New England Revolution Update
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Revolution (6-2-4, 22 pts.) will travel cross-country to play Chivas USA (5-4-2, 17 pts.) on Saturday, June 30, at 10:30 p.m. ET at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. In preparation for this weekend's match, the Revs will conduct three training sessions - two at Gillette Stadium - this week.
The Revs will train on the Lower Practice Field at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET, and conduct a training session at The Home Depot Center on Friday at 3 p.m. PT.
Members of the media who wish to attend training sessions at Gillette Stadium must inform the Revolution Communications staff by the close of business the day prior to guarantee admittance to the session.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION SCHEDULE: JUNE 25-JULY 1*
Monday, June 25 - Off
Tuesday, June 26 - Training at Lower Practice Field (Gillette Stadium), 10 a.m. ET
Wednesday, June 27 - Training at Lower Practice Field (Gillette Stadium), 10 a.m. ET
Thursday, June 28 - Travel Day
Friday, June 29 - Training at The Home Depot Center (Field TBA), 3-5 p.m. PT
Saturday, June 30 - at Chivas USA (The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.), 10:30 p.m. ET ... TV: TV38; Radio: WRKO 680 AM
Sunday, July 1 - Travel Day
*subject to change
REVOLUTION VS. CHIVAS USA
The Revolution leads the overall series between the two teams, 2-1-1, and has out-scored the third-year team, 5-3, in the four previous meetings ... each team has posted one defensive shutout in the series
The Revs are still searching for their first win against Chivas USA on the road, going 0-1-1 in the first two meetings ... New England is perfect at home against Chivas USA with a 2-0-0 record The Revs won the two-game season series in 2006, going 1-0-1 against Chivas USA ... New England earned a 3-1 victory at home on May 13, before earning a 1-1 draw in Los Angeles on Aug. 6
The teams split their first-ever season series in 2005 as each team earned a 1-0 victory on its home field
Saturday's game will be just the Revs' second against Chivas USA at its home field - The Home Depot Center ... last year, the teams played its west-coast meeting at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the first game of a special doubleheader featuring Chivas Guadalajara and Barcelona The Revs will be without forward Taylor Twellman for Saturday's game while he is with Team USA at Cope America in Venezuela ... Chivas USA will be without three players - goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defender Jonathan Bornstein and midfielder Sasha Kljestan - who were also named to the U.S.' Copa America roster by head coach (and former Chivas USA coach) Bob Bradley
REVOLUTION PLAYERS vs. CHIVAS USA
Taylor Twellman leads the Revs in goals (2) and fouls suffered (10) against Chivas USA, but will be unavailable for Saturday's game while he's with Team USA at Copa America in Venezuela Shalrie Joseph and Andy Dorman are the remaining Revs who have scored goals against the Goats
Shalrie Joseph, Jay Heaps, Marshall Leonard, Pat Noonan and Steve Ralston have all recorded assists against Chivas USA Matt Reis has registered an 0.75 goals against average, and is 2-1-1 overall including one shutout
Reis has averaged 4.5 saves per game against Chivas USA, making 18 overall in four contests
New England 1, Chivas USA 1
August 6, 2006 - L.A. Coliseum (Los Angeles)
The New England Revolution and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw in front of a record 92,650 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006 ... the crowd, which also came to watch the Chivas Guadalajara-Barcelona match that followed the MLS tilt, was the largest-ever to watch a Major League Soccer contest ... Taylor Twellman gave the Revs a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, converting a cross from Pat Noonan ... the lead was short-lived, however, as Jesse Marsch leveled the score in the 22nd minute to send the teams into halftime knotted at 1-1 ... the Revs had several late chances, but were unable to break through for the go-ahead goal, and finished the game drawn for the third straight game.
NEWS & NOTES
Top of the Heap ... Again
The Revs are back atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings with 22 points and a 6-2-4 record, one point ahead of second-place New York (21) ... New England has the fewest losses in MLS this season (2), and has the second-highest point total behind Dallas' 25 points (in 15 games) ... the Revs are also tops MLS in points per game (1.83).
Nicol To Coach All-Stars
By virtue of the Revs owning MLS' top points per game average, New England head coach Steve Nicol has earned the honor of coaching the MLS All-Stars against Scottish power Celtic FC in the annual MLS All-Star game on July 19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. ... Nicol's selection marks the first All-Star coaching assignment in his MLS career ... he was previously chosen to lead the MLS Select Team against Real Madrid in 2005 ... the 2007 MLS All-Star Game against Celtic will be televised live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on July 19.
Reis Up for ESPY Award
On Monday, June 25, ESPN announced that Revs goalkeeper Matt Reis was among the four nominees for the ESPY Award for Best MLS Player ... Reis was also nominated with Toronto FC's Jeff Cunningham, Los Angeles' Landon Donovan and D.C. United's Christian Gomez ... voting for the 2007 ESPYs can be submitted online at http://espn.go.com/espy2007/index.html#/vote/
Home Field Advantage
With a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday evening, New England moved its home record to 3-1-2 on the season with 16 goals scored (2.67 goals per game) ... the Revs have scored three or more goals in five of their six home games ... New England's 2.67 goals per home game is MLS' top home scoring average.
Cristman Tops '07 Rookie Pool
With an assist on Saturday evening against Toronto, rookie forward Adam Cristman solidified his position as the league's top rookie so far in 2007 ... 12 games into the season, Cristman leads all MLS rookies in goals (3) and assists (4) ... he has started nine games and has appeared in all 12 contests ... Cristman was a fourth-round draft pick - 48th overall - in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft ... he leads other rookie top rookie scorers Maurice Edu (top overall selection by Toronto FC; two goals, one assist), Michael Harrington (third overall by Kansas City; two goals, three assists) and Dane Richards (19th overall by New York; one goal, three assists).
Noonan Back on Track
Forward Pat Noonan recorded his second goal in as many games on Saturday evening against Toronto, marking the first time since the 2005 season that he accomplished that feat ... the last time we found the back of the net in back-to-back games was in a 3-1 victory at Columbus on June 22, 2005, and a 4-2 victory over the MetroStars on June 25, 2005 ... Noonan now has two goals on the season and has pushed his career total to 32 - third on the Revs' career list.
More Reis' Pieces
Goalkeeper Matt Reis recorded his fifth shutout of the season on Saturday evening against Toronto FC, elevating him into a tie for the MLS lead in the category with Chivas USA's Brad Guzan ... since the 2005 season, Reis has recorded more shutouts - 25 - than any other goalkeeper in MLS.
With two goals on Saturday evening against Toronto FC, midfielder Andy Dorman's pushed his season total to five goals ... his 2007 season total through 12 games (five) is one shy of his career-best total of six, which he recorded in 2006 in 32 games.
On Pace For Historical Scoring Year
With 24 goals through 12 games of the season, New England has already surpassed the halfway mark of its 32-game 2006 season total of 39 ... the Revs are averaging 2.00 goals per game on the season, after averaging 1.22 goals per game in 2006 ... New England is on pace to score 60 goals this season, which would set a new club record for single-season goals and would surpass the previous club record of 55 (2003 and 2005).
Revs' Trio is Golden
Three members of the Revolution were members of the United States' squad that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago ... the U.S. earned a 2-1 victory over rival Mexico to retain its regional title ... forward Taylor Twellman, midfielder Steve Ralston and defender Michael Parkhurst were among the 23-player roster that helped win the title ... Twellman appeared in all six of the U.S.' games, scoring one goal and adding one assist ... Ralston made three appearances, while Parkhurst made two.
Twellman Off to Copa America
After spending the last three weeks with Team USA at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, Revs forward Taylor Twellman has earned an extended stay with the national team as it heads next to Copa America in Venezuela this week ... the U.S. is one of two invited teams to South America's regional championship ... Twellman is one of eight players from the championship Gold Cup team who will also play in Copa America ... Twellman is the fourth-most capped player (26 caps) on the U.S.' Copa America roster, a 22-player group that includes 16 players with 10 or fewer caps.
Igwe at FIFA Under-20 World Cup
Rookie defender Amaechi Igwe has been named to the United States' 21-player roster for the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, which will be contested June 30-July 22 in six cities across Canada ... the U.S. will play in Group D at the World Cup, drawing Korea, Poland and Brazil, and will begin play on June 30 in Montreal against Korea ... Igwe has 11 caps with the U20s, scoring one goal for the youth national team ... his is one of a record 14 professional players on the United State's U20 World Cop roster.
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