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Revs start preseason with three wins
The New England Revolution started off their preseason on a good note, taking three wins in three days out of Bermuda despite missing seven potential starters. The Revs had to make the trip without Taylor Twellman, Pat Noonan, Steve Ralston and Clint Dempsey due to US National Team call-ups, as well as Jay Heaps, Joey Franchino and the newly signed Brazilian Cassio for various other reasons. The Revs played full matches against a Bermuda “Select XI” team on Tuesday and against the Bermuda National team on Thursday as well as a 45-minute match against Bermuda’s top club team, Dandy Town, on Wednesday. Meanwhile Twellman, Noonan, Ralston and Dempsey saw action with the US National Team against MLS expansion team, Chivas US on Wednesday.

The Revs started off their preseason trip to Bermuda with a 2-1 victory over a Bermuda “Select XI” team comprised of the top players from Bermuda’s domestic leagues. The Revs controlled possession for most of the match and got on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute, when second-year Revolution midfielder Felix Brillant brought the ball up the left flank before sending it to rookie Ryan Latham, one of the Revs selections in this year’s supplemental draft. Latham then sent the ball to trialist Connally Edozien in the six-yard box, who slotted it home, giving the Revs the early lead. Edozien impressed throughout the match, twice putting bicycle kicks on frame later in the match, but both were easily saved. Bermuda was awarded a penalty kick four minutes before halftime when veteran defender Carlos Llamosa brought down Bermuda forward Omar Shakir in the box with a two-footed tackle. Shannon Burgess stepped up and took the penalty before Reis was ready, easily sending it into the net uncontested. The Revs protested vehemently, but it turned out that unlike MLS, in Bermuda referees don’t check to see if the goalie is ready. The Revs piled on the pressure in the second half and earned a penalty kick of their own when Felix Brillant was taken down in the box in the 83rd minute. Shalrie Joseph stepped up to the spot and sent a slow shot to Bermuda’s substitute goalkeeper Adrian Burrows right for the games final goal, leaving the score at 2-1.

The next day the Revs took on Dandy Town in a 45-minute match, in which the Revs dominated and won 7-0. The Revs started the scoring in the 4th minute, when a Luke Vercollone shot deflected off of rookie Jamie Holes, one of the Revs selections in this year’s supplemental draft, and beat Dandy Town keeper Antoine Lightborne to make it 1-0. Vercollone doubled the lead in the 11th minute when he slammed home a Jose Cancela corner kick. Two minutes later Vercollone sent home an Andy Dorman pass. Just two minutes after that trialist Marcos Romaneiro sent a long ball into the path of Holmes, who slotted it home for his second goal of the night. Vercollone completed his hat trick in the 35th minute, when he sent home a nice pass by Dorman. Perek Belleh got on the score sheet in the 42nd minute when he put in the rebound of Holmes shot. Three minutes later he scored again just before the final whistle.

On Thursday, the Revs faced their toughest challenge against the Bermuda National team. Bermuda had managed to bring in their top players for the match, including Shaun Goater who plays for Reading in the English Championship. Bermuda got on the board first when Domico Coddington sent a pass to Khano Smith, who sent it past Revolution goalie Matt Reis, giving Bermuda a 1-0 lead. Ryan Latham sent a cross into Jamie Holmes in the 31st minute and Holmes beat ‘keeper Tim Figueirado from close range. Two minutes later Coddington gave Bermuda the lead after he sent home a pass from Shaun Goater on a quick counter-attack. The two teams went into the half level after Holmes sent home a cross from rookie James Riley, one of the Revs Superdraft selections. Holmes gave the Revs the lead for good in the 67th minute when he slammed in a cross from Connaly Edozien. Head coach Steve Nicol had tried to sub Holmes out for Luke Vercollone just before the goal, but Vercollone was sent back due to jewelry, giving Holmes the chance to complete his hat trick and finish with 5 goals in Bermuda, the most of any Revolution player. The Revs head back to Foxboro, before traveling to Ecuador for two weeks of training and matches on March 11th.

Taylor Twellman and Pat Noonan each tallied two goals in the US National Team’s 7-0 trashing of MLS Expansion franchise Chivas USA. No official box scores were released for this closed door friendly, so it’s unclear how much time (if any) Clint Dempsey and Steve Ralston saw.
March 05, 2005 Sean Donahue


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