The MLS announced earlier this week that New England Revolution captain and team MVP Carles Gil had been voted the MLS Newcomer of the Year, per a panel of reporters and writers. The midfielder was able to beat out Toronto’s Alejandro Pozuelo, as well as NYCFC’s Heber to win the award. His play this season helped lead the Revolution to a playoff berth as the former Aston Villa forward bagged 10 goals and 14 assists en route to leading the team in both categories. His assist total was good for 5th in the league, an impressive stat considering the hardships the Revolution had dealt with under Brad Friedel in the first half of the season. After Bruce Arena took the helm, Gil was given full control of the captain’s armband, and the team steadily improved as time went on.
While it had been rumoured for some time now, the news is finally official. The New England Revolution announced today that starting in 2020 the club will operate and manage a USL team, nicknamed “Revolution II”. The team will operate under the watchful eye of Sporting Director Bruce Arena and Technical Director Curt Onalfo who had been a member of Bruce Arena’s coaching staff prior to his joining the Revolution in May.
Revs Close Out Regular Season, Will Play Atlanta United in Opening Round of 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs
8 months removed from the first kick of the 2019 MLS regular season and the playoffs are already upon us after a slew of Decision Day games concluded on Sunday. Within those matches, the Revolution ventured to Mercedes-Benz Stadium as they prepared to go up against the defending MLS Cup Champions Atlanta United. The contest, in connection with the other games across the league, would determine where the Revs would be headed in two weeks for the first round of the playoffs. If Bruce Arena could coach his side to a win, all the team would need to reach 6th was a Toronto Win/Draw, and for the Philadelphia Union to Win/Draw. With each match starting at the same time on Decision Day, each game would play out simultaneously, only adding to the intensity of each match.
A recent report out of the Eredivisie has stated that the Revolution have acquired 30-year-old left-back Alexander Büttner from Vitesse on a 2-year deal, with the potential option for a third year. While the initial rumor was broken by @MLSTransferFeed and the Dutch publication De Gelderlander early on Friday morning, confirmed reports have begun flowing in, including statements from Büttner himself. The former Manchester United defender has played for top-level clubs across Europe including Dynamo Moscow and RSC Anderlecht, following his initial signing for Vitesse in 2005 at the age of 16. Büttner spoke of the Revolution as being a “dream destination” after some persuasion from Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder to join Bruce Arena’s side.
After 4 painful years of front office ineptitude, fan walkouts, coaching changes and tumultuous player choices, the Revolution have FINALLY found their way back to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Though the team had been sitting dead last in the East before the firing of Brad Friedel and carried a measly record of 2-8-2, Bruce Arena’s injection into the organization was undeniably the turning point in Foxboro. His leadership and role in the acquisition of Argentine forward Gustavo Bou certainly gave the Revs the necessary boost to sit either 6th or 7th come playoff time. The match against NYCFC is certainly a bright spot outside of the result as the Revs didn’t beat just any NYCFC team, they beat the number one team in the Conference, playing for sole possession of first, fielding their own best XI. Oh, did I mention Matt Turner held NYC scoreless?
In their final trip to the West Coast this season, the New England Revolution looked to capitalize against the Portland Timbers last night. Regardless of the late start time back on the East Coast, the stakes hadn’t been this high all season as a Revolution win would knock three Eastern Conference teams out of playoff contention entirely. On Portland’s end, they had been tied for the final playoff spot with the San Jose Earthquakes heading into the match and, thanks to a recent winless run, had been in danger of falling out of the playoff picture themselves. Additionally, longtime captain and playmaker Diego Valeri had been rumored to leave the club following the completion of the regular season in regards to a contract dispute with Portland’s ownership.
With only four matches remaining for the Revolution this MLS season, and only being clear of Montreal by three points with a game in hand, this Saturday’s visit to Gillette Stadium by Real Salt Lake is a massive game.
As the summer came to a close the Revs took one last trip to Florida, taking on their Eastern Conference rivals, Orlando City S.C. In league play, the two clubs had faced off once earlier this season in Foxboro, as New England downed the visitors 4-1 thanks in part to a fantastic late strike from Diego Fagundez that reached highlight reels across the league. With the standings across the East remaining in a near deadlock as only 7 points separated 10th place and 4th place, this game was a must-win for both sides. The Revs, who had been hovering around 7th place, held a 4 point margin ahead of the Lions before the match, and Orlando would look to leapfrog both Chicago and Montreal with a win.
Coming off of their thrilling late victory over the Chicago Fire last weekend, the Revolution looked to jump as high as 4th place in the Eastern Conference as they took on Toronto FC. The Revs would be without forward Teal Bunbury after he picked up a knock in the early stages of last Saturday’s tilt, putting an even larger load on Gustavo Bou’s shoulders heading into this one. Toronto only sat one point back of the Revs, and a win would catapult Greg Vanney’s side ahead of the Revs and within striking distance of fourth as well, only adding to the importance of these late-season Eastern Conference tilts.
With only 2 points separating the 6th place Revs and 10th place Fire in the Eastern Conference standings, Saturday’s game was CRUCIAL for Bruce Arena’s side. Thankfully the team had Andrew Farrell returning from his yellow-card accumulated suspension, and DeJuan Jones returning to fitness and health, Arena had more of his favourites to throw in the starting XI. Matt Turner looked to have a fine 90 minutes in between the sticks, coming off of his long-term contract extension a few days prior, and his fantastic 9-save performance against the New York Red Bulls on the team’s recent road trip.