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A few heres and theres coming out of last night’s 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire…

  • Matt Reis started the game, making his 2010 MLS debut. Reis played the first half of the Revs’ exhibition against Cruzeiro back on June 13, but last night marked his return to league play. Reis missed the season’s first 12 matches after offseason rotator cuff and knee surgeries. Reis stopped 4 of 5 shots on goal but took the loss in the match.
  • Revs’ third round pick and recent signing Jason Griffiths made his MLS debut after coming on in the 81st minute. Griffiths did participate in the Revs’ exhibition against Portugal’s Benfica earlier this season when he was on trial with the club, but last night marked the English midfielder’s first league match. Griffiths gave some chippy defensive play in the match’s final ten minutes. Said Griffiths: “I was kind of nervous coming in losing 1-0 and I was expecting an attacking player to go on but it was great to get on. It was a disappointing score but the boys tried hard and we can push on for next week and get a good result.”
  • With Griffith replacing striker Zack Schilawski, Shalrie Joseph was pushed up top. Coach Steve Nicol explained: “When you’re getting into the last 10 minutes of the game and their sitting back and we’re getting desperate, we’re basically hoping Shalrie can get on the end of something.”

The Revolution are now 1-7-2 after a promising 2-1-0 start to the season.

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After watching the United States’ elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Ghana on Saturday, New England soccer fans shifted some of their attention back to the Revolution.

The last time they’d seen the Revs in MLS play, though, there was little to get excited about. Before the league went on hiatus to grant the Yanks center stage, Steve Nicol‘s club hit rock bottom after a 3-0 loss in Seattle wherein they were outshot 19-2.

In returning to action at Gillette Stadium, the Revs again fell – this time 1-0 to the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium – but did not look clueless in the process, at least.

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In hosting an international friendly against Brazil’s SC Cruzeiro at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution had two goals: to return Steve Ralston and Matt Reis to the field, and to not suffer any injuries.

Reis got the start and made two saves and gave up one goal against Brazil’s powerhouse crew, who would go on to defeat New England 3-0. He was replaced at halftime by Bobby Shuttleworth, who gave up two second half strikes. A source tells 6S1B that he looked comfortable in net and was moving well.

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With a seven game winless streak in the rear mirror after defeating the Red Bulls a week before and with a three week break from league play coming right before them, with captain Shalrie Joseph two weeks into his return from suspension and with star keeper Matt Reis dressed on the sidelines and nearly ready for a return of his own, with a 2-0 record against Seattle Sounders FC in 2009 and with the second year franchise struggling mightily to score goals in 2010 — yes, with all of these factors considered — there was reason for the New England Revolution to feel quite optimistic entering Saturday night’s match in the Pacific Northwest.

Ninety minutes later, though, all hope had evaporated.

Revs’ coach Steve Nicol was frank.

“There is nothing we can take away from this game that is positive,” he said.

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Saturday was a big night for the Revolution, who posted a 3-2 victory over New York. Some housekeeping to send us into the fresh week…

  • The Revolution managed to at last kill off a 9 game winless streak, which included 7 league matches. Since April 10, New England had gone 0-7-2 and 0-5-2 in MLS competition. Shalrie Joseph, instrumental in the victory, missed 8 of the 9 games, 7 of which were due to suspension for a positive test for marijuana. He was injured when the club took on the San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose. The Revolution have twice faced 7 game winless streaks and ultimately made the playoffs. In fact, the 2003 club that went to the Eastern

    Zack Schilawski is leading the Revs and MLS rookies in goals. Image: isiphotos.com

    Conference finals posted a 9 game drought (0-5-4) between July and August of 2003.

  • Zack Schilawski‘s 5th goal of 2010 puts him in a tie for 3rd in MLS and keeps him in the league lead amongst rookies. Joseph’s 3rd assist ties him for 9th in the league. This is, of course, remarkable given that Joseph has only played in 3 games. Joseph’s connections with Schilawski and Marko Perovic against New York are important for the Revs: each of the two he assisted are new this season to the club, and probably represent the its two best finishers (excepting, perhaps, Joseph himself). For Joseph to develop chemistry with each of them will go a long way towards the Revs’ success. (more…)

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by Adam Vaccaro

In hosting the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution experienced a night of highs and lows.

The highs? In his second match back from a five game suspension, captain Shalrie Joseph took full control of his club and led his team to victory. His presence on the field showed in his two assists and in his gathering the team in a circle to pick up the club’s morale after a five minute halt in play.

The reason for the halt doubles as the low. The Revs lost keeper Preston Burpo, Major League Soccer’s saves leader. And they didn’t lose him for a game or two. It is beyond unlikely that Burpo will see action again in 2010. His excellent season has all but come to an end.

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by Adam Vaccaro

After missing 8 matches – 6 of which were due to a leave of absence that is now being referred to by some as a suspension – Shalrie Joseph returned to the Revolution on Saturday afternoon against Toronto FC.

Joseph returned to the Revolution against Toronto FC.

And perhaps coincidentally, but probably not, New England entered yesterday’s match mired in an 8 game winless streak. Its last victory? A 4-1 thrashing of the same Toronto club at Gillette Stadium on April 10. Prior to yesterday, this was the only game Joseph had participated in this season.

So there was reasonable optimism amongst Revs fans as Joseph, sporting the Captain’s band and starting at a familiar central mid spot, led his team onto the field for the first time in a month and a half. As such, there was reasonable disappointment to match when the club walked off having fallen victim to a 1-0 defeat in Ontario and stretching the streak to 9 matches, 7 of which count in the MLS standings.

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