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Revs Ranked Ninth in Preseason Poll

If the North American Soccer Reporters are correct, the New England Revolution are in for another disappointing season in 2013. Members of the NASR, a unified group of North American soccer journalists, selected the Revolution to finish ninth in the Eastern Conference for the second season in a row. Last year’s NASR Preseason Poll accurately predicted the Revolution’s ninth place finish.

Not all of the poll’s 18 voters were in agreement, however, as two voters picked the Revolution to finish fourth in the East, while every other voter predicted seventh or worse.

Half of the voters believed Honduran striker Jerry Bengtson was the Revolution’s “Most Important Player” this season, while three voters picked Lee Nguyen. Matt Reis, Diego Fagundez and Kelyn Rowe also received votes. Former Revolution midfielder Jeff Larentowicz was selected as the Chicago Fire’s “Most Important Player”, while Benny Feilhaber, another former Revolution midfielder, received two votes as Sporting Kansas City’s “Most Important Player”.

Kansas City was selected to finish atop the Conference with the Houston Dynamo, D.C. United, New York Red Bulls, and Chicago Fire predicted to join them in the playoffs. The Seattle Sounders were picked to finish first in the West, with the Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Real Salt Lake, and Vancouver Whitecaps also expected to secure postseason spots.

Click here for the full poll results.


  1. BG

    March 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Hi Sean,

    That seems about the right place to start to me. Hopefully they will evolve and surprise! While the Revs have some talent in the midfield, they haven’t shown the ability to put it together and I think coaching is still a huge question mark; simply put they regressed throughout the season last year and the preseason games I saw online there was simply no cohesion and no style of play. Certainly I admit it is tough to judge so early when player evaluation is ongoing.

    Just curious, would you share how you voted and who you think the most important player is this season?

  2. rick sewall

    March 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    As I very much value your opinion, I second BG by asking how you voted. Also, I would like to know how to watch games online. Obviously, my computer skills are about as bad as they get.

  3. Sean Donahue

    March 3, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Here’s how I voted, though I’m already regretting how high I put NY:
    1. Sporting Kansas City (Graham Zusi)
    2. Red Bull New York (Thierry Henry)
    3. D.C. United (Dwayne De Rosario)
    4. Houston Dynamo (Brad Davis)
    5. Chicago Fire (Jeff Larentowicz)
    6. Columbus Crew (Jairo Arrieta)
    7. Montreal Impact (Davy Arnaud)
    8. New England Revolution (Lee Nguyen)
    9. Philadelphia Union (Carlos Valdes)
    10. Toronto FC (Stefan Frei)

  4. Jim

    March 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I think you are about right, Sean. It looks like SKC, Houston and NY (NY has a power house roster) will be battling for 1st. 4-7 will b a toss up, with DC having an edge.

    The Revs have a lot to prove, but yes, when you look at last year’s play and our current roster, bottom half of the table is a pretty safe bet. Although there is no way we finish below Toronto. The Revs have some talent. It is up to Heaps to coach it up.

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