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I’m a turncoat! SUNDERLAND!!!

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Sorry for my hiatus (whoever even reads my posts :P). Although my heart is still with the New England Revolution, I discontinued my MLS Live account since I moved to NYC (it’s a tad bit expensive to live here). But luckily due to my brother’s Xfinity account (don’t tell him), I can watch every Barclays Premier League on NBCSports.com. (Moooo-ha-ha-ha).

So the only way I can start getting into Premier League soccer is….picking a team. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I want to have a decent story to tell 5 years from now when someone ask me “Why Sunderland?” So, I did my research and came across 8 teams that had a US player on them. Most of them were either old (ready to retire) or I can’t relate to. Until I came across the final US player, JOZY ALTIDORE! Haitian-American (like myself) soccer player (not like myself). I was geeked and wanted to ride with SUNDERLAND.

I decided to check the standings and uhhhhhhh, they are in the relegation zone. (Head scratching!) So what, I’m riding out with SUNDERLAND. 

Shoulda, woulda, coulda! I was looking at the bet for Chelsea v. Sunderland this past Saturday and was tempted to bet on Sunderland. I just had a feeling that they would win and I told my fiancee that they would pull the upset. I looked at the bet and if I put, $50 down on Sunderland, I would have cashed out with $742 (Sunderland +1542). Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. 1-2 SUNDERLAND. Shoulda, woulda, coulda! but I’m happy that SUNDERLAND pulled the upset. We are going to escape this relegation zone and live to see another season in the Premier League.

NE REVOLUTION ARE IN PLAYOFF CONTENTION (doesn’t mean much so early in the season but so what!) 

LET’S GET THIS MONEY!!! 

Until next time…

theMLSnoviceFAN turned 2 today!

theMLSnoviceFAN turned 2 today!

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The MLS Supporters Shield Race this past season, week by week

kicktv:

The MLS Supporters Shield Race this past season, week by week

setpieces:

Juan Agudelo’s little back heel play is equal parts luck, but to even have the luck on his side it required skill and quick thinking.  Well done and goal of the year in my opinion.  (Don’t worry I saw the rocket from Giles Barnes).

Future US Open Cup Champs???

Sorry for the hiatus but life has happened and it has kept me a very busy and satisfied man. Out of the three New England Revolution games I’ve attended, they won all three and they are within inches of playoff contention. I’m ecstatic about the devoted support from the fans of the Revs. 

Two years ago, I wouldn’t even think twice of checking out MLS action but this league has made me a believer. I’m urge anyone to be opened minded and check out some MLS action in a city near you. If a team is no where close to your location (Sorry Wyoming), order the MLS Live stream package. Its only $60/year and its worth the moolah! 

Not too much analysis in this posting but just wanted to keep pushing for the growth of the MLS. Below are photos from the New England Revolution v New York Red Bulls US Open Cup Quarterfinals match this past Wednesday, June 12th. Only $10 for admissions. 

Until next time…..

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Boston Strong = Revs Strong

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The Revolution are finally getting that chemistry back and I’m loving it. First game of my six-game ticket package came with a win against Philadelphia and I’ve never seen Gillette stadium so amped and pumped up for that match! I’m seeing more and more potential with what the Revolution are doing by assigning two forwards in Nguyen and Sene into the 4-4-2 formation unlike having only one forward attacking goals earlier in the year. I can accept a draw at Portland because they are smoking hot right now. Wish that I could have seen Timber Joe cut down at least one slice from the log. But no other complaints here!

Speaking of the TImbers, amazing organization over there in Portland. I’m pretty sure most of you seen this amazing experience the TImbers gave to 8 year old Atticus Lane-Dupre.and the Green Machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAZyZh_FYi8&feature=youtu.be

We will see what the Revs do against Real Salt Lake. It would be nice to snatch up 3 points and move back into playoff contention. Until then….enjoy life to the fullest.

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The Playmakers by Daniel NYARI
Zenit v Mordovia (March 17th, 2013) St. Petersburg, Russia

Let’s hold off on speaking about my beloved New England Revolution (although a bad start of 1-2-1) and change gears to my experience at a Russia Premier League game a few weeks back. 

Being a very fortunate person to be an F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business student, I decided to participate in the Offshore Elective in Russia during my Spring Break (Not thee location for Spring Break relaxation but why not). We had to do the usual company visits and lectures at the St. Petersburg State Graduate School of Management but part of our leisure time was devoted to Zenit’s Football Club in St. Petersburg. Luckily the stadium was right down the block from my hotel and the whole class got tickets to the Zenit v Mordovia match on March 17th! 

Although the group I was hanging out with missed the first half due to a great dinner and some unique booze (picture of half pint rum bottle with a red pepper in it, Ah!), we made it for the second half. Riot police everywhere, packed stadium in 7 degree Fahrenheit weather. (Yes, 7 degrees). I thought I was going to freeze to death! I fell like a punk since the Zenit crowd was so hyped throughout the entire match up, hopping around, chanting and starting fires in the stands! (Don’t bring your children!). Nonetheless, awesome match! Zenit won 1-0. I actually bet on Mordovia since they were a 10:1 underdog. (Why not!). Lost though but I enjoyed every bit of that match-up. Snatched up a Zenit scarf as well. Thank you Professor Coyle for setting that up!

Uh……the Revs, the Revs, the Revs! I’ll keep this short! Let’s just see if we can snatch up 3 points again Seattle on the 13th!

Until next time…”Explore what you are missing!”

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joeryanl:

Soccer in Portland is fucking nuts!!! Nonstop chanting. Go Timbers!!! #pdx #timbers #mls

joeryanl:

Soccer in Portland is fucking nuts!!! Nonstop chanting. Go Timbers!!! #pdx #timbers #mls

It was not pretty but the Revs will take the 3 points!

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Based on the action on the field between the Revs and the Fiyah, you can tell that we weren’t watching an English Premier League match. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled of the 1-0 result but it was not pretty. 

Farrell was phenomenal in his debut. He seemed like he learns from his on-field experiences very quick. The right side defense was on lock. Reis, was definitely the player of the game with his great saves and performed well under pressure. Nguyen looked uncomfortable, Toja didn’t look as shape has he did last season, Rowe field work has developed since last season.

Overall, its a great start to the season to tack on 3 points in your first game.

Thanks to my lovely MLS Live broadband package, I was able to tune into the Toronto FC v Sporting KC game. Great win for Toronto (favorite vaca spot). They definitely found a gem in Robert Earnshaw!

Random but I will be checking out the Zenit FC match in St. Petersburg, Russia on March 17th. I’ll definitely post a picture on here from the match. 

Well that’s it for now, hopefully you enjoyed and until next time…”Explore what you are missing!”