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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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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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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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The Revolution look quite healthy heading into tomorrow night’s match against Seattle Sounders FC.

In particular, the backline seems to have some much needed fresh bodies available.

Having played the last few weeks with makeshift center backs in light of injuries to Darrius Barnes and Emmanuel Osei, and having used two players out of position last weekend when Cory Gibbs joined them on the bench, it will be a relief for many to see that these bodies are becoming much more able. Barnes remains listed on the injury report as out, but Osei is no longer listed at all and Gibbs has been upgraded to probable from questionable. Kevin Alston, who did not miss time, was listed as probable earlier in the week. He is no longer listed.

Lineup implications after the jump.

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Following Preston Burpo‘s suffering a season-ending leg injury Saturday night, Bobby Shuttleworth was forced suddenly into action against Red Bull New York. For the 23-year-old, the match marked his MLS debut. Shuttleworth had started the Revs’ US Open Qualifying match two and a half weeks earlier, which they lost 3-0 to the same Red Bull club, but had never seen the field in league play.

Shuttleworth would record the win while making the saves he was supposed to make over the match’s final 50+ minutes. While New England eagerly anticipates Matt Reis‘s return from offseason surgery, in the absence of both he and Burpo, Shuttleworth will be drawing at least one start as he’ll be in net this Saturday night against Seattle.

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