Montreal spares Revs, surprises with Ching selection

For the second straight year, the Revs emerged unscathed from the Expansion Draft as the Montreal Impact made 10 selections on Wednesday afternoon without plucking a player from the Revolution’s roster. This after the Revs had at least one player selected in each of the first six Expansion Drafts.

It didn’t take long for Impact head coach Jesse Marsch to raise some eyebrows, however, taking Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching with the first overall pick. Ching stated earlier this week that he would retire if selected by the Impact – instead opting for a job in the Dynamo’s front office – so we’ll see how that scenario plays out in the coming weeks. One has to imagine the Impact plans to work out a deal to ship Ching back to Texas.

You can find the full list of players selected by Montreal here. A couple of former Revs are among the list, including James Riley (who has now been selected in three Expansion Drafts, but was immediately traded to Chivas USA for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen) and Seth Sinovic.

What are your thoughts on Montreal’s picks?


Protected lists raise questions, generate discussion

They left who unprotected?

That seems to be the question on everybody’s lips this time of year – specifically the days immediately following MLS Cup – when clubs submit their 11-man protected lists ahead of the MLS Expansion Draft. Every year since 2006 (plus in 2004 and 1997) the league has conducted an expansion draft for clubs entering the league, and every year, without fail, fans and experts alike have been left puzzled by some of the names on the list of available players.

A quick glance through the news clippings this morning shows Freddy Adu, Omar Bravo, Brian Ching, Bobby Convey, Julian de Guzman and Andres Mendoza as some of the “big” names drawing attention because of their availability. Meanwhile, I’ve had questions from Revolution fans regarding the absences of Darrius Barnes, Milton Caraglio, Franco Coria, Ryan Guy and Kenny Mansally from New England’s protected list. All valid questions, for sure.

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MLS Expansion Draft: What would you do?

Two days ago, Jay Heaps was officially introduced as the head coach of the New England Revolution.

Now, the work begins.

Heaps’ first task in his new role will be to put together a list of 11 protected players ahead of the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft, in which the Montreal Impact will continue to shape its roster by selecting 10 players from other teams around the league. Each team must submit its list of 11 protected players on Monday, Nov. 21, while the actual draft will take place at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

As we’ve done in years past, we want to get your take on which 11 players you’d protect if it was your decision.

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Heaps on the DA Show

In case you missed it, check out Jay Heaps on the DA Show last night (with special guest Taylor Twellman).

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Jay Heaps on the DA Show


Coach K weighs in

Aside from our extensive coverage of today’s press conference, we also have this tidbit from Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (Jay’s former college basketball coach) on Jay’s hiring as the new head coach of the Revs. Needless to say, Coach K loves the move and has nothing but praise for Jay.


Heaps at the helm

To know Jay Heaps is to trust him.

Understandably, there will be those who are skeptical of the decision to bring in the former defender as the New England Revolution’s new head coach – a move which was officially announced on Tuesday morning – primarily because Heaps has no prior coaching experience. Point taken.

But Heaps will turn many of the doubters into believers when they hear the 35-year-old Revolution legend talk about his vision for this club. Of that I’m confident. In listening to Heaps speak about the monumental challenge he’s undertaken – and he’s well aware it’ll be a massive test – it’s impossible not to be moved by his passion and dedication. This is a man who doesn’t just love soccer. He loves the New England Revolution.

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The next head coach of the Revolution is …

Based on the projected timeline put forth by club president Brian Bilello, the Revolution is expected to announce the sixth head coach in club history sometime in the next couple of days.

There have been plenty of names floating around in recent weeks leading to much speculation as to who’ll fill the position. Who do you think will be the Revolution’s next head coach?


Heaps included into New England Soccer Hall of Fame

On Saturday, Oct. 29, former Revolution defender and current TV Color Analyst Jay Heaps was inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame at the Johnson & Wales Inn in Seekonk, Mass.

Also inducted were former Revolution player and current Providence College men’s soccer head coach Chaka Daley, former Luso-American Soccer Association league selection John Feeley, Rhode Island Over-30 Men’s League co-founder Joao Luis Ferreira, Soccer Rhode Island founder Larry Fish, Vermont Tech men’s soccer head coach Jamie Hutchins, former University of Rhode Island soccer star Kevin Murphy, and former Quinnipiac University men’s soccer head coach Victor Santos.

Revolution Vice-President of Business Development Craig Tornberg was on hand to deliver the keynote speech and President of RI Soccer Assoc. David Borts served as emcee.

Check out a few photos from the event after the jump. (Photos courtesy of Tony Biscaia)

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We’re sorry, blog (PLUS: We want your feedback)

We have seriously neglected this blog in recent months. Sorry about that, blog.

It’s not like we forgot it was here or anything. We’ve just been so caught up with the recent changeover on and so focused on keeping the content (written, video, audio) fresh on the main site that the blog was subsequently pushed to the backburner for a bit. It’s unfortunate that the content here on the blog has been severely lacking (read: nonexistent) for the past few months, but hopefully the look, feel, usability and improved content on the new site has been worth our time and undivided attention.

With that said, it’s absolutely one of our primary goals to increase our blog content next season, especially since it’s one of the easiest avenues (along with Facebook and Twitter) for fans to communicate with us on a regular basis. We enjoy getting that feedback, especially since here in the Digital department it really is our job to provide the fans with the content they crave. You’re the audience, and that matters.

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adidas headquarters visit

While on their recent trip to Portland, Ore. to play the Timbers, members of the Revolution visited the adidas North American headquarters.

The guys got a tour of the facility, Shalrie Joseph participated in an online chat on the adidas soccer Facebook page and of course, the guys finished off their visit with a trip to the adidas store to pick up some new gear.

Overall it was a great time for both players and staff, and I was there with video camera in hand to capture some of the event, which you can view below.

You’ll see one my favorite parts of the visit about 13 seconds into the video – and if you don’t know exactly whose adidas’ those are, you can see here.


Paying a visit to the Rose City

Today we embark upon our last West Coast trip of the 2011 season. I’m hoping it ends differently than our last nine trips to the Pacific Time Zone.

The Revs haven’t crossed the country and returned with three points since Aug. 20, 2009, when they claimed a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC in their first-ever visit to CenturyLink (then Qwest) Field. They’ve made the journey nine times in the two years since, going 0-7-2, with the two draws coming earlier this season on trips to face the LA Galaxy (1-1 on March 20) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (1-1 on April 6).

Obviously the goal will be to snap that streak in Portland, where we’ll head late this afternoon ahead of Friday night’s nationally-televised meeting with the expansion Timbers (11 p.m. ET, TV: FOX Soccer, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Revs and Timbers haven’t played since the early weeks of the season, when Stephen McCarthy and Jack Jewsbury traded first-half goals in a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium on April 2.

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Add your photos to

We always like to try new things here on, and we’d like to invite you to try this one along with us.

We’ve set up a system with our friends at Olapic for you to upload your own photos to, starting with this Saturday’s match against FC Dallas. You will be able to visit, and with a quick sign up or simply connecting through Facebook, choose the Revolution vs. FC Dallas Fan Photos gallery to share your photos with.

You can import photos from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and a host of other services right into the gallery, as well as just straight uploading photos from your computer as well.

Finally,  you can actually even tweet your photos at our official twitter account (@nerevolution) , use the hashtag #RevsFCDallas, and your photo will appear in that game’s gallery.

If you’d like a sneak peek at this, Season Ticket Holders can add photos to the gallery below from this year’s Meet The Revs event.

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