New England Revolution
Today was that magical day where the entire team has promotional photos and head shots taken for the 2013 season. Needless to say, there's some characters on this squad. Photos by David Silverman.
The series goes behind the scenes on draft day in Indianapolis with top pick Andrew Farrell getting ready for the big day and at the New England table as they make the number one selection.
Just as he’s hard to pin down on the field, Farrell does not fit easy profiles off it — perhaps owing to the circumstances of his childhood and early exposure to the game. Adopted at a young age by religious parents, at the age of 5 he found himself moved to Peru, where his mother and father were deployed as missionaries and where he was introduced to the game (“my mom was my first coach”). By the time he came back to the USA at the age of 15, he had been steeped in a soccer culture that prized technical ability over physical strength, even though it became apparent that his physique was filling out powerfully for his age.
Grantland's Graham Parker interviews Revolution defender and #1 overall SuperDraft pick Andrew Farrell in this can't-miss piece.
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!