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After watching the United States’ elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Ghana on Saturday, New England soccer fans shifted some of their attention back to the Revolution.

The last time they’d seen the Revs in MLS play, though, there was little to get excited about. Before the league went on hiatus to grant the Yanks center stage, Steve Nicol‘s club hit rock bottom after a 3-0 loss in Seattle wherein they were outshot 19-2.

In returning to action at Gillette Stadium, the Revs again fell – this time 1-0 to the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium – but did not look clueless in the process, at least.

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Following last Sunday’s embarrassment at the hands of Seattle, it may have seemed quite appealing to just shift focus to the World Cup and/or the NBA Finals and forget that New England had a soccer club for a few weeks.

The Revs will, however, take the field today in a friendly against Brazil’s SC Cruzeiro. This could do the club well before it takes the next two weeks off as it will provide the opportunity to try and get things together. Matt Reis and Steve Ralston are both expected to make their 2010 debut in the exhibition. Reis has been overcoming a couple of offseason surgeries and at last will get back in goal for New England. Ralston was just this past week re-signed and should slot in to a central midfield role.

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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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by Adam Vaccaro

As the Revolution are now 1/3 of the way through their MLS campaign and the blog a bit slow of late, I figured I’d throw together an assessment of the team’s individual players through the season’s first segment. The grades and assessments are based only on MLS play.

The grades are also weighted – the players are in competition with one another here, not with the rest of the league and certainly not with the rest of the soccer universe. Brief tangent: I never understood teachers/professors that didn’t weight grades. If nearly everyone has a C, then the kid who has the C+ did best in the class. So he should get the A. Right? Maybe I took too competitive an approach to school, though that wouldn’t explain all the nights I put off papers and studying to engage in whatever inane activity was to be undergone instead…

Right then. Here are the grades in ascending order of quality, because it’s more fun to write about those with whom one or one’s readership is pleased.

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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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