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Archive for July, 2010

Halfway There But Is The Effort Half-Baked? Plus An Interview with Marko Perovic

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 28, 2010

A VIEW FROM THE FORT: By Jim Dow

Be it an ocean voyage, airplane flight or football campaign there is always a point of no return, where the home port left and the destination ahead are equally far away and there is, quite simply, no turning back. For the 2010 New England Revolution that demarcation has been reached on multiple fronts; it is precisely mid season, fifteen matches have been played and there are fifteen to go. The transfer window opened on 15 July and will stay as such until 15 August.

And, perhaps most importantly, the powers that be in middle and upper management have been caught with their collective corporate pants in the midst of endless measurement, dithering before cutting, playing for time with totally naff newspeak before committing yet at the same time asking for significant commitment of dollars and support on the part of the fans with neither a stadium or a significant signing in sight.

Yikes, don’t they look at what is going on in the rest of MLS 2.0?

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JOGO VALEU PELA SEGUNDA PARTE

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 12, 2010

By Walter Silva

Foi verdade, este jogo valeu pela segunda parte, porque na primeira foi toda ela jogada devagar e devagarinho, uma primeira parte que as duas equipas práticamento não criaram uma única oportunidade de golo.

Nem por uma vez houve um remate que incomodase qualquer um dos guarda redes, foi uma primeira parte para esqueçer, ou talvez para os treinadores de ambas as equipas fazeram lembrar aos seus jogadores que o jogo tem 90 minutos.

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Revs Finally Score, Win

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 11, 2010

By Chris Rosa

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In a thrilling, action-packed match, a revitalized New England Revolution captured a convincing 2-0 victory against the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy before a sea of 20,155 strong at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.

Marko Perovic ended the club’s 347-minute goalless streak when he blasted a 25-yard free kick that bulged the back of the net in the 67th minute. Sainey Nyassi, who played the part of offensive catalyst all night, scored the insurance goal when he cleaned up a rebound on Donovan Rickett’s doorstep in the 74th minute.

Without the services of Landon Donovan, who was given additional rest after starring for the United States National Team in the FIFA World Cup, the Galaxy never responded.

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Two Sets of Thoughts On Two Manager’s Minds On Two Flights: Whither the Nats and The Revs?

Posted by tonybiscaia on July 9, 2010

A VIEW FROM THE FORT By Jim Dow

A lot of football managers are on airplanes at the moment. Some are scouting (yes, managers do scout albeit after an actual scout has located the object of desire), some are going to the sun to chill and others have been recently flying home from heart-wrenching defeats.

In the latter category both Bob Bradley settling into his first class seat (hopefully, Sunil?) and Stevie Nicol being squashed into a chicken class coop could be forgiven for being lost in private thoughts as to what might have been and what might be.

Each manager took long flights home recently with plenty of time to brood, one back to the States after a gut wrenching loss to a team that should have been beaten. The other back to Beantown after yet another shellacking in Salt Lake in what is turning out to be a season of weekly embarrassments, some of which, like his counterpart, are not entirely of his own making.

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