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Charlie Davies attacks new opportunity

FOXBORO — Every match adds another layer of responsibility for Revolution forward Charlie Davies. At Brooks School and Boston College, he was a speedy threat capable of dashing behind the line at any point, but his pace isn’t enough to thrive now. There are larger considerations at hand to aid the team and keep Davies in the central role he craves.

Revs keep eye on Red Bulls' unsung heroes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For all the praise that Thierry Henry and Bradley Wright-Phillips have received this year, one opposing coach believes that some of the duo’s success can be traced to a pair of less-heralded teammates. While the midfield maestro and his golden boot-winning teammate will have their compasses pointed toward the New England net come Sunday, Dax McCarty and Eric Alexander will quietly go about their business to provide defensive cover.

Jermaine Jones: Revs want to attack vs. Thierry Henry, Red Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- During the conference semifinals against Columbus, the Revolution offense put the rest of the postseason field on notice when they racked up a record seven goals. Now, with a potent New York attack on tap, it's the defense's turn. Revolution coach Jay Heaps knows that his backline will be challenged by the Red Bulls' offense during the conference finals. But it's fair to say the spotlight will shine especially bright on his fullbacks come Sunday's first leg clash at Red Bull Arena.

Three Revs up for MLS awards

Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen is among three finalists for league MVP, while teammates Jermaine Jones and Charlie Davies are also up for individual honors after MLS announced the finalists for its annual awards on Thursday. Joining Nguyen on the shortlist for hardware is Jones, who was named a finalist for Newcomer of the Year, and Davies, who was named a candidate for Comeback Player of the Year. Nguyen (18 goals, 5 assists) is up against Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins (17 goals, 13 assists) and Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane (19 goals, 14 assists).

Revs look to conquer Red Bull Arena demons

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Red Bull Arena has never been a particularly hospitable place for the Revolution to play since it opened its doors four years ago. And center back A.J. Soares doesn’t expect that to change much anytime soon. Although the Revolution enter Sunday’s first leg of the conference finals as the higher seed against the resurgent Red Bulls, Soares knows it won’t be easy for his squad to snap its six-game winless streak at the state-of-the-art stadium.

New development in Revs' quest for Boston stadium

Are the New England Revolution getting close to building a long-sought soccer-specific stadium? According to a report from the Boston Globe on Tuesday, the club’s owner, the Kraft Sports Group, is eyeing a location in Boston proper, a city-owned parcel of land in South Boston alongside I-93: There’s no debate that a new stadium is at the top of the wish list for all parties involved. Earlier this year, Revolution co-owner/investor Jonathan Kraft noted the importance of building a soccer specific home for the club.

Five storylines for Revs vs. Red Bulls

After dispatching the Columbus Crew in the Conference Semifinals last week, the New England Revolution will hone their focus on the New York Red Bulls, whom they'll meet in the Eastern Conference Final series. The first leg is set for Sunday, Nov. 23, at Red Bull Arena, while the second leg will follow on Saturday, Nov. 29, at Gillette Stadium. Here are five storylines we’ll be keeping an eye on as Sunday’s first leg approaches: Andrew Farrell’s status.

Revolution vs. Red Bulls: Positional breakdown

After enjoying a weekend away due to the international break, the Revolution will ramp it back up this week as they prepare for the first leg of the Easter Conference final against the New York Red Bulls on Nov. 23 at Red Bull Arena. The second leg will be played at Gillette Stadium on Nov. 29. Here's an early position-by-position look at how the longtime conference rivals stack up against one another: Goalkeeper: Both sides feature top-notch shot-stoppers, no question.

Jones, Nguyen see action in U.S loss

Jermaine Jones started at center back while Lee Nguyen came on as a second-half substitute in the United States’ 2-1 loss to Colombia in Friday’s international friendly at Craven Cottage in London. Here are some quick hits from a match that featured both of the Revolution’s representatives: The Jermaine Jones Experiment continues: For the second straight U.S. match, Jones, a midfielder by trade, found himself penciled in at center back.
Boston Herald Nov 14, 2014
Taylor Twellman agrees to 8-year extension with ESPN

Taylor Twellman agrees to 8-year extension with ESPN

BRISTOL, Conn. — Taylor Twellman is staying with ESPN instead of moving to Fox.ESPN said Friday that the former New England Revolution forward has agreed to an eight-year contract extension through 2022.Twellman started at ESPN in November 2011 and replaced John Harkes as the network's lead soccer analyst. ESPN has rights to Major League Soccer and the U.S. Soccer Federation under an eight-year deal that starts next year and also will televise the 2016 European Championship.

Revolution reaping benefits of adaptability of Charlie Davies, Teal Bunbury

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ask any coach, player or fan to list what makes a team successful on offense, and you'll probably get the following: pace, creativity and chemistry. Yet one quality that often goes overlooked is precisely what makes the Revolution attack tick. As dangerous as they've looked in enemy territory in recent weeks, it's unlikely the Revolution would've reached their first Conference Final in seven years without one key ingredient: adaptability.

Soares doesn't mind wait for Red Bulls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After winning 11 of their last 13 and crushing the Crew 7-3 on aggregate in the conference semifinals, it seems that the last thing the red-hot Revolution would want is a week off from game action. But according to center back A.J. Soares, the extended wait -- which is due to the FIFA international break -- isn’t something he feels will dent the momentum they’ve carried since late August. “I don’t think it matters really,” Soares said.

Nguyen, Jones won't have weekend off

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- There may not be any playoff action this weekend due to the international break, but a pair of Revolution players could be back on the pitch before the end of the week. A day after the Revolution clinched an Eastern Conference final berth with Sunday’s 3-1 win over the Crew, midfielders Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen both boarded a flight for London for U.S. Men’s National Team action. The U.S. will play Colombia on Friday in London before wrapping up this year’s fixture list the following Tuesday against Ireland in Dublin.

Bunbury's team-first mentality paying off

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Teal Bunbury doesn’t mince words when he says that his true position is center forward. But that mindset hasn’t kept him from making an impact out on the wing. Bunbury, who was originally acquired to fill the void up top left by Juan Agudelo’s departure, has become one of the Revolution’s most valuable attacking assets this season. And on Sunday, he proved his value once again. After assisting on Lee Nguyen’s opening goal in the 43rd minute, and finding the back of the net himself in the 77th minute, the striker at heart hinted that he may have found a new...

Shuttleworth repeatedly saves the day

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- For all the talk about the firepower the Revolution brandished in Sunday’s 3-1 win, it took a stout performance from goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to keep the Crew from creeping back into the Conference Semifinal series. Shuttleworth made six saves in Sunday’s contest, but Revolution coach Jay Heaps singled out one particular stop as the reason why the Revolution were able to keep their foot on the gas throughout the second half.

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