FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Revolution (3-2-2, 11 points) will face Real Salt Lake (2-1-3, 9 points) for the only time during the regular season on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.
Saturday's contest is the first meeting between the interconference foes since last year's Jul.
Earlier this week, we learned that little-used defender London Woodberry is capable of quite a few things. He contained threats along the flank, he showed himself comfortable on collaborations, and he displayed an uncanny knack to whip a dangerous cross.
There is something special developing at Gillette Stadium this season, where the New England Revolution are now unbeaten in their last 12 regular-season home games, dating back to last season, tying a club record
With the 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, in front of 17,982 fans, New England moved into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2-2 record for 14 points.
Find out why Colorado Rapids GK Clint Irwin sometimes feels "so left out", why he authors blog posts, and his thoughts on the Rapids' current form. In the second segment we talk to Brian Dunseth about the USMNT, RSL, and the rest of MLS.
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The Montreal Impact exercised some long held demons last night by advancing to the CONCACAF Champions League final, becoming the first Major League Soccer team to do so since Real Salt Lake in 2011 and only the second since the competition changed formats in 2008-09. Support came pouring in from around MLS for the new continental posterboys, even if no one would have ever expected the Impact to be the second MLS team to reach this stage of the competition.
Last night at Sporting Park Sporting had an improved performance over their late win over Philadelphia, the team's defense was able to shut down the RSL attack, unfortunately things still aren't coming together for the club on the offensive end of the field where they're still struggling to finish chances.
Since the rebranding of the KC Wizards to Sporting KC, the team has developed a rivalry with Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference. From preseason tackles by Roger Espinoza leading to benches clearing in 2011, to a Chris Wingert deserving a first minute sending off for a challenge on Kei Kamara in 2013 (Wingert was eventually sent off), to an MLS Cup match up between the two that saw KC come out on top in a 10 round penalty kick shootout.
The Union begin the season 0-2-2 but is there hope?
The Philadelphia Union have begun the season in the least ideal way possible, 0 wins, 2 ties and 2 losses. The Union could arguably have two wins but for calls that did not go their way. We've seen two red cards and multiple yellow cards in four games with one foul earning extended punishment.
If you thought Silviu Petrescu and Allen Chapman were bad, just wait...
PRO Referees - the refereeing organization who assigns referees for MLS matches - has released its weekly refereeing assignments. Allen Chapman, who refereed the Philadelphia Union's match against Real Salt Lake and called Maurice Edu for a penalty for fouling Luke Mulholland - who even admitted the call was wrong and it wasn't a penalty - isn't suspended yet.
Despite offering precious little threat in the attacking third, the Union came away with 3 goals at Rio Tinto. In the end, Allen Chapman stole the show, unfairly sending the Union back East with only a point to show for their efforts.
The Sons of Ben have voiced their displeasure with the recent officiating blunders that have affected the club.
The Philadelphia Union have been subject to several questionable calls by referees in their first two games of the 2015 MLS season. In week one against Colorado Rapids, there were the two potential penalty calls against Fernando Aristeguieta and Vincent Nogueira, the hand ball against Dillon Serna, and the red-card worthy play against Andrew Wenger.
Own goals, penalty kicks, and questionable refereeing. It was a very, very MLS kinda game.
The Philadelphia Union got off to a bit of a shaky start, not looking altogether composed during the first few minutes. The first card was shown to Olmes Garcia in the fourth minute for hitting a sliding Rais M'Bolhi in the face with a trailing leg.
Here's where you can watch the Union match this Saturday.
Watch the match at Rio Tinto
Hey if you can still go, flights were still available at the time of this writing from PHL to SLC for less than a grand round trip. Rio Tinto Stadium is really nice from the photos I've seen, and Branden Steinecker from Rancid wrote their (admittedly catchy) anthem "Believe"
if you're serious about going contact Kelly Delaney with the Sons of Ben Road Trips at kelly.
A score of 77 set the pace this round, as Cathedral SC led the way. Pedro Morales (VAN, $11.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points with an assist. Trailing him was Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $9.4), who assisted two goals en route to 12 points, while Jeff Larentowicz (CHI, $7.
I think it is fair to observe that most TFC fans tuned into the Sunday night game versus Real Salt Lake with defensive fears once they knew who were starting as the back four (Creavalle, Hagglund, Simonin and Morgan). Although both RSL goals were taking advantage of shoddy marking, it was not the TFC defensive norm for most of the game.
The Virginia midfielder has inked his first pro contract.
The Union have officially announced the signing of Eric Bird, the club's second selection in this year's SuperDraft.
Bird played all four years at the University of Virginia, starting the final three. Despite being more of a box-to-box midfielder, Bird chipped in his fair share of goals during his time as a Cavalier.