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5 Pressing Questions for Revs

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With another disappointing season in the books, the questions surrounding the Revolution this offseason are plentiful, to say the least. But some are more pressing than others, and with that in mind, we take a look at the five most urgent.

1) Who will be the coach next season?

Twellman & Ralston Belong in the Hall

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On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer announced that Kasey Keller, Sigi Schmid and the late Glenn "Mooch" Myernick had been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. All three have the resumes to warrant the honor, without question. But they should've been accompanied by former Revolution stars Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman as part of the Hall's 2015 class.

Revs Well-Represented on HOF Ballot

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No fewer than four candidates with connections to the New England Revolution appeared on the 2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot, which was released on Thursday.

Revolution owner/operator Robert Kraft is on the Builder Ballot, while general manager and former defender Michael Burns is on the Veteran Ballot.

Ralston Resigns from HOU Post; SJ Next Destination?

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Former Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston resigned from his post as Houston Dynamo assistant coach on Wednesday, and is expected to reunite with Dominic Kinnear in San Jose.

Ralston, who was hired by Houston in July 2010, was one of two coaches who declined to return to the Dynamo staff for 2015.

New England Revolution

5 Revs players that should pull a Landon Donovan

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You know Ralston can still serve a good ball.

He's back, folks.

In what could be the least surprising MLS news ever, Landon Donovan has decided to unretire and rejoin the LA Galaxy. It's an interesting move that got us thinking about which New England Revolution legends should consider pulling an LD.

Lilly, Ralston Among 9 Newcomers on Nat’l HOF Ballot

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Longtime U.S. Women's National Team midfielder Kristine Lilly and former New England Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston are among nine first-time nominees on this year's National Soccer Hall of Fame ballot, which was released on Thursday.

"The National Soccer Hall of Fame class for 2014 will certainly be a stellar one," said Hank Steinbrecher, Chairman of the Hall of Fame's Board of Directors, in a statememt.

Revolution Revisited: Extras

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Revolution defender Jay Heaps takes the ball up the field in a 2002 game against D.C. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Revolution Revisited: Adin Brown

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Revolution goalkeeper Adin Brown was instrumental to the team's success in 2002, making a series of dazzling saves en route to the MLS Cup finals. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

Revolution Revisited: Steve Ralston

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Steve Ralston, seen here taking on Galaxy defender Alexi Lalas, racked up 19 assists to help lead the Revolution to an improbable MLS Cup run in 2002. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Note: In 2002, the New England Revolution went from a team in turmoil to a collection of players on the cusp of bringing the franchise their first championship – all within the course of 35 games.

USA vs. Mexico: MLS-Heavy Roster Still Features No Revs

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The Unites States Men's National Team is playing a "friendly" against Mexico on Wednesday night at the Azteca. The USMNT has never beaten Mexico in Mexico, and frankly they don't draw much there, either. The last trip was during World Cup qualifying in 2009, and the US dropped a 2-1 result.

Steve Ralston Captains The New England Revolution All-Decade Team

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Who feels like analyzing why we lost to the Montreal Impact this past weekend? Not me. It's depressing.

Instead, let us together reflect on better times in club history like the 2000s where the New England Revolution were perennial playoff powerhouses, won US Open Cup, Superliga and made repeated playoff runs.

A New Chapter Awaits

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With Shalrie Joseph gone, the Revolution hope they can use the move to find the next centerpiece of their franchise. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

Since the 2003 season, Shalrie Joseph has been the foundation for the New England Revolution. A second round pick in 2002 out of St. John's University (NY), Joseph became one of Major League Soccer's best central midfielders.

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Fire

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Revolution left back Chris Tierney is going to be counted upon to thwart Chicago's quick-strike counterattack. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Five years and 27 days. That's how long it's been since the Revolution have won a regular season game against the Fire.

Although it's easy to recall the days of Steve Ralston and Taylor Twellman battling Justin Mapp and Cuauhtemoc Blanco, let's not forget one sobering stat: in their last 10 against the Revolution, the Fire own a 7-0-3 record.

Bentley Would Be Good Fit

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Should the Revs seek to acquire David Bentley on loan? (Photo: Sean Donahue/New England Soccer Today)

Tottenham winger David Bentley is looking to join Major League Soccer on loan and the New England Revolution would be wise to try to get him.

The 27-year-old English midfielder, who once garnered comparisons to David Beckham, could be a perfect short-term fit for the Revolution despite his recent struggles to regain form.

Revolution Pass On Monsef Zerka, Show Zero Ambition

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Our friends over at New England Soccer Today are once again flexing their muscles and showing off their superior sources, and today's piece does not disappoint. Few people were probably expecting Monsef Zerka to return this season, but most were operating under the assumption that the front office was at least making some attempt to bring him back at a reduced salary.

Zerka Not Returning

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Monsef Zerka may be the closest the New England Revolution has come to replacing the consistency of Steve Ralston on the wings, but the Moroccan won't be returning to the team in 2012. New England Soccer Today has learned the 30-year-old winger is not in the team's plans this season.

Monsef Zerka tallied two goals and an assist in seven games for the Revs in 2011.

Grading the Draft

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Tyler Polak could fill the Revs need at left back. (Photo Credit: Andy Mead / MLSsoccer.com)

With the 2012 MLS SuperDraft now in the books, the writers at New England Soccer Today handed out their grades for the New England Revolution's 2012 draft performance. The Revs selected UCLA midfielder Kelyn Rowe with the third overall pick and Creighton defender Tyler Polak with the 22nd overall pick.

If History Holds, Six Players Here Will Make the World Cup Roster

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With 2012 marking the beginning of the USA's FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the players here hoping to make a big impression, we decided to look back at the January camp roster from this time in the previous two cycles to see if there is any forecasting to be done on how many players will actually reach the World Cup.

All I want for Christmas… (2012 Edition)

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Ho ho ho! Continuing a new tradition started last year, the writers at New England Soccer Today gathered around the fireplace, munched on gingerbread cookies and compiled this Revolution Christmas list with cheer.

A dangerous winger (Brian) The mid-season signing of Monsef Zerka gave New England the cultured winger it lacked since the retirement of Steve Ralston.

All I want for Christmas… (2012 Edition)

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Ho ho ho! Continuing a new tradition started last year, the writers at New England Soccer Today gathered around the fireplace, munched on gingerbread cookies and compiled this Revolution Christmas list with cheer.

A dangerous winger (Brian) The mid-season signing of Monsef Zerka gave New England the cultured winger it lacked since the retirement of Steve Ralston.

The Search for a New Leader: The Candidates

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As Revolution president Brian Bilello's self-imposed 7 day deadline approaches, we here at The Bent Musket wanted to take a look at a few of the "serious" names on the short list of possible candidates. With Paul Mariner re-upping his contract with Toronto FC (amazingly, Mariner re-signed almost IMMEDIATELY after meeting with the Revs) New England was left with only a few truly solid choices that made sense, followed by quite a few question marks.

The Search for a New Leader: The Candidates

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As Revolution president Brian Bilello's self-imposed 7 day deadline approaches, we here at The Bent Musket wanted to take a look at a few of the "serious" names on the short list of possible candidates. With Paul Mariner re-upping his contract with Toronto FC (amazingly, Mariner re-signed almost IMMEDIATELY after meeting with the Revs) New England was left with only a few truly solid choices that made sense, followed by quite a few question marks.

Dare To Dream: Ray Hudson To The Revs!

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Brian Bilello's announced seven-day window from the time of his conference call until the naming of a new head coach is winding to a close, and so far we've learned a few things about the Revolution's quest:

  • There were around a dozen candidates identified and interviewed
  • Jimmy Conrad announced, to no one in particular, that he was not interested in the job because he hated football lines and had too much respect for Steve Nicol
  • Paul Mariner, Steve Ralston, Jay Heaps, and Brian Bliss are definitely among the candidates
  • Paul Mariner ruled himself out immediately after interviewing, accepting a 2-year extension with Toronto
  • The candidates were gleaned from a diverse array of backgrounds, with MLS and non-MLS experience throughout

It's probably a little late, but I'd like to take this opportunity to put forward my number-one, most prized candidate for the job.

Revolution Coaching Search: Ralston, Smith, Mariner the Top Candidates

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When the New England Revolution announced that they were "parting ways" with Steve Nicol a couple weeks back, speculation on his impending replacement began almost immediately. The organization assured the public that the search was going to start right away, and by all accounts it has. Names have been tossed around, rumors have swirled, but at the end of the day, we still aren't sure.

Frank Lampard

Zac thanks fans, Union home dates leaked ahead of today’s schedule release, Gerrard announcement today, more

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Zac MacMath thanks Union fans after loan announcement. 2015 schedule due to be released today. Gerrard signing expected today. Latest moves from across the league including Lagerwey as GM at Seattle and report that Red Bulls have fired Mike Petke. More.

Union bits, Lampard follies, Gerrard’s future, more

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Curtin happy to be ambassador for the game locally, doesn't need the soccer haters. Fall out from the Lampard news. Will Steven Gerrard's next stop be MLS? More.

Landon Donovan

Legend Out: Donovan To Retire at Season’s End

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Less than 24 hours after he scored the game-winner in Wednesday's All-Star Game, Landon Donovan made the stunning announcement on Thursday that he will retire at the end of the season.

As the face of MLS for over a decade, Donovan, 32, will end his career as the league's all-time leading goalscorer (138) and second to only former Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston in the assist department (124).

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

Santa Fe says it has 40% stake in Valdes’ rights, College Cup, MLS player movement, more

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Latest on the Carlos Valdes situation. Notre Dame wins College Cup at PPL Park. Lots of player moves and rumors in MLS. More WC stadium deaths. More news.

Colorado Rapids

Rapids News and Notes - December 3rd 2011

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Sorry I went AWOL on everyone (which I'm guessing is about 5 readers at this point in the offseason ;)) for a few days, stomach flu sucks. A couple of interesting news items came out this week.
  • Colorado declined the options on Miguel Comminges, Danny Earls, Steven Emory, and Michael Holody.
Holody's 3 years of service means he's eligible to be selected by other MLS teams in next week's re-entry drafts.

Coaching Search, Week 2

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First of all, Colin Clarke's name has been floated in some circles as a possible candidate, but he just accepted the Carolina Railhawks job, so we can rule him out.
Today Jeff Plush did an interview with ColoradoRapids.com that lays out what they're looking for in a coaching search, and a bit about what happened with Gary Smith.

The Rest

Should Revolution hire a club legend as next head coach?

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Share your thoughts in today's open thread.

The last time the Revolution hired a head coach, Diego Fagundez had yet to celebrate his 17th birthday and Andrew Farrell still played for the Louisville Cardinals. Fast forward six years, and the Revs have a coaching vacancy once more.

Immediately after reports surfaced that New England had parted ways with Jay Heaps, speculation began about who would fill the void.

Is Steve Ralston one of FCD’s Three Finalists?

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Much like the modus operandi of Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels across town in Arlington, the FC Dallas organization has for the most part done a solid job of keeping their business off the street during their current coaching search, which reached the 60-day mark on Wednesday.

During a Tuesday afternoon conference call, FCD technical director Fernando Clavijo stated that the club has settled on three finalists and that longtime Dallas assistant Marco Ferruzzi, who has been serving as the interim head coach since season's end, is among those finalists.

U.S. Marksmen v. Mexico

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Three players on the current U.S. roster have scored against Mexico, two of them in magnificent wins in World Cup qualifying.
DaMarcus Beasley converted a clever free kick play and curled a shot past Oswaldo Sanchez to deliver the U.S. the second of its three consecutive 2-0 wins at home in World Cup qualifying.

Appearances and Minutes vs Tampa Bay

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Here's the appearance and minutes for Sporting KC against the now defunct Tampa Bay. Kansas City only played the Mutiny in league play so I'll avoid the all competitions, cause it is the same.

Here's appearances against Tampa.

1. Mo Johnston - 14
2. Matt McKeon - 11
Uche Okafor - 11
Preki - 11
Sean Bowers - 11
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The Gillette Turf Monster: It's Time for Grass

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As I sit here typing, my left knee elevated, blanketed in ice as I rehab another torn ACL by way of playing soccer on turf, I wonder what it will take before MLS HQ realizes this game needs to be played on grass. I've played soccer for years on grass with no injury. I played one season on indoor turf which was abruptly cut short by a torn ACL.

Will Gaven beat Ralston’s minutes played – Power 5 Breakable Records – Numerology Week

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Steve Ralston holds the record for most minutes played by an outfield player with over 33,000. At 25, Eddie Gaven has just under 20,000 is primed to take over.

U.S. Bunch Opens Knockout Stage of Europa League

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U.S. forward Jozy Altidore and his AZ Alkmaar side topped Sacha Kljestan and RSC Anderlecht 1-0 on Thursday in Europa League play.

U.S. Men's National Team and AZ Alkmaar forward Jozy Altidore found the win column as AZ Alkmaar defeated midfielder Sacha Kljestan's RSC Anderlecht 1-0 on Thursday in the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Open Future Friday - Jet packs and Draft picks

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With all the MLS SuperDraft chatter that this the next Taylor Twellman and that player being the next Steve Ralston it helps me think about hopeful visions of the future. In sports the Draft, the Minors and Academies give eternal hope that any player can become the next big thing.

Dom and Steve head to Glasgow

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Apparently, Kofi Sarkodie and Will Bruin are not the only members of the Houston Dynamo across the pond these days. Take a close look at that picture yesterday from Celtic's 1-0 win over Hearts of Midlothian at Celtic Park. Reeeaalllll....Clooooosseeee.

See it? No? Well, then, check out this link right here.