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MLS Cup rematch tonight at Gillette

Posted by David Beard, Globe Staff  August 5, 2008 09:25 AM

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For the past two years, a triumphant New England Revolution season ends just short of the MLS championship.

The Houston Dynamo always stands in its way to take the MLS Cup.

Tonight at 8 at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution take on the Dynamo in another high-stakes contest -- the finals of a tournament that pitted the top MLS teams against the cream of Mexico's SuperLiga.

Will this rematch be a precusor of yet another MLS Cup showdown this fall?

Both teams have reason for concern tonight. Houston, which got off to a slow start, is less rested, having defeated the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

New England, which has lost the league's top defenseman, Michael Parkhurst, to the US Olympic team in Beijing this month, also must make do without Jay Heaps, who drew a controversial red card in the messy final minute of the Revs' victory last week over Atlante, last year's Mexican league champions.

''It was not a pretty finish,'' Revs general manager Craig Tornberg said of Heaps' ejection and the wrapup of that Atlante game.

Should first-place New England survive to gain the Superliga prize, the team must gear up for a return to regular MLS play on Saturday when it takes on the always difficult Chicago Fire.

Corner Kicks hopes to be at Gillette to blog tonight's game. Check in for in-game reports and commentary, and free free to add your own in our comments section below.

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