7:33 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014

Shuttleworth saves the day for Revs

It’s often said that when a penalty kick situation arrives, the pressure falls on the penalty taker rather than the goalkeeper. But the opposite was true in the final moments of Saturday’s 1-1 draw between the Revolution and Fire. With the Revolution holding the man-advantage following Quincy Amerikwa’s 73rd-minute dismissal, and the match knotted at one apiece, goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth must have felt as if a pair of sandbags had been dropped on his shoulders when Juan Luis Anangono stepped up to take a 91st-minute penalty.

Revs' 1-1 draw with Fire feels like a win

Somehow, the New England Revolution escaped Toyota Park on Saturday with a point. A point that nearly slipped through their grasp. Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth made a game-saving stop on Juan Luis Anangono's stoppage-time penalty try to preserve a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire. The Fire were awarded the penalty in the 90th minute after Kevin Alston was whistled for handling on the goal line, leading to what should have been the go-ahead goal for the Fire.

W2W4: Revs at Fire, Sat., 4 p.m. ET

A classic conference rivalry will be re-ignited when the New England Revolution (2-3-1, 7 points) face the Chicago Fire (0-1-5, 5 points) at Toyota Park on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4pm ET. Saturday’s clash will be the first of three regular season meetings between the longtime rivals. Last year, the Revolution got the best of the Fire by going 2-1-0 during the season series. The Revolution enter the match fresh off a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo last weekend, while the Fire are coming off a 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact.

Barnes delivers in pinch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It is one of the toughest scenarios a substitute can confront: getting the hasty call to come into a game to replace an injured teammate. Not only does he have to get the blood pumping and the muscles moving, but he must sharpen his mental focus at a moment’s notice. But that’s the situation that Revolution defender Darrius Barnes encountered in last weekend’s clash with the Dynamo after center back Jose Goncalves picked up a right quad injury late in the first half following a sharp challenge from Ricardo Clark.

Revs deeply impacted by marathon bombings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Monday, April 15, 2013 was supposed to be just another routine off day for the New England Revolution. Like many a Monday during the regular season, it was a day the coaching staff gave the players to recover from the wear and tear endured during the previous weekend’s match. For the players, it was the perfect occasion -- a picturesque clear and comfortable early-spring day -- to head up to Boston. It was Patriots Day -- a state holiday.
Boston Herald Apr 14, 2014

Asian fans only have eyes for European soccer

HANOI, Vietnam — There were so few people watching Vietnam play Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening.Rewind seven months, when Arsenal visited, and the scene was very different.Families wearing the London club's red-and-white flocked past frenetic scalpers. From his rooftop portrait, Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh gazed down on the 40,000 people who cheered as the Gunners shredded the national team.

Bengtson hopes goal is first of many

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- More than a full calendar year had passed since Jerry Bengtson scored a goal in league play entering Saturday’s match. But when he stepped onto the pitch in the 78th minute, he had to like his chances. With the Revolution up a goal, and the Dynamo pressing for the equalizer, the Honduran forward witnessed what turned out to be the perfect opportunity to put his goal drought to bed. As the match marched into stoppage time, A.
Boston Herald Apr 14, 2014

Asian fans only have eyes for European football

HANOI, Vietnam — There were so few people watching Vietnam take on Hong Kong in a recent Asian Cup qualifier that turnstile staff hardly bothered checking tickets on the damp, cold Hanoi evening.Rewind seven months, when Arsenal visited and it was very different.Families decked in the North London club's red-and-white flocked past frenetically busy ticket touts. From his roof-top portrait, Vietnamese revolutionary and hero Ho Chi Minh gazed down on the 40,000 people who cheered as the Gunners shredded the national team.

Alston makes first career goal count

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It only stood to reason that Kevin Alston's first career goal in MLS could hardly be called scripted. Alston, who entered Saturday's contest goalless during his six-year career, ostensibly scored off a broken play that certainly didn't materialize the way it should have to steer the Revolution to a 2-0 win over the Dynamo. Looking to break the 0-0 deadlock in the 68th minute, the speedy fullback tried to play a give-and-go with Daigo Kobayashi yards before the box.
Boston Herald Apr 12, 2014
Revolution finish Dynamic win

Revolution finish Dynamic win

FOXBORO — The Revolution saw their defiant home field attitude surface late in the second half last night at Gillette Stadium.The Revs scored the game winner in the 68th minute and held on to shut out the Houston Dynamo, 2-0, in an Eastern Conference clash before a boisterous 14,259 fans.The Revolution avenged a 4-0 loss at Houston in the season opener and improved to 2-3-1 after being shutout in four of their previous five matches. The Dynamo fell to 2-3-0 with their third straight setback.
Boston Herald Apr 12, 2014

Alston, Bengtson score in Revs' win over Dynamo

FOXBORO, Mass. — Kevin Alston and Jerry Bengtson scored second-half goal to lead the New England Revolution to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.Alston, a defender who missed the last four games because of a pulled hamstring, scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute. Bengtson added a goal in stoppage time.New England (2-3-1) won for the second time its last three games and avenged a 4-0 loss at Houston in the opener. Houston (2-3-0) has lost three straight, allowed seven goals in that span.

Rapid Reaction: Revolution 2, Dynamo 0

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn't exactly ice cold, but the dish the Revolution served to the Dynamo still must have tasted a lot like revenge. Six weeks after the Dynamo handed New England its worst loss in nearly four years, the Revolution grabbed goals from Kevin Alston and Jerry Bengtson and held on to secure a 2-0 win on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Alston, who was penciled in at left back after a hip injury kept starter Chris Tierney out of the lineup, scored in the 68th minute.

W2W4: Revs-Dynamo, Sat., 5 p.m. ET

Six weeks after the Houston Dynamo handed them their worst defeat in nearly four years, the New England Revolution will get the chance to avenge their season-opening 4-0 loss on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET. Both sides are coming off of disappointing defeats last weekend. The Revolution (1-3-1, 4 points) fell 2-0 to D.C. United at RFK Stadium, while the Dynamo (2-2-0, 6 points) fell 4-1 to FC Dallas at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Revs notebook: Heaps takes a seat

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For the first time in his three seasons as Revolution head coach, Jay Heaps won’t be calling the shots from the sidelines on Saturday. Heaps, who was ejected in the 90th minute of last week’s match against D.C. United, will be serving a one-game suspension this week. And, to no one’s surprise, the fiery head coach is not happy about it. "It's not going to be good,” Heaps said. “Taking your medicine is never a good thing, and I think it's one of those situations where it is what it is, and I felt like there was a statement to be made.

Revs can't dig out of hole

It wasn’t the own goal that killed the Revolution’s chances from getting a win against D.C. United on Saturday. Rather, it was the response that came from it. Following the moment of misfortune that saw Jose Goncalves put a Cristian Fernandez cross into the New England net, the Revolution showed initiative, but ultimately became all too predictable in the second half of their 2-0 loss at RFK Stadium. “The own goal hurts, but I think everyone understood it happens in the game,” Heaps told the media after the match.

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