Wednesday, February 22, 2006

New England Revs ready for CONCACAF glory?

In just three hours, New England will take to the 'home' pitch in Hamilton, Bermuda, to take on Costa Rican side LD Alajuelense. This match was going to be difficult for the Revs no matter what, seeing as they are only three weeks into train and Alajuelense is 8-weeks into their season, but the number of injuries for the side is almost overwhelming.

Missing will be defender Michael Parkhurst and midfielder Steve Ralston (quadriceps), midfielder Marshall Leonard (sports hernia), striker Khano Smith (knee) and the side's top SuperDraft pick, midfielder Leandro de Oliveira (calf). Furthermore, although he will start, midfielder Daniel Hernandez is a doubt to last the 90 minutes due to a nagging hamstring problem.

Due to the lack of numbers, New England is going to use a 4-4-2 instead of their normal 3-5-2. Coach Steve Nicol is planning on Shalrie Joseph and Andy Dorman to provide some defensive cover in the midfield, while Daniel Hernandez and Jay Heaps will control the center on the defense.

Upfront, Taylor Twellman and Clint Dempsey will team up to try and cause side headaches for Alajuelense.

This game will not be televised, but you can listen to it live here. The game starts at 6pm EST.



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