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by Adam Vaccaro

Surely the New England Revolution are frustrated with what is now a 7 game winless streak, but the club spoke positively having looked strong earning a point in a 0-0 tie tonight against the San Jose Earthquakes.

“We’re going in the right direction, and we’ll put a couple in next time,” said Cory Gibbs moments after the game ended.

Indeed, the Revolution controlled much of the game’s pace and, for the second straight league game, looked much improved in two of the season’s early areas of issue.  Playing in a 4-5-1 formation, team possession and midfield play proved to be strengths rather than weaknesses against San Jose.  These combined with the season-long strengths of goaltending and defensive play made for an entertaining tilt, even without a goal.

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The Revolution enter tonight’s second half tied at 0 with the Earthquakes.  They’ve played pretty well but will be looking for a finishing touch in the next 45+ minutes.

Here are some real-time reactions from me.

  • In the 53rd minute, Seth Sinovic almost nudges one in.  The rookie has been increasingly involved in the attack thus far in May and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him register a goal or assist before it ends. (more…)

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Some running thoughts from the first half of the New England Revolution’s home match against the San Jose Earthquakes:

  • I like this lineup a lot.  Zak Boggs and Sainey Nyassi make for a strong couple of wings for Kheli Dube, who is racking up the assists.  Dube will receive help from offensive-minded Marko Perovic, which is an upgrade over the play of Joseph Niouky in that spot.  I also like Pat Phelan‘s game more in more defensive roles.  It’s not good that the club’s without Darrius Barnes, but I think Phelan will be more valuable to the club as a centerback than as a defensive midfielder.  Also, of course, New England has to be pleased to have Kevin Alston and Cory Gibbs back out there. (more…)

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Greetings, and welcome to Six States, One Blog’s coverage of tonight’s match at Gillette Stadium between the New England Revolution (2-5-1) and the San Jose Earthquakes (4-2-0).  The two teams met up previously on the west coast on April 17 of this season, which marked a 2-0 loss to the Revs.  It was the first in the Revs’ current string of 6 winless matches, which includes 5 league matches.

Some pregame thoughts:

  • The Revolution will be happy to see Marko Perovic, Cory Gibbs, and Kevin Alston back in the lineup.  Perovic played in Wednesday night’s US Open Cup qualifier but was missed in last Saturday’s loss to the Columbus Crew due to suspension.  Alston missed each of the last two.  Gibbs, meanwhile, went against Columbus but sat out Wednesday’s match.  It’s getting fair to say that it’s been a tough go of it this season for the club, but these three have been bright spots and to have them all back in time for further league play can only help New England.  That goes double for Alston and Gibbs, as the Revs finished off Wednesday’s match against New York without a natural defender on the field. (more…)

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The Revs’ updated injury report has been released, and it carries some good news.

Kevin Alston and Cory Gibbs have both been upgraded to probable.  The duo didn’t play in Wednesday night’s 3-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls after having been listed as questionable on Tuesday.  The report indicates that the two defenders should be good to go tomorrow night.

This is good news for a club that has its seen a lot of injuries in its defense in the last week.  Emmanuel Osei (leg infection) and Darrius Barnes (midfoot sprain) are both still listed as out, but on Wednesday the Revolution played only one natural defender (Seth Sinovic) in the absence of Alston and Gibbs.

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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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Both the Revolution front office and Comcast SportsNet New England have taken heat since Saturday night’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes experienced some broadcast issues.

CSNNE, the broadcast home of both the Revs and the Boston Celtics, opted to show the Celtics’ playoff game against the Heat.  The Revs match was moved to alternate channels.  But some Revs fans were unable to catch the match.

This thread over at BigSoccer.com puts the ire on vivid display.

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