You might think that, with a sizeable statistical advantage (63% to the Revs' 37% ball possession, 7 corners to the Revs 2, and so on), Sporting Kansas City should have won Friday's match fairly easily. But the numbers aloneweren't enough for the hosts to come away with three points.
Jermaine Jones may have gotten the glory and done the nationally-televised postgame interview for scoring the decider in Friday's 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City, but according to Jay Heaps, the Revolution's success rested heavily on a critical second half substitution.
Sporting KC continued their free fall in the standings last night, falling for the fifth time in six games and for the third straight time at home, 3-2 to the New England Revolution. KC has now allowed nine goals in the last three league games played at Sporting Park and haven't recorded a shutout at home in league play since May.
Sporting Kansas City head back to league play tomorrow after having last weekend off between their two home Champions League games. And they return to action in a big game against the New England Revolution at Sporting Park. The Revolution sit just three points behind second place KC at the moment. Meanwhile KC sits just three points behind first place DC as the Eastern Conference playoff race gets tighter.
The top 100 clubs in the United States and Canada. Rankings are current as of September 22, 2014.
The past month saw some movement in the top 100 rankings, although the Seattle Sounders were able to hold on to the top thanks in part to their US Open Cup win over the Philadelphia Union. Sporting Kansas City - last month's number two - fell six spots to number eight.
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.
Jermaine Jones came to the New England Revolution's rescue on Friday at Sporting Park and not a moment too soon.
With time ticking away in tied game, Jones blasted a long-range strike in the 85th minute torestore aRevolution lead thathad been chopped down by apair of second-half Sporting Kansas City strikes, helping his club secure a dramatic3-2 win.
The New England Revolution will be back in Tucson, Ariz.for the 2015 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament, which kicks off on Feb. 18, 2015.
The tournament will run from Feb.18-28, 2015, and will host six MLS sides. In addition to the Revolution, the Montreal Impact, Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders will round out the field for the annual competition, which will enter its fourth year in 2015.
There's about a month to go in the MLS season, which will wrap up at the end of October. That means playoff races are reaching their apex, as the field is set for the November tournament that is the best of what the league has to offer.
MLS doesn't have promotion and relegation – and no, it's almost certainly not happening in your lifetime – the playoffs function as the alternative drama to the race against the drop.
FOXBOROUGH It seems like nothing can stop the New England Revolution right now.
The Revolution fell behind early for a third consecutive game, but as in the previous two they came storming back, getting goals from Kelyn Rowe and Lee Nguyen two minutes apart to rally past the Montreal Impact, 2-1, in front of a reported attendance of 19,665 at rainy Gillette Stadium.
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.
September is here, and that means that Major League Soccer enters that period when the results seem to matter even more. Some teams have surprised thus far, others have followed form, but with a month and change left, teams that haven't risen to the top will be fighting to make the cut.
Let's group these teams into categories, and see how they all shake out:
DC United – A dismal 2013 behind them, their lead should help them withstand a slightly road-heavy backend of schedule.
The New England Revolution are suddenly playing like a team destined for a run to the MLS Cup final.
With Jermaine Jones making his first two starts since joining the club, the Revolution recorded two massive wins in MLS Week 26, defeating Sporting Kansas City last Wednesday, 3-1, and the Chicago Fire last Sunday, 2-1, to move into third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. For the first time in six matches, New England Revolution coach Jay Heaps didn't start Charlie Davies and Davies let him know about it.
On the field, that is.
Davies subbed on in the 58th minute and just two minutes later was crossing up Chicago Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson for the winner as the Revs held on for a 2-1 victory at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, their second straight week overcoming an early deficit to claim the full three points.
New England Revolution extended their Major League Soccer winning streak to four matches with a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire on Sunday. Sanna Nyassi put the Fire ahead after 28 minutes but Diego Fagundez levelled things four minutes before the break, heading in a Lee Nguyen cross,
Then Charlie Davies turned the game on its head on the hour just two minutes after coming on when he scored late in the second half off of a Jermaine Jones through ball from midfield.
The New England Revolution's five game winning streak came to an end on Saturday at the hands of the Columbus Crew, who grabbed a 1-0 win with a strong performance at Crew Stadium. The Revolution survived a poor first half performance with the match tied at 0-0, but the Crew scored the winner just three minutes into the second period through a Federico Higuaín free kick.
The Revs won fairly easily, 2-1, against the Fire Sunday night, in a game marked by a 62.8 % to 37.2% New England ball-possession advantage and some fine offensive combinations. As the 2:1 possession statistic suggests, the Revs passing game was effective, especially during the first ten minutes of the game, during the last ten minutes of the first half, and from the time of Charlie Davies' winning goal to the end of the contest.
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.
The Revolution put in a good effort on Saturday, but the Crew was simplythe better team in both halves, and deserved the 1-0 victory. In addition, the facts that they were playing at home (big professional axiom: "win at home") and were more desperate than the Revs for a win (Crew was fifth in the standings, the Revs third) had to give them more of a sense of urgency.
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FOXBORO, Mass. After playing 150 minutes over the past eight days, Jay Heaps knew he had to manage Charlie Davies' minutes closely. He elected to start with Davies on the bench but understoodthat late in the game, Davies's speed would pose a dangerous threat to a fatigued Chicago defense.
In many soccer-loving countries across the globe, supporters often adopt a hardened stance towardopposing partisans.The mindset: if you're not with me, then you must be against me.Harsh words and hard objects are hurled withequal fervor.Dubbed "hooliganism" in England in the 1880s, there's simply littleroom for friendship or pleasantriesamong dueling football clubs.
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.