This is the 2nd matchup of the season between the two sides, to take place at Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium. The first match ended in a 1-1 draw. It will be televised by 6abc @ 7:30pm
The previous match was memorable for two reasons: the goals. Sebastien Le Toux scored his best goal of the season when Danny Mwanga’s poor touch at the top of the 18-yard box led Seba to his teammate’s aid and teed off a right-to-left bender into the far top corner of the net. Journalists and bloggers alike considered it an early candidate for “goal of the year.”
The other goal was less art and more science, and that’s being generous. New England was awarded a free kick, and Marko Perovic took it. It was a fairly standard strike from the onset, until it met a dry, hardened piece of grass in front of Chris Seitz. The Union keeper had positioned himself to get his torso between the ball and the goal, but he did not account for the wicked top-spin bounce that saw the ball hop over his prone body into the net. The Comcast SportsNet-New England broadcast called it “like kissing your sister.” And, I agree, if “your sister” is a rabid Doberman.
That being said, the matchup shifts to the Bay State. The lessons learned from the first match are: The Revs can very easily be contained, they can be scored upon, but Shalrie Joseph will be the best player on the pitch.
New England created chances, but Union defended every one, save for an early chance for Sainey Nyassi, whose shot beat the defense but went wide of the far post. The goal scored, as mentioned above, was properly accounted for by defenders’ positioning, the ball just took a funny bounce. It was purely luck that Revolution came away with a point. However, Union are also the team that has conceded the most goals in the league, including 2 to crappy D.C. United. Their defense has not been consistent, and they only have one road win this year. The goal scorer Perovic is ailing with plantar fasciitis so maybe Union will catch a break. The better injury news (I know, it’s mean to say) is that Alejandro Moreno may not start because of the hamstring issue that got him pulled (no pun intended) from the last match. It’s an opening for a young player to get some feature time.
If Moreno starts, Union will lose 2-1. New England still has a chance to get into the playoffs, and much like United were desperate not to lose both games to an expansion side and played like it, the Revs will want to guarantee three points against a lesser opponent.
If Nowak starts with Mwanga and Le Toux at forward in Moreno’s absence, the teams will likely draw again, I’ll say 1-1, but 2-2 wouldn’t shock me. Union did score first in the last game, and it came as the result of a great build-up, but it was an improvisational strike that was nearly perfect. They won’t score twice in a match if it takes perfection to beat the Revs’ defense. Union have shown too often that they aren’t on the same planet as “perfect” yet.
-Nick, the other .5 of Unholy Union
As we are heading into our 21st match in our inaugural season, I thought about having a column to reason why we should dislike other teams… considering many fans either are new to soccer in the area (other than CYO) or just getting used to watching soccer without British accents.
We all know why we hate New York, that’s just a given, but what about the other 14 teams in the league.
This week I will focus on the New England Revolution, who we are playing this Saturday at 7:30 PM at Gillette Stadium. Here are some of the finer points as to why we should look down upon N.E. Revolution.
- Their name alone. Sure, they had Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Thomas Paine, and Ben Franklin was from there… but he moved and liked it here! Not only that, what revolution did they really start? All they did was dress up as ‘injuns’ and have a massive salted tea party in their bay. All England would do with that is scoff and speak of how uncivilized Americans are (kind of sounds like nothing changed). We wrote a damn letter! We told them to “F*** OFF!” They listened, and that’s how the revolution started. Not some uncanny, trigger happy folks that their best assets are maple syrup, pine cones, and leaving their land to get other resources for money (fishing).
- Seriously, other than the seasonal beer, Samuel Adams (not to be confused with Jackson) is okay, but give me a Yuengling any day. Tastes better and is much better for the price. Also, it’s from Pottsville, PA. Battle of the beers i must say.
- I took it upon myself to research this team, and I just had to laugh at the fact their website, is a “.net”. http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/index.cfm Yea, I know in these economic times it is tough on the small, overhead costs, but you’re a damn MLS franchise for ***-sake! Get a “.com.” Even teenagers with no allowance can afford a “.com”!
- The name of the team alone irks me for the aforementioned “History” topic above.
- They are in the Superliga Championship. This accomplishment of course to be applauded, but they’re getting somewhere we’re not. Although not bad for the fourth worst team in the league. I understand there’s hardly any room to talk, but they’re at our level (if even less), they may be in the Superliga final, but we need to make them remember where exactly they are at the moment, on the added note it’s really a conselation prize anyway.
- Alexei Lalas was a founding player. Enough said. Who reading this can’t stand hearing the voice of that unwanted redheaded step-child on ESPN. He’s a condescending, dim-witted, pretentious loser. Can’t stand the sight, hearing, or name of him.
- The team was founded by the Kraft family. I don’t know about you, but I lean more towards Nabisco for some weird reason…
- Something to laugh about – They’ve never won a championship (Ok, they won 2008 SuperLiga… whatever. Not like I care about facts if you haven’t noticed). Maybe we can “feel” for them considering what other Philly teams have gone through, but who am I kidding. A special note is involved with the fact that in the 2001 U.S. Open Cup Final against the LA Galaxy, Danny Califf scored the game winning goal for the Galaxy. Definitely something to note.
So there are some of the reasons I was able to come up with for why not to like this team. There’s plenty to begin with, what with Tom Brady being (formerly) the poster child for all that is holy in NFL, Patriots, the Boston accent itself, not knowing anything about what goes on in Maine (or any of those states for that matter), etc. Take it for what you will.
- Dan K