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With Preston Burpo's season all but over, Matt Reis's return becomes a focal point.

by Adam Vaccaro

Just moments before Preston Burpo suffered what’s been termed by the Revolution as a lower leg fracture while aggressively defending his net from New York’s Dane Richards, the Revolution’s broadcast booth was gushing with praise for the keeper.

“To me, he’s the MVP so far,” said color analyst Jay Heaps.

Heaps and Brad Feldman supplemented their praise with speculation. Burpo, acquired alongside Cory Gibbs over the winter in a trade with the Colorado Rapids, was brought on-board to fill in while the New England’s long-time star keeper Matt Reis recovered from two offseason surgeries.

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Saturday was a big night for the Revolution, who posted a 3-2 victory over New York. Some housekeeping to send us into the fresh week…

  • The Revolution managed to at last kill off a 9 game winless streak, which included 7 league matches. Since April 10, New England had gone 0-7-2 and 0-5-2 in MLS competition. Shalrie Joseph, instrumental in the victory, missed 8 of the 9 games, 7 of which were due to suspension for a positive test for marijuana. He was injured when the club took on the San Jose Earthquakes in San Jose. The Revolution have twice faced 7 game winless streaks and ultimately made the playoffs. In fact, the 2003 club that went to the Eastern

    Zack Schilawski is leading the Revs and MLS rookies in goals. Image: isiphotos.com

    Conference finals posted a 9 game drought (0-5-4) between July and August of 2003.

  • Zack Schilawski‘s 5th goal of 2010 puts him in a tie for 3rd in MLS and keeps him in the league lead amongst rookies. Joseph’s 3rd assist ties him for 9th in the league. This is, of course, remarkable given that Joseph has only played in 3 games. Joseph’s connections with Schilawski and Marko Perovic against New York are important for the Revs: each of the two he assisted are new this season to the club, and probably represent the its two best finishers (excepting, perhaps, Joseph himself). For Joseph to develop chemistry with each of them will go a long way towards the Revs’ success. (more…)

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by Adam Vaccaro

In hosting the New York Red Bulls at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution experienced a night of highs and lows.

The highs? In his second match back from a five game suspension, captain Shalrie Joseph took full control of his club and led his team to victory. His presence on the field showed in his two assists and in his gathering the team in a circle to pick up the club’s morale after a five minute halt in play.

The reason for the halt doubles as the low. The Revs lost keeper Preston Burpo, Major League Soccer’s saves leader. And they didn’t lose him for a game or two. It is beyond unlikely that Burpo will see action again in 2010. His excellent season has all but come to an end.

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The Revolution enter tonight’s second half with a 2-1 lead over New York. New England suffered a major injury and will miss goalie Preston Burpo in the second half, but the players will need to keep their focus if they want to record their first victory since April 10.

A quick note: I haven’t been called out on it yet, but it needs to be said. In the first half I wrote that the replay of the play that resulted in Burpo’s injury didn’t look too bad to me. I clearly wasn’t looking hard enough. Having seen the ankle dangle as it did upon another viewing makes me wish I hadn’t seen it. Apologies to Burpo and to you all for missing that earlier.

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Here are some running thoughts from the first half of tonight’s match pitting the New England Revolution against Red Bull New York at Gillette Stadium.

  • A great ball in in the second minute from Pat Phelan set up Shalrie Joseph. Joseph put a head on the ball and sent it wide left. Already, each team has had a scoring opportunity.
  • The Red Bulls are applying quite a bit of pressure in the first five minutes. The Revs are going to need to get their act together in their own end. (more…)

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The Revolution’s lineup for tonight’s match is interesting. The club is indeed switching back to its 4-4-2 formation, and Joseph Niouky will be filling in for the injured Cory Gibbs on the back line. Chris Tierney will be plugged into the center-mid spot that Niouky has occupied most of the season, which puts him in, I believe, his 7th position of the season.

Here’s the lineup:

Burpo

Sinovic, Phelan, Niouky, Alston

Perovic, Joseph (c), Tierney, Nyassi

Schilawski, Dube

There were a questions of how the Revs would handle Gibbs’s absence and this is a creative method by which to do so. Having said that, whether Tierney can do much of anything on the offensive end will remain to be seen, though he’s not hurt the club too much when he’s slotted in at left wing. With Tierney and Shalrie Joseph in the midfield, though, the new-look defenders will have plenty of help.

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The Revolution (2-6-2) will play host this evening to the New York Red Bulls (5-4-0). The match, scheduled for eight, really needs to be considered a must-win for New England. New York has struggled of late after getting off to a very strong start, but the Revs have failed to post a victory in 7 straight. If the club intends to make the playoffs for a ninth straight season, it needs to make its move now. There can be no more sitting around; the season is 33.3 percent complete and Shalrie Joseph is back on the field. The busy month of May has just about passed and the team has had a full week to relax for the first time in a month. No more excuses for New England: it’s start playing well now or settle into mediocrity.

Here are some notes prior to tonight’s 8:00 match.

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