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Archive for December, 2009

At The End of A Decade, Ten Ways To Address The Future

Posted by tonybiscaia on December 29, 2009

A VIEW FROM THE FORT By Jim Dow

This column is dedicated to the memory of Nick Katz, as devoted a Revs supporter as has graced the Halls of Foxborough Stadium. I suspect he would approve of these suggestions, offered below.

A lot of people have been moaning on various subjects since the sad but spectacular end to the New England Revolution’s season played out on real grass in front of a sellout crowd with real flares and with no quarter given by either side. The fact is, while the Windy City’s resident Olympic diving master, the aging, bandy-legged Kid from Tepito, now the sleaze ball from Veracruz, dominated the match providing service left and right, his season stats (games played 21 – games started 15 – total minutes 1452 – 5 goals – 8 assists ) a carbon copy of the other, injured, younger (by one year) mid-western maestro Steve Ralston (GP 20 – GS 17 – min 1543 – 7 goals – 7 assists ) to the point where they might as well be twins.

The difference, of course, was that Blanco played and Ralston sat for the second post season in a row but for those who think that the Revs are significantly less of a team than their Chicago counterparts, imagine what might have happened had Ralston been on the field, even with no forwards to speak of.
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How Can We Miss Gabriel Badilla if He Won’t Go Away?

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 23, 2009

Seriously?  Aren’t the Revs almost to the point where they should be offering Saprissa money to get his salary off the cap?

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Dear Santa,

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 22, 2009

I’ve been a good boy this year.

All I want for Christmas is this.

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Alston, Larentowicz Called Up

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 22, 2009

Pleasantly surprised to see both Kevin Alston and Jeff Larentowicz called into the USMNT Camp in January in preparation for their upcoming game against Honduras.

On the down side, I think Ginger’s price just went up again.

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The Gabriel Badilla Era Appears Over

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 15, 2009

In what should come as a shock to absolutely no one, it appears as if Revolution defender Gabriel Badilla will soon be headed back to Costa Rica to play for Deportivo Saprissa.  According to several articles in the Central American press, the player and the club have already agreed to terms, but Saprissa has yet to agree to a deal with the Revs.

Safe to say, I won’t be shedding any tears over this.

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Revs Notes: December 14th

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 14, 2009

A couple of odds and ends from the past couple of days:

  • Former Revolution U-17 Team Captain Scott Caldwell buried both his penalty kicks this weekend as Akron first defeated North Carolina in penalties on Friday Night before falling to Virginia in the Finals of the NCAA College Cup on Sunday.
  • A friend of Jeff Larentowicz tells me that there’s “less than a 10% chance” he’ll be playing for the Revolution next year.
  • Former Revs assistant Paul Mariner got off to a tough start in his first game in charge of Plymouth Argyle, dropping a 2-0 on the road at Preston North End.
  • For what it’s worth, one rumor making the rounds is that after taking the reigns at Plymouth, Mariner’s first call was to Foxboro to find out if Steve Nicol would be interested in being his assistant.  Nicol politely declined the offer.
  • …and speaking of Revolution assistants, I’m hearing the Revs are not close to naming a replacement for Mariner.

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Nicol: Success Defined as Making the Playoffs

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 14, 2009

I’m actually surprised my head didn’t explode while reading Kyle McCarthy’s vomit-inducing year-end Revs wrapup article on MLSnet.com.  I still may have an issue with my blood pressure… we’ll see.

The cherry on top of the Hot Crap Sundae is this gem from the suddenly way too comfortable Steve Nicol:

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MLS Purchases Osei’s Contract

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 14, 2009

I’ve backed off the panic button just a bit.  Hat tip to BigSoccer.com poster firstshirt for posting this:

from the Q&A with Brian
What is the status on Osie? Is he on loan, if so for how long or did the Revs actually aquire him and is now under contract with MLS.
thanks
Dan

Reply by Brian Bilello 4 hours ago
He was on loan last year but MLS has bought him outright so he is under contract for multiple years going

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Revs Defense Continues to Take Hits

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 9, 2009

Thought to be one of the strengths of the club at the conclusion of the 2009 season, the Revolution defense has already lost one player to retirement, and another to injury.  A third key member is a free agent, a fourth is due to return to Africa at the conclusion of his loan, and a key back up is now a member of the Philadelphia Union.

To recap:

  • Jay Heaps retired.  Say what you will about him, but he was a key part of what was a pretty stingy defense last year.
  • Emmanuel Osei’s loan agreement is up.  I liked him.  Prone to the types of mistakes that are likely to give Steve Nicol a coronary at some point in the future, but he was clearly up to the task most of the time.
  • Jeff Larentowicz is a free agent.  He likely won’t be back.  Ivy League grads don’t play three years of soccer at $30,000/year unless they see a big time payoff.  This is Jeff’s time to cash in, and I doubt that will happen in MLS.
  • The situation in goal is a mess.  Brad Knighton was picked up by Philadelphia in the Expansion Draft.  No problem, the Revs still have Matt Reis, right?  Err…  not so much.  You see, Reis just had shoulder surgery that should keep him sidelined for the next 4-to-6 months.  Before you run to the calendar, that means he’ll likely miss the start of the Regular Season.  The only healthy goalkeeper on the roster at the moment?  22-year old Bobby Shuttleworth, last seen playing Division I soccer with the University of Buffalo.  There’s talk that the Revs have talked to Philadelphia about reacquiring Knighton, but if I were Peter Nowak, it would not come cheaply.

Do the Revs now have a problem in defense?

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Revs Re-Sign Three; Castro Suspended

Posted by Mike Marshall on December 9, 2009

Couple of quick hits:

  • The Revs have resigned Kenny Mansally, Sainey Nyassi, and Kheli Dube.  No word on contract terms.
  • Midfielder Mauricio Castro has been suspended for the first two games of the 2010 season for kicking a ball into the stands in the season finale against Chicago.  You may remember that Castro blasted a ball into the Toyota Park seats after being taken hard into the sign boards by a Fire player.  The sign boards had intentionally close to the field by the home team to limit the effectiveness of Darrius Barnes’ long throws.  Castro cut his hand on the play; the offending Fire player was not even whistled for a foul.
  • Midfielder Mike Videira has had offseason hernia surgery that will keep him sidelined 6-8 weeks.

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