510 AM

Season series: Final regular-season meetingbetween the two teams; The Revolution won both meetings with a 2-1 victory on May 3 and a 3-0 victory on August 30.

Comeback Nguyen

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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.

The Warmup: #HOUvNE

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The Revolution play their final road game of the regular season Thursday when they take on the Houston Dynamo.

Location: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston

Scheduled kick-off: 8:00 p.m.

TV/Radio: ESPN 2; 98.

The Warmup: #MTLvNE

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The Revolution look to clinch a playoff spot as they face the Montreal Impact in their first leg of a two-game road trip.Location: Stade Saputo, Montreal

Scheduled kick-off: 4:00 p.m.

TV/Radio: Comcast Sportsnet; 98.5 FM The Sports Hub.

Toronto FC

Keeping it Clean

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A lot has gone right for the New England Revolution over the past three months, but one thing the club has struggled with recently is keeping a clean sheet. Until Saturday night, the Revolution had failed to record a shutout since a 3-0 win at Toronto FC on August 30th, leaving some questions about the defense going into the postseason.

Revolution and Nguyen finish regular season strong, down Toronto FC 1-0

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. The New England Revolution finished the season on a high note with a controversial 1-0 victory against Toronto FC in front of their largest crowd of the season.

Lee Nguyen strengthened his case for MLS MVP with his 18th goal of the season in the 35th minute, including 12 in his final 14 games.

Real Salt Lake

Keeper-Go-Round Story Stream

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Your seat on the Goalie-Go-Round. Keep up with which of the Philadelphia Union's three-headed keeper monster is doing what. Don't forget the Dramamine!

Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and thepsyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them.

Former SKC Wizards Update

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Here is this week's former SKC Wizards update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Jose Burciaga
Julio Cesar
Edson Elcock
Adnan Gabeljic
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Neal Kitson
Michal Mravec
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Peter Schmetz
Scott Sealy
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-1 win over Chicago.

Keeper-Go-Round

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The curious case of the Philadelphia Union and its unique Goalkeeping situation might come as a surprise to most of you. Unfortunately, it's more like business as usual for a Nick Sakiewicz-run team.

Nick Sakiewicz was a goalkeeper in his "playing" days. One would think he would know a thing or two about the position and thepsyche of the players, but that doesn't stop him from playing mind games or just being fickle with them.

Darrius Barnes

Technically Speaking: #HOUvNE

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In a largely forgettable game, the Revs beat the Dynamo 2-1.

Why was it so unremarkable? Mainly because it was a generally sloppy game, a game that raises the further question: Why was the level of play so subpar?

On the Revs' side, possibly because coach Jay Heaps made a calculated decision that, with his team already in the playoffs, he could afford to start four second-stringers (Patrick Mullins, Steve Neumann, Scott Caldwell, and Darrius Barnes), while resting starters (Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies).

Best Yet to Come for Revs?

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The numbers don't lie: after going unbeaten in 10 of their last 11, the Revolution are one of the hottest clubs in the league right now. But according fullback Darrius Barnes, one of the team's most tenured veterans, they could be even better.

Sporting Kansas City

Opposite View: Three Questions with the Blue Testament

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This week we talk with Ben Gartland of the Blue Testament, SBN's Sporting Kansas City blog, about the Union's last home match of the year.

tBG) Sporting Kansas City has sputtered a bit heading into the playoffs, losing soundly to New England twice and D.C. United once. What went wrong there, an what's been done since to fix the issues?

What We Want to Happen 10/16

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MLS action returns tonight with a prime time game on ESPN 2. It's one that can have a big effect on Kansas City.

New England at Houston
What we want to happen - Houston win Kansas City is tied with New England on points for 2nd in the East, but are third because the Revolution have more wins.

Where the tiebreakers stand for D.C. United

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Just in case, we look at what could happen in the worst case scenario.

An errant tweet led me to go down a bit of a small wormhole on how firm D.C. United's first place position in the East us. Now granted, a lot would have to happen for D.C. to lose against the two worst teams in the East in the last two games of the regular season, with one of those games at home(both of whom have already been eliminated from the playoffs).

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A Game to Remember

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Last winter, in the days leading up to Christmas Eve, I stopped inside one of Faneuil Hall's sports stores purely out of curiosity. The gigantic, 70-foot tree outside and the bitter cold weren't reminding me that I needed to buy more presents ahead of the 25th promise.

THE SOUTH COUCH REPORT - New England v Toronto... or just 90 more minutes until I can forget this mess...

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Look at that. Seattle just won the supporters shield. Hard to believe that they've only been in the league for 14 years. It would be embarassing if they had only been around for, say, 6 seasons.
I love the notion of sitting at home and jealously pining over the other clubs in the league.

TFC inadequate again as season 2014 ends - New England 1 Toronto FC 0

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....lingering headache.

What a stinking mess. I am afraid to find out what the tv ratings for this last TFC 2014 game were. I did wonder a few times who else was foolish enough to be watching this...

It was typical TFC that the New England goal was scored when the assistant ref flagged for offside, a clear offside, and the ref did not call play.

Forgotten Man?

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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.

SKC & NY Losses Give Revs 2nd Seed

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The New England Revolution are assured of the second playoff seed in the Eastern Conference after Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls both suffered losses over the weekend. The second seedensures the Revolution will host the second leg of the conference semifinals.

Jones: I am always open to ideas

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After going the full 90 at center back in Tuesday 1-1 draw to Honduras, U.S. international and Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones spoke about the switch from his customary spot to the backline.

"I am always open to some ideas," Jones told the media after the match.

Soccer TV: Houston Dynamo vs New England Revolution

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The Houston Dynamo host the New England Revolution on ESPN2 in a prime time MLS game on the Thursday soccer TV schedule. Read More

Q & A: Rev Girl Jen Swain

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Jen Swain is a longtime New England Revolution fan who officially joined the club last spring as a Rev Girl.New England Soccer Today writerJulian Cardillocaught up with Jen to learn more about the Rev Girls and her role on the team.