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.
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.
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.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Three months ago, Andy Dorman was a major part of a Revolution midfield that was not only coming into its own, but finding success along the way. Then, with one swooping tackle, he wasn't.
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.
With the draw last night, Sporting KC moved into second place in the Eastern Conference again, one point ahead of the New England Revolution. Today there are five MLS games on tap. Three of those five games will have an effect on KC and potential playoff factors. Here's a look at what Sporting fans want to happen in those games.
The MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.
The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.
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).
Earlier this week, the MLS Disciplinary Committee came out with their fines and suspensions for games this past week. Included in that was a fine for Igor Juliao for hands to the head/face of New England. The only suspension announced was on Colorado Rapids midfielder, Carlos Alvarez for entering the field of play and leaving the technical area as he celebrated a goal by teammate Gabriel Torres.
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.
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.
Jermaine Jones has turned into a jack-of-all-trades player, and he's making itlook all too easy.
His performance against the Columbus Crew on Saturday night vaulted the Revolution to a 2-1 victory. Ina match brimming with postseason implications, the Revolution midfielder sent a pin-point pass to Teal Bunbury on the right flank leading to Lee Nguyen's opening score in the 19th minute while his placed header off a Chris Tierney free kick bounced into the net for the game-winner late in the second half.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. New England Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth has been an important contributor as the club has won seven of their last eight, but never was he called on as much during that stretch as he was in Saturday's 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.
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.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa never lack for tough challenges, and this weekend is no different, with the Villans facing defending English Premier League champions Manchester City.
Aston Villa is on a two-match losing streak, but still sit just a point behind Manchester City for third place in the EPL, and the Villans will be hoping Villa Park can offer enough support to pull off another upset.
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.
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.
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.
When MLS 4.0 arrives and its time to remember how each club reached a new level of elevated stature, remember the autumn day in 2014 when the New England Revolution forged a strategic partnership with Portugal's Sporting CP.
Moves like this will help guide American soccer clubs to higher echelons of training, scouting, competitiveness, and global reputation.
The New England Revolutionjoined forces withSporting ClubedePortugal on Wednesdayfor amulti-year strategic partnership, the first of its kind in thelocal club's18-year history.
The partnership, which wasspearheaded by Revolutionpresident Brian Bilello, general manager Michael Burns, and Sporting CP executives,is expected to result in shared expertise, benefit and promotion for each club.