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07 July 4:22 pm

Highlights and analysis of the Revs' 2-0 win over San Jose with Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey.

04 July 10:19 am

From a personal standpoint, I had just one objective during last weekend’s trip to the West Coast: dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean.

I’d actually been to California several times before and had even visited the beach to see the Pacific, but had never actually set foot in the water. It seemed like something I needed to do.

So on Saturday afternoon a small group of Revolution staffers hopped in a cab and told the driver to take us to Redondo Beach, which was the closest to our hotel.

“Redondo, huh? Everyone else is going to Hermosa, but you want to go to Redondo,” he said.

It seemed like a not-so-subtle hint that we were making the wrong decision.

“Should we go to Hermosa instead?” I asked.

“I would,” the cabbie responded. “It’s only five minutes further and there’s a lot more action.”

Never one to pass up a good tip, I told him to take us to Hermosa Beach.

We certainly didn’t end up disappointed with our decision. We arrived in the midst of a beach volleyball tournament – an incredibly underrated sport – and immediately made our way down to the water to get our feet wet, literally. The water was cold, but refreshing. And it was the Pacific.

After spending a bit of time on the pier watching the surfers – including one older, overweight gentleman who did a full headstand while riding a wave – we retreated to the boardwalk for a bit of lunch on the water.

Now if only we could’ve picked up three points against Chivas USA that night, the trip would’ve been perfect …

30 June 8:48 am

Postgame reaction from Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey from CSNNE.com

27 June 10:49 pm

 
Today marked an exciting and historic day for the Revs’ youth teams, the U18s claiming a spot in their first-ever U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.
 
The day began earlier than usual given the U18s’ 9 a.m. kickoff. After breakfast at the hotel, the team boarded the bus for 7:30 and made its way to the fields. 
 
Going into the match, the Revs needed to win and the Earthquakes needed to beat the Dallas Texans for New England to advance. So while the U18 coaches did their part on the bench, the remainder of the staff kept tabs on the game a few fields over and exchanged updates. The Revs did their part, topping the LA Galaxy, 4-2, but were several minutes ahead of the other game. San Jose led, 2-1, and Dallas equalized late in the game, leaving the staff scrambling to figure out what that meant for their advancement scenarios. But San Jose came up big, scoring a go-ahead goal to ensure things panned out for the Revs. 
 
Three staff members waited (for what seemed like forever) with U.S. Soccer officials to confirm, before crossing the field to share the good news with the team.
 
After the initial celebration, the group took an official photo and conducted interviews with U.S. Soccer, officially announcing New England as one of eight teams in the 80-team Development Academy to advance to Finals Week.
 
The U16s played their final game of the Showcase at 1 p.m., battling weary legs and 96-degree temperatures to come away with a 1-1 draw.
 
Full game recaps are available on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
After returning to the hotel, the teams made sandwiches before returning to their rooms for a few hours of down time. 
 
Capping off the trip, dinner was held at a different restaurant. Afterwards, the players took the opportunity to thank the coaches for their hard work.
 
Tomorrow, the group heads back to Boston. While the U16s’ year has officially come to a close, the U18s now have two week to prepare for Finals Week in Houston.
 
NOTE: Nearly 50 new photos were added to Flickr gallery today, so don’t forget to check that out!
 
26 June 10:13 pm

 
Similar to Tuesday, there was only one game on Wednesday, which meant the U18s’ and U16s’ schedules differed throughout the day.
 
Both teams had breakfast at the hotel before the U18s met for a bit of regen work. After lunch, they could then take the hotel shuttles over to the local mall like the U16s had the previous day.
 
The U16s headed to the field shortly after 3:30 p.m. and the bus turned right around to pick up the U18s, who returned the favor by supporting their teammates in their second game of the Development Academy Showcase.
 
The U16s then played Real Colorado’s U18 squad at 5 p.m. A full recap of the 4-0 loss is available on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
Everyone quickly showered after returning the hotel and departed for dinner 15 minutes later. 
 
Back the hotel, the U16s met ahead of tomorrow’s game, and the entire group was instructed to get some rest for tomorrow’s earlier wake-up.
 
On Thursday, both the Under-18s and Under-16s will be in action. The U18s will take on the LA Galaxy (Calif.) in their final game of the Playoffs at 10 a.m. ET. The U16s will then play the Montreal Impact in their final game of the Showcase at 2 p.m. ET.
 

 

26 June 1:29 am

 
While the U18s had a game on Tuesday, the U16s were off, allowing for a bit of rest day fun.
 
Both teams had breakfast at the hotel before the U16s met for a bit of regen work. After lunch, the U16 team took hotel shuttles over to the local mall to do some relaxing and shopping.
 
The groups reunited later for a pregame meal and the U18s headed to the fields shortly after 8 p.m. 
 
The bus turned right around to pick up the U16s, who once again came to support their teammates in their second game of the Development Academy Playoffs.
 
A full recap of the 1-1 draw is available on revolutionsocceer.net.
 
After a postgame meal back at the hotel, everyone went back to their rooms to get some rest for the second half of the week.
 
On Wednesday, the Under-16s will take on Real Colorado (Colo.) in their second game of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET. With a rest day tomorrow, the Under-18s will play their third and final game of the Playoffs against the LA Galaxy (Calif.) on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET.
 
25 June 8:38 am

 
On Monday, the U18s and U16s spent the early part of their day getting ready for their first games.
 
After both teams had breakfast in the hotel, their days split off into separate schedules. The U16s headed to their pregame meal shortly after noon, while the U18s ate lunch back at the hotel. The U16s then left for the field before 4 p.m., and the U18s went out for their pregame meal later on.
 
The U16s kicked off at 5 p.m., earning a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Internationals in their first game of the Showcase. After the game, they went back to the hotel and had a snack.
 
The bus turned right around to bring the U18s to the field for their game at 9:15 p.m. They battled local side the Dallas Texans to a 1-1 draw on Monday in their first game of the Development Academy Playoffs.
 
Full game recaps can be found on revolutionsoccer.net.
 
The U16s had joined their older counterparts at the field for support and everyone rode back to the hotel together for a postgame meal in the lobby.
 
On Tuesday, the Under-18s will take on the San Jose Earthquakes in their second game of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. ET. With a rest day tomorrow, the Under-16s will play their second game of the Showcase on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET
 

 

23 June 8:24 pm

 
The Under-18 and Under-16 teams departed for the Dallas area early this morning, meeting at Logan airport for 5 a.m. Several hours later, the group touched down in Texas and reunited with our repeat – by request – bus driver James, who drove the group to the hotel. 
 
After lunch in the hotel lobby, the players and staff headed to their rooms to unpack and unwind. 
 
Later, the trip really kicked off with dinner at one of the teams’ favorite restaurants. Upon return to the hotel, the U18s and U16s met separately to discuss plans for tomorrow.
 
Both teams are in action on Monday, when the U16s take on Internationals (Ohio) in their first Showcase game, before the U18s play their first playoff match against the Dallas Texans.
 
20 June 11:00 am

Twitter voting has opened for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game in Kansas City.

Here are the rules:

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17 June 3:14 pm

Have you ever felt like a powernap in a cozy log cabin setting would give you just the boost you needed in the middle of a long, productive workday? Ever wished your office staff would hold meetings inside dimly-lit tents instead of bland conference rooms? I’m sure many of us have daydreamt about enjoying a cold beer straight from the tap at the end of a long workweek … while still in the office.

This is all reality for those who work in the Vancouver offices of HootSuite, which I had the pleasure of visiting during our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest.

HootSuite describes itself as “a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.” Some of the social networks HootSuite integrates include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and new Google+ Pages, plus social content apps for YouTube, Flickr and Tumblr, among others.

We here at the Revolution and several other MLS clubs use HootSuite for managing the teams' social media postings and monitoring. You can find more info here: https://hootsuite.com/company

The folks at HootSuite were gracious enough to show myself and Jason Dalrymple around their office space this past weekend – special thanks to James, Scott and Sandy for the hospitality – and it is absolutely wild.

There’s a quiet, log-cabin themed room which contains nothing more than a few cots for napping. Adjacent to that space is a yoga room and full fitness facility, open for employees to use as they please. The kitchen – a massive space fully equipped for sustainability – is complete with taps for both beer and wine, open to employees for a late afternoon drink on Fridays.

Oh, then there’s the tents. That was my favorite part. There are tents liberally scattered throughout the office space, just in case you’d rather hold a quick meeting there instead of in a conference room. And it’s not like the conference rooms were too shabby – they were all decorated with elaborately themed murals.

It’s not only employees who enjoy the facilities at HootSuite … it’s their pets, too. Employees are invited to bring their dogs into the office and based on the number of canines (all incredibly well behaved) we encountered on our tour, it would appear as though many take advantage of the opportunity.

Reading about the space won’t do it justice, but hopefully the pictures give you a feel for the atmosphere, which was incredibly relaxed. Obviously the folks at HootSuite feel that the environment is particularly conducive to creative thinking and a productive work ethic, and the rapid growth of the company seems to back up those assumptions.

While our visit to HootSuite was the highlight of our Road Trippin’ adventures, we also had the chance to go for an extensive walk around Coal Harbour on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately we missed the orca whales which swam through the harbor on Friday, but it was still an incredibly scenic walk which perfectly highlighted Vancouver’s contrast of major city with a mountain backdrop.

Probably the coolest part of the harbor walk was the seaplanes constantly landing and taking off from the water. Apparently they’re available for tours so long as you have the foresight to plan ahead. Perhaps if we’re still doing our Road Trippin’ series the next time we’re in Vancouver …