It's not often that the fourth games of the season are worthy of the "instant classic" designation.But Saturday's Revs-Earthquakes clash will probably go down as one of the more memorable early-seasonmatches we've seen in recent years.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The growing pains that have come with the Revolution's new center back pairing have been evident, and no one will refute that. But in Saturday's 2-1 win over San Jose, the Andrew Farrell-Jose Goncalves partnership showed noticeable improvement.
Three thoughts from the Revolution's first win of the season, which came at the expense of the Earthquakes in Saturday's 2-1 victory.
1. Rowe got the memo: Given that the Revolution came into Saturday afternoon's game with 35 shots, and nothing to show for it, the onus was on every attacking player to be more clinical in the attacking third.
The clear trend for hip, successful, front-running MLS clubs – almost always owned by young, heavily engaged owners – is to hire progressive American managers and rely heavily on systems, analytics and attractive soccer.
Gregg Berhalter in Columbus, Caleb Porter in Portland, Peter Vermes in Kansas City, Greg Vanney in Toronto, and even Jesse Marsch and Jason Kreis in New York's backwards MLS world, are all examples of this trend.
The Philadelphia Union Academy U-16 team finally got on the board with a pair of goals in a 2-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes in their final group game at the Generation Adidas Cup finals on Wednesday.
Raheem Taylor-Parkes scored in the 13th minute and Justin McMaster added what held up to be the game-winner in the 30th minute in a 2-1 win for the U-16 team over San Jose Earthquakes in the final Group C game of the Generation Adidas Cup finals in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday.
*Editor's note: For this week's edition of "Technically Speaking," we're trying out a Q & A format with our coach and former pro Rick Sewall to get his perspective on Saturday's match. Let us know what you think!
Were you surprised that, after countless golden opportunities were wasted by the Revs during the last two weeks, their first goal comes from a deflected shot?
New England Soccer Today photographers Chris Aduama (aduamaphotography.com) and Kari Heistad (capturedimages.biz) brings you the scenes from Saturday's 2-1 Revolution win over the Earthquakes at Gillette Stadium.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Kelyn Rowe put all the questions about the Revolution's scoring woes to bed with a blast that caromed off the forehead of Shaun Francis to give his club a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
Rowe's 21st minute goal ended New England's season-opening goal drought at 290 minutes, and paved the way for their first win of the season a win that was sealed by a second strike from Rowe in the 37th minute.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. Good afternoon from snowy Gillette Stadium, where the Revolution (0-0-2, 1 point) will hope that the fourth time is a charm for getting their first goal and first win of the season with the San Jose Earthquakes (2-1-0, 6 points) on tap. Kickoff is set for 3:00pm.
We've got yellow lines on the field, presumably because of the snow.
A look at the whoscored.com MLS Team of the Week shows that for the first time, two New England Revolution players made the Best X1 as Chris Tierney and Kelyn Rowe impressed in the Revs win over the San Jose Earthquakes at the weekend.
With his two goals I thought that Rowe had a chance for Player of the Week honors, but his performance was only the second best performance of week four as Sporting Kansas defender Ike Opara had an even better day in SKC's 1-0 win over New York City FC.
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.
With a full season ahead, is there confidence in Rais M'Bohli?
When the name Rais M'Bolhi is mentioned to Philadelphia Union fans, they don't immediately recall the shutout the goalkeeper recorded versus Houston on September 20 or the debut he made on August 24 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Sporting KC head on the road for the first time in the 2015 season as they've traveled to Dallas for their first match against a Western Conference opponent since their move back to the West this season. It'll be a familiar opponent for Kansas City though as the two MLS originals have met 49 times in the past, with KC leading the overall series 20-19-10.
In part 4 of our 2015 MLS Season Preview, we look at the Western Conference and which teams will battle the Portland Timbers for the postseason. While Los Angeles won the last MLS Cup and Seattle had the best record in the regular season in the West, there are six teams that could challenge them for success.
Another victory @The Cathedral of Football and still undefeated! Say it with me: This Is An Energy Drink!!! The High-Energy offense that Jesse Marsch has implemented has this "no-name bunch" flying. The DCU scum tied their game on Saturday, so the mighty New York Red Bulls are Top of The East mates - and with a game in hand.
Here's an opponentpreview from reader Martin Tomszak to tide you over until kick-off tomorrow at 6pm. The Earthquakes are opening their branding spankin' new digs at Avaya Stadium so the Fire will have yet another debut party to contend with in order to avoid to the club's first ever 0-3 start to a season.
Keeper. Goalie. Netminder. Last line of defense. First line of offense. Whatever you call the guys who go against everything we are taught in life and put their bodies in front of fast moving objects, here is a look at those wearing the orange in net for the Union in 2015.
Despite the jokes about how many goalkeepers the Union were planning to play at one time over the last 6 months or so, the Union went into the offseason with a log jam at the "#1" position, but are entering the opening weekend with a clear picture of who holds each role in the staff.