Quakes shake Revs, 2-1


Quakes shake Revs, 2-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

The New England Revolution said this one was all about pride. But the result was awfully similar to what the Revs have seen throughout most of the season.

A pair of goals from San Joses Chris Wondolowski handed the Revolution their fourth
straight loss on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The defeat didnt mean much to the Revs in the standings. They were already eliminated from playoff contention.

But after tying the game at 1-1 in the opening minutes of the second half on a Benny
Feilhaber goal, it looked as if that pride was going to carry New England to at least one point on Saturday night.

But in the 82nd minute, Wondolowski added his second of the game, and it was the same old, same old at Gillette.

Dj vu, said Revolution coach Steve Nicol after Saturday nights loss. We make
chances, dont take them, and we give up bad goals. Seen it too many times before.

The Revs have two more games this season, but it sounds as if Nicol has seen enough
losses because of late-game mistakes on the back end.

To be honest, the guys that have played in the back have a lot of games behind
them, said Nicol. Cant disguise the fact weve made too many mistakes too often,
defensively, and it costs us games.

And again tonight, weve made chances. Ok, we havent taken them, but weve made a few chances. How we dont score at the end, as well, just kind of sums it up. But we give them, I dont know, three chances and they put two in the net. We keep doing that and youre going to lose games.

Nicol doesnt believe his team needs anything more to be motivated about. Its simply
about execution.

Its not a case of motivation, to be honest, said Nicol. Its people making mistakes. I dont think its a matter of motivation. We went forward for most of the evening. We just havent been able to deal with counter attacks or simple long balls from the goalkeepers hand.

You spend the night going forward and try to push them. We didnt miss any open
goals. We certainly had four of five occasions in which we might have scored, and we
could be sitting here with four or five goals behind us, but we havent. And weve lost the game because we make basic errors defensively.

What else so you say? Its kind of been the same story for most of the season, added Nicol. Weve done the same things. Weve made chances and not taken them and then given up bad goals and we end up losing games.

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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.”