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Revolution COO responded to fan questions at revolutionsoccer.net yesterday. He had a lot of interesting things to say, covering topics like public transportation, media coverage, and potential branding opportunities, but of the utmost:

There were a number of questions about the stadium, and I’m happy to say there has been some progress since the last round of public questions on the topic.

Getting the team into a soccer stadium of its own remains a top priority for our organization. With the decision regarding the MBTA’s Green Line maintenance facility in Somerville in place, we have re-launched the process of examining that area as a stadium site. We were in a holding pattern for a bit while the city and MBTA worked out the details of the facility. During the next few months our architects and engineers will be studying the area to determine if it is possible to build a soccer stadium on that site given the footprint of the maintenance facility and other existing structures.

In the last few months, we have also begun studying three additional sites around Boston’s metro core. These sites may not have been available to us in the past, but have recently shown potential interest in having our stadium.

To date, we have invested more than $1 million dollars in exploring new soccer stadium options, in addition to the efforts of multiple people in our organization, so we’re pressing the issue. We’ve seen the impact that an urban soccer stadium has made and we are committed to creating that environment here in New England.

While folks are sure to be skeptical of anything coming right from the top, Bilello’s directly mentioning Somerville as the primary site of interest may give fans a bit more hope than in the past. That’s the spot everyone’s had their eyes on and it seems to be the spot they want.

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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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Jason Griffiths, the Revolution’s third round pick (48th overall) in this winter’s MLS SuperDraft, has finalized a deal with New England.

Griffiths appeared for New England in May’s exhibition match against Portugal’s Benfica after a week-long trial with the club. The England native is a 2010 graduate of the University of Kentucky, will provide further depth in the Revs’ midfield and fills one international roster spot. He joins Zack Schilawski, Seth Sinovic, and Zak Boggs as a 2010 draft pick on the current roster.

The team’s release after the jump.

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More bad news for the Revs: A setback has ended Taylor Twellman‘s 2010 MLS season and perhaps his Revolution career.

Twellman has not played this season and saw the field only twice in 2009 as he continues to recover from head and neck issues borne of a 2008 collision.

The press release from the Revolution:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution has placed forward Taylor Twellman on the team’s season-ending injury list with continued health issues stemming from an Aug. 30, 2008, in-game collision with former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin.

The decision to move Twellman to the season-ending list was made after he suffered a setback in his rehabilitation in mid-May. He last participated in a Revolution training session on Tuesday, May 18.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Taylor that this setback has ended his season,” Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns. “He was working hard to return to the field in 2010.”

“My goal from the start of this season was to be back on the field this year,” Twellman said. “I’m very disappointed that this setback has derailed that goal.”

Twellman had mentioned in an interview with RevolutionSoccer.net earlier this season that he planned to return to the field this season. His contract expires at the end of the 2010 campaign, leaving his future both with New England and in soccer at large very much up in the air.

Presently, the striker is providing World Cup coverage for Comcast SportsNet New England.

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With most of the soccer world’s attention rightfully directed at the World Cup, MLS fans prepare for their given team’s return to action this week.

The Revolution will meet the arch rival Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium Sunday night in its first match back from the World Cup break. In MLS play, the Revs pulled into the break 40% of the way through the season with an ugly 3-7-2 (11 points) record and were completely dreadful in an ugly 3-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders back on June 5. Since, the Revs also lost 3-0 in exhibition against Cruzeiro.

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According to the Revolution (who would know best), Steve Ralston will be re-donning his number 14 uniform. Sainey Nyassi will pick up number 17. No word yet on exactly how Ralston fits in — we don’t really have to worry, I suppose, for a few weeks — on the Revs’ current incarnation, but I doubt he’s coming back to ride the pine. The locker room presence angle is an important one, but I imagine he’ll see plenty of time on the field as well.

Sorry for so little coverage today (twenty hour work days warrant such acts, or lack thereof really, and it’s very tough to update a blog from a phone…) but we’ll have more on what this means for the Revs in the coming days. It might be World Cup season, but don’t stop coming by — we’ll have plenty of content during the season’s intermission.

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When the newish home of former Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston, second division AC St. Louis, folded recently, many speculated that perhaps the former captain, not to mention franchise (and MLS) leader in a number of statistical categories, may make his way back to New England. Many others laughed at the notion; Ralston, 35, didn’t leave the Revs on great terms, and questions remain as to what he has left in the tank.

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