2012 New England Revolution season

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New England Revolution
2012 season
Owner Robert Kraft
Coach Jay Heaps
MLS Conference: 9th
Overall: 16th
MLS Cup Did not qualify
U.S. Open Cup Third round
Desert Diamond Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Saër Sène (11)
All: Saër Sène (11)
Highest home attendance 25,534 v Chicago Fire (October 20)
Lowest home attendance 6,149 v Colorado Rapids (May 2)
Average home league attendance 14,002
Home colors
Away colors

The 2012 New England Revolution season was the team's seventeenth year of existence, all in Major League Soccer. The team opened its season on March 10 at the San Jose Earthquakes and concluded on October 27 at Montreal Impact. New England's first home league game was March 24 against the Portland Timbers.

Overview[edit]

Offseason[edit]

The New England Revolution had plenty of turnover during the offseason after finishing in last place in the Eastern Conference the prior year. The Revolution fired longtime coach Steve Nicol after 10 seasons with the club, and hired former long-time New England Revolution defender Jay Heaps to replace Nicol. Heaps had most recently worked as the color commentator for Revolution broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet New England and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Preseason[edit]

The New England Revolution started training camp in Arizona culminating with a scrimmage against the PDL club FC Tucson which the Revolution won 2-1. New England then returned home for a few more weeks of training along with two scrimmages against the Boston College Eagles of the NCAA, both of which ended in Revolution victories.

The Revolution then returned to Arizona in order to participate in the 2012 Desert Diamond Cup. Their successful preseason continued with 3 consecutive victories over the Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and Real Salt Lake in order to advance to the Desert Diamond Cup championship game. The Revolution lost the final to the Galaxy, 4 - 2 in a penalty shoot-out.

March[edit]

The Revolution opened the regular season on March 10, 2012 all the way across the country to San Jose, California to face the San Jose Earthquakes. A first half mistake by Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph was converted into a goal by Chris Wondolowski. New England was never able to recover from that mistake and ended up losing their season opener 0-1 to San Jose. One week later, the Revolution traveled to Kansas City, Kansas in order to take on Eastern Conference favorites Sporting Kansas City. Revolution defender Stephen McCarthy was sent off on a controversial tackle in the 14th minute. The Revolution, who were suffering from numerous injuries to their defense corp was unable to survive 76 minutes with only 10 men and ended up losing 0-3 to Sporting Kansas City.

New England had their home opener on Saturday March 24, 2012 against the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution came out of the gates fast with a scorer be new striker Saër Sène in the 1st minute. They were able to shut down the Timbers for the rest of the game and get new head coach Jay Heaps his first MLS victory with a 1-0 result. Once again, the Revolution traveled cross country to Carson, California to face the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 31, 2012. Once against the Revolution scored early off a cross from Shalrie Joseph to rookie Kelyn Rowe for the first goal of his MLS career in the 10th minute. The Revolution attack continued and lead to another goal by Chris Tierney in the 13th minute and added one more to their tally off a Saër Sène goal in the 65th minute. The Galaxy were able to break through and finally score one off the foot of Robbie Keane in the 78th minute, but the Revolution held on to record their 2nd victory of the year, 3-1 over Los Angeles.

Squad[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Matt Reis
2 Germany DF Flo Lechner
3 United States DF Tyler Polak
5 United States DF A. J. Soares
6 United States MF Michael Roach
7 United States MF Blair Gavin
8 United States DF Chris Tierney
11 United States MF Kelyn Rowe
13 Guam MF Ryan Guy
14 Uruguay MF Diego Fagundez
17 The Gambia MF Sainey Nyassi
18 United States MF Juan Toja
19 United States MF Clyde Simms
No. Position Player
22 United States MF Benny Feilhaber
23 United States FW Blake Brettschneider
24 United States MF Lee Nguyen
25 United States DF Darrius Barnes
26 United States MF Stephen McCarthy
27 Honduras FW Jerry Bengtson
30 United States DF Kevin Alston
34 United States GK Bobby Shuttleworth
39 France FW Saër Sène
40 United States GK Tim Murray
80 Colombia FW Fernando Cárdenas
92 France FW Dimitry Imbongo
99 United States MF Alec Purdie

Last updated: September 5, 2012.
Source: Official Roster

Squad information[edit]

Player movement[edit]

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 12, 2011 United States Clyde Simms MF United States D.C. United 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft [1]
January 12, 2012 United States Kelyn Rowe MF United States UCLA SuperDraft, 1st Round [2]
January 12, 2012 United States Tyler Polak DF United States Creighton University SuperDraft, 2nd Round [2]
July 5, 2012 Honduras Jerry Bengtson FW Honduras CD Motagua Transfer [3]
August 1, 2012 United States Blair Gavin MF United States CD Chivas USA Trade [4]
Germany Florian Lechner DF Germany Karlsruher SC Free transfer [citation needed]
Sweden Björn Runström FW Sweden Hammarby IF Free transfer [citation needed]
France Dimitry Imbongo FW Germany TSV 1860 München II Free transfer [citation needed]
August 27, 2012 Colombia Juan Toja MF Greece Aris Thessaloniki Allocation [5]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 23, 2011 United States Alan Koger FW unattached waived [6]
November 30, 2011 Morocco Monsef Zerka FW Romania FC Petrolul Ploiești | Option declined [7]
December 1, 2011 United States Ryan Cochrane DF San Antonio Scorpions FC Option declined [7]
December 1, 2011 Argentina Franco Coria FW Argentina Chacarita Juniors Option declined [7]
December 12, 2011 Zimbabwe Kheli Dube FW Chicago Fire 2011 MLS Re-Entry Draft [1]
December 12, 2011 Liberia Otto Loewy DF unattached waived [6]
December 12, 2011 United States Andrew Sousa MF Boston Victory S.C. waived [6]
December 31, 2011 Argentina Milton Caraglio FW Chile C.S.D. Rangers contract not extended [8]
January 31, 2012 Denmark Rajko Lekić FW Denmark Lyngby BK Free transfer [7]
January 31, 2012 United States Pat Phelan MF Finland SJK Option declined [7]
March 5, 2012 United States Zack Schilawski FW Carolina Railhawks waived [9]
March 5, 2012 United States Ryan Kinne FW Connecticut FC Azul waived [9]
May 4, 2012 The Gambia Kenny Mansally MF Real Salt Lake waived [10]
June 27, 2012 Sweden Björn Runström FW unattached waived [11]
June 27, 2012 United States Jeremiah White MF unattached waived [11]
June 27, 2012 Colombia John Jairo Lozano DF unattached waived [11]
August 1, 2012 Grenada Shalrie Joseph MF CD Chivas USA Trade [4]
August 6, 2012 Colombia José Moreno Mora FW unattached waived [12]
August 10, 2012 United States Zak Boggs FW unattached retired [13]

Squad Statistics[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States GK Matt Reis 27 0 27 0 0 0
2 Germany DF Flo Lechner 9 0 9 0 0 0
3 United States DF Tyler Polak 2 0 1 0 1 0
4 Colombia DF John Lozano 3 0 2 0 1 0
5 United States DF A.J. Soares 30 1 30 1 0 0
6 United States MF Michael Roach 1 0 0 0 1 0
7 United States MF Blair Gavin 2 0 2 0 0 0
8 United States MF Chris Tierney 28 2 28 2 0 0
9 Colombia FW José Moreno 8 1 7 1 1 0
11 United States FW Kelyn Rowe 31 4 30 3 1 1
13 Guam FW Ryan Guy 23 1 23 1 0 0
14 Uruguay MF Diego Fagundez 21 2 20 2 1 0
15 United States MF Jeremiah White 3 0 2 0 1 0
17 The Gambia MF Sainey Nyassi 1 0 1 0 0 0
18 Colombia MF Juan Toja 5 0 5 0 0 0
19 United States MF Clyde Simms 29 0 29 0 0 0
21 Grenada MF Shalrie Joseph 18 1 18 1 0 0
22 United States MF Benny Feilhaber 30 3 29 2 1 1
23 United States FW Blake Brettschneider 18 2 17 2 1 0
24 United States MF Lee Nguyen 31 6 30 5 1 1
25 United States DF Darrius Barnes 14 1 13 1 1 0
26 United States DF Stephen McCarthy 28 0 28 0 0 0
27 Honduras FW Jerry Bengtson 13 2 13 2 0 0
30 United States MF Kevin Alston 31 0 31 0 0 0
32 Sweden FW Björn Runström 3 0 3 0 0 0
33 United States FW Zak Boggs 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 United States GK Bobby Shuttleworth 8 0 7 0 1 0
39 France FW Saër Sène 25 11 25 11 0 0
40 United States GK Tim Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0
80 Colombia FW Fernando Cárdenas 28 2 27 2 1 0
32 France FW Dimitry Imbongo 9 1 9 1 0 0
99 United States MF Alec Purdie 6 0 5 0 1 0

Last updated: September 25, 2012
Source: New England Revolution 2012

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Desert Diamond Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
1 New England Revolution 9 3 3 0 0 7 3 +4
2 LA Galaxy 3 3 1 2 0 5 5 0
3 New York Red Bulls 3 3 1 2 0 2 4 −2
4 Real Salt Lake 3 3 1 2 0 2 4 −2


Matches[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

Kickoff times are in EDT.

Standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]
Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
3 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
4 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
6 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
7 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
8 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
9 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
10 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to matches played on 18:04 EDT October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (E2) = Eastern Conference runner-up; (E3) = Eastern Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Overall table[edit]

Note: the table below has no impact on playoff qualification and is used solely for determining host of the MLS Cup, certain CCL spots, and 2013 MLS draft. The conference tables are the sole determinant for teams qualifying to the playoffs

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 Supporters' Shield & 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15
3 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
5 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
6 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5
7 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
8 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12
9 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
10 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
12 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
13 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
14 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
15 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
16 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
17 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
18 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34
19 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to games played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSsoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield
1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot A). The other U.S. representatives in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League are:


Results summary[edit]
Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
34 35 9 17 8 38 44 −6 7 4 6 22 15 +7 2 13 2 16 29 −13

Last updated: October 25, 2012
Source: MLS Results
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]
Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground A A H A A H A H A H H A H H A H H H A A A H H A A H H H A H A A H A
Result L L W W L L L W L W D L W D D D W L L D L L L L L D W D T L L L W W
Position 16 17 17 18 18 14

Last updated: September 1, 2012.
Source: MLS Results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

New England is in the #19 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking.[14] New England held the #1 position until they selected Juan Toja, which dropped them to the bottom of the order.

International roster spots[edit]

New England has 8 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots and no New England trades have been reported.

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: *2013 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 pick from D.C. United; *2013 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 pick from Chivas USA.
Future picks traded: None.

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]