Mar
21

Revs vs. RailHawks – Postgame thoughts

With a new five-year CBA signed, the 2010 MLS schedule is set to kick off on Thursday night (March 25) when the expansion Philadelphia Union visits Seattle Sounders FC at 9:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. Two nights later (March 27), the Revs will open their regular-season schedule against the LA Galaxy at The Home… Continue reading »

Mar
19

Random observations on a Friday morning

It seemed fitting that our seventh and final training session in North Carolina was conducted under absolutely ideal conditions this morning at WakeMed Soccer Park. The temperature hovered right around 70 degrees and there was not a cloud in the sky as the Revs ran through final preparations for tomorrow night’s preseason finale against the… Continue reading »

Mar
19

Save the best training day for last

Friday was the last day of preseason training for the Revolution – not only in North Carolina, but overall. When the club gets back to Foxborough, everyone will be in regular-season mode. But before we get into that, the team enjoyed hands down the nicest weather of the trip so far today. There was not… Continue reading »

Mar
18

Videira and Shuttleworth help kids “Be Active”

You might assume that a professional soccer player’s obligations are finished once the final whistle blows to end a training session or a match. Admittedly, sometimes that is the case (as outlined in the “What to do on an off day in N.C.” blog post from Sunday afternoon). More often than not, however, Revolution players… Continue reading »

Mar
17

Revs vs. Duke – Postgame thoughts

By now, you’ve probably seen the news that the Revs played to a 1-1 draw with Duke University in an early-morning scrimmage today at WakeMed Soccer Park. While a 1-1 draw with a college team might seem like a disappointing result just 10 days shy of the regular season, it’s important to remember that preseason… Continue reading »

Mar
16

Random observations from a Tuesday morning

I love watching training sessions the day before a game. While the build-up throughout the week is enjoyable and much information can be gleaned from the small-sided games and possession drills, there’s nothing like watching a full-field, 11 vs. 11 scrimmage from the touchline. That’s typically the main event the day before a game, as… Continue reading »

Mar
14

What to do on an off day in N.C.

After last night’s preseason win over the Charlotte Eagles, the Revolution players and traveling staff have today off to regroup and prepare for another week of training, beginning tomorrow morning. Many take the opportunity of a day off on the road to sleep in, catch up on some TV or reading, and generally just relax. But the fact is, there’s… Continue reading »

Mar
14

Revs vs. Eagles – Postgame thoughts

It’s safe to say that there were a few adverse conditions for the Revs to deal with last night in their preseason match against the Charlotte Eagles. First of all, the two-and-a-half hour bus ride from Cary to Charlotte put a completely different twist on the pregame routine for players who are accustomed to no more… Continue reading »

Mar
12

Looking forward to a date with the Eagles

It’s been more than two weeks since the Revs last stepped on the field to face an opponent other than themselves in a preseason match. More importantly, it’s been more than four months since they played a match in a stadium, at night, in front of a crowd. They’ll finally have their chance tomorrow night… Continue reading »

Mar
12

More first impressions – Joseph Niouky

As promised yesterday when I posted my first impressions of trialists Marko Perovic, Gareth Williams and Andres Raad, I wanted to dedicate a similar post to Senegalese midfielder Joseph Niouky. Of course, the main difference here is that while the three trialists are only potential signings, Niouky’s name is already signed on the dotted line and… Continue reading »

Mar
11

Twellman and Reis on the mend

I’ve spent much of the past few days talking about trialists and newcomers, but it’s important not to forget that it’s been a core group of players which have made the Revolution one of the most successful teams in Major League Soccer the past eight years. While it’s true that some players have moved on… Continue reading »

Mar
11

First impressions on a trio of trialists

While the current 12-day trip to North Carolina is vital to the players who are already part of the Revolution’s roster as they prepare for the season opener in just two weeks, a good deal of focus must also be paid to the three players currently on trial with the club – Marko Perovic, Gareth Williams and… Continue reading »

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