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Reality Check on the “Rebuild”

Posted by Mike Marshall on September 30, 2010

You know how some people have justified the giant pile of pig feces that passed for the 2010 Revolution as a “rebuilding year”?  I’d like to give those people a reality check.

The league’s official web site is publishing a countdown of the 24 best players in MLS age 24 or younger.  They’re down to their Top 10, and the only Revolution player to check in is Kevin Alston at #21.  Here’s 11-24:

24.  Dax McCarty, M, FC Dallas
23.  Roger Torres, M, Philadelphia
22.  Jack McInerney, F, Philadelphia
21.  Kevin Alston, D, New England
20.  Will Johnson, M, Real Salt Lake
19.  Juninho, M, Los Angeles
18.  Chris Pontius, F, DC United
17.  Teal Bunbury, F, Kansas City
16.  Tony Tchani, M, New York
15.  Robbie Rogers, M, Columbus
14.  Bill Hamid, GK, DC United
13.  Tristan Bowen, M, Kansas City
12.  Ryan Smith, M, Kansas City
11.  Ike Opara, D, San Jose

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Even More Reason to be Happy the CBA is Done

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 26, 2010

From MLS “Insider” Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch:

A source with knowledge of contract negotiations between Major League Soccer and its players said he was told that if players had gone on strike, the league would have considered shutting down a minimum of two teams, at least temporarily. Among those mentioned were New England and Columbus, though it is unclear why they were cited.

My gut reaction is that Bob Hunter is full of crap.

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Jon Kraft talks with Gary Tanguay and Scott Zolak

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 24, 2010

We must be close to the start of a new season, because Jonathan Kraft is on Sports Radio talking about the Revolution.  The team owner/operator appeared today with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Tanguay and Zolak Show to discuss the new season.  Among the topics covered:

  • Revolution games will be broadcast on 98.5 FM this year.  Nice move putting the games in stereo on a major station.  98.5 The Sports Hub is also the radio home for the Patriots and Bruins.
  • If he could sign any one player in the world, it would be Wayne Rooney over Cristiano Ronaldo and someone named Messier.  I can only presume he wasn’t talking about Mark.  Jon also informs us that Mr. Rooney was recently stripped of the England captaincy for some off-the-field indiscretions.
  • The club had some “nice” discussions with Somerville and some other places in regards to building a new stadium.  He thought they were potentially close to getting something done before the financial meltdown, but that things are probably a few years away at this point.
  • He hopes to see Taylor Twellman up front at some point this year with Shalrie and Zack Schilawski.

Listen to the full interview

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The Revolution Will be Televised… in HD

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 15, 2010

I probably deserve a kick in the groin for using that line again.

The rumors are true.

No, not those rumors.  Seriously, NESN?  I’m sure the dozen or so appearances on NESN Plus would have done wonders to change the view that the Revs are a minor league franchise.

No, the rumors that the Revs will be broadcast in High Definition are apparently true.  Brian Billello hinted at it recently, and the club confirmed them today as they announced that Comcast Sportsnet New England will be their broadcast partners in 2010.  Brad Feldman and Jay Heaps will handle the call as CSNNE will broadcast an anticipated 27 of 30 Regular Season games this year.

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From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department

Posted by Mike Marshall on October 6, 2009

Taylor Twellman, Cosmo Model.

I can’t even add anything to this.

Emergency Update: It just keeps getting better.

Twellman, who split last year from wife Lindsay, reveals in his Cosmo Q&A that he hates talking to women about his job (“I’m looking for a girl who’s about being with me, not about being with a soccer player,” he says), and that he’s into ladies who wear white tops with jeans and high heels. Good to know.

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Vote for Taylor

Posted by Mike Marshall on April 1, 2009

First things first – apologies for not keeping things up to date recently.  I started a new job, and the hours have changed… blah, blah, blah… I’ll try harder to not go weeks at a time without posting.

First post “back” is a layup.  Fox25 is holding an internet poll to find the first “Boston’s Sports Money Man“.

With the money on the line, who is the one athlete you would trust to be at bat in a key moment, strike a guy out, score a goal, score a touchdown, make the save, or make the final shot. If your job depended on one current Boston sports athlete making this play in the clutch then who would you want in that moment? Who is Boston’s Sports Money Man?

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And people think I’m a critic???

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 23, 2009

For the record, I’m over the freakin’ moon over Saturday night’s 1-0 win over the Earthquakes.  The media?  They don’t seem as impressed.

Take Sports Illustrated’s Jonah Freedman, for example:

Don’t be fooled by the points picked up by the old guard. Besides the draw D.C. earned at the Home Deport Center, undermanned New England surprised San Jose 1-0 on Saturday — both good results for two teams that have combined for nine MLS Cup appearances. But these are dynasties that may be over. The Revs will be severely challenged this year with the loss of a key player in defender Michael Parkhurst and the advanced years of guys like hobbled Taylor Twellman and Steve Ralston. D.C., meanwhile, is a step slower than in years past as well. Both teams may struggle to reach the playoffs.

How about Goal.com’s Kyle McCarthy:

6. New England Revolution – Will need to win more than their fair share of 1-0 games this season.

Jeez… rough crowd.

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Shep Messing is Not a Fan

Posted by Mike Marshall on March 6, 2009

heaps-disappointmentMLS analyst Shep Messing predicts the Revolution to be the Biggest Disappointment in the Eastern Conference in 2009.  You can go to MLSnet for all of the gory details.

I’ll provide the transcript now, and hopefully the video will be posted at a later date… Read the rest of this entry »

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