As Gabriel Somi sent a looping through ball high into the Houston night, forward Cristian Penilla was in the midst of running perfectly to receive the ball just in stride. One bounce. Two bounce. Control. The Ecuadorian speedster turned to face Dynamo full-back Adolfo Machado, and takes his time, tiptoeing towards the Panamanian while he pedals backwards. A step-over. Scissors. Machado is shaken completely by Penilla, and cuts to his dominant right foot, where he (now only feet from Houston goalkeeper Chris Seitz), unleashes a blistering finish into the upper 90, putting the Revs up 2-0. The goal was brilliant. Just as his dribbling, and tactical awareness were the same. At the end of 90’, an undermanned Houston side left BBVA Compass Park with an added tick in the loss column, and the Revs were able to return home with their first road win on American soil in two years.
Earlier this afternoon, Patrick Vieira’s NYCFC squad traveled to Foxboro and took on the Revs in the fourth match-week of the season. Both teams were coming off of prior victories, as the Revs escaped their match against Colorado courtesy of a last-second free kick goal from Chris Tierney, and NYCFC having soundly beaten Orlando City last week. The Revs welcomed captain Claude Dielna back into the starting XI, as he had served his one match suspension for a red card accrued in the season opener against Philadelphia. NYCFC however, was without star and former league MVP David Villa, as well as Rodney Wallace, Ronald Mattarita, and Alex Ring, all contributing members to the usual starting squad for Manchester City Lite.
Coming off of a 2017 season that saw the departure of Jay Heaps, a new record for home wins in a single-season, and the sudden resurgence of Kei Kamara as the year wound down, things began to slowly start looking better for the Revs. Obviously, the year wasn't perfect, as the team failed to secure a win away from Gillette Stadium until the final game of the season, (which only happened thanks to a last second wonder goal from Kelyn Rowe). But as the offseason kicks into full swing, and the league welcomes in newcomer Los Angeles FC, the Revolution still have a lot left to accomplish.
By: Mike Corrado
I'm definitely not going to be the first person to say this, but god is it rough being a Revs fan. It's painful to think that 3 years ago, at this point in time, the Revs were surging, lead by brand-new acquisition Jermaine Jones, and league MVP candidate Lee Nguyen on a historic tear. Fast-forward to today, and the Revolution are 4 points out of a playoff spot, and are nearly out of playoff contention with one more New York Red Bulls victory. What went wrong this year? Well, a lot.
By: Mike Corrado
When I look around my room, I can see nearly every inch of my walls have been covered with Boston sports memorabilia. An autographed photo of Rick Middleton sits by my door, a signed football from Stephen Gostkowski and Jerod Mayo rests in a hanging case, a signed Marcus Smart T-shirt is draped over my bureau door. However, looking at any Revolution memorabilia I own shows an odd pattern. Jay Heaps is found in a ton of posters and playercards. In a campaign poster for the 2016 season, Heaps is pictured alongside Lee Nguyen and Jermaine Jones (Who ironically didn't even re-sign for that season). Now, don't get me wrong Jay Heaps was a great manager, but he hasn't been a great manager since 2014. In 2015, only a year after nearly winning MLS Cup, the Revs were bounced from the playoffs in the first round, and failed to even make the playoffs the following season. So, what the hell happened in that short of a time frame? Let's investigate a little.
By: Mike Corrado
With so much riding on this one game, there were bound to be some fireworks, and oh boy did we get some big ones. Both teams walked out on the field at Levi’s Stadium Wednesday night following incredible victories for both sides, with the United States beating Costa Rica with a dominating 2-0 victory, and Jamaica upsetting Mexico by way of a late bomb of a free kick from Kemar Lawrence. Head Coach for the United States, Bruce Arena, opted to field the same starting XI from their previous Gold Cup match against Costa Rica, whereas the Jamaican team featured many changes from their upset victory over Mexico.