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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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Live first half updates from the New England Revolution’s tilt with the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium…

  • Matt Reis collapses on the ball in the early 5th minute. Good for Reis to get his legs underneath him. It’s also just good to see him out there.
  • Gillette’s looking real empty tonight. I fear the attendance number.
  • A bit of a pinball game here. Lots of back and forth but little in the way of opportunity for either side. There’s not a whole lot of character to this match 23 minutes in.
  • A great delivery on a corner by Marko Perovic gave the Revs their best yet opportunity in the 24th when Zack Schilawski crashed the goal and got a good hard head on the ball, sending it just wide to the left.
  • The Fire answer in the 27th with their own best chance. Baggio Husidic got a header opportunity of his own and sent it looping just up over the goal. It’s unlikely that if he kept it down a few more inches Reis would have been unable to make the save.
  • Marco Pappa‘s long shot gives Chicago a 1-0 lead. That’s Pappa’s sixth goal in a breakout season. He was able to scoot his way around Shalrie Joseph and sent the blast past Reis, who was able to get a hand on it.
  • Schilawski again sent a good header just off net, this time on a Chris Tierney delivery in the 37th minute. His rookie season is absolutely the saving grace of the 2010 Revs’ season but the finish is missing tonight.

That’s the half. The Revs aren’t being outplayed but do find themselves trailing 1-0. I’ll be back for the second half.

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And here’s what the Revs will actually go with.

Reis

Tierney – Gibbs – Osei – Alston – Boggs – Joseph – Phelan – Nyassi – Perovic -Schilawski

It’s worth having Boggs in there as he’s one of few bright spots this season. I also am interested in seeing Perovic as a withdrawn striker. I guess we’ll see how Phelan does. He was looking pretty gassed before the break.

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I’m thinking Chris Tierney in a center-mid spot. No real changes otherwise (except for Matt Reis’s inclusion, of course).

Reis

Sinovic – Gibbs – Osei – Alston

Perovic – Tierney – Joseph – Nyassi

Dube – Schilawski

We’ll know for sure in about half an hour.

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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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