NEWSSTAND - April 8, 2011

Vancouver wrapup, A.J. Soares, Matt Reis, RSL previews and more

Three of New England Soccer Today’s contributors rate the Revolution players’ individual performances against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.

Wednesday’s match saw three players sent off – two Whitecaps and one Rev – but as Kyle McCarthy reports for the Boston Herald and MLSsoccer.com, even with the advantage, the Revs struggled with creativity in the attacking third.

Julian Cardillo speaks with A.J. Soares’ former coach at Cal, Kevin Grimes, about the defender’s style of play, his lack of misconducts in college and the Vancouver game.

American Soccer News provides a review of the Vancouver match and notes the Revs’ ability to get points on the road early this season.

Goal.com’s MLS forecast for this week predicts the that Revs will tie Real Salt Lake, and places a lot of responsibility on Revolution players who will step in for injured and ineligible players.

Teammates protect them. Coaches trust them. Fans cherish them. These are simply a few reasons why many veteran goalkeepers like Matt Reis tend to stick around for long careers.

With the game on the line and the final minutes winding down, MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle ranks his top three second-half comebacks, with a New England-Chicago match from 2006 coming in at number two.