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USA Tour 2011: United v New England Revolution

Manchester United kick-off the 2011 USA Tour with a trip to Boston to take on New England Revolution...

Date
Wednesday 13 July 2011. KO: 20:00 local time.

Location
Gillette Stadium, Boston. Capacity: 68,756.

Tickets
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The opposition
Based in the Eastern Conference, the Revs were one of the ten original MLS franchises to compete in the league's inaugural season in 1996. The club won its first trophy in 2007, the U.S Open Cup. A year later, they secured the 2008 North American SuperLiga. The Revolution have never won the MLS Cup, despite reaching finals in 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Head coach
None other than former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol who initially began his coaching career in 1995 as player/manager at Notts County. Four years later, he arrived in New England as a player/assistant coach with the Boston Bulldogs of the second division. In September 1999, he joined the Revs as interim coach for the final two games of the season, before returning to the Bulldogs as a player/coach for the 2000 and 2001 campaigns. He has been at the New England helm on a permanent basis since November 2002 - a record for a coach at one club in Major League Soccer - and is regarded as one of the top tacticians and evaluators of football talent in the States.

Star man
The Revolution’s captain, Shalrie Joseph, is the fulcrum of the Revolution, spearheading the attack and extinguishing the opponents' build-up in midfield. One of the league’s most dominant central midfielders, the Grenada international was a finalist for Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player in 2009, and is a four-time MLS Best 11 performer.

Last season
The Revs finished sixth in the Eastern Conference, and 13th overall meaning they failed to qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs for the first time since Nicol took over in 2002.

Did you know?
In their inaugural campaign (1996), the Revs were coached by former United striker Frank Stapleton.

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