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Revs defender Chris Tierney will miss remainder of 2018

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Brad Friedel‘s first season in charge with the New England Revolution has gone quite well, but their road to the MLS Cup playoffs just got a bit more difficult.

The Revs announced Friday that defender Chris Tierney will miss the remainder of the 2018 season with a torn ACL.

Tierney, 32, sustained the injury during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against Atlanta United, where he exited the match late on in the first half.

Tierney has spent 11 seasons with the Revolution and is currently the longest-tenured player with the club.

Five players LA FC should consider selecting in MLS Expansion Draft

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Los Angeles FC will take another big step towards its entry into Major League Soccer next season on Tuesday when the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft commences.

Bob Bradley and his side will have the opportunity to select up to five players during the Expansion Draft, however, the team can only choose one player per club.

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MLS sides had to select their list of 11 protected players by Sunday evening in order to put them off limits from LA FC. Any player not protected by their club is available for selection.

After exploring some of the names of those left unprotected, PST takes a look at five players LA FC should select in Tuesday’s Expansion Draft.

Maxime Chanot — (CB from New York City FC)

He’s 28 years old, and helped build one of the better central defensive partnerships in MLS last season with Alex Callens, prior to his injury. NYCFC could be banking on the fact that his injury will prevent him from getting back to his previous level, but there’s no question Chanot is the sort of player that could anchor the LA FC back line for five-plus seasons.

David Ousted — (GK from Vancouver Whitecaps)

Made 90-plus saves in four of his five seasons with the Whitecaps, and overall one of the top goalkeepers in MLS. The Denmark native has recorded 36 shutouts in his time with the Cascadia side, and helped guide the Whitecaps to the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference in 2017. With Real Salt Lake not picking up Nick Rimando’s contract, the veteran USMNT shot-stopper could also be an option for LA FC, however, Ousted is younger and arguably better at this stage of his career.

Marco Urena — (FWD from San Jose Earthquakes)

The 27-year-old may not be on many people’s radars, but the Costa Rican had five goals and three assists last season for the Quakes. Urena was tied for second on the team in goals, and provides a solid veteran player on a new LA FC side. While Carlos Vela will be the focal point up front for the newcomers, Urena is the sort of player that could player a very important supporting role.

Osvaldo Alonso — (MID from Seattle Sounders)

The Designated Player contract could scare LA FC away because Alonso is 32 years old, but this is the type of guy you want in the center of the park. For nine seasons, Alonso has anchored the Sounders midfield, and he does all the dirty work that could very well help the transition of the expansion side’s back line in 2018.

Chris Tierney — (DEF from New England Revolution

Similar to Alonso, Tierney isn’t going to be the sexiest pick, but he’s had the MLS experience, and he’s likely a player that could move on from a team where he’s spent his entire career. His versatility in the midfield and defensively allows Tierney to be a highly-coveted asset, especially as a player that is capable of delivering a quality cross from down the left flank.

MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 2-0 Colorado Rapids (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution aren’t totally finished for the 2016 season, just mostly finished after picking up a 2-0 home win over the suddenly reeling Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Without Jermaine Jones, Tim Howard, Shkelzen Gashi and Marco Pappa available, Pablo Mastroeni’s side was even more offensively inept than usual. They were also kind enough to allow the Revs’ to end a scoreless streak that ultimately reached 374 minutes with not just one, but two goals. The victory breaks a six-game winless skid (five losses) for the Revs, who are now just two points back of D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Rapids remain third in the West, but could find themselves level on points with the LA Galaxy at the end of the weekend. They have won just one of their last seven league games after going nearly three months without a defeat.

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Three moments that mattered 

12′ — Revs go down Main Street, Agudelo makes it 1-0 — I count seven Rapids players inside the penalty area (not including goalkeeper Zac MacMath), and somehow the Gershon Koffie found Lee Nguyen, who found Agudelo for the opening goal.

18′ — Knighton comes up big against Powers — Dillon Powers had the Rapids’ best (only?) real look at goal, in the 18th minute, but he hit his first-time shot a tad too close to Brad Knighton, and the Revs ‘keeper preserved the 1-0 lead.

49′ — Tierney lifts is over MacMath to make it 2-0 — Full backs aren’t the most clinical of finishers, but when you’re as wide open on the overlap as Tierney was here, you have no choice but to put it away.

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Man of the match: Juan Agudelo

Goalscorers: Agudelo (12′), Tierney (49′)

MLS Snapshot: New York City FC 1-1 New England Revolution (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The cult of McNamara grows stronger and stronger with each contribution New York City FC receives from Tommy McNamara, the former Chivas USA midfielder and least-professional-soccer-player-looking, regular dude in all of MLS. On Saturday, McNamara scored the opening goal very early on in NYCFC’s 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at The House That McNamara Built Yankee Stadium. Chris Tierney scored via a deflected free kick shortly before halftime, but a Gershon Koffie red card pretty well consigned the visitors to settling for their third draw of the still-young 2016 season (winless in four games played). As for NYCFC, it’s a win and two draws from their first four games of the season, and the no. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference at the end of the month.

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Three moments that mattered

10′ — McNamara heads home Villa’s rebound — McNamara was the right man, in the right place, at the right time. David Villa’s initial effort had beaten Bobby Shuttleworth, but found only the crossbar before caroming back into play. McNamara arrived at the vital moment and headed home for 1-0.

38′ — Tierney’s free kick finds the back of the net — Tierney has one of the best left foots in all of MLS — this much we know already — which is only made better with the aid of fortunate deflections in and around the six-yard box.

51′ — Koffie lunges in, sees red — Gershon Koffie was reckless in his challenge of McNamara, but seemed to be in no way malicious or overly dangerous. Even the NYCFC broadcast team was quick to admonish Ricardo Salazar for his itchy red-card trigger finger.

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Man of the match: Federico Bravo

Goalscorers: McNamara (10′), Tierney (38′)

MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 1-1 D.C. United

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The game in 100 words (or less): Would it be fair to call the New England Revolution a tetchy bunch? It’s been a rough week for Jay Heaps’ men, who suffered a 4-2 thumping at the hands of Sporting KC on Wednesday, and then blew a 1-0 lead following a pair of second-half red cards to draw D.C. United 1-1 on Saturday night. Jermaine Jones also gave referee Mark Geiger a vindictive chest bump in the game’s final minutes, and should have seen red for doing so. It’s great to be a fiery bunch that plays with an attitude and a degree of nastiness, but three deserved reds in one game is a bit much. On the other hand, United were abysmal for 20-plus minutes of their two man advantage and were, in all honesty, lucky to draw while playing 11 vs. 9.

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Three moments that mattered

45+1′ — Davies taps the rebound home just before halftime — Chris Tierney’s cross –> Juan Agudelo’s head –> Bill Hamid’s outstretched hands –> the ground with just Charlie Davies around –> Davies’ foot –> back of the net.

52′ & 58′ — Tierney and Nguyen see red six minutes apart — Two red cards in six minutes for the Revs — not ideal. Chris Tierney’s studs found the knee of Chris Pontius — deserved red — minutes before Lee Nguyen lost his composure and gave Davy Arnaud an elbow to the face — could have been a straight red itself.

80′ — Arrieta equalizes for D.C., finally Taylor Kemp provided the near-post cross to Jairo Arrieta, who upon realizing the Revs had forgotten they needed to defend said near post, could have walked the ball into the open net. These things happen when you’re playing with nine men.

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Man of the match: Jermaine Jones — Look, the distinction has to go to someone, and while Jones should have been sent off late in the game, he was a monster defensively. One might opine that that’s what you get from him when he plays in the center of midfield, but surely his managers for both club and country can see that now.

LINEUPS

New England Revolution: Shuttleworth, Woodberry, Farrell, Goncalves, Tierney, Jones, Caldwell, Bunbury (Okoli 90′), Nguyen, Agudelo (Alston 56′), Davies (Rowe 77′)

Goals: Davies (45+1′)

D.C. United: Hamid, Korb (Kemp 65′), Opare, Boswell, Franklin, Pontius, Kitchen, Arnaud, Farfan (Arrieta 38′), Doyle (Coria 75′), Rolfe

Goals: Arrieta (80′)