Update: May 2, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution will return home on Saturday night to face the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. The Revs are coming off a road loss at Chivas USA on Saturday in Los Angeles
Comcast SportsNet New England will televise Saturday’s match. The game will be joined in progress at approximately 8 p.m., on Comcast SportsNet following the conclusion of Celtics’ pregame coverage. Simultaneously, CSN will carry the entire game on alternate channels starting at 7:30 p.m. A full listing of alternate channels will be available on revolutionsoccer.net later this week. Meanwhile, 98.5 The Sports Hub will have the game on the radio.
SERIES INFORMATION AGAINST COLORADO RAPIDS
Team information vs. Colorado
- Saturday’s match marks the 37th all-time meeting between two of the founding teams of MLS … Colorado leads the all-time, regular-season series between the two clubs, 18-11-7
- New England is 8-6-4 at home against Colorado, including a 5-3-3 mark at Gillette Stadium … on the road, the team is just 3-12-3 in matches played in Colorado, including an 0-2-2 mark at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
- New England is winless in the last three seasons against Colorado, going 0-3-3 against the Rapids since the start of the 2008 season
- Saturday night’s match is the first of two meetings during the 2011 season … the teams will wrap up the two-game 2011 series on Saturday, July 23, at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
- The teams last met on Sept. 18, 2010, a 3-0 Rapids victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
- The Revolution has not won the season series against Colorado since 2001, which was the first time the club won since the first two season series in 1996 and 1997
- The Revolution’s last win came in 2007, when the Revs took a 1-0 win at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 29, 2007, behind Khano Smith’s 88th-minute goal
- The Revolution and Rapids have yet to meet in a match outside of the MLS regular season
Player Notes vs. Colorado
- Kenny Mansally and Kheli Dube are the only two current Revs players who have scored goals against Colorado
- Mansally’s second-half strike in Commerce City in 2008 leveled the game and earned the Revs’ their first non-loss in Colorado since 2004
- Dube scored in the team’s match in Colorado in 2009, giving the team a 1-0 lead before the Rapids leveled in the second half on a penalty kick
- Shalrie Joseph has made a team-high 14 appearances against Colorado, recording one assist with a team-high 12 shots
- Marko Perovic recorded his first career MLS goal on April 24, 2010, against Colorado, a free-kick goal at Gillette Stadium
- Only six players started both matches against Colorado last season, including current Revs Kevin Alston, Marko Perovic, Pat Phelan and Sainey Nyassi
- Matt Reis is 7-6-3 all-time against Colorado, including five shutouts … with the Revs, he is 3-6-2 with two shutouts
Long-Awaited Meeting Possible?
Saturday night, the Nyassi twins – New England’s Sainey and Colorado’s Sanna – could finally face each other for the first time in the duo’s four- and three-year MLS careers … Sainey, who has been with the Revs since late 2007, has never had the opportunity to play on the field at the same time since Sanna entered the league in 2009 with Seattle … in each of the previous four occasions that Sainey and Sanna’s teams have faced each other, they have never been on the actual field at the same time … now that Sanna is with Colorado, the opportunity could come this weekend.
Last Man Standing
Zack Schilawski is the only Revs player who has appeared in all eight games this season … coming into Saturday’s game against Chivas USA, Stephen McCarthy and Schilawski had both appeared in every game, with McCarthy drawing the starting assignment in each match … however, McCarthy rested last game after playing 90+ minutes in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup win at D.C. United, so Schilawski – who started and played 90 minutes at Chivas USA – is now the only Revs player to see time in all eight games.
Final Open Cup Play-In Match Scheduled
The Revolution will travel to face Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, May 25, for the right to enter the proper U.S. Open Cup bracket … the Revs defeated D.C. United, 3-2, in the second round of MLS qualifying for the main Open Cup bracket last Tuesday night in Boyds, Md. … the time and venue for the Sporting Kansas City match will be announced at a later date, but the winner will move on to the third round (round of 16) in the main U.S. Open Cup bracket, joining seven other MLS teams.
Murray, Stolica on Loan in New York
Third-string goalkeeper Tim Murray and striker Ilija Stolica have been loaned to USL PRO side FC New York on multiple-month loans … the pair could be recalled at any time by the Revs if needed … both appeared in FC New York’s 2-1 home loss to Orlando City on Saturday night.
Coaching Staff Rounded Out
Peter Fuller, a three-time NAIA coach of the year, has joined the Revs’ coaching staff as its reserve team coach … Fuller spent the last 16 seasons at the University of Mobile where he won one national title, made five final four appearances and accumulated a record of 335-127-29 … a Sudbury, Mass., native, Fuller will also assist with first-team coaching and scouting duties while coaching the reserves.
Twellman Partners with Revolution Academy
The club’s all-time leading goal scorer, Taylor Twellman, has partnered with the Revolution Academy to present two goal-scoring instructional programs this year … with 101 career MLS goals, Twellman ended his MLS career fifth on the all-time goal-scoring chart … the Revolution Academy, presented by UnitedHealthcare, is the club’s integrated youth instructional and coaching program that spans New England with programs for all players’ age levels and skill levels … Twellman will run two new programs: Goal Scoring School (Boys & Girls: July 10-12) and the High School Elite Preseason Training Week (Boys: Aug. 8-11, Girls: Aug. 15-18) … more information can be found at www.revolutionsoccer.net/content/taylor-twellman-instructional-series
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Inductions to Happen in Foxborough
On June 4, ahead of the U.S.-Spain match at Gillette Stadium, the 2011 class of inductees to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame will be honored at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in a 12 p.m. ceremony … the 2011 Hall of Fame class includes: Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, Earnie Stewart, Bruce Murray (Veteran Ballot) and Bob Gansler (Builder Ballot) … the event is not open to the public.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT NEWS
Revs Go Undefeated against Bolts
The Revolution youth teams went a combined 1-0-1 this weekend with the Under-16s taking a 1-0 win, and the Under-18s earning a 1-1 draw, against their cross-town rival Boston Bolts … North Attleboro’s Devin Devoy scored the game’s only goal in the U16s’ victory, while Lincoln’s Cole Denormandie struck in the U18 game to help secure the draw … the Under-16s are now 7-6-6 and third in the Northeast Division of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, while the Under-18s are now 6-9-4 and fifth in the Northeast Division.
#WelcomeBennyToBoston Party: May 3
Head to McGreevy’s (911 Boylston St., Boston, Mass.) after work on Tuesday, May 3, to meet Revolution and U.S. National Team midfielder Benny Feilhaber at the #WelcomeBennyToBoston party … after a whirlwind arrival in Boston and a start in the team’s game against Kansas City less than 48 hours after touching down in the U.S., Tuesday’s meet-and-greet is an opportunity for Revs supporters and fans to meet the Revs’ newest star. The two-hour party starts at 6:30 p.m.
McCarthy to Visit Weymouth on Tuesday
Midfielder Stephen McCarthy will visit the Weymouth Soccer Association on Tuesday, May 3, with a 5:30 p.m. appearance at the Reilly Fields (48 Schoolhouse Rd.) … McCarthy will sign autographs and take pictures with Weymouth Youth Soccer players and families ahead of the town’s visit to the May 14 Revolution match against Vancouver.