Revs Returning To Form
|06.03.09 at 2:14 pm ET|
With the excitement still buzzing at the Patriots organized team activities at Gillette Tuesday over the return of a certain quarterback, another homecoming was being celebrated on the Revolution practice fields about 100 yards away.
Taylor Twellman participated in his first practice since playing in the Revs 2-1 win over D.C. United the previous weekend, a game in which Twellman gained the penalty that set up the game-winning goal in the 90th minute. Twellman had not played with the Revs since the previous Oct. 25 after suffering severe whiplash symptoms from a blow to head in a game on Aug. 30 by former LA Galaxy goalkeeper Steve Cronin. The Revs certainly felt the sting of Twellman’s absence breaking a six-game winless streak the night he came back. After his first practice Tuesday, he said he felt pretty good.
“Obviously, [I'm] a little off fitness-wise and fatigue, but it;s nice being back,” the forward said. “It’s going to be on a day to day basis. Sixty-five minutes was a lot extremely fast. You have the stimuli of the crowd and the first game going so we will see how it goes but it’s not going to be a full 90 for a while.”
While Twellman’s return was the most notable, the Revs injury report seems to be dwindling as of late. Defender Chris Albright was upgraded from “Out” to “Doubtful” recovering from surgery on his left knee to repair the lateral meniscus in mid-April. Head coach Steve Nicol said Albright will most likely join the team full time in practice today or Thursday and is hoping to be in the game on Sunday at Gillette against the New York Red Bulls. Gabriel Badilla (bulging disc) and Mauricio Castro (hamstring strain) are still listed as “Out,” but participated in running and stretching drills during practice.
“I think we are focusing on consistency,” said midfield Shalrie Joseph. “It’s all about getting our healthy bodies back. With Taylor back this past week and Matt (Reis) missing a few games it has all about trying to stay healthy and get in that rhythm with the 11 guys that started the game and starting to build the cohesiveness and that unit that we had a few years back.”
The Revs are prepared for its first back-to-back home series of the season and are hoping to continue the momentum against the Red Bulls on Sunday, the last place team in the Eastern Conference. The Revs are 8-1-3 against New York at Gillette.
“We do have a couple of games in hand on some teams and were getting players back all the time,” Nicol said. “If we keep picking up points at the same time we’re in a good position to make a challenge.”
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