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No doubt Nguyen most valuable to Revs

No doubt Nguyen most valuable to Revs

Lee Nguyen took the long and winding road from promising midfielder to Revolution linchpin. His journey included stints in Denmark, Netherlands and Vietnam and a brief and humbling interlude in Vancouver. He toiled away earnestly for the chance to reveal his best qualities consistently, secure a prominent place in a successful team and transform into one of the top candidates for MLS’ Most Valuable Player award.

Revs' turnaround started in back third

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Two months ago, the New England Revolution hardly looked like a team that would reach the postseason, never mind earn home-field advantage in the conference semifinals. But inside the locker room, the belief never wavered. Despite sitting below the red playoff line and licking their wounds from an eight-game losing streak that lasted over two months, the players and coaches never hung their heads. They never dwelled on their failures.

Revs draw Crew in conference semifinals

The New England Revolution will face the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinals after Gregg Berhalter’s side beat the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City lost to the New York Red Bulls on the final day of the regular season. The first leg of the conference semifinals will take place at Crew Stadium on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. ET. The second leg will be played at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. ET. What it means: While some Revolution fans may have wanted to see their side square off against Sporting Kansas City for a rematch of last year’s conference semifinals, the New...
Boston Herald Oct 26, 2014

Revolution Notebook: look to keep late momentum

As they completed their regular-season schedule last night against Toronto FC, the Revolution focused intently on their form heading into the postseason.There were few other distractions on hand with the club locked into the second seed in the Eastern Conference before the affair. The visit from the eliminated Reds did not matter in the standings, but it did provide yet another opportunity to sustain their recent impressive run (8-1-1 in the previous 10 matches).

Revs top Toronto in tune-up for playoffs

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jay Heaps knew that the outcome of Saturday's season finale wouldn't impact his team's spot on the table. But that didn't mean it was a meaningless match. Looking to tighten up the proverbial screws before the postseason arrived, Heaps wanted to see his team clamp down defensively, which is precisely what the Revolution did in their 1-0 win over Toronto FC . "It's always good to get the result," Heaps said. "But we were really happy with the way we defended, giving up very few shots, and not giving up a goal was exactly our game plan.
Boston Herald Oct 26, 2014
Door to Door: Revs' miracle man

Door to Door: Revs' miracle man

Charlie Davies probably shouldn’t be alive today. The Massachusetts-born New England Revolution player is a modern miracle. Five years ago, just after he was selected for the FIFA World Cup with the U.S. national team, he was in a car accident and suffered severe injuries, including bleeding in the brain, a ruptured bladder, and facial, leg, rib and elbow fractures. Perseverance and modern medicine not only helped Davies recover, but also helped him play again.

Rapid Reaction: Revolution 1, Toronto FC 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Lee Nguyen bolstered his credentials for league MVP by scoring his MLS-best ninth game-winning goal, steering the New England Revolution to a 1-0 season-ending win over Toronto FC on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in front of a season-high 32,677 fans. Nguyen scored his team-leading 18th goal of the season in the 35th minute when he buried a short pass from Chris Tierney inside the box. The midfielder finished the regular season with 18 goals (4th in MLS) and five assists, and strengthened the Revolution's playoff cause down the stretch by grabbing 12 goals in his last 14...
Boston Herald Oct 25, 2014

Revolution look to keep roll going

FOXBORO — For the moment, there simply isn’t anywhere for the Revolution to go.The victory in Houston last weekend, combined with results elsewhere, locked them into the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The identity of their opponent — either Columbus, New York or Kansas City — hinges on results elsewhere this weekend.

W2W4: Revolution host Toronto FC

With their postseason ticket punched and the second seed secured, the last item on the regular-season agenda for the New England Revolution (16-13-4, 52 points) is Saturday’s finale against Toronto FC (11-14-8, 41 points) at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s match comes 10 days after the Revolution claimed a 2-1 win over the Dynamo in Houston, a game in which Lee Nguyen tallied twice to help his team avoid a mid-week knockout-round matchup.

Nguyen focused on Revs, not USMNT snub

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As deserving as he was for a national team call-up, Lee Nguyen said Wednesday that he wasn't surprised he didn't hear from U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann ahead of last week's friendly versus Honduras. Despite leading all pure midfielders in MLS with 17 goals and scoring a league-best eight game-winning goals, Nguyen said that with his team looking to lock up second place, he wasn't expecting to get the call for Klinsmann. "I knew it was a long shot," Nguyen said.

Revolution secure No. 2 seed in East

The New England Revolution have locked up the second seed in the Eastern Conference thanks to losses from Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls over the weekend. What it means: Home-field advantage for the conference semifinals, as well as the Revolution's best finish since 2007. The first leg of the two-leg series is set for the weekend of Nov. 1-2, with the second leg to follow at Gillette Stadium during the weekend of Nov. 8-9. Dates and times have not been announced.

Revs' extra push pays off against Dynamo

If anyone thought that a draw would’ve been just as good as a win for the playoff-bound Revolution in Houston on Thursday, they were mistaken. It wasn’t so much a matter of avoiding complacency. Rather, it was about something much more tangible: a top-3 finish in the standings, which allows a team to avoid a mid-week wild-card matchup. To that end, the Revolution came out of the locker room for the second half intent to not only climb out of a deficit created by a 37th-minute Giles Barnes strike, but to overtake their orange-clad opponent.

Nguyen again sparks Revs to victory

If there’s a mantra the Revolution have lived by this year, it’s this: When in doubt, leave it to Lee Nguyen. The team’s leading scorer tallied twice to send the New England Revolution (16-13-4, 52 points) to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo (11-16-6, 39 points) on Thursday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. After Giles Barnes opened the scoring in the 37th minute, Nguyen tied it in the 65th minute on a curling shot that found the upper corner of the net.

W2W4: Revolution at Dynamo, 8 ET

Less than a week after clinching a playoff berth, the Revolution (15-13-4, 49 points) will be looking to strengthen their hold on second place in Thursday’s clash against the Houston Dynamo (11-15-6, 39 points) at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Revolution head into Houston coming off a 2-2 draw with the Impact in Montreal, where they were forced to dig themselves out of not one, but two deficits to the last-place squad.
Boston Herald Oct 14, 2014

Revolution on upswing

Lee Nguyen offered an appropriate conclusion to the Revolution’s playoff chase with his equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Montreal on Saturday.Nguyen’s looping effort curled off a lunging defender, dipped at the perfect time in its arc and nestled behind stranded Impact keeper Evan Bush. The shot did not take the most direct route to goal, but the end result secured a point and a postseason berth with two matches remaining in the regular season.“It’s been a few seasons’ worth of ups and downs in one,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said yesterday.

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