Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

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Revs can't blame blown lead on red-carded Reis

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO -- New England goalkeeper Matt Reis made nine saves onWednesday night. Unfortunately for the Revolution, the one he didnt make inthe 90th minute was the difference between a win and a draw.

The Revs played to a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo onWednesday at Gillette Stadium. For 86 minutes, it looked as if New Englandwould snap a four-game winless skid, thanks to Ryan Cochranes goal in thefourth minute that gave the Revolution an early 1-0 lead.

But in the final moments of the match, a Dynamo corner kickresulted in an aerial header by Houstons Carlo Costly. Reis made the initialsave, but as he fell to the ground at the goal line, Dynamo defender BobbyBoswell snuck in and knocked home the loose ball that Reis couldnt completelyhold onto.

It was, no doubt, a devastating turn of events.

To lose the two points in the 90th minute, obviously stings in the throat,said Revolution coach Steve Nicol. But if were honest, we were under a lot ofpressure tonight, and we stood up well. But we just couldnt hold on at theend.

That pressure came immediately following Cochranes earlyscore, but Reis was there for each and every one of Houstons chances. He wasmaking leaping saves, diving saves, you name it. If a ball was coming his way,Reis was making the stop. It was just that type of night for him.

And because of it, nobody in the New England locker room isputting the blame on him.

Reis showed that hes the best goalie in the league, saidRevolution defender A.J. Soares. Were lucky to have him. He kept us in thegame the whole time. Everyone does a job, and he did a great job tonight.

Revs captain Shalrie Joseph also had high praise for Reis,saying that the rest of the team let their goalkeeper down on the game-tyinggoal in the 90th minute, by not clearing out the loose ball after Reis initialsave.

Oh he was huge, said Joseph. This is probably the bestIve seen him this year, as far as I can remember. He just kept us in it. Hemade huge saves from the beginning of the game.

He was, by far, the man of the match on both teams. Therewasnt even anybody else close to him.

The Revs will have to do without Reis on Saturday night athome against the New York Red Bulls, because once the game was complete, theofficials reviewed a scrum in the final minutes (extra time) of the game, andruled that Reis pushing of Houstons Adam Moffat was deserving of a straightred card.

Just moments after the Dynamo tied the game, Reis came tothe defense of teammate Pat Phelan, who was initially pushed into the corner byMoffat.

Immediately after the game and before a ruling was made Nicol didnt believe that the incident was worthy of any red cards.

I hope common sense prevails, said Nicol. Its one ofthose nonsense things that happen at the end of he game, but hopefully theofficials will use their common sense. Nobody deserves to get a red card.Thats just a lot of huffing and puffing.

About 10 minutes later, Reis was heard yelling in a sideroom, presumably while being told he would receive a straight red card, andmiss Saturdays match.

Reis did not speak to the media afterwards, but after hisperformance on Wednesday night, its certain that he will be dearly missed.

Cochrane was removed from the game in the 76th minute, andwas replaced by Phelan. Cochrane was taken out early because he was hit in thehead by Houstons Cam Weaver in the first half.

Cochrane had blurry vision and gave it a try in the secondhalf, but it was in everyones best interest to not allow him to finish.

He couldnt focus properly on the ball, so we had no choicebut to bring him off, said Nicol.

Cochrane will be further evaluated on Thursday.

I just had kind of like burred vision for most of thegame, said Cochrane. I was just trying to shake it at half time. I reallydidnt sit down at half time. I just kind of walked around and kept thatadrenaline moving and pumping. And then it was just kind of precautionary toget off the field. I just couldnt shake it really.

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Sounders rally to 3-3 draw with Revolution

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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.”