On-Air Podcast Appearances

Dan has appeared on the following podcasts done by professional companies:

Icarus Creative Media’s “Six States One Podcast”

– July 11, 2017 – Earmuffs!
– April 8, 2019 – Not Without Effort
– April 23, 2019 – It Has Happened Before

MyHockeyLive “Season 2, Episode 11”

February 25, 2019 – MIAA Tournament Preview Show

WEEI’s “SoccerCast”

– June 25, 2017 – Ben and Russ visit the Revs tailgate

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Revolution, still in search of playoff berth, face New York City FC

With the regular season coming to a close Sunday, the Revolution travel to Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC, with a playoff berth on the line for New England.

The Revolution have failed to punch their ticket to the MLS playoffs over the last four games, going 0-3-1.

New England can clinch a berth with a win or draw against NYC, or an Orlando City draw or loss at Philadelphia. However, the Revolution have a plus-8 goal differential, so even with a loss and Orlando City win, New England could still make the playoffs.

“We win, we’re in — that’s the mentality,” said center back Andrew Farrell. “We want to take this big step.”

There are nine scenarios that could play out on Sunday, seeing the Revolution finish anywhere from fourth place to sixth place and facing one of four possible opponents. All Eastern Conference games begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This will be the Revolution’s second visit to Yankee Stadium. On March 15, New England was the opponent for expansion NYC’s first-ever home game. The Revolution lost, 2-0, as David Villa and former Revolution draft pick Patrick Mullins scored.

The last meeting between the teams was July 18 at Gillette Stadium. Lee Nguyen scored in the 12th minute to lead the Revolution to a 1-0 victory.

NYC, which has been eliminated from playoff contention, is led by designated player David Villa. The former Spain international and FC Barcelona star has 17 goals this season, more than a third of the team’s total.

New England, meanwhile, has scored only twice in its four-game winless streak. The Revolution are hoping a win against NYC can boost momentum entering the playoffs.

“Going into the playoffs, it’s not necessarily how you’ve done in your last five games but your last game,” said Farrell. “You want to get that momentum going. It’s a really important game for us. We’ve got to take care of business.”

If the Revolution make the playoffs, they would play a knockout-round match Wednesday or Thursday.

“It’s crunch time,” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “We know we need to step up.”

Revolution at New York City FC

 When, where: Sunday, 5 p.m., at Yankee Stadium, New York.

 TV, radio: CSN

 Records: Revolution, 13-12-8 (47 points); NYC, 10-16-7 (37 points).

 Coaches: Revolution, Jay Heaps; NYC, Jason Kreis.

 Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; NYC, Josh Saunders.

 Formation: Revolution, 4-2-3-1; NYC, 4-2-3-1.

 Referee: Jair Marrufo.

 Out: Revolution — D Darrius Barnes (knee). NYC — D George John (knee), F Tony Taylor (knee), D Shay Facey (knee), M Ned Grabavoy (knee), M Andrea Pirlo (adductor), D Andoni Iraola (calf), Pablo Alvarez (calf).

 Miscellany: The Revolution are 4-10-2 on the road . . . The Revolution are 1-1-0 vs. NYC this season.

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Huge crowd expected for Revolution-Impact match

On Saturday, the Revolution will play their final home game of the season in front of what could be a record-breaking crowd at Gillette Stadium, as Didier Drogba and the Montreal Impact come to town.

Both New England and Montreal will be looking to clinch a playoff spot Saturday.

A win or tie will be enough for the Revolution to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Montreal needs a win to ensure a berth. Both teams could have clinched a spot Friday night, but Orlando City beat visiting NYCFC, 2-1.

According to Revolution president Brian Bilello, attendance Saturday could reach 40,000, which would be the largest crowd in team history. New England’s current record for a regular-season game is 39,256 for an Aug. 30, 2008, game against David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

“You can feel the difference when you are on the field,” said Revolution defender Jose Goncalves. “It’s extra motivation. I like to play in a stadium that’s full, packed with big ambience. It will be a really good game and I’m excited for that.”

This will be the third meeting of the season between the Eastern Conference rivals, with Montreal holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The Revolution hosted the Impact on March 21 in their home opener, playing to a 0-0 draw despite being a man up for much of the second half.

The next meeting came Sept. 19, when the Impact throttled the Revolution, 3-0, in a rain-soaked match at Montreal’s Stade Saputo, as Drogba had a goal and an assist.

Drogba was acquired by Montreal in a trade with Chicago July 27, and in nine games he has tallied a team-leading nine goals.

However, it is unclear whether Drogba will factor in Saturday’s clash. Coach Mauro Biello was cautious the last time his team played on turf, giving Drogba only 30 minutes of playing time in a 2-1 loss at Orlando City.

The Revolution are looking to clinch a playoff spot for the fourth consecutive game. After going 0-2-1 in their last three matches, they hope to find their form as the postseason approaches.

Revolution midfielders Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen are coming off a midweek stint with the US national team, which lost to Costa Rica, 1-0, Tuesday. Jones started but played only the first half, while Nguyen came on as a substitute for the last 18 minutes.

“This is what you play for,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps. “We’re excited that it’s going to be a good crowd, and we want to go out there and punch our ticket.”

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Revolution again look to clinch playoff spot

By: Dan Shulman

The last two weekends have seen the Revolution end their winning streak and miss out on two chances to clinch a playoff berth. On Saturday, the Revolution will visit Eastern Conference rival Chicago for a chance to extinguish the Fire and earn their third consecutive trip to the MLS postseason.

The Revolution, who sit in a tie for second place in the East, only 1 point out of the top spot, are coming off a disappointing 1-1 home draw last Saturday against the Philadelphia Union. Despite outshooting their opponents, 11-2, the Revolution were frustrated by Union goalkeeper Andre Blake, who set a franchise record with 10 saves.

The Revolution and Fire have met twice this season, with New England holding a 1-0-1 advantage. The Revolution won, 2-0, at home in June before a controversial 2-2 draw on the road in late July (the Fire tied the game on a penalty call that was disputed by New England).

New England is 6-3-2 against the Fire since Jay Heaps took over as coach in 2012.

The Fire have been eliminated from playoff contention following a winless September, but Revolution midfielder Diego Fagundez said they are “still playing for pride. They want to show what kind of team they are. We just have to be ready for that.”

Chicago has undergone a coaching change. Frank Yallop was fired two weeks ago, replaced on an interim basis by Brian Bliss.

“We’re looking at film differently with Bliss there now,” said Heaps. “There’s a little different feel in how they’re set up, but it’s not a total, drastic change. It’s very hard to do that in a short period of time.”

Revolution designated player Jermaine Jones was able to play the full 90 minutes for the second straight weekend against the Union. Jones had hernia surgery in the spring and returned to the field in early August.

“In terms of what Jermaine brought from a physical standpoint, what he brought from a ball-winning standpoint, what he brought from a presence standpoint, from a leadership standpoint — that was well beyond 100 percent,” said Heaps. “I thought he was awesome.”

New England could clinch a playoff berth before the final whistle Saturday — with an Orlando City loss or tie against Montreal; that game begins an hour before the Revolution and Fire kick off at 8:30 p.m.

“We can still clinch a playoff spot, so they’re going to make it as hard as possible to get there,” said Fagundez. “We just have to do everything we can to get those 3 points.”

Revolution vs. Fire: A quick look

A quick look at the Revolution’s matchup with the Chicago Fire Saturday night.

 When, where: Saturday, 8:30 p.m., Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.

 TV, radio: CSN, WBZ-FM (98.5)

 Records: Revolution, 13-10-8 (47 points); Chicago, 7-18-6 (27 points)

 Coaches: Revolution, Jay Heaps; Chicago, Brian Bliss

 Goalkeepers: Revolution, Bobby Shuttleworth; Chicago, Jon Busch

 Formations: Revolution, 4-2-3-1; Chicago, 4-4-2-1

 Referee: Kevin Stott

 Out: Revolution — D Darrius Barnes (knee); Chicago — D Adailton (core muscle), D Eric Gehrig (foot), G Sean Johnson (shoulder), D Ty Harden (adductor).

 Miscellany: Chicago matched its club record with a fifth consecutive loss in a 3-2 defeat by Toronto FC . . . The Revolution are 5-12-8 on the road against Chicago.

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Revolution eye playoff berth in matchup vs. Union

The Revolution look to clinch an MLS playoff spot for the third consecutive year as they host the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

New England saw its eight-game unbeaten run end last Saturday with a 3-0 loss to the Montreal Impact.

“It’s a good wake-up call, so that we know how difficult the next games are and that we have to be focused,” said midfielder Jermaine Jones.

The Revolution will face the Union for the third and final time this season, winning the first two matchups on the road. In each of the their past four meetings, the visiting team has won.

The most recent game was Aug. 29 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., with the Revolution blanking Philadelphia, 1-0. Diego Fagundez scored the goal, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to reach the 25-goal plateau for his career.

The match was marred in the closing seconds, however, when Union midfielder Cristian Maidana spat on Lee Nguyen. Maidana was shown a red card and suspended two games.

According to reports earlier in the week, the Union plan to rest some regular starters.

“You will see a different lineup,” Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin told philly.com.

The Union, in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, want to win the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City. With a win, the Union would qualify for the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League.

The Revolution, however, want to solidify their lineup ahead of a playoff run. Jones played the full 90 minutes at Montreal, his first full game since returning from sports hernia surgery in early August.

“I know it’s tough after injuries to come back, but it’s getting better,” said Jones.

On the other side, the Union are fresh off a 2-0 home win over Houston last Sunday.

Saturday’s game is the first of two remaining home games for the Revolution in the regular season.

“They’re huge,” said midfielder Scott Caldwell. “We’re not in the playoffs yet . . . so we have to take care of the games one at a time, starting with Philly.”

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Revolution look to stay on a roll in Montreal

The Revolution will look to clinch a third consecutive playoff berth and extend their winning streak to a club-record seven games as they head to Canada Saturday night to face the Montreal Impact.

The Revolution, who are 13-9-7 overall and 7-0-1 since July, are the hottest team in MLS. Meanwhile, Montreal (9-11-6) is unbeaten in its last three contests.

This marks the Revolution’s only visit of the season to Montreal’s Stade Saputo, a venue where they clinched a playoff spot last year. In their last four visits to Montreal, the Revolution are 2-1-1.

New England earned a 0-0 draw with Montreal at Gillette Stadium back on March 21 in the home opener. The Revolution also close out their home slate against Montreal Oct. 17.

Diego Fagundez has been leading the Revolution offense, with goals in four straight games. On the other side, Montreal’s Didier Drogba recently broke the record by former New England striker Zack Schilawski for quickest MLS hat trick, with Drogba getting one in just his second game.

“He’s world-class any way you slice it,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said of the former Chelsea striker. “He can score goals, hold up the ball, find different ways to beat you, and he’s still a physical presence.”

Defensively, Montreal will be without Ambroise Oyongo, who was shown a red card in a 1-1 draw at San Jose Wednesday.

The Revolution, however, will get back Jermaine Jones, who missed Wednesday’s match with the New York Red Bulls because of yellow card accumulation.

The Revolution have struggled on the road this season — registering just 14 points in 14 games, with a minus-11 goal differential — and the Impact have been tough to beat at home, earning 23 points in 13 matches, with a plus-8 goal differential.

“Any time you go on the road, you’re going to have to be turned on and tuned in to every play,” Heaps said. “I thought that our last couple games weren’t our best from a play standpoint. I think we have more to offer.”