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03-27-2008, 01:24 PM
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Soccer & New England Revolution - 2008 thread

With the season starting on Saturday, is this the year that they finally get over the hump? Is it Nicol's last shot at winning the cup?

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With the season starting on Saturday, is this the year that they finally get over the hump? Is it Nicol's last shot at winning the cup?
Don't know much about the Revs but I took my kids to a Sunday game last year and we loved it. It was easy in/out and the Revs won but the whole experience was super.

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The year they get over the hump? Not likely, but they have as good a chance as any of making the MLS Cup finals, but the question will be how they adapt the 4-4-2 this year if that is indeed how they proceed.

A lineup of:
Twellman-Cristman/Mansalley
Castro-Joseph-Big Red-Ralston
Igwe-Heaps-Parkhurst-Albright

Is a very solid lineup but many players would be playing in positions they havent played for a while so it would be a learning year. But who knows, injuries, callups, and other things all play into winning the MLS Cup.

As for Steve Nicol's last chance? I can see why you would say that, but I don't see it, unless Parkhurst and Twellman leave they will have a very solid core of U-23s and young players (Mansalley, Dube, Cristman, Fernandez, Valentino, Germanese) that would only improve next season. Of course not all would improve or even stick with the team, but if one or two make the jump like Wells did last season there is no reason to believe they wouldn't be better next season.


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OT: 2008 New England Revolution

Revs opening up tonight, already up a quick 2-0 on Houston.

Should be an interesting year w/out Dorman and Noonan

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Twellman is injured, I heard. I'm not sure how severe.

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Edit: sore knee
Cristman got the late word start and netted a goal in the 1st


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Good game, nice ball control.....the new kids, ( ie, the Africans) played well,
- the D and the MF were solid,
- Castro is going to drive folks nuts with his diving but give him a splinter of daylight and he'll make things happen,
- Reis looks like he lost about 10 pounds and considering the big stop he made tonight it looks like it'll help with his first step and swiftness,
- hopefully Ralston's injury is minor or else we're in deep doo-doo,
- and I'm sorry but Cristman is almost freakin' useless........please can we get someone with just a modicum of creativity!!!! if not it will be a long season.

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uh oh...

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- New England Revolution and United
States forward Taylor Twellman has torn cartilage in his right knee
and is expected to miss six weeks.
The Revolution said Tuesday that Twellman is scheduled to have
arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair the medial meniscus.
Revolution captain Steve Ralston, who has also played for the
U.S. national team, dislocated his left shoulder in Saturday's
season-opening victory over the Houston Dynamo. He is scheduled for
further tests.
Neither Twellman nor Ralston were picked for the most recent
team, which beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly last week in Krakow.
Twellman has scored six goals in his 30 appearances for the
United States, while Ralston has four goals and 36 caps.

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Wow, a different kind of early season stress test for the NE Revs....usually they start the season with an extended road trip.

This year they started at home against the champion Houston Dynamo, but without Twellman, who now needs arthoscopic knee surgery and will miss Thursdays match against strong rivals Chicago.

They will also be without captain / center-mid Steve Ralston, who suffered a shoulder separation midway through the 2nd half last Saturday.

No word yet on M/F Wells Thompson, who sat out with a heel injury, nor former captain, D/M Joe Franchino, who hasn't played in a year and a half.

Jeez.....despite a strong opening game, this could be a long season if the bench can't handle the early going.

Good news, (relatively speaking), Khanno Smith should be back(?) from World Cup qualifying play....although it wasn't until about halfway through last season that he proved himself to be more than as one-dimensional as Cristman is right now.


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Not sure if I could promote my radio shows blog or not, but if you are interested PM me and I'll send the link

That said Nyassi was amazing and probably will win goal of the week.

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That said Nyassi was amazing and probably will win goal of the week.
Yeah, the two African kids looked very good, as did Castro.

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They looked damn good without Twellman. I'm not saying they're better without him like some people have said about the B's with the Savard injury. What I'm saying is hopefully they can play like they did against Houston and persevere until he gets back.

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They looked damn good without Twellman. I'm not saying they're better without him like some people have said about the B's with the Savard injury. What I'm saying is hopefully they can play like they did against Houston and persevere until he gets back.
I think one of the problems last year is that the midfielders would just run down the side and try and cross it to Twellman.

These new midfielders were much more creative and didn't just try to find the target man up front.

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I think one of the problems last year is that the midfielders would just run down the side and try and cross it to Twellman.

These new midfielders were much more creative and didn't just try to find the target man up front.
Well, you had Khanno Smith, (who's a gazelle), on one side, Ralston, (as good a passer/crosser as there is in the league), on the other side and Twellman, (who has excellent heading skills), in the middle....got to play with your strengths I suppose.

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