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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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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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Niouky’s mystery

Earlier today, Boston’s pro soccer Examiner LE Eisenmenger published this summary of the mysteries surrounding Joseph Niouky. Regular readers know how I feel about Niouky’s play this season, but this column emphasizes just how very bizarre his young Revolution career really has been.

An excerpt:

That February story notes that, “Desire is a bit of a mystery.” In June 2010, he’s still a mystery, right down to his apparent name change and exactly how he was selected. “Luckily for the Revolution,”states that article, “the only person who has seen Desire play firsthand is a man who knows a thing or two about scouting soccer talent. Head coach Steve Nicol unearthed Desire on an offseason scouting trip to Senegal, and was sufficiently impressed to offer the central midfielder a contract.” Really? Is that all it takes to get a job as an international starting central midfielder in MLS?

Check it out, it’s good stuff.

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Last words (thankfully) from the New England-Seattle laugher.

  • Joseph Niouky was shown his fifth caution of the season in the second half last night and will be suspended for a match. Niouky’s already missed one game after having been shown a red against FC Dallas earlier this season. The first-year midfielder will not dress at home against the Chicago Fire on June 27. With his five yellow cards, Niouky is tied with Toronto FC’s Martin Saric for the most in the league (though Niouky’s done it in one less contest). (more…)

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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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The New England Revolution returned to training this morning as the club prepares for its first Wednesday night match of the year, when it will play host to Chivas USA.

The Goats come into New England with a record identical to the Revs at 2-3-1.  They are coming off of a surprising draw against the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

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by Adam Vaccaro

Having played the final 22 minutes of last night’s match against FC Dallas down two men — and the final 39 down at least one — the New England Revolution were happy to walk away with one point, drawing the Hoops by a score of 1-1.

Kheli Dube, who assisted on New England’s lone goal, and Joseph Niouky were both handed red cards in the match’s second half when the contest started getting a bit chippy.  Holding on for the draw is indicative of just how badly the club did not want to miss out on that point, and perhaps of how much New England needed it.

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