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Following last Sunday’s embarrassment at the hands of Seattle, it may have seemed quite appealing to just shift focus to the World Cup and/or the NBA Finals and forget that New England had a soccer club for a few weeks.

The Revs will, however, take the field today in a friendly against Brazil’s SC Cruzeiro. This could do the club well before it takes the next two weeks off as it will provide the opportunity to try and get things together. Matt Reis and Steve Ralston are both expected to make their 2010 debut in the exhibition. Reis has been overcoming a couple of offseason surgeries and at last will get back in goal for New England. Ralston was just this past week re-signed and should slot in to a central midfield role.

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Some thoughts and notes as we look forward to tonight’s match between the New England Revolution and Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field:

  • The New England Revolution will happily put May in the rear-view mirror as their season continues forth into its third full month. The Revs wrapped up their hectic month — tied for the busiest in club history, featuring eight matches — without much to be pleased with having gone 1-5-2 in the stretch (1-3-2 in league play). Last Saturday’s finale, though, saw the club play well in defeating the Red Bulls. The strong play of Shalrie Joseph following his return from suspension and the roster’s suddenly finding itself getting much healthier provide an air of optimism going into June that may not otherwise be expected for a club fresh off a seven game winless streak. (more…)

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We’re less than two hours from the start of tonight’s match.  The Revolution are hosting FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium.  Some thoughts as the match approaches:

-This will be the first of 8 (and as many as 9) games the Revolution will play this month.  The party line is that the club will approach the challenge with a one-game-at-a-time mindset, but certainly getting off to a strong start in tackling the busy schedule would be a boost for the Revs as they enter what will tie for the busiest month in team history.

-The Revs are 0-4-1 in their last five matches against Western Conference foes.  This run goes back into last season and includes all three of the team’s losses this season (@LA Galaxy, @San Jose Earthquakes, vs Colorado Rapids).  Without a victory thus far, FC Dallas presents something of an opportunity to break out of this slump against foes d’oueste, but the consensus is that they have played much better than their record shows.

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An update to the notes posted moments ago: According to the Revs’ twitter account, Darrius Barnes is indeed getting the start.  He is replacing Emmanuel Osei, who is said to have a left foot contusion.

This will be Barnes’s first start of the season after having had the distinction of playing every minute of every game as a rookie in 2009.  He’ll be manning his familiar center back position, with Cory Gibbs backing him up and Seth Sinovic and Kevin Alston flanking him.

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Here are some heres and theres with the Revs’ match against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium just moments away from commencing.

  • As expected, Pat Phelan is getting the start in place of Sharlie Joseph.
  • Marko Perovic is getting his first start with the Revolution.  He’ll be playing striker alongside last week’s hero, Zack Schilawski.  Kheli Dube sits.
  • Otherwise, the Revs’ lineup remains the same as last week.  This means that Darrius Barnes is still on the bench to start this match.
  • Schilawski and Ike Opara will be meeting for the first time as opponents.  The two rookies, both first round picks, played together at Wake Forest. Opara is expected to be asked to contain Schilawski; this should make for a solid subplot.
  • The Red Bulls have won and the Wizards have lost already tonight.  A victory for New England tonight would keep them atop the Eastern Conference, tied with New York.
  • The Revs victory in San Jose last season was their first in the city since 2000.  For Steve Nicol‘s club, this hopefully was not an aberration.
  • A reminder: Comcast SportsNet is broadcasting the Celtics.  The Revs will be on alternate channels throughout New England, listed here.

Enjoy the match!

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