NEWSSTAND – February 24, 2011

Ball possession, Reis' performance, bringing in another striker

Boston Globe’s Frank Dell’Apa travelled to Florida to cover the Revolution’s preseason progress, more specifically their improvement in ball possession and Nyassi’s game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against FC Dallas on Wednesday afternoon. The lineup did not include captain and midfielder Shalrie Joseph and defender Kevin Alston, who returned to New England over the weekend.

The victory over FC Dallas marks the Revs’ first against an MLS opponent in 2011. New England Soccer Today and Boston Pro Soccer Examiner provide insight on goalkeeper Matt Reis’ performance against FC Dallas and the talk of bringing in another striker to add to the Revs’ arsenal, respectively.

The matches in Orlando served their purpose in providing playing time for the Revs’ against league and non-league opponents. New England Soccer News describes how their undefeated record is promising for coaches who are also focused on finding the right combinations of players in lineups and the tactical side of the game.

As Kyle McCarthy for Boston Herald reports, one of Nicol’s major goals in the first of two preseason trips was to get a look at each player, and by gaining a better understand of the team’s dynamics, Nicol can approach the Atlanta trip will a modified strategy.

Defense is the topic of discussion for CSNNE.com’s Danny Picard, as the Revs’ did not concede a goal in any of the three matches this week in Florida.

The Rebel Yell, the Rebellion’s official blog, praises the goalkeeper position and highlights veteran Matt Reis’ qualities that make him a top-tier keeper in MLS.

Revolution forward Sainey Nyassi is entering his fourth season with the club, and as Tribalfootball.com states, Nicol has high expectations for the Gambian who is still learning and improving his game year by year.

In an interview with Adidas Director of Soccer Antonio Zea, Fanhouse analyzes the transformation of MLS team jerseys since the league’s inception.

ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth covers its home team’s preseason match on February 23rd against the Revs.