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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:

  • Voting is open until from 12 p.m. ET Thursday, June 20 to 11:59 p.m. ET Friday, June 21, 2013 (ONLY 36 Hours!)
  • An eligible vote consists of #MLSAllStar AND the player's full name (first and last required) with or without a space OR their twitter handle.
  • A user may vote for multiple players in a tweet; however, a user may not vote for a single player multiple times within one tweet. (see examples below)
  • There is no limit to the number of tweets a user may submit for any one player.
  • Each twitter vote counts equal to one text vote, or one online vote.

Tweet your vote NOW for ALL Six players in one Tweet

Tweet your vote for
Diego Fagundez

Tweet your vote for
Andrew Farrell

Tweet your vote for
Jose Goncalves

Tweet your vote for
Lee Nguyen

Tweet your vote for
Kelyn Rowe

Tweet your vote for
Bobby Shuttleworth

EXAMPLES:

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 …

14 June 8:58 pm

A.J. Soares and U.S. Women's National Team star (and college friend) Alex Morgan rehash their college days in this ussoccer.com video.

08 June 10:19 pm

Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey break down the Revs' 0-0 draw with D.C. United, which ran the Revs' shutout streak to four consecutive games.

03 June 4:03 pm

Revolution Head Coach and former defender Jay Heaps will be inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11 of this year.

From GoDuke.com:

Heaps, a native of Longmeadow, Mass., earned National Player of the Year honors from the Missouri Athletic Club in 1998 as a member of Duke’s soccer team.  A two-time All-America, four-time All-ACC and four-time All-ACC Tournament selection, he helped the Blue Devils to a four-year record of 61-23-1 by totaling 127 career points on 45 goals and 37 assists.  Also a four-year member of Duke’s basketball team, Heaps was named second team Academic All-America and was honored as the Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1998.  He went on to an 11-year playing career in Major League Soccer, garnering the Rookie of the Year citation in 1999 and at the time of his retirement, ranked among the league’s all-time leaders in matches played (3rd; 314), minutes played (3rd; 27,363) and matches started (4th; 299).  On November 15, 2011, Heaps was named the head coach of the New England Revolution.

Congrats, Jay!

Photo: GoDuke.com

26 May 7:29 am

Brad Feldman and Jeff Causey recap the Revs' huge 2-0 win over Toronto FC and the continue hot play of Diego Fagundez.