Jermaine Jones reveals worrying news for USMNT & The Revs

Jermaine Jones‘ injury woes continue after his latest setback in The Revs weekend draw with LA Galaxy, where he picked up a left groin strain.

The 33-year-old powerhouse was substituted just after the half hour mark after pulling up and Jones revealed some worrying news surrounding the extent of the injury, reported by nesoccertoday.com.

“Trust me, it’s really bad. I worked to come back and felt good, and now I have more pain than before. Nobody’s happy with that. It’s not good.”

Jones had already missed New England Revolution‘s opening five games of the season as he recovered from his sports hernia surgery and now it seems he is set for some more time on the sideline with this injury. He compared the pain he is feeling from the groin strain to his sports hernia.

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“I feel the same pain that I got before the surgery. This time, I feel it a little bit more than before I got the operation. I cannot move and put my leg up, so I feel that I’m not able to keep going.”

Jones will more than likely miss the US Men’s National Team‘s fixtures against the Netherlands, June 5 and Germany, June 10.

USMNT and New England Revolution fans will be nervously awaiting the results revealing the extent of Jones’ injury and will hope he will not be sidelined for another lengthy spell.

How much of a miss will Jermaine Jones be for the USMNT and Revs if he is sidelined?

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MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs DC United

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. DC United

Venue: Gillette Stadium – Saturday, May 23 – 19:30 ET (00:30 BST – Sunday, May 24)

Match Odds: New England Revolution 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – DC United 100/30

Match Preview

New England Revolution and DC United clash at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night for a vital MLS encounter between the top two Eastern Conference sides.

The Revs are playing their second match of a double gameweek after they suffered a 4-2 defeat away at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday – their first loss for nine games (W5, D4).

Jay Heaps‘ side are unbeaten at home in 2015, winning three and drawing three. They’ve also only conceded three goals on home soil.

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Despite being second in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from their opening 12 games, the Revs are without a victory in their last three and will be desperate to return to winning ways.

DC United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat away at Philadelphia Union last weekend after conceding an injury time goal which put an end to the eight-game unbeaten run that had driven them to the top of the Eastern Conference.

Ben Olsen will be disappointed with his side’s lacklustre performance against the Union and will be urging the players to replicate the form they’ve shown prior to that loss.

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A win for DC would extend their lead at the top of the Eastern Conference to at least four points – if New York Red Bulls fail to beat Philadelphia, they’ll be five points clear, laying down a real marker after one third of the season.

Out of the three meetings between these two sides in 2014, New England came out on top twice and DC once. The most recent clash ended in a 2-1 home win for the Revs.

Team News

New England will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes, while Daigo Kobayashi is a doubt having missed the last two games. If Bobby Shuttleworth returns to the starting line-up, he’ll be be hoping to fare better than Brad Knighton did on Wednesday as he conceded four. Andy Dorman is suspended after accumulating too many yellow cards.

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DC United’s Collin Martin and Steve Birnbaum are both out, while Fabian Espindola and Luis Silva are doubts for the game.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/D/D/L

DC United’s last five: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: DC United have won just once out of their last nine visits to New England (D2, L6).

Key Player: Juan Agudelo – He picked up another goal against SKC with some great, composed play before calmly slotting the ball past the ‘keeper. Agudelo is New England’s joint top goalscorer this season and could be the difference on the night.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-1 DC United – The home advantage for the Revs should see them just edge it against their Eastern Conference rivals by the same scoreline as their previous three wins over DC.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution

Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution

Venue: Sporting Park – Wednesday, May 20th – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST – Thursday, May 21st)

Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 23/20 – Draw 23/10 – New England Revolution 12/5

Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City welcome New England Revolution to Sporting Park on Wednesday night for the only MLS regular season meeting between the two sides this season.

The hosts have endured an inconsistent start to the 2015 campaign with a record of three wins, five draws and two defeats from their opening ten games.

SKC’s most recent game saw them earn an impressive draw away at DC United on May 9. They were set to play Colorado Rapids on Sunday, but that game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

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Peter Vermes‘ side have recorded just one win in their last five, which came in their most recent home fixture against Chicago Fire as a goal from Paulo Nagamura secured a 1-0 victory.

New England Revolution lost their opening two games of the season but have since been on an impressive nine-game unbeaten run (W5, D4), although they are without a win in their last two after a 2-2 draw with Orlando and a 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Jay Heaps will be delighted with the turnaround from his side and will be desperate to return to winning ways against a side that they recorded three victories against in the 2014 MLS season.

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The most recent meeting between the two sides was an entertaining 3-2 win for the Revs on the same ground back in September.

Team News

Sporting Kansas City’s Ike Opara, Marcel De Jong and Graham Zusi are all unavailable through injury, while there’s also doubts over Chance Myers and Paulo Nagamura.

New England Revolution will be without long-term absentee Darrius Barnes and Daigo Kobayashi is out with a hamstring strain.

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Key Points

Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/L/D/W/D

New England Revolution’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Key Stat: Sporting Kansas City haven’t suffered a home defeat so far in 2015 (W2, D3).

Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – SKC’s midfield maestro has enjoyed an impressive start to the season with five assists and two goals to his name from the opening ten games.

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Score Prediction

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 New England Revolution – SKC are unbeaten at home and will be desperate to preserve that record, while the Revs will prove to be very tough opposition and they’re currently playing well. A draw seems the most likely result.

The 2014 MLS Cup guarantees to make history

The team that now goes on to win the 2014 MLS Cup will be making new history in some way or another which only adds to the excitement and intensity we’re all expecting.

Seattle Sounders have had a fantastic season irrelevant of the eventual outcome of their MLS Cup campaign as they scooped the Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup double.

However, should they manage to seal MLS Cup glory, they will become the first ever team to complete the treble and thereby print their name in the record books, which would be a remarkable achievement and truly cement the fact that they have been the best team this season.

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[Seattle Sounders enjoyed success in this year’s U.S. Open Cup]

LA Galaxy narrowly missed out on the Supporters’ Shield title when they lost 2-0 to Seattle Sounders, but they can focus all their attention on trying to bring home the MLS Cup.

If they go on to win it, they will become the most successful team in the history of the competition with five titles – they are currently tied on four with DC United.

Meanwhile, both New England Revolution and the New York Red Bulls are hunting down their first ever title in this competition.

The Revs are probably the unluckiest team in MLS Cup history having been to four finals and finished on the losing end on every occasion, twice losing 1-0 after extra-time and once losing on penalties.

Title winners since 1996:

MLS HistoryWhatever happens, it promises to be entertaining and will also set new history for one of the clubs.

Who do you think will win the 2014 MLS Cup?

Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Toronto FC

Toronto’s disappointing season is over as far as playoff hopes go, but they travel to an in-form New England on Saturday night looking to end the campaign on a high.

The Revs come into the game off the back of a good away win against Houston Dynamo last Thursday, they wrapped up a second place finish in the Eastern Conference with that result.

More would have been expected at the start of the season from Toronto and they will be disappointed with their season, as they struggled to ever find a good run of form.

The Revs have only lost one in their last nine all competitions and have been reaping the rewards in terms of their position in the table.

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Lee Nguyen, a challenger for the MVP award, has been excellent and his confidence has been sky high. Without his astonishing 17 goals from midfield, New England would not be second in the table.

Toronto need to have a strong finish to the season and reassess for next term, but they will be without Jermain Defoe once again, a situation they may have to get used to as his future is very much up in the air.

Dominic Oduro’s two goals in 23 games is far from satisfactory for a player with the potential he has, while Gilberto will have expected to score more than seven in his first season in MLS.

Key Player: Lee Nguyen – We’re running out of superlatives to describe the midfielder and he will be heavily involved in the game once again.

Key stat: Toronto have failed to keep a clean sheet in five, so we can expect goals.

New England Revolution Last 5: L/W/W/D/W

Toronto Last 5: W/L/L/L/D

Prediction: New England Revolution 2-1 Toronto

New England aim to keep fine run going with first win at Philadelphia

New England Revolution travel to PPL Park on Saturday night to face the Philadelphia Union for the second time this season and will looking for their fourth consecutive win.

The Union will be in better spirits following their impressive 2-1 win at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night, but will have to slow down a New England attack that put five past Seattle last weekend.

The Revs can go top of the Eastern Conference with a win, while Philadelphia who sit in seventh, can continue to climb the table with a victory.

It’s the second meeting this season between the sides, with Philadelphia winning 1-0 back in March on home soil, courtesy of a Sebastien Le Toux goal. New England have never won at PPL Park but will fancy their chances of changing that tomorrow.

The Union desperately needed the three points they got on Wednesday night, as they were on a nine-game winless streak heading into the game in Kansas City, and that result will take heaps of pressure off the team.

Though they will still look to build on that win in front of their own fans as they look for what would be just their third win of the campaign.

Maurice Edu will not be available once again, as he is now with the USMNT at training camp in Stanford, while Danny Cruz will hope to keep his place in the side after such a strong showing against Kansas City.

New England are arguably the hottest team in Major League Soccer at this moment in time, and they shocked the league by beating the Sounders 5-0 last weekend, in a dominant counter-attacking display.

This will be a different game, as Philly will sit and absorb the pressure, restricting the Revs chances of hitting them on the counter-attack, and they will need to be patient to break them down.

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(Photo: Lee Nguyen will need to be as influential as he has been in recent weeks)

New England are unbeaten in their past five, and have picked up thirteen points from a possible fifteen in that time.

Rookie, Patrick Mullins will look to add his third goal in as many weeks, while Diego Fagundez and Teal Bunbury will hope to pick up where they left off in last week’s demolition of Seattle.

In the earlier meeting, Philadelphia were good value for their win and dominated possession on that occasion, but with the in-form Lee Nguyen pulling the strings for the Revs, expect this to be a balanced game.

Philadelphia Union host New England Revolution on Saturday night at midnight (UK Time).