Joseph, Reis call out 'immature' Revolution team after loss

Joseph, Reis call out 'immature' Revolution team after loss

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Saturday night pretty much summed it up.

The way the New England Revolution lost to Real Salt Lake,2-1, at Gillette Stadium, typifies the season, according to Revs coach SteveNicol.

Not just with the way Real Salt Lake scored both of theirgoals, but also, with the timing of them, and more specifically, the timing of thegame-winner, which was scored by Alvaro Saborio in the 84th minute, not eventwo full minutes after Revolution midfielder Sainey Nyassi (originally creditedto Kenny Mansally) tied the game at 1-1 in the 82nd minute.

As far as the goals we allowed, theyre terrible goals,said Nicol after the loss. I mean, Salt Lakes a good team, but I thought wewere better than them tonight.

The Revs outshot Real Salt Lake 20-6, and held an 8-3shots-on-goal advantage in the game. They allowed two goals that could have,and probably should have been prevented. But somewhere within Saturday nightsloss that symbolized the entire 2010 season for New England, there was anotherissue that once again reared its ugly head.

And Shalrie Joseph went out of his way to point out, afterthe loss, that this Revs team has a whole lot of growing up to do.

You can take some positives out of it, but at the end ofthe day, we lost 2-1, and it shows in our maturity on the field, that we cantconcentrate for 90 minutes, and we start doing stuff when were not supposedto, said New Englands captain. Once we do that, we lose focus, we lose ourconcentration, and we start losing the game.

Joseph went on to say that maturity has been the teamsbiggest issue all season.

We have 23-, 24-year-olds, not to put their age on display,but at the end of the day, weve got to be able to stay concentrated for 90minutes, said Joseph. You dont give up goals like that. They basically hadnothing the whole game. We kept pushing the tempo, we kept attacking, we keptpossession well, we moved, created chances, and at the end of the night, werestill 2-1 down. You look, everybodys sour now. The mood in this locker room isjust down because you come out and dont win at all.

As veterans on the team, Joseph and Matt Reis both took someof the responsibility, when addressing those maturity issues after Saturday night's loss. But as vocalleaders, neither declined the opportunity to call out the rest of theRevolution squad.

Weve got to put that on me and Matt, said Joseph. Wevegot to get them going again. Weve got to be set and concentrate for 90minutes. But at the end of the day, it comes down to the individual on thefield. Theres 11 of us. Even though we play as a team, everybody knows theirwork, everybody knows their task out there, and they've just got to do it."

Weve lost a few leaders in this locker room, said Reis.And its time for the young guys to step up and realize theyre a key part ofthis team. Shalrie said its he and I, the two elder statesmen of the team, butin the end, whoevers out there has got to take control of their job and dotheir job.

Both of Real Salt Lakes goals came off set pieces a NatBorchers header off a free kick from 30-yards out in the 68th minute, andSaborios header off Javier Morales corner kick. Joseph said after the gamethat those types of goals are inexcusable. And everyone else agreed.

Theyre both basic-error goals, said Nicol. You go downthe park on Sunday morning, and you dont see two goals like that. Youshouldnt see two goals like that on a professional football field. And thatswhere we let ourselves down.

I mean, they were just basic errors that kind of stung usmost of the season.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard

Sounders rally to 3-3 draw with Revolution


Sounders rally to 3-3 draw with Revolution

SEATTLE - Osvaldo Alonso scored Seattle's third goal in a 13-minute stretch late in the second half to help the Sounders rally for a 3-3 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Trailing 3-0 with 15 minutes of regulation time remaining, Sounders midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro scored to spark the comeback. Will Bruin cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 85th minute, and Alonso tied it in the 88th. Joevin Jones was credited with assists on two of the three goals, while Lodeiro and Gustav Svensson both helped on the final tally.

Rare is a result so dissatisfactory for both sides.

New England (2-3-4) let what once looked like a sure win get away. Seattle (2-2-4) dropped two points most would have heavily favored to get at kickoff.

"What I'm most frustrated about is that those guys put so much effort and so much of themselves into the team and into the game," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said, "and they cannot reward themselves with a performance that gets us all three points. I'm disappointed that we (didn't) take three at home."

Revolution forward Juan Agudelo scored twice. The Revolution took the lead in the 15th minute courtesy of a gaffe by Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei. Daigo Kobayashi's shot from well outside the penalty box was tame, but the ball was still able to sneak through Frei's body before rolling into the back of the net.

"I didn't take my eye off the ball," Frei said. "It moved. I made a blunder. I gifted them a goal. . An error on my part. It's as simple as that."

Agudelo scored on a header 11 minutes later, then made it 3-0 early in the second half when he finished off a New England counterattack.

Seattle finished with 74 percent of the possession and a 26-8 edge in shots. The Sounders scored three times, taking their league-leading total in that category to 10 in eight matches.

"It's definitely a good feeling coming back and getting a point, but at the end of the day, we're at home. We can't be giving away three goals and be down 3-0 at home," Bruin said. "That's as a collective, as a unit, being tough to play against."

The result extends Seattle's home unbeaten streak to 14 in regular season and playoff action dating to last year, which ties the longest such mark in club history. New England is winless in five matches away from home.

"We're gutted in there," Revs coach Jay Heaps said. "We had it in our hands. We let two points slip away. That said, it's good for rallying. It's tough to come here. We focus on the positive, but we have to correct the negative. This is one of those where I think we'll spend a lot of time reviewing it."

The Revolution return to action next Saturday at Columbus, while Seattle hosts Toronto FC in a rematch of last season's MLS Cup final.

Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

Kraft-backed Boston soccer stadium plan is dead

A Robert Kraft-backed proposal for a $250 million soccer stadium at the site of the former Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester, Mass., appears to be dead.

Robert and Jonathan Kraft, owners of the NFL’s Patriots and New England Revolution of MLS, released a statement Friday that said, in part, “the project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time.”

Talks between the Kraft Group and UMass Boston, which bought the land for $18.7 million in 2010, have apparently ended.

Here’s the full statement from the Krafts: 

“In 2015, we were invited to put together a stadium proposal for the former Bayside Exhibition Center site. Since then, we have invested millions of dollars and thousands of staff hours to design and structure a venue that would benefit UMass Boston, the City of Boston and serve as an asset to the surrounding communities, with an operating plan that would benefit all local constituencies. We were committed to a fully-funded, privately-financed stadium that would have totaled an investment in excess of $250 million. There was also a full-value land lease to UMass that would have provided annual payments to the university. As is the case with any development opportunity, there were numerous hurdles to overcome and we regularly adjusted our plans to cater to the needs of the project. Unfortunately, and for reasons beyond our control, it has been determined that this project is not feasible to pursue on this site at this time. It is our goal to continue to seek development opportunities where we can invest in a soccer specific stadium that will benefit its surrounding communities while giving our fans and our players a venue they will be proud to call home for generations to come.”