New England Revolution defender A. J. Soares set to join Hellas Verona of Serie A – Report

New England Revolution defender A. J. Soares is set to seal a move to Serie A team Hellas Verona, according to Jimmy Conrad of Kick TV.

The centre-back has been a mainstay in the side that reached the MLS Cup Final and made 37 appearances this year, missing just two games for the Revs in 2014.

It comes as a major blow for New England as Soares has formed such a great partnership with Jose Gonçalves at the heart of the defence and they’ve been the platform that has allowed the team to express themselves so freely.

The 26-year-old joined the Revolution in 2011 and went on to make 108 appearances and also chipped in with six goals.

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Hellas Verona are currently sitting in 12th position in Italy’s top division after 15 matches of the campaign.

The big move means that Soares will now have the opportunity to line-up alongside players such as Italian legend Luca Toni.

Will A. J. Soares be a success in Serie A?

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Can Jermaine Jones help New England Revolution dominate MLS in 2015?

New England Revolution will still be licking their wounds after an agonising defeat at the hands of LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup Final, but all isn’t lost and they have plenty to look forward to in next year’s campaign.

One of their key assets in the end of season run-in was USA international Jermaine Jones who joined the Revs from Turkish side Besiktas in August 2014 and went on to make 15 appearances combining the end of the regular season and New England’s MLS Cup run.

As well as his dominant midfield performances which further allowed playmaker Lee Nguyen to express himself, he also chipped in with three goals and four assists.

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With Jones in the side, New England won 11, tied two and lost two of the 15 games in which he featured – one of those being that painful 2-1 defeat after extra-time against LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup Final.

If they can continue that kind of form when the 2015 season gets underway then they will be a serious force and you would expect them to be the team to beat.

New England Revolution’s stats and projected points total with Jones on the pitch compared to without him makes for frightening reading for other MLS teams going in to the next campaign.

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[*Includes points that New England Revolution would have gained from MLS playoff fixtures]

The highest points tally in an MLS season came when LA Galaxy accrued a total of 68 in the 1998 season, which they did so at a rate of 2.13 points per game.

The stats show that if New England can continue to play the way they have been, then they could potentially blow that record out of the water.

Will New England Revolution break the record for the highest points tally next year?

Why didn’t it work for Charlie Davies in the MLS Cup Final?

The MLS Cup Final was a strange game for the New England Revolution, as we didn’t really see them get out of first gear too often. As a result, they lost in extra-time to the LA Galaxy for the third time in three finals between the clubs.

Charlie Davies was in fine form after good displays in the previous playoff rounds, scoring four, including that crucial brace against the New York Red Bulls.

His regular season form wasn’t much to go on (3 goals in 18 games), with Lee Nguyen the main outlet of goals for the Revs, which is why he was a surprise package in the playoffs.

As we predicted in our MLS Cup Final preview, he was a player who LA Galaxy would need to keep an eye on, but it wasn’t too difficult a task in the end. The Revs didn’t really have an outlet up top until Patrick Mullins replaced Davies, so Galaxy defenders Leonardo and Omar Gonzalez had little to worry about.

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A major factor of his poor performance has to be the low-key display in general from the Revs, but more importantly Lee Nguyen. Without Nguyen pulling the strings and having the Galaxy defence committing to him, Davies was unable to find any free space in behind.

Davies showed in the previous ties he was reacting well to half chances and thrived on the counter-attack – something else we didn’t see too much of from New England in the final.

Davies had one good chance on the break in the first-half but his lack of pace cost him as AJ DeLaGarza raced back in time to make a key tackle, and they may have unsettled the Revs forward.

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It has to be said that the Galaxy defence put in a really strong performance. Leonardo and Gonzalez led by example and did not give Davies an inch.

Anytime he was successful in a duel, the result of the hold up play ended up with the Galaxy quickly regaining possession.

The substitution of Patrick Mullins came at the perfect time for the Revs as the game was beginning to be stretched as they pushed for the equaliser. This in turn created more space in the final third, something Davies couldn’t utilise due to the game being tight before he was brought off.

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Mullins wasn’t afraid to run the channels, and that is what earned the goal for New England as the rookie then found Chris Tierney, who fired in the precious equaliser.

Despite a difficult performance, the Revs will be happy with Davies’s progression and they have protected him ahead of the upcoming MLS Expansion Draft.

We can expect to see New England challenging on all fronts next campaign and more from Davies will be expected throughout the 2015 season.

Why did Charlie Davies struggle against the LA Galaxy in the MLS Cup Final?

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?

Dempsey heads back home to New England, but will the Dorman let him in?

By Simon Pyne

Clint Dempsey will be going back to his old team, New England Revolution, on Sunday as a Seattle Sounder, for the first MLS game he has played there since 2006. This will also be the first time he has played against them.

He left the Revs to go to the English Premier League and successfully play for Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur before heading back to MLS with the Sounders, where he is currently displaying scintillating form.

He is already amongst the early contenders for the Golden Boot and so far is showing no let up in his endeavor to succeed back in MLS.

The Sounders have had a great start to the season and are forging ahead at the top of the Western Conference with 22 points collected from 10 games played.

They have scored 11 home goals and 11 goals on the road, and won their last five games so they will be heading into this game instilled with confidence.

The Sounders form needs no introduction, they are playing some great football at the moment and their flowing attacking style is a joy to behold.

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(Dempsey will look to get all three points with the Sounders when he returns to New England on Sunday)

The Revs will not be a walkover however, these may be billed as the underdogs but they are stiff opposition for sure.

They have not let a goal in at the Gillette Stadium this season and haven’t lost in their last four games.

They come into this tie with back-to-back wins over Toronto and Kansas and currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, tied with Kansas and Houston so they will be keen to take three points from this tie.

The Revs showed their spirit last week against Toronto, as they came from a goal down to steal all the points with a 2-1 victory. The first time they have ever won at BMO Field, and it was well deserved.

One Revs player who knows Dempsey well enough is defender Andy Dorman as the Welsh international played with Dempsey for over two seasons with the Revs and will have a good insight into what makes the Sounders playmaker tick.

Dorman has also played in England, for Crystal Palace, and in Scotland for St Mirren before returning to MLS in 2013.

Dorman’s return to the Revs as holding midfielder has coincided with them shoring up their defence, and should prove a fair challenge for the Sounders cavalier attackers to try and breach.

If the Revs can steal an early goal they may well try to park the bus across the front of goal.

Though if the Sounders go in front it should be a real ding-dong battle to take the points in this epic tie.

You can see the game on Sunday at 23:00pm UK time.