Reserve League Schedule Released

Major League Soccer announced the 2012 MLS Reserve League schedule on Monday afternoon, featuring ten games for each team. The New England Revolution opens its Reserve League schedule on April 9th in Philadelphia.

The Revs are part of the seven team Eastern Conference with the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC. According to a league release, teams in the seven-team Eastern Conference will play an unbalanced schedule, facing four of their conference opponents twice, home and away, one additional conference opponent at home, and the remaining club once on the road.

There will be no Reserve League playoffs this season and the team with the most points in the standings at the end of the year will be declared champions.  In 2011, the Revs finished third in the then six-team Eastern Conference with a 4-5-1 record (13 points).

Teams are allowed to add additional games for reserve squads against non-MLS opponents, though they will not count in the standings.

The Revs will announce at a later date if reserve games are open to the public this season, but the team’s April 14th match against D.C. United and July 8th match against the New York Red Bulls are both currently scheduled to take place at Gillette Stadium directly after first-team matches. However, times and locations are subject to change.

The Revs Reserves schedule is as follows (Home games in bold):

Mon., April 9 – Philadelphia Union vs. NE Revolution – 10:00 AM (Chester Park)

Sat., April 14 – NE Revolution vs. D.C. United – 6:30 PM (Gillette Stadium)

Sat., April 28 – New York Red Bulls vs. NE Revolution – 6:30 PM (NJIT)

Tue., May 15 – Toronto FC vs. NE Revolution – 10:00 AM (Downsview Park)

Sun., June 5 – Montreal Impact vs. NE Revolution – 10:00 AM (Centre Claude-Robillard)

Fri., June 10 – Columbus Crew vs. NE Revolution – 10:00 AM (Crew Stadium)

Sun., June 17 – NE Revolution vs. Columbus Crew – 11:00 AM (Gillette Stadium)

Sun., July 8 – NE Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls – 9:30 PM (Gillette Stadium)

Mon., August 13 – NE Revolution vs. Montreal Impact – 10:00 AM (Gilette Stadium)

Mon., September 10 – NE Revolution vs. Toronto FC – 10:00 AM (Gilette Stadium)

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About Sean Donahue

Sean Donahue has been covering the New England Revolution since 2002 for various publications. He has covered four MLS Cups, in addition to covering various international matches, including World Cup Qualifying and the CONCACAF Gold Cup. He has done freelance work for the AP and ESPN Boston. Sean hosted Revolution Recap, a weekly radio program covering the New England Revolution and U.S. Men's National Team from 2005-2008. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters. Sean can be reached at nesoccertoday@gmail.com or followed on twitter @SeanLDonahue