Revolution vs. Sporting KC - March 23

Wind wreaks havoc on Revs’ home opener

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It wasn’t quite the blizzard conditions the national teams of the United States and Costa Rica dealt with last night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, but heavy wind made playing attractive soccer a futile effort on Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City played to a rugged 0-0 draw.

Both sides struggled with the conditions, which made passing nearly impossible and wreaked havoc on any balls played through the air. Even passes on the ground were at the mercy of the wind and at one point Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen struggled to take a free kick when he couldn’t get the ball to sit still on the turf.

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Who was the first person you called after being selected first overall in the 2013 SuperDraft?
“Well, my parents and my grandparents were there. My aunt and uncle and cousins were there, too. So a lot of people were [at the draft]. But on the phone? I got more than 150 texts, so whoever was the last person that texted me, I texted them.”

You spent 10 years (ages 5-14) living in Peru. What did you enjoy most about that experience?
“I really enjoyed the food and I also enjoyed the culture. The culture’s a lot more laid back than it is [in the United States]. If you’re an hour late, you’re actually kind of early. I like to relax. Everybody should just calm down a little bit."

Why the blonde Mohawk?
“I’m a big Alex Song (Barcelona) fan and he has kind of a blonde Mohawk thing going on. I always tell people who ask me that my grandma likes to watch my games and she never knows who I am on the field, so I [got the Mohawk]. But really it’s because of Alex Song.”