16 April 2009

know your foe - new england revolution

know your foe - new england revolution

(this feature borrowed from Michigan blogs - Mzone & Spawn of Mzone)

DC United faces the New England Revolution Friday at 7pm, for their first nationally televised game of the year (ESPN2). The Revs enter the match second place in the Eastern Conference (2-0-1) with a game in hand, while United (1-1-2) sits in fourth place after last weeks loss to Real Salt Lake.

History

The Revs were one of the founding members of MLS, starting play in 1996 sporting what looked to be rejects from a remake of Joseph's Technicolor Dreamcoat. During their flight to play Chivas USA during 2008 SuperLiga play, Rev players encountered a naked passenger and hilarity ensued. Team staff helped to subdue an unruly passenger who had undressed and was attempting to open the plane's emergency exit during the flight. Disproving the common theory that "the revolution will not be televised" the Revs are the only original MLS team to have all of their games broadcast on TV, something DC area television stations could learn from.

Location

While it was rumored for a while that the Rev's would attempt to build their own stadium in South Boston, they play their home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachussets. Settled in 1704 and incorporated in 1778, Foxborough was named for Charles James Fox, Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom who was a staunch supporter of the Thirteen Colonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Foxborough Mass is home to Freddy Adu's ex-girlfriend JoJo, as well as fromer South Vietnamese President Nguyen Văn Thiue. Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002 and the playing surface was switched from grass to field turf in 2006. Gillette Stadium was the first soccer facility in the world to install the FieldTurf Monofilament System, a system that has also earned FIFA's 2-star rating

Nickname & Mascot

To keep in the patriotic theme with their other team, the Patriots, and because New England was a big part of the Revolutionary War, the Kraft family named the club the Revolution. In blatant discregard for Section 1 Title 4, section 8 (I & J) laws governing proper respect for the American Flag the Revs logo is depicted in Red brushstrokes as stripes in the American Flag. The stars are shaped to form a soccer ball. The name "New England Revolution" is at the bottom. Their mascot is Sly the Fox....clever huh. Named after a bar, if you can call it that in Quincy, MA - why? Beacause Quincee rawks you fawk!

Sponsor
The Revs are one of the few remaining MLS teams with out a lead sponsor. Old Man Kraft foots the bill for all team operations. Their 2009 kits have removed the team name from the chest similar to last years DCU jerseys prior to their partnership with VW. Which leads one to the only rational conclusion the team will be sponsored by Snuggie.
Head to Head Record


DCU leads the all-time series 24-20-6. They split the series 1-1-1 in 2008. The Revs have the added distinction of appearing in and losing all four MLS Cups they have advanced to. Tbe Rev's added a SuperLiga Trophy in 2008 defeating the Houston Dynamo 6-5 on penalty kicks.

Trophy Case


Completely empty until 2007, now the proud owners of two shiny trophies compared to United's 12.

US Open Cup - 2007

SuperLiga - 2008


Coach

Steve "shit the bed" Nicol has coached the Revs officially since 2002. During his playing career he notched 343 appearances with Liverpool, and 21 with the Scottish National Team. The team has advanced to the MLS Eastern Conference Finals in each of his years as coach until 2008, and returned to the MLS Cup in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Living up to his nickname Nicol's Revs have the unique distinction of having not scored a goal in regulation time in the first three of their four final appearances (losing all four).


Supporters Groups

The Midnight Riders. Not the rowdiest of bunches they sit in section two of Gillette Stadium, and regale the crowd with great chants such as this steaming pile:
From the halls of Foxboro Stadium
To the seats of Section 2
We're the mighty Revolution
And we're all red white and blue
Well we're drinking in the parking lots
And we're ready for a ruck (a ruck!)
If you meet us on the pitch tonight, You better bring more than your luck

You think Greg Alman would have been able to pen a better tune for a group in his namesake.

Roster

Notable former players include: Clint Dempsey, Andy Dorman, Alexi Lalas, Pat Noonan, Eric Wynalda, and former DCU players Raul Diaz Arce and Johnny Harkes. Their current roster is composed of the cheapest talent that Old man Kraft can get including the league's worst defender Jay Heaps, former United defender Chris Albright, Shalarie Joseph, and of course Taylor Twellman. The Revs have been a bit injury plagued listing TT as out for this Friday's match along with Chris Albright, and have goal keeper Matt Reis listed as questionable.

The Game



United has led all of their four games this year, and only held the lead one time. With Matt Reis and Taylor Twellman out I think United gets it mojo back and wins this one easily. 2 goals from Emilio, and 1 from Moreno.

Prediction: DCU 3 - NE 1



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