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The New England Revolution peaked at third in ESPN’s SoccerNet Power Rankings after their 4-1 victory over Toronto FC on April 10.

Since, the club has not won a match and their position in Jeff Carlisle‘s weekly MLS ladder reflects this downward spiral, now a month long.  They are now ranked 14th out of the club’s 16 teams.

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It’s been a rough start, but there are reasons to feel good about this Revs team.

By Ian Holliday

Last night’s 3-2 loss to Columbus was the Revolution’s eighth match of the season, which means the team has already played more than one quarter of its 2010 MLS schedule. Obviously, things haven’t gone exactly as planned for the Revs thus far. Seven points from eight matches puts the team on pace for a decidedly bad season, one that would end with the Revs out of the playoffs for the first time in 9 years. There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about this Revolution team: injuries, card suspensions, a general lack of quality — particularly in the midfield, and the inexperience of youth, to name a few. We all know what’s wrong, and we all have our ideas about how we’d like to fix it. That’s another column for another day (or perhaps, my first column from a week ago).

Today’s column is about what’s going right with this Revolution team, the optimistic take on this rough start.

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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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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

Coach Steve Nicol will lead the Revolution into the upcoming homestand.

Following their second straight loss in California, it’s sure to come as a relief to the New England Revolution that their next three matches will take place in Foxborough.  Over the course of the next two and a half weeks, the Revs will play host to the Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, and Chivas USA, in that order.

Thus far, New England (2-2-0) has played only one home match, wherein they dominated Toronto FC by a score of 4-1 before an electric home crowd.  The schedule has not been kind to the club, though, having already sent it to twice to the west coast where both losses were recorded.  And it won’t get much easier following the homestand, either; this is the only three game stay the Revs will see this year and one of only four sets of back-to-back home games.

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