The Revolution opened their 2020 campaign this afternoon in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium, taking on Thierry Henry’s new-look Impact squad. With a slew of new players, Bruce Arena trotted out a brand-new starting lineup, with Henry Kessler opposite Andrew Farrell in the backline, and Adam Buksa starting up top in the no. 9 role.
Just last week, the New England Revolution welcomed me, along with other Season Members to 1776 Revolution Way, the home of the team’s brand-new Revolution Training Facility, opened for use in the 2020 season. While the complex itself was officially announced at the beginning of 2018 season, ground wasn’t officially broken until October of the same year. After a season of waiting and fantastic work from the Front Office to ensure the project’s completion prior to the beginning of the 2020 campaign, the Complex was opened for the squad to use from the moment preseason training began. The importance of the new facility cannot be understated, as new signing Adam Buksa regarded the complex as one of the best he had ever seen and had said the new grounds were certainly a factor in coming to America to play for the Revs.
With the news coming to light recently that Le Havre defender Samba Camara’s P-1 Visa has been denied, the Revolution suddenly have a slight depth issue at centerback. Camara had a brief stint in prison, but the hope of many fans was that the jail time wouldn’t affect his application. Unfortunately, the committee had taken qualms with his record, barring the Frenchman from joining his new club. So, what does this mean for the Revs now?
With just days left before Christmas, the Revolution have been hard at work filling out their roster for the upcoming 2020 MLS season. With a striker and a left-back already being brought in from leagues outside America, the last piece of the puzzle was yet to be found until earlier Monday morning. The need for a stonewalled experienced centerback has been a key point in transfer windows ever since the departure of Jose Goncalves following the 2016 season that saw the team miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. With that in mind, the team announced Monday morning that they had signed 27-year-old French centerback Samba Camara from Ligue 2 side Le Havre, his hometown club. Camara’s playstyle is eerily similar to that of Goncalves, but with much more time to play in his career and MUCH more experience.
Da Bruce has done it yet again, with the announcement yesterday morning that the club had come to terms with Adam Buksa, a 23-year old Polish striker. Buksa, who had been playing with Pogon Szczecin in Ekstraklasa, the Polish top-flight league, brings the team an international quality scoring touch that the team had been lacking in recent years. Buksa’s 6’3 frame is a sight for sore eyes as well, with the ability to win aerial balls in the box now becoming a much easier task as Buksa has an extra inch on teammate Teal Bunbury, who sits at 6’2.
Yesterday the club announced that Sporting Kansas City left-back and former Revolution draft pick Seth Sinovic will be returning to the team for the upcoming season. Sinovic had not had his option picked up at the end of the 2019 MLS season and therefore became a free agent before Sporting Director Bruce Arena came in to snag the veteran. At 32-years-old this very well may be Seth’s last rodeo, but his added depth at left-back behind Alexander Büttner is a welcome sight after years of trying to recover from the loss of Captain and veteran left-back Chris Tierney after an ACL injury early on in the 2018 season forced him into retirement.
Less than a year removed from the team, Kelyn Rowe is back in New England after the club officially signed the midfielder on Wednesday. Rowe spent the 2019 season as a member of the Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Swope Park Rangers and Real Salt Lake. He grabbed 2 assists in 18 matches at the MLS level. In Rowe’s short USL stint, he was able to earn 3 goals in only 4 matches which earned him USL Team of the Week Honors in July. Rowe, a Seattle native, was traded to Colorado by the Revs last December in exchange for Edgar Castillo. Kelyn was then immediately sent to Sporting Kansas City, as Diego Rubio, 200k of GAM, and 100k of TAM went the other way.
The 2019 MLS Season will wrap up this Sunday when the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Final will kick off at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. In a rematch of the 2016 and 2017 MLS Cup, Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders will look to add to their trophy collections after a very convincing playoff run on both sides of the bracket. Neither side topped their conference’s standings with the Sounders entering as the two seed and Toronto at four. With both teams meeting for the third time in four seasons, and the series split 1-1, the contest is looking to be an instant classic when the two kick-off later this weekend.
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.