Pre game chatter for Metroscums - Revs: Part 3 of 4.

Discussion in 'New England Revolution' started by goussoccer, Oct 27, 2003.

  1. goussoccer

    goussoccer Member+

    May 23, 2001
    Avon, CT
    Not sure if there really is all that much to say here, but that never stopped us before...

    All disciplinary points are re-set for the first playoff game, so no-one is sitting out for that.

    The only questions for us seems to be if Marshall Leonard has made a strong enough case for himself and/or if Jay Heaps is healthy enough to hold him off. Secondarily, while Noonan seems to have played himself into the starting lineup, has Fabbro established himself enough to start instead of a healthy JMM?

    Last, we need to stay healthy during the week of practice.

    Don't seem to be any Metros that are out due to injury besides Moreno (I would assume.)
     
  2. NFLPatriot

    NFLPatriot Member+

    Jun 25, 2002
    Foxboro, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    A few interesting stats:

    The Revs went 4-0-0 in October (as did the Pats).

    The Revs are undefeated in their final 7 games (6-0-1) and haven't lost since September 7th.

    The Revs are 4-0-2 in their last 6 home matches, and haven't lost at home since July 27th (the DC debacle).

    Not including the US Open Cup, the Revs are a combined 5-1-2 this year against NY and Chicago, and the 1 loss came in Naperville when half the Revs starters were out with injuries or suspensions (Kyle Singer's debut).

    Keep it rolling, Revs!
     
  3. brianzappa

    brianzappa Member

    Oct 21, 2003
    In a big country
    I agree about the Marshall Leonard issue. I felt really good when he was covering for Franchino. He was strong. Saturday, though, when he was in for Heaps, he was real strong on his runs, eluding two defenders at once a couple of times, but then he often broke down in his defensive role, and/or didn't get back to cover his spot after his run was through. He made me pretty nervous back there most of the match. Not that Heaps doesn't make one nervous. It's definately the best place to attack our line.
     
  4. soren_k

    soren_k New Member

    Oct 28, 2001
    What is the TV situation for this match?
     
  5. goussoccer

    goussoccer Member+

    May 23, 2001
    Avon, CT
    From MLSNET: All non-ABC/ESPN2 games available via MLS Shootout Package on DirecTV, Dish Network and iNDemand; Regional TV carriers TBD; confirmed MLS Cup Playoff TV schedule will be announced on Tuesday, 10/28/03
     
  6. Tea Men Tom

    Tea Men Tom Member

    Feb 14, 2001
    Ray Hudson said on the DC United radio show tonight that he would rather play the Metros instead of the Revs.

    His actual comment was it's going to take a major effort for anyone to get by the Revos.
     
  7. MouseyTongue

    MouseyTongue New Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    a box in the Chairma
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm glad that someone is finally recognizing the fact that the Revs are the hottest team in the league right now. The playoffs favor momentum even over team histories (i.e. even though DC has a better record against the Revs this year, Hudson would prefer playing the current Mutts).

    And no one is even close to being as hot as the Revs right now. Aside from the Revs 5 wins in a row, only Columbus ended the season with more than one win in a row. Here are the points from the last 10 games:

    25 Revs
    17 Chicago
    17 Columbus
    14 San Jose
    14 Kansas City
    13 Colorado
    13 Los Angeles
    12 DC
    11 Mutts
    7 Dallas

    Based on current form, you have to like the Revs chances of going all the way. These numbers also would indicate that the west is anyone's to take right now. In fact, if recent results mean anything (and granted they may not mean much) LA should prove a handful for SJ. Actually, I surely wouldn't mind if LA caught fire about now and set up the "home and home" MLS Cup series so the Revs can return the favor and win it in front of the LA crowd at their new stadium :D
     
  8. gotyourback

    gotyourback Member

    Jul 18, 2002
    Aurora/Arlington
    Is it possible that JMM could be in full health come the first game?

    I'd rather not mess with the chemistry right now. Play Fabbro and bring a healthy JMM in at 60.
     
  9. Soccer Doc

    Soccer Doc Member+

    Nov 30, 2001
    Keene, NH
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    My Guess: I think JMM has been sitting out these last few games in order to heal sufficiently for the playoffs. I doubt we will see him play this Saturday on the carpet but will see him on the 9th---if we need him. IF--we get to play on the 15th, I think you will see a very hungry and on fire JMM.

    I don't worry about a change in starters upsetting the chemistry of this team. The chemistry seems to be within the roster with every player ready to do his part when asked to step up. SN may not get Coach of the Year again but he's done a "high five" job in molding this squad and getting them to peak out at just the right time.

    For what it's worth, I don't think we will have an easy time getting past the Mutts. I think Bradly will have his guys ready and if Pope is in the field the Muttsw are a different side than the one we've rolled over the last two matches. Still, smart money would be on the Revs.

    George
     
  10. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Member+

    Apr 25, 2000
    SE Mass
    Is it Saturday yet?

    What George said. Bradley's move - resting the 1st team last Sat.- is not going to smell good if Metro gets hammered at home. I suspect he is pulling out all the motivational stops for this one. Metro has loads of talent, but it's hard to develop a rhythm where there hasn't been any for a month.

    JMM vs. Fabbro is a toughy.

    I love MT's idea of revenge at the HDC, although I think a lot of LA fans would root for the Revs if SJ was the opponent.
     
  11. The Magpie

    The Magpie Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Cambridge, MA
    Fabbro probably played his best game in a Revolution uniform this past weekend, and seems to be developing a good working relationship with Noonan.

    I'd just as well leave things alone and if necessary, bring on Joe-Max as a sub.

    The Magpie
     
  12. REV-OKe

    REV-OKe Member

    Apr 4, 2001
    yup - plus his match fitness all but relegates jmm to subs role... fabbro's goals have had a ton of luck, (not that luck isn't important) but, he does hold the ball up ok, and seems to knock some decent passes around...
     
  13. goussoccer

    goussoccer Member+

    May 23, 2001
    Avon, CT
    Good points on JMM's match fitness. I love the guy, but agree that he will probably be a sub. The other thing that Fabro seems to bring is a bit of that 'target forward' presence. The size and physical presence that JMM doesn't bring. We'll see, it certainly is nice to have options.
     
  14. MouseyTongue

    MouseyTongue New Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    a box in the Chairma
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Today's Herald provides some news on the health of players. JMM apparently is practicing at full strength and is ready for this week. Franchino was icing his injury but said he will be ready. Shalrie quit practice early due to a hip flexor but it didn't sound serious (?) And Noonan hobbled off with an unidentified problem in his right foot. He was quoted as saying he thought he turned it and it wasn't bad but that it wasn't a bone injury. (Of course it wasn't a bone injury, Rev forwards break their left feet ;) )

    Anyway, that sounds like a 50-50 report. Perhaps someone here who gets to practices could update us.
     
  15. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Member+

    Apr 25, 2000
    SE Mass
    It's probably an obvious point, but...

    we are already stretched way thin.
    This article gave me a chill. One more injury to a key player, and we're play-off toast. Marshall, and maybe Kante, are our only quality depth until JMM is back. Cancela and Joseph are irreplaceable period.
     
  16. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander New Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Cumberland Co, ME
    Will the plastic grass be a problem?
     
  17. BrianLBI

    BrianLBI BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 7, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The only thing that worries me is that the plastic grass keeps JMM on the bench. I think we need him to come on around 60'.

    I don't suppose, given the Giants play the Jets at 1PM on sunday, that they will have pitch cleared of football markings. Ugh.

    Brian
     
  18. ftruscot

    ftruscot Member

    Feb 20, 2002
    Franklin, MA
    Re: It's probably an obvious point, but...

    I think you need to add Cullen to the "quality depth" pool.
     
  19. Beast_Ed

    Beast_Ed Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    Boston MetroWest
    Joseph and Cancela ... geez ... is there a better midfield duo in the league ? I think not. I think the Rev's will take it all the way for sure. Here's the lineup:

    --- Fabbro --- Noonan
    Kamler ---- Cancela ---- Ralston
    ---------Joseph---------------
    marshall--llamosa--Peirce---Heaps
    -------------Brown-----------

    Subs: JMM, Brown
    Fan: Beast_Ed
     
  20. MouseyTongue

    MouseyTongue New Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    a box in the Chairma
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Franchino says he'll be ready so I doubt Leonard will start. And Chris Brown's left foot is as broken as TnT's so neither will play. Then again, Preki was scoring champ with only one foot ;)

    Aside from the strikers this is the regular lineup, that bodes well, especially when you can count on production from the substitute forwards. Confidence has to be running high that the Revs come out of the swamp with nothing less than a tie!
     
  21. MouseyTongue

    MouseyTongue New Member

    Feb 16, 2001
    a box in the Chairma
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Noonan was held out of practice Thursday and Franchino is still nursing a quad, but both are still expected back.

    A great quote from SN in the Herald today, ``It was good,'' said Nicol. ``The boys enjoyed it. We got some work done. That's what it's about. Enjoy yourself and get some work done. If you can do that you have a chance.''


    What a concept, ENJOY playing! I remember that Willie Stargell used to point out that the umpire doesn't shout "Work ball!" A relaxed, confident team that is excited and enjoying itself is a tough team to beat.

    We Rev fans have never had more reason for hope going in to the playoffs. These are the good ol' days!
     
  22. gotyourback

    gotyourback Member

    Jul 18, 2002
    Aurora/Arlington
    Good reference. Man, I can't remember being this excited, even at opening whistle at MLS cup last year.

    I'm feelin' it.
     
  23. BrianLBI

    BrianLBI BigSoccer Supporter

    Sep 7, 2002
    New Hampshire
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This thread has been relatively quiet for a team that has a PLAYOFF game tomorrow!

    I'm excited, and a little nervous. Unlike last year when I was just thrilled to be attending a playoff match, now I have expectations. I'm curious to see how the guys react to the two match format.

    Brian
     
  24. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander New Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Cumberland Co, ME
    I've been having fun on the metro's thread.
     
  25. Rodan

    Rodan New Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Providence
    Oboy. Thirty minutes till game time. The pre-game jitters in full swing...
     

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