Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Revs travel to Seattle for Sunday match
By Brian O'Connell
After taking only two points from last week’s two-game home set, the Revolution (3-7-6, 15 points) will fly west to face the Seattle Sounders (6-4-7, 25 points) for a Sunday afternoon match at the newly-christened CenturyLink Field.
The game will mark the first time the Revs face the Sounders in 2011, and will kick off at 4 ET. Locally, the game can be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
The Revs, who are currently in a three-way tie with Toronto and Chicago for sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, will attempt to secure their first win since their May 14 victory over Vancouver.
-- Saturday’s match could mark the return of midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who’s status was upgraded to “probable” on the team’s June 21 Injury Report. The 27-year-old center half, who suffered a sprained right ankle during the May 28 match against Los Angeles, has missed the club’s last four matches.
-- While one Revolution midfielder may be ready to return to the pitch, another midfielder’s status is uncertain for Sunday’s match. Chris Tierney was listed on the June 21 Injury Report as “questionable” with a left foot contusion.
-- The Revolution reserves (2-2-1, 7 points) claimed a 3-2 victory over the Toronto FC reserves (0-2-1, 1 points) yesterday at BMO Field in Toronto. Dominik Machado, Otto Loewy and Ryan Guy all scored while homegrown player Diego Fagundez assisted on all three goals. The Revs reserves will return to action on July 18 against the Philadelphia reserves.
-- The Revolution U-16s will head to Frisco, Texas, this weekend for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy playoffs, which will run June 24-28 at Pizza Hut Park. The U-16s clinched a playoff berth after they claimed a 3-1 win over Oakwood SC on June 11.
-- Former Revs midfielder/forward Clint Dempsey scored his second goal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament during the United States’ 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday at RFK Stadium. Dempsey, who played three seasons (2004-06) in New England before departing for Fulham FC of the English Premier League, is now tied with Bruce Murray as the fifth-leading scorer (21 goals) in U.S. Men’s National Team history.
-- Another familiar face making waves this summer -- albeit on a smaller scale -- is former Revolution trialist Jose Angulo. The 23-year-old striker, who trialed with the Revs during the 2008 preseason before suffering a knee injury, has picked up six goals and two assists in 11 games with the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL-PRO) this season.
-- Quote of the Week: "Our next three games are at Seattle, at Salt Lake, and [home] against Manchester United. So [we should go] 3-0, I think, and hitting our stride,” quipped Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan after Saturday's 1-1 draw against Chicago.