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by Adam Vaccaro

After missing 8 matches – 6 of which were due to a leave of absence that is now being referred to by some as a suspension – Shalrie Joseph returned to the Revolution on Saturday afternoon against Toronto FC.

Joseph returned to the Revolution against Toronto FC.

And perhaps coincidentally, but probably not, New England entered yesterday’s match mired in an 8 game winless streak. Its last victory? A 4-1 thrashing of the same Toronto club at Gillette Stadium on April 10. Prior to yesterday, this was the only game Joseph had participated in this season.

So there was reasonable optimism amongst Revs fans as Joseph, sporting the Captain’s band and starting at a familiar central mid spot, led his team onto the field for the first time in a month and a half. As such, there was reasonable disappointment to match when the club walked off having fallen victim to a 1-0 defeat in Ontario and stretching the streak to 9 matches, 7 of which count in the MLS standings.

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The Revolution enter the second half tied at 0 with Toronto FC. Here are some thoughts and updates, running live through the match’s conclusion.

  • Toronto looked good early on and they were able to score off a corner in the 53rd minute. Chad Barrett got a head on the delivery from Sam Cronin to net his third goal of the season and give TFC a 1-0 lead. The crowd has responded by upping its decibel level considerably. (more…)

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Here are some notes and thoughts from this afternoon’s first half:

  • It’s good to see that Pat Phelan is able to stick around in the lineup for at least a little bit longer. He’s done an admirable job filling in for Shalrie Joseph in the captain’s absence and though it’s rightly without a second’s hesitation that Joseph is immediately inserted back into the lineup and granted the captain’s band, Phelan has played well enough to stay on the field. If the plan is to eventually plug Emmanuel Osei or Darrius Barnes back into the centerback spot that Phelan’s patrolled the last two weeks, and Steve Nicol sticks with the 4-5-1 formation he’s employed of late, perhaps it’d make sense to replace Joseph Niouky with Phelan, but that’s probably a decision that’s a ways away from being made. (more…)

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Shalrie Joseph is starting this afternoon’s match against Toronto FC. He is plugged into a central midfield position as the Revs are sticking with the 4-5-1 formation they’ve used in the last two league matches. Joseph is also wearing the captain’s band.

Seth Sinovic is sitting for the first time this year, with Chris Tierney taking his spot as the left defender.

Here’s the Revs’ lineup:

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The Revolution (2-5-2) return to MLS action this afternoon, three days after having fallen 4-0 to Portugal’s SL Benfica. New England landed today in Toronto for the road match. Toronto FC (3-4-1) holds the distinction of last falling victim to a Revolution victory back on April 10, when Zack Schilawski posted a hat trick in collecting his first three MLS goals. It will also be the Revs’ 7th of 8 matches in the month of May. Here are some notes on the game, which is scheduled for a 1 PM start.

  • Frank Dell’Apa reported late last night that Shalrie Joseph will return today.  Joseph has missed five matches on a “leave of absence” that is now being referred to as a suspension while he was taking part in MLS’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program. Joseph’s return is a huge boost for a Revs team in need of not just a finishing touch but fresh and healthy bodies. It’ll be interesting to keep an eye on 2 things: will Joseph immediately regain the captain band, and how many minutes will he play? The latter question is borne of a more fundamental one: what will take precedence in decisions regarding his usage — Joseph’s conceptually being out of game shape, or the Revs’ complete exhaustion? All the same, the club and its fans must be very pleased to have him back. Joseph’s last (and only) match played so far this year came in the 4-1 defeat of Toronto FC.
  • On the injury front, there are no changes since Tuesday. Edgaras Jankauskas is doubtful. Mike Videira, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei, Taylor Twellman, and Matt Reis all remain out. It seems fair to once again expect Pat Phelan – originally drafted by the Reds – to fill in for Barnes at centerback, especially given that Joseph will likely settle into the defensive mid role that Phelan had been covering in his absence. (more…)

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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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We’re about twenty-four hours removed from the Revolution’s thrashing of Toronto FC, partially made possible by Zack Schilawski‘s breakout hat trick.  In internet time, this is about twenty-three years, so we can now provide you with a bounty of links.  Next week we’ll be starting our own recaps but for now, enjoy the exterior sources.

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