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Aug
05

Is it 2008 all over again?

It was exactly two years ago today that the Revs became the first – and to this point, only – Major League Soccer team to be crowned SuperLiga champions with a dramatic victory over the Houston Dynamo in a penalty shootout. As I reflect on that , it’s tough not to draw some parallels between the 2008 title run and the current 2010 tournament.

The Revs will have the chance to become the first two-time SuperLiga winner in a few weeks, as last night’s victory over Mexico’s Puebla F.C. (in a penalty shootout) sent them through to the final for the second time in three years. We won’t know who the Revs will face in that final until tonight’s semifinal between the Houston Dynamo and Monarcas Morelia is completed, but we do know it will take place on either August 23, 24 or 25 at Gillette Stadium.

With this being the two-year anniversary of the 2008 SuperLiga championship, I want to take a look at some of the similarities between that title run and the Revolution’s current chase for the trophy.

SuperLiga 2008
- Finished first in Group B with a record of 2-0-1, clinching the top overall seed
- Defeated a Mexican team (Atlante) in a semifinal at Gillette Stadium
- Allowed just one goal in the first four games en route to the final
- First four games resulted in three 1-0 wins and a 1-1 draw
- Hosted the final at Gillette Stadium, defeating the Houston Dynamo in a penalty shootout

SuperLiga 2010
- Finished first in Group B with a record of 3-0-0, clinching the top overall seed
- Defeated a Mexican team (Puebla) in a semifinal at Gillette Stadium
- Allowed just one goal in the first four games en route to the final
- First four games resulted in three 1-0 wins and a 1-1 draw
- Will host the final at Gillette Stadium against either the Houston Dynamo or Monarcas Morelia

Normally I would think I was twisting some of these to fit my argument, but it just seems like these are really uncanny. Particularly eye-catching to me was the similarity in the results (three 1-0 wins and a 1-1 draw through four games). Guess that means we’re in for a 2-2 draw and a penalty shootout in the final, just like it was in ’08?

Now, are there plenty of differences between ’08 and ’10? Absolutely. Most notably, the Revs were tearing up the league in regular-season play in ’08 prior to SuperLiga, while they’ve struggled through the first half of the 2010 season. I’m sure there are others, as well.

But I just thought I’d point out some of these similarities, because I find them pretty interesting. And because I’d love to think that the Revs on course for their second SuperLiga title in the last three years.

5 comments

  1. DaveB says:

    In the past few years I was not a big fan of SuperLiga because of the schedule congestion and taking focus away from league play. However, this year it seems to be just what the Revs, and the fans, need in what has been a disappointing season so far. Let’s hope the winning ways transfer back into MLS games as well.

    Note to SuperLiga: With the exception of the AR on the far sideline, the officiating Wed night was … (I have nothing good to say here, so I won’t say anything more).

    GO REVS!

  2. Levich says:

    DaveB…you’re on the money as to the officiating, especially in the first half. Among other non-calls, the Puebla keeper should have been shown a red and a PK given for taking down the Revs attacker (Mansally, I think?) when he was about to be beat hard for a goal. I couldn’t really see all of the offside non-calls for my angle, but some of those looked pretty bad to me.

    Anyway…I’m just happy with the shootout win. Let’s hope they keep up the good work and take out DC this saturday!

  3. cammiev says:

    Far be it from me to criticize the reffing, but who got these refs, anyway?
    I thought it actually was a pretty even match, Puebla couldn’t finish, and we had our troubles, too. Thank the Lord that Reis is back, and better than ever!
    Just a question on injuries: how are Alston and Perovic? and could we have an update on Preston Burpo?

  4. backseat says:

    I wanna feel bad for Mansally on that breakaway but he sets himself up for the call with his play during the rest of the game. He’s often late on his challenges and he and Nyassi took lessons from the same flop coach (who clearly isn’t very good…) Send them to italy and argentina where they can master their falls if you want to go there. I hate that crap anyway and mostly wished Mansally had stayed on his feet and buried that sucker

  5. Jeff Lemieux says:

    cammiev – As far as I know, the injuries to Alston and Perovic weren’t long-term but their availability for Saturday night is still unknown. We’ll have an update later today when we get a chance to see them at training and talk to coach Nicol.

    As for Burpo, I would like to get an interview with him on camera in the near future to give people an update. From what I can tell, he’s well ahead of a typical schedule from this type of injury. He’s walking around without any noticeable limp, and he actually traveled to Philly this past weekend just to be with the team and watch the game from the bench at PPL Park. Of course, he’s been added to the season-ending injury list so there’s no chance of him coming back this year, but he’s looking good.

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