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.

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Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Chile wins 2nd straight Copa America title as Messi misses


Chile wins 2nd straight Copa America title as Messi misses

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Lionel Messi still awaits his first title with Argentina's national team.

Messi put his penalty kick over the crossbar, Francisco Silva converted Chile's shootout finale and La Roja won their second straight Copa America title by beating Argentina 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

Playing two days after his 29th birthday, Messi lost a final for the third year in a row following an extra-time defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and a penalty-kicks loss to host Chile in last year's Copa America. The five-time FIFA Player of the Year has won four Champions League titles and eight La Liga crowns with Barcelona, but has never taken a trophy with Argentina's senior team.

For its 100th anniversary, South America's championship was expanded to 16 nations and played in the United States, and Argentina was hoping to win its first major title since 1993.

In an ill-tempered match that included an ejection on each side and eight yellow cards, the match was scoreless through regulation and 30 minutes of extra time, with Argentina's Gonzalo Higuain missing a clear goal-scoring opportunity for the third straight final. Argentina outshot Chile 16-4 and La Roja collapsed three, four and even five defenders around the bearded Messi, then chopped down the diminutive attacker when he tried to accelerate toward the goal.

Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, had a free kick 28 yards out in the 115th minute after Francisco SIlva fouled him, but the ball deflected off the wall and over the crossbar. Messi's 35-yard free kick was headed on target by Aguero in the 10th minute of extra time, and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo jumped extended his right hand to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero saved the opening kick by Arturo Vidal, and up stepped Messi, the best player of his generation and considered alongside Brazil's Pele and Argentina's Diego Maradona as the sport's greatest ever. While he won the titles at the under-20 and Olympic (under-23) levels for Argentina, in the minds of many he needs a title with his nation's senior team to solidify his place as one of the greats.

Messi sent his shot over Bravo — his Barcelona teammate — and into the stands. Messi turned, bowed his head and clenched both fists in frustration.

Nicolas Castillo and Charles Aranguiz converted their kicks for Chile, and Javier Mascherano and Sergio Aguero made theirs, leaving the teams tied 2-2 after three rounds.

Jean Beausejour put Chile ahead, and Bravo dived to his right, saving Lucas Biglia's shot and bringing up Silva, a 30-year-old midfielder. Messi briefly pulled his jersey of his face, as if not wanting to watch.

Romero dived to his left and the shot went in to his right, giving Chile another title.

Messi crouched over, as if in pain, then got up, took off his captain's armband and walked to the bench, where he was consoled by Angel Di Maria. After Messi came back on the field, Aguero put a hand on one of Messi's shoulders. And new FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave Messi a pat on the back when Messi came onto the podium with his teammates for his second-place medal. Messi almost immediately took it off.

It was the fourth final loss for Messi, who also played for Argentina in its penalty-kicks loss to Brazil in the 2004 final.

A crowd of 82,076 at MetLife Stadium — the largest to see a soccer game in New Jersey — raised the tournament total to just under 1.48 million. The average of 46,119, nearly double the 25,223 in Chile last year, will be used by the U.S. Soccer Federation as evidence it deserves to host a World Cup again, likely as part of a bid for the 2026 tournament.

Brazilian referee Heber Lopes became the focus in the first half, ejecting a pair of defenders: Chile's Marcelo Diaz in the 28th minute and Argentina's Marcos Rojo in the 43rd. After issuing six yellow cards during a World Cup qualifier between the nations in March, Lopes handed out eight yellows, including one to Messi for diving in the 40th minute, and the two reds.

Diaz got his first yellow for hacking down Messi about 28 yards out in the 16th minute, then got his second for obstructing a charging Messi about 30 yards out. Rojo received a straight red when he slid into Arturo Vidal from behind and poked away the ball, but Vidal's leg bent awkwardly under his body as he fell.

Higuain had the best first-half chance in the 21st minute when he picked up a giveaway from Gary Medel, dribbled in and chipped the ball over Bravo only to have it roll wide of the far post. It was almost the exact time he broke in alone during the World Cup final against Germany and also shot wide. Higuain also missed a tap-in of Ezequiel Lavezzi's cross during the final minute of regulation in last year's final, then sent his penalty kick during the shootout over the crossbar.

Revolution shut out by D.C. United, 2-0

Revolution shut out by D.C. United, 2-0

WASHINGTON -- Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United an early lead that stood up in a 2-0 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

D.C., after being shut out in its two previous games and four of six, opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Luciano Acosta chipped a perfect pass over the defense to the foot of Neagle, who volleyed it in from 10 yards out.

Sean Franklin scored the second goal, his first of the season, when he knocked in Neagle's cross. Albaro Saborio sent a long ball down the right sideline that Neagle ran down and crossed to Franklin for the easy counter.

D.C. (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth in the Eastern Conference with its fourth shutout in the last seven games and improved to 2-0-1 in the series this season.