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It was an unusual week for the Revolution, from Monday’s big-news beginning to the very tense match that closed it out.  Let’s run through it real quick, story by story.

The Revs’ tumultuous week got started almost immediately following the club’s 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday night.  Before lunchtime on Monday, it was announced that captain Shalrie Joseph was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the club.  Speculation ran rampant immediately as reasons for the leave were not — and of yet, have not — been announced, but very early Wednesday morning, Frank Dell’Apa reported for Boston.com that the midfielder had left to take part in MLS’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.  We still have no further information and the club has not commented on this report, but Joseph’s teammates have acknowledged that he has problems to deal with, essentially verifying a very respected journalist’s report.

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by Adam Vaccaro

Having played the final 22 minutes of last night’s match against FC Dallas down two men — and the final 39 down at least one — the New England Revolution were happy to walk away with one point, drawing the Hoops by a score of 1-1.

Kheli Dube, who assisted on New England’s lone goal, and Joseph Niouky were both handed red cards in the match’s second half when the contest started getting a bit chippy.  Holding on for the draw is indicative of just how badly the club did not want to miss out on that point, and perhaps of how much New England needed it.

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Here are some running thoughts from the Revs’ second half against FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium.

  • The Revs switched to a 4-5-1 in the second half, with Khano Smith in for the Revs’ first half goal scorer, Zack Schilawski.  I’m into anything with 5 midfielders, but I’m not really into Smith.  We’ll see how it goes.
  • In the early going, Dallas continues to put pressure on the Revs.  No doubt, they’re outplaying New England.  The Revs are lucky to have the lead.
  • A red for Kheli Dube on that?  I’m going to call that a bit of an overcall.  It was a hard challenge, but the gameplay was rough in the mid-fifty minutes.  That seems a bit harsh.  It’s like giving a ticket to someone going 70 when everyone else is going 75.  Steve Nicol is rightly upset. (more…)

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Here are some thoughts from the first half  of the Revolution’s match against FC Dallas.  The Revs lead 1-0 at the half.  This is the first time in the 2010 season that the club takes a lead into the half.

  • Zack Schilawski scores again!  The rookie striker’s fourth goal came late in the half and was a pretty one off a cross from Kheli Dube following a terrible misplay by FC Dallas’s veteran goaltender Dario Sala.  Dube and Schilawski were amongst the club’s few bright spots this half and were much more involved on the attack than they have been of late, so it’s fitting that they’re responsible for the 1-0 lead despite poor team play. (more…)

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We’re less than two hours from the start of tonight’s match.  The Revolution are hosting FC Dallas at Gillette Stadium.  Some thoughts as the match approaches:

-This will be the first of 8 (and as many as 9) games the Revolution will play this month.  The party line is that the club will approach the challenge with a one-game-at-a-time mindset, but certainly getting off to a strong start in tackling the busy schedule would be a boost for the Revs as they enter what will tie for the busiest month in team history.

-The Revs are 0-4-1 in their last five matches against Western Conference foes.  This run goes back into last season and includes all three of the team’s losses this season (@LA Galaxy, @San Jose Earthquakes, vs Colorado Rapids).  Without a victory thus far, FC Dallas presents something of an opportunity to break out of this slump against foes d’oueste, but the consensus is that they have played much better than their record shows.

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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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With the 2010 MLS season’s starting weeks having come and gone, the New England Revolution prepare for a very challenging month of May wherein they will play 8 games over a period of 29 days.

So far this season, the club’s five games have been separated by a week a piece, with each occurring on Saturday night.  This month, the separation will be cut in half as the Revs take to the pitch once every 3.63 days.

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