New England Revolution
We've seen quite a bit of chatter on our social media channels on the subject of streaming our games from here in Casa Grande.
While we always appreciate any feedback and the desire to have this game available, I need to make it clear that if there was a way for myself and the digital staff to stream these games, we would. Grande Sports World is a tremendous venue for the team to accomplish everything they need to on the field, from the indoor workout facilities to the 10 soccer fields and a host of other amenities.
View from my hotel room. Not bad at all.
As you can see, it's all about the fields here. Unforuntately for us digital folk, this is not a stadium. There is no outdoor power on the fields and there is no hard line internet connection. There is no press box, just bleachers for fans and staff to share. This makes it impossible to set up a live internet stream of a soccer match.
We've also had a few folks mention that we could bust out our iPhones and just stream the game from there.
To an extent, this is true - it's physically possible to hold a phone on the sidelines and stream the game from the sidelines over a 3G connection (with a mere two bars of service).
However, the product you'd be seeing on the other end would be less than remarkable. For example, I shot this during our game on Friday against Sporting KC:
The angle of view alone is not great, as the only time you'd have a decent view is when play is on the left side of the center circle. Everything else is a blur in this clip.
Now - imagine the buffering and pixelation that would also be a part of a live stream. It would be awful, and I guarantee fans would be shutting this off soon after they turned it on. Not to mention I am not confident that an iPhone battery would last for an entire 90 minutes of live streaming.
This may just sound like a laundry list of excuses, but I can't be any more honest when I say that if we had the option to stream these games, we would. MLS will be streaming each of our Desert Diamond Cup matches in a few weeks, and we'll continue to provide coverage of the team from Casa Grande and Tucson with a week at Gillette in the middle.
Editor's note: I originally embedded a few fan tweets simply as a reference to what was being said on our Twitter feed and #NERevs hash tag, but I have since removed them as to not single out a small group of fans. Again, we appreciate all feedback and suggestions whether it be on social media or here on revolutionsoccer.net.
Get more behind-the-scenes access to the MLS Combine, featuring Andrew Farrell and the Revs technical staff.
Greetings from Casa Grande! From what I hear, it's pretty cold back home, so hopefully these photos will help to defrost your bones for a little while.
As we move closer to next Thursday's MLS SuperDraft, take a look back at 13 Revolution Draft picks over the years. Note: click the 'full-screen' symbol at the bottom right to view full-screen, and click 'more info' at the top left to view the caption for each photo (captions available in full-screen mode only)
What you're looking at here is footage from the 1924 U.S. Open Cup final - with New England ties. This features the Fall River Marksmen vs. Vesper Buick (St. Louis). It's amazing footage and it could be the oldest American Pro soccer footage in existence.
From the YouTube user, "Soccrmavn":
Perhaps the oldest extant professional U.S. soccer footage--snippets from the 1924 U.S. Open Cup final, played on March 30, 1924. Fall River Marksmen, champions of the American Soccer League, travelled to St. Louis to face Vesper Buick, champions of the St. Louis Soccer League. Before a crowd of 14,000 at High School Field, the Marksmen completed their "double" with a 4-2 win. The match was tied 1:1 at the half, but Fall River prevailed on a brace by Fred Morley and goals from Johnny Reid and Harold Brittan. Harris (whose goal is captured on film) and McCarthy scored for the St. Louis team. Findlay Kerr notched the win in goal for Fall River; Labarge manned the pipes for the losers.
It's been real, it's been fun and it's been slightly off-topic (but better than last year) - but the Far Post Podcast is done for 2012. Thanks to everyone who listened, and we'll see you in 2013. Happy Holidays!
Here at revolutionsoccer.net, there’s plenty to keep us busy during the offseason. With international signings, trades, Re-Entry Drafts and schedule announcements, the news never really stops and it’s our duty to keep you informed with an inside look you can’t find anywhere else.
But it’s also important for us to pause during the offseason and analyze what we’ve done in the past, primarily so we have a better idea what we should be doing in the future.
That’s where you, Revolution fans, enter the picture.
You’re our target audience and the entire purpose of our job is to provide the coverage you crave. As such, it’s most helpful to know exactly what kind of content drives you to revolutionsoccer.net (or what would drive you here more often in the future).
This past year we brought back familiar video features like “Revolution Soccer Gameday” and “Box to Box” while adding new concepts with “Boot Room Breakdown,” “Inside the 6” and our series of “Sun Life: Get to Know You” videos. We continued our weekly Far Post Podcast and slowly began introducing guests into the mix. Written features continued to be primarily dependent on current happenings. And I personally tried to be as accessible as possible through social media (particularly Twitter, @jeff_lemieux).
Having consumed this content for the past year, what did you enjoy most? What would you definitely like to see return in 2013? What types of features – video, audio, written – would you like to see in the future?
Leave your suggestions in the comments below, keeping in mind that your voice can help shape our content moving forward.
Thanks so much,
Today we cover a wide range of topics including the trade of Benny Feilhaber and what this means for the Revs (Cathal's rant on this subject is excellent) and also bust out a little Journey. That's right, Journey. And when you get to the part about Nate Jaqua taking out Joe Franchino six years ago, this is what I was talking about.
December 12, 2012. Today’s really just another Wednesday, right? Apparently not.
There seems to be a lot of to-do about it being 12/12/12 for the first and only time in 100 years.
So, we’ll jump in and recognize the Revolution’s own 12s. Do you think you can you name them all (without looking below)?
We did a bit of research yesterday for boston.com, who listed the city’s five team’s most recent – and most famous – 12s. By our calculations, there have been only three seasons in which the number 12 was not worn: 2002, 2009 and 2012.
First, and probably foremost, was Joe-Max Moore. Do you remember that he wore #12 in his first two seasons with the Revs? While he’s more recognizable to Revs faithful in his iconic #9, Joe-Max wore number 12 in 1996 and 1997. He only switched to #9 in 1998.
David Nakhid, a Trinidadian defender, then wore #12 in 1998, followed by Kris Kelderman in 1999. In 2000, Adam Eyre wore 12, proceeded by Alan Woods in 2001.
As noted, 2002 – the year in which the Revs made their case on a national stage with their first appearance in MLS Cup – no one wore 12. However, Malian defender Daouda Kante wore 12 in 2003 and 2004. (Jay Heaps remembered Daouda wearing it when we quizzed him yesterday.)
After what could be called an identity crisis between 1998 and 2004 with five players wearing it in six years, the number 12 finally found a regular home in 2005 when back-up goalkeeper Doug Warren took the kit, wearing it through the 2008 season.
Since it was used as a goalkeeper number for so long, it was another year before a field player took over #12 – Cory Gibbs in 2010. Rookie Alan Koger donned #12 in 2011 and is the most recent player to wear it.
With that quick review of our number 12s, how many do you remember and who is your favorite?