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The Revs enter the second half trailing Chicago 1-0 and haven’t looked awful in the process. Second half thoughts as they occur…

  • Kenny Mansally replaces Zak Boggs in the midfield to start the second half. Mansally really needs to start showing what he’s got. We know he can have his flashes, but consistent quality has been lacking all season.
  • I told myself I wouldn’t write this tonight, but there’s nothing else to write and it’s just too glaring to avoid saying anyway: It is tough on the eyes to shift from catching 2+ World Cup games a day to MLS play.
  • Great stuff from Nyassi in the 61st minute. He couldn’t put the shot on target, but he was able to show some creativity in the attack leading to a shot, which shows some improvement on his usually too-straight ahead mindset.
  • Kheli Dube‘s been brought in for Tierney, further bolstering the attack.
  • Maybe a touch or two too much from Perovic after a Shalrie Joseph set-up just outside the top of the box gave him a pretty open look. After a couple dribbles, his bid was sent flying over the net.
  • I think people would like Nyassi a lot more if he wasn’t so quick. He can go from box to box with the ball in no time but it always just ends up seeming like such a waste of time. He could be so dangerous but he needs to develop a better last touch, both when passing and shooting.
  • Revs’ third round pick Jason Griffiths, signed just this week, comes in, marking his MLS debut. He’s on for Schilawski. Joseph takes a striker spot with Griffiths in the midfield.
  • A really bizarre, inexplicable offsides call? Ah, there’s that World Cup quality.
  • Dube puts a shot on net in the 84th minute. The striker’s still looking for his first goal of the season.
  • Pat Phelan‘s played really well tonight as a defensive midfielder. He was getting burned consistently before the break, but seems to have some fresh legs after taking two weeks off.
  • That’s full time. The Revs fall 1-0 to Chicago. They’re 3-8-2 now on the year.

    Back tomorrow with the write-up.

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Live first half updates from the New England Revolution’s tilt with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium…

  • Matt Reis collapses on the ball in the early 5th minute. Good for Reis to get his legs underneath him. It’s also just good to see him out there.
  • Gillette’s looking real empty tonight. I fear the attendance number.
  • A bit of a pinball game here. Lots of back and forth but little in the way of opportunity for either side. There’s not a whole lot of character to this match 23 minutes in.
  • A great delivery on a corner by Marko Perovic gave the Revs their best yet opportunity in the 24th when Zack Schilawski crashed the goal and got a good hard head on the ball, sending it just wide to the left.
  • The Fire answer in the 27th with their own best chance. Baggio Husidic got a header opportunity of his own and sent it looping just up over the goal. It’s unlikely that if he kept it down a few more inches Reis would have been unable to make the save.
  • Marco Pappa‘s long shot gives Chicago a 1-0 lead. That’s Pappa’s sixth goal in a breakout season. He was able to scoot his way around Shalrie Joseph and sent the blast past Reis, who was able to get a hand on it.
  • Schilawski again sent a good header just off net, this time on a Chris Tierney delivery in the 37th minute. His rookie season is absolutely the saving grace of the 2010 Revs’ season but the finish is missing tonight.

That’s the half. The Revs aren’t being outplayed but do find themselves trailing 1-0. I’ll be back for the second half.

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And here’s what the Revs will actually go with.

Reis

Tierney – Gibbs – Osei – Alston – Boggs – Joseph – Phelan – Nyassi – Perovic -Schilawski

It’s worth having Boggs in there as he’s one of few bright spots this season. I also am interested in seeing Perovic as a withdrawn striker. I guess we’ll see how Phelan does. He was looking pretty gassed before the break.

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I’m thinking Chris Tierney in a center-mid spot. No real changes otherwise (except for Matt Reis’s inclusion, of course).

Reis

Sinovic – Gibbs – Osei – Alston

Perovic – Tierney – Joseph – Nyassi

Dube – Schilawski

We’ll know for sure in about half an hour.

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A heartbroken US soccer fanbase shifts at least some of its attention back to its domestic product. It’s not going to be as pretty as the international game, but at least it gives them something to cheer for on the soccer field.

Not that Revs fans got to do a ton of cheering in the season’s opening weeks. Prior to the World Cup break, New England put up a 3-7-2 record. They’ll look to get to work on bettering that mark against Chicago on Sunday night.

Some notes, thoughts, and the like before this one gets started…

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Having been totally outplayed by Seattle in the first half, the Revs will return to the pitch facing a three goal deficit.

The good news? It’s going to take very little improvement for the Revolution to walk away with a moral victory.

Here are live thoughts and updates from the second half.

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Here are live thoughts and updates from the first half of tonight’s match between the New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders FC.

  • Interesting to see Kenny Mansally get the start tonight. Kheli Dube‘s been listed on the injury report all week, but it may have been a bit more tempting to start him if he’d been able to score during this campaign. Mansally has two goals, both scored off the bench during the Revs’ 2-0 victory over DC United. (more…)

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