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Following Preston Burpo‘s suffering a season-ending leg injury Saturday night, Bobby Shuttleworth was forced suddenly into action against Red Bull New York. For the 23-year-old, the match marked his MLS debut. Shuttleworth had started the Revs’ US Open Qualifying match two and a half weeks earlier, which they lost 3-0 to the same Red Bull club, but had never seen the field in league play.

Shuttleworth would record the win while making the saves he was supposed to make over the match’s final 50+ minutes. While New England eagerly anticipates Matt Reis‘s return from offseason surgery, in the absence of both he and Burpo, Shuttleworth will be drawing at least one start as he’ll be in net this Saturday night against Seattle.

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Today’s injury report has a lot of changes from late last week, but overall, excepting Preston Burpo‘s status, they’re positive ones for the Revolution.

While Burpo has been downgraded to out as expected and required by the injury he sustained on Saturday night and the subsequent surgery to treat it, Matt Reis has been upgraded from the same distinction for the first time all season. The keeper is listed as doubtful, clearing the way for his return. Reis’s return to New England will bear serious watching in the next few weeks; it’s not unrealistic to think he’ll be suited up against Seattle, though Bobby Shuttleworth will definitely be drawing the start.

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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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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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