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Low Impact

It was a familiar scene at my first trip this season to cover the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium Sunday night. With the visiting Montreal Impact, an expansion team new to the MLS this season, the Revs played true to their place at the bottom of the standings, squandering several scoring opportunities en route to a 1-0 loss. A frustrating night for the home town team, for sure.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Saër Sene covers his face after failing to score in the second half in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Saer Sene covers his face after failing to score in the second half in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber goes after a loose ball as Montreal's Felipe Martins gets tripped up by Revolution defender A.J. Soares at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber goes after a loose ball as Montreal's Felipe Martins gets tripped up by Revolution defender A.J. Soares at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis can't make the save on a shot from Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis can't make the save on a shot from Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution defenders react after Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution defenders react after Montreal forward Sanna Nyassi scored in the second half at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Diego Fagundez gets tripped up as Impact defender Jeb Brovsky closes in in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution forward Diego Fagundez gets tripped up as Impact defender Jeb Brovsky closes in in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy disagrees with a call in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA (Kelvin Ma)

Foxboro, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Ryan Guy disagrees with a call in New England's 1-0 loss to Montreal at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 12, 2012.

The Revolution will not be

Well, it seems I’ve fallen quite behind in my updating of this blog, so get ready for a short barrage of posts over the next few days.

So, to kick things off, how about a little soccer? It’s been no secret that the New England Revolution hasn’t been particularly successful the past few seasons. I shot one of their games back in July (I’m behind — I know!), and things did not go well for the home town club.

I hope my pictures can sum it up:

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Stephen McCarthy covers his face as Philadelphia celebrates its second goal of the first half at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Stephen McCarthy covers his face as Philadelphia celebrates its second goal of the first half at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 —- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution forward Kenny Mansally gets tripped up by Philadelphia defender Danny Califf at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 —- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution forward Kenny Mansally gets tripped up by Philadelphia defender Danny Califf at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber and Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams chase a loose ball at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution midfielder Benny Feilhaber and Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams chase a loose ball at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Philadelphia forward Carlos Ruiz catches Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis out of position on a volley goal at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.2011 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Philadelphia forward Carlos Ruiz catches Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis out of position on a volley goal at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011.

7.17.11 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution fans stage a walk out in protest of the Revolution organization at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011. The Fort, the Revolution fan section, recently came to disagreement with team management about their cheering, with some members being arrested and banned from the stadium a month ago.

7.17.11 -- FOXBORO, Mass. -- Revolution fans stage a walk out in protest of the Revolution organization at Gillette Stadium on July 17, 2011. The Fort, the Revolution fan section, recently came to disagreement with team management about their cheering, with some members being arrested and banned from the stadium a month ago.

World Cup, This Is Not

Maybe I’ve been spoiled by all the World Cup coverage, but it’s staggering to see the difference between the levels of play in the MLS — the top flight of American soccer — and the premier international tournament.

Last night, I was dispatched down to Foxboro to cover the return of the MLS season after their so-called “World Cup” break, photographing the matchup between the Chicago Fire and the New England Revolution. It was just relentless long ball after long ball into the box with little discipline or creativity on the part of the players. Very frustrating to watch as someone who’s been playing this game his whole life.

Here are some photos from the game, which the Fire won, 1-0.

6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution defender Emmanuel Osei misses on his bicycle kick clear ahead of Chicago midfielder Baggio Husidic on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Chicago Fire striker Brian McBride jumps over a sliding Emmanuel Osei in the first half against the Revolution on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph gets tangled up with Chicago defender Logan Pause in a 1-0 loss to the Fire on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution striker Kenny Mansally wins an air ball against Chicago midfielder Marco Pappa in a 1-0 loss to the fire on June 27, 2010.


6.27.2010 — FOXBORO, Mass. — Revolution midfielder Marko Perovic shows his furstration after a missed opportunity in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire on June 27, 2010.