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The Revolution released today’s injury report minutes ago and guess what? It’s grown.

Add Darrius Barnes to the list of hurting Revs.

Already without Taylor Twellman, Matt Reis, Shalrie Joseph, Emmanuel Osei, and Mike Videira, the club will miss Darrius Barnes this week as well.  Barnes suffered a right foot sprain Saturday night against Columbus and was substituted out as a result.

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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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by Adam Vaccaro

For a full ninety minutes, the New England Revolution played what was to this point their best soccer of the season.

Unfortunately, they walked away without anything to show for it.

Robbie Rogers put a rebound shot off the top post and into the net in stoppage time to break a tie and put the still unbeaten Columbus Crew (now 3-0-2) ahead 3-2, erasing the effect of an inspired New England effort.

“I think for 91 or 92 minutes, we stuck to our game plan, we did our job and to be honest, this hurts a lot more than getting blown out,” said midfielder Pat Phelan.  “I think we deserved a point.”

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The Revs enter the second half of tonight’s match against the Columbus Crew tied at 2.  Both Revs goals come from surprise starter Zak Boggs.

  • The Revs are sticking with the same lineup to open the half.  It’ll be interesting to see what types of changes they may make later on.  They really need to keep five in the midfield – the improvement there tonight is beyond noticeable.
  • Kheli Dube has added some serious touch to his passes since the season’s first couple games.  He’s really starting to look a lot more useful than perhaps it seemed a month ago. (more…)

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Here are some running thoughts from the first half of the Revolutions’ match against the Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium.

  • The Revs lineup is an interesting one tonight in the absence Marko Perovic and Kevin Alston.  The 4-5-1 formation clogs the midfield, which is certainly a good thing given the troubles they’ve had in the area in Shalrie Joseph‘s absence.
  • Inside the first ten minutes, Seth Sinovic‘s play has stood out.  He’s twice slowed down Robbie Rogers on the wing and involved himself momentarily in the attacking third, which seems to be an increasing practice for the rookie defenseman.
  • After fifteen minutes, Columbus is starting to come alive.  They’ve gotten in the box twice in a matter of minutes and their pressure game is starting to show itself.
  • Preston Burpo, for his part, is taking this pressure head on thus far, rushing aggressively out of the net more than once now. (more…)

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Stay tuned to Six States, One Blog tonight as we provide live coverage and thoughts during tonight’s matchup against the unbeaten Columbus Crew.  This is a big, big match for the Revs.  Catch it on Fox Soccer Channel and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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