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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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Greetings, and welcome to Six States, One Blog’s coverage of tonight’s match at Gillette Stadium between the New England Revolution (2-5-1) and the San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-0).  The two teams met up previously on the west coast on April 17 of this season, which marked a 2-0 loss to the Revs.  It was the first in the Revs’ current string of 6 winless matches, which includes 5 league matches.

Some pregame thoughts:

  • The Revolution will be happy to see Marko Perovic, Cory Gibbs, and Kevin Alston back in the lineup.  Perovic played in Wednesday night’s US Open Cup qualifier but was missed in last Saturday’s loss to the Columbus Crew due to suspension.  Alston missed each of the last two.  Gibbs, meanwhile, went against Columbus but sat out Wednesday’s match.  It’s getting fair to say that it’s been a tough go of it this season for the club, but these three have been bright spots and to have them all back in time for further league play can only help New England.  That goes double for Alston and Gibbs, as the Revs finished off Wednesday’s match against New York without a natural defender on the field. (more…)

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By Ian Holliday

A recently acquired midfielder who has earned a regular starting role earns himself a silly red card and forces the team to finish the game shorthanded. Sound familiar? It’s the story of the last two New England Revolution games.

Just four days after having both Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky sent off against FC Dallas, the Revs saw Marko Perovic ejected in the 28th minute of their 4-0 loss to Chivas USA Wednesday night. Frustrated at the Goats’ Ben Zemanski pulling his jersey, Perovic swung his arms at the Chivas midfielder, catching him in the head and earning himself a straight red.

“The sending off just killed us,” said coach Steve Nicol. “You can’t play men down.”

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Tonight marks — aside from Cinco de Mayo — the finale of the Revolution’s three game homestand and the club’s second of eight matches in the month of May.  The Revolution will again be without captain Shalrie Joseph, and will be missing some of the depth that could conceivably be helping in his void as well.  Some thoughts with the match set to start at 7:30 at Gillette Stadium:

-With Joseph Niouky suspended due to the red card he drew on Saturday night against FC Dallas, Mike Videira would have been a solid guy to play in his spot (some observers would argue that he’d be a better fit regardless, but I digress).  Videira, though, will not participate in tonight’s match either; he is listed as out with an ankle injury.  I’m expecting that we’ll see Marko Perovic slide over to that spot instead, and that Chris Tierney will take back the left wing spot he filled earlier in the season.  Then again, with Kevin Alston questionable due to an illness, we may see coach Steve Nicol go with something in the 3-5-2 vein.  “We have no choice,” Nicol told MLSsoccer.com‘s Kyle McCarthy. “We’ve got to be creative. We’ll just sort ourselves out.”

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1. No Shalrie, Get Used to It

The Revolution will face a winless, though dangerous Dallas squad this Saturday, and will have  to contend with an attack lead by Jeff Cunningham and Atiba Harris sans perennial Best XI midfielder and captain, Shalrie Joseph. While its early to call the situation desperate, the Revs are in strong need of a win following lackluster losses to San Jose and Colorado. Joseph’s absence will not only be felt on defense, but in the attack as well. Joseph tied Kheli Dube for the club’s leading goal scorer in 2009, and his absence last week illustrated that the Revolution are very inept at possessing the ball when he is not in the lineup. Pat Phelen has proven a competent holding midfielder since joining the Revolution two seasons ago, but has not shown the soccer IQ, and proficiency  in passing that Shalrie has. Joseph Niouky has also been a favorite of Nicol this season, and though competent in breaking up opponents attacks, he has yet to show any real skill or threat on the attacking end. I believe that Saturday is a prime situation for Nicol to start Mike Videira. Videira has shown tremendous skill on the ball, and a mind to play attacking soccer. Though he’s not as defense minded as Niouky, with the Revs playing at home  I would hope that Nicol would put an aggressive squad on the pitch and coach to win the game.

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Is Jankauskas ready to go in 2010?

by Adam Vaccaro

Revs striker Edgaras Jankauskas has been participating heavily in training this week.  On Tuesday, he was listed as a full participant, and on Wednesday, the Lithuanian striker assisted on a nifty play in an 8-on-8 scrimmage.

Through only four matches, it’s tough to really gauge the Revs’ offensive attack.  Five of the club’s six goals come from two players, one of whom has seen very little playing time this season (Kenny Mansally, who scored two against DC United in the match’s second half).  Rookie forward Zack Schiwalski is responsible for three more, all recorded within fourteen minutes of the Revs’ 4-1 victory over Toronto FC.  Aside from the small number of scorers, the season’s sample size at large is still far too small to make any claims.

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