Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Revs look to extend unbeaten streak
By Brian O'Connell
After reeling off a three-game unbeaten streak (1-0-2) on the road, the Revolution (4-9-9, 21 points) will attempt to replicate their recent success when they return to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for an inter-conference game against Chivas USA (6-8-8, 26 points).
The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet New England. A local radio feed is available on The Sports Hub 98.5.
For the Revs, the match represents an opportunity to inch their way toward the middle of the Eastern Conference standings. On the other end of the field, Chivas USA will aim to rebound from its 1-0 road loss to FC Dallas last weekend.
-- On Tuesday, the Revolution signed their first-ever Designated Player with the addition of Argentinean striker Milton Caraglio. The 22-year-old, who previously played for Rosario Central in the Argentinian second division, attracted the attention of West Ham United last summer before the English side ultimately declined to offer him a contract. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound striker scored 11 goals in 49 games for Rosario and is expected to bolster the Revs’ attack down the stretch.
-- For the third time in their last four games, the Revs will be without a starter due to red card suspension. During last Saturday night’s game against Sporting Kansas City, center back A.J. Soares was issued a straight red card for a tackle on C.J. Sapong in the 82nd minute. Without Soares, the Revs may plug in Ryan Cochrane in the center of the defense alongside Darrius Barnes or Otto Loewy.
-- Rookie midfielder Stephen McCarthy, who left the Kansas City match due to injury in the 33rd minute after awkwardly falling on the ball, is listed as “doubtful” on the team’s Aug. 2 injury report with a left shoulder dislocation. Meanwhile, Pat Phelan and Franco Coria -- who played the entire 90 against Kansas City -- were added to the injury report this week. Phelan is listed as “questionable” with a right hip flexor strain while Coria is listed as “out” with a left MCL strain.
-- Saturday night’s game against the Goats will wrap up the Revs-Chivas USA regular-season series. On April 30, the Revs were thrashed 3-0 by Chivas at The Home Depot Center in a game dominated by the Goats from start to finish.
-- While the Revs may be enjoying a recent streak of success, their youth counterparts found themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum last week. During the Generation Adidas U-17 Cup tournament, which was held in the sweltering heat of Frisco, Texas, the Revs U-17 squad melted, going 0-4-1 against MLS Youth Academy competition.
-- Quote of the Week: “It’s nice... The atmosphere is great and it’s a lot better than playing in a baseball park.” -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis’ initial assessment of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City’s brand new stadium. Prior to moving into the new stadium, Kansas City’s home park was CommunityAmerica Ballpark, a minor-league baseball stadium that was not-so-favorably converted for soccer.