It’s been awhile …

In context of many situations, 17 days doesn’t seem like such a long time. But when we’re talking about days between New England Revolution games, it’s as long as it gets.

Because the Revolution’s match against the Philadelphia Union was postponed when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast, the club ended up with a 17-day break between its last game against the New York Red Bulls (Aug. 20) and its rescheduled meeting with the Union (Sept. 7). Never before had the Revs gone so long between games. They’d had similar breaks between league contests – as recently as last year when they took a 21-day break for the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – but friendly matches or SuperLiga contests or U.S. Open Cup games had always filled the void.

It’s been a long couple of weeks – the Revs have trained nine times and played two reserve games since their last first-team match – but the hiatus is finally coming to a close as this afternoon the club will be off to Philadelphia ahead of tomorrow night’s meeting with the Union.

Early forecasts call for rain for pretty much the duration of our stay in the Keystone State, but at least it won’t be a hurricane. So that’s a step in the right direction. Considering the tornado we ran into during a U.S. Open Cup game in Kansas City and Irene postponing our originally scheduled match in Philly, I think we’ve dealt with enough natural disasters for one season.

No matter the weather, we’ll bring you a full slate of coverage on Wednesday, beginning with “Revolution Soccer Gameday” from Philadelphia … even if I have to do my best Jim Cantore impression.


First look at Monsef Zerka

With Kenny Chesney set to take the stage here at Gillette Stadium later this evening, a large majority of New England Revolution staff members will be sent home early today to avoid the heavy traffic expected in the area. But before escaping the madness, a few of us headed out to this morning’s training session to get a first look at new signing Monsef Zerka, who joined his Revolution teammates on the practice field for the first time today.

Zerka will have plenty of time to get acclimated before the Revolution’s next game, which is now set for Wednesday, Sept. 7, after this weekend’s scheduled meeting with the Philadelphia Union was pushed back 10 days because of safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Irene.

Here are a few pictures of Zerka (who’ll wear number 19) from this morning’s training session. We plan to speak with the 29-year-old for the first time next week – the Revs will be off for the next three days – so keep an eye out for that video.

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Why do they call it the Buckeye State?

This might come as a shock to many of you (READ: This isn’t going to shock any of you), but road trips are endlessly more rewarding for everyone involved – including traveling staff members like myself – when we pick up points.

That’s why the six straight losses the Revolution suffered on the road from mid-April through the end of June weren’t very much fun for anyone. Losses make for quiet bus rides, dejected locker rooms and frustrated postgame quotes. It’s also why our travels in the month of July – in which the Revs went unbeaten (1-0-3) in four road trips – were much more memorable.

As we prepare to leave for Columbus later this afternoon ahead of Saturday night’s meeting with the conference-leading Crew, all I ask is that we stretch that unbeaten run away from home to five. Preferably with three points instead of one. Because that would be better.

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Random questions on the Far Post podcast

On this week’s Far Post Podcast (listen here), once we were done talking about the Revs’ first-ever DP signing in Milton Caraglio, we had some random off-topic subjects come up (shocking, I know).

As you’ll hear on the podcast, some of these topics generated some tough questions that we decided we’d let our listeners/readers provide their answers to in this here space.

So put on your thinking caps, people, and provide your answers to these questions in the comments below.

1. What would Meat Loaf not do for love?
“Bat out of Hell” shouldn’t be on any top 10 list anywhere, I maintain my stance on this.

2. What should we do with our Teal Bunbury bobbleheads?
Myself and Jeff Lemieux each received these from the fine folks at Sporting KC

3. Should Jeff Lemieux wear track suits to Revolution matches  instead of khakis?
JWro is calling for change – should Jeff Lemieux listen?

4. Is there a correlation between mullets and dislocated shoulders?
Stephen McCarthy has a mullet and has dislocated his shoulder multiple times. Mel Gibson had a mullet in Lethal Weapon and has dislocated his shoulder multiple times. Coincidence?

Let us know what you think!


Let’s try this again, Kansas City

I can only hope this weekend’s trip to Kansas City goes a bit more smoothly than our last journey to The Show-Me State.

For those who don’t recall, the Revs visited KC back in late May for a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Sporting Kansas City and not a whole lot went right during our stay. We landed minutes ahead of an end-of-the-world type storm, were confined to the hotel lobby and ballroom for much of the following afternoon as a tornado touched down in the city, and to cap it all off our team flight back to Boston was cancelled. Oh, we also suffered a 5-0 loss in the actual game, which was played amidst driving rain and swirling winds.

But there’s good news! We’ll start with a fresh slate when we take off for a return trip to Kansas City later this afternoon, and I’m willing to give it another shot. I’d certainly like to leave with some better memories this time around.

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Info regarding your Thursday night plans

Do you want Benny Feilhaber to serve you a drink?

The answer, of course, is yes.

Well, today’s your lucky day. More specifically, Thursday is your lucky day, because that’s when Feilhaber and teammates Matt Reis, A.J. Soares and Chris Tierney will hop behind the bar at Market (21 Broad St., Boston, MA) to mix and serve drinks as celebrity bartenders. There’s no cover charge for the event (READ: It’s free) and the players will be serving up tasty beverages from 6 – 9 p.m.

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Revs take to the pool

With yesterday being a travel day, the Revs were still able to sneak in a short workout upon arriving in Denver from D.C. – and what better way to do this than beating the heat in the hotel pool? A few of the guys took part in some relay races as well, check out the video to see who came out on top.


Three is good, but six would be better

Last night was a good way to kick off our only two-game road trip of the season.

Of course, the Revs claimed three points with a 1-0 win over D.C. United at RFK Stadium – amidst sweltering heat, I might add – riding Stephen McCarthy’s 73rd-minute goal and a clutch performance from goalkeeper Matt Reis to victory. The win was the Revolution’s first on the road this season and snapped a nine-game winless run dating back to mid-May. So we can finally stop talking about it.

Most importantly, the win will hopefully provide a springboard into the second half of our current road trip, which continues in Commerce City, Colo., on Saturday night when the Revs visit the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids.

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Fagundez joins first team for road swing

It was time to bust out the big suitcases today as the Revs embarked upon their only multi-game road trip of the season with stops in Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colo., on the docket. The team caught an early afternoon flight out of Boston and arrived at the team hotel in the Nation’s Capital – our first destination ahead of Wednesday night’s game against D.C. United – around 2:30 p.m. following a short flight down the east coast.

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Saturday morning cartoons

It felt a bit unnatural sleeping late in my own bed on a Saturday morning, but that’s exactly what I did today. I suppose that’s what happens when you play a rare Monday night road game.

As everyone (hopefully) gets outside to enjoy the beautiful weather this holiday weekend, the Revs will be taking off for Salt Lake City late this afternoon as they prepare for Monday night’s special Independence Day meeting with Real Salt Lake. That game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET and the action will be televised live nationally on ESPN2 – or, of course, you can catch the radio call on 98.5 The Sports Hub - so it’s a perfect way to round out the long weekend.

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Have those frequent flyer numbers handy

Yesterday, the Revolution’s youth teams traveled to Frisco, Texas, where the Under-16s will participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs and the Under-18s will take part in the accompanying Showcase.

The first team will follow suit later today when the Revs head to the Pacific Northwest for a Sunday afternoon meeting with Seattle Sounders FC. Kickoff from newly-minted CenturyLink Field is set for 4 p.m. ET so make sure you keep that schedule clear for some Sunday afternoon soccer.

If you’ve been following along with our preview coverage this week here on, you’re probably well aware of the fact that this weekend’s trip to Seattle kicks off a stretch in which the Revs will play five of their next six league games on the road. It’s a grueling stretch which will take the Revolution all the way into the month of August and how the club fares away from home in the coming weeks could well determine where it establishes itself in the Eastern Conference standings.

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MLS Matchday App – Now with Revs video!

Let’s face it, we all love our smartphones and tablets for many different reasons.

On any given week, we here at generally post 4-5 videos (including RevsWrap, Box to Box, Video updates, and more). So we’re happy to announce that now you can now catch these videos anytime you want and any place you want using the FREE MLS Matchday 2011 app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices.

Simply click on the ‘Videos’ tab under ‘My Club‘ and you’ll find all the latest videos from Note: The ‘Videos’ tab at the bottom of the app will take you to all of the videos.

And for you iOS users, you can also stream videos from the app directly to your tv using an Apple TV. And I am in no way affiliated with Apple or getting any kickbacks from mentioning this – just think it’s pretty awesome and I am a big fan of the Apple TV!

Finally, if you’re looking for highlights from every match, those have been and still are available in the app in the ‘MatchDay‘ tab. Just select which game you wish to view highlights from and watch away.

What do you all think of the MLS MatchDay app? Give us your feeback in the comments.

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