Capping off a 2-game long road trip that saw the Revs weather a literal storm in Colorado last week, the team found themselves at Audi Field up against D.C. United last night. D.C., who had been sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference, looked to close the gap between themselves and the 1st place Union, while the Revolution were aiming to enter the playoff picture for the first time in what felt like a millennium. New acquisition Gustavo Bou sadly could not have his visa approved in time, and was unable to officially make the 18 for the match, however, he was able to travel with the team, and enjoy spending time with his new teammates. With Luciano “Lucho” Acosta serving a one-game suspension for a red card he had earned in a 2-0 loss a week prior, and Antonio Mlinar Delamea serving a suspension for yellow card accumulation, both sides were without crucial facets of their starting XI’s.
Bruce Arena’s first big move as Sporting Director of the Revolution has finally been announced, with the signing of Argentine forward Gustavo Bou from Club Tijuana of Liga MX. The move, which had been rumoured for weeks finally came to fruition Wednesday afternoon, a day after the Summer Transfer Window had opened up again. Many believed the delay in announcing the record-breaking signing was in part to Bou’s former club, Tijuana, looking for and acquiring a suitable replacement. Bou will officially become a DP following the approval of his P-1 ITC visa.
Right now it’s 8:06 AM, the day after the 4th of July, and less than 6 hours ago Matt Turner was fighting off dangerous headers from Kellyn Acosta and the remainder of his Rapids teammates to keep his Revolution side’s one-goal advantage. So how did a game that was scheduled to start at 9 PM EST end up finishing at around 2:30 in the morning the day after? Colorado’s unpredictable weather patterns gave anyone watching this game a lot of time to run to the bathroom, watch some fireworks, and a serious case of sleep deprivation if you were watching on the East Coast.
The Revolution, fresh off of their midweek match-up against the Union that saw the team come away with a point, welcomed the Houston Dynamo to Gillette Stadium Saturday night. The Dynamo themselves had been traveling from their own midweek game against the San Jose Earthquakes, which they had lost 2-0. With Wilmer Cabrera’s squad clinging to the final playoff spot in the West, and only a point ahead of Real Salt Lake, winning this match was crucial for the Dynamo. The Revs, however, were looking to extend their unbeaten run in league play to 6 matches, a mark they haven’t been able to hit in any of their last three seasons.
In what has been far from a perfect season so far, the Revs have looked to entirely revamp not only their front office and technical staff, but the players in uniform as well. The big money acquisition of Spanish attacking midfielder Carles Gil in the Winter, and the firing of Mike Burns and Brad Friedel, combined with the addition of Bruce Arena as the Head of Operations for the club have begun to change the identity of the franchise’s current state. While it’s only the end of June, the Revolution have a crucial few months ahead of them as they attempt to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Last night, the Revs travelled to Florida to take on Orlando City S.C. in their Round of 16 matchup in the U.S. Open Cup. The Revs, who were coming off a great performance against the Red Bulls in their previous Open Cup matchup, faced off against Nani, among others for a chance at the quarterfinals. The team welcomed Carles Gil back into the lineup following his departure to Spain to handle personal business, and slotted Wilfried Zahibo into the midfield for his first chance in the Starting XI since the beginning of the season. Cristian Penilla started over Diego Fagundez, who seems to have lost his spot in the squad, rarely seeing playing time at this juncture, and Brandon Bye entered the lineup to replace DeJuan Jones, which seemed strange considering Jones has been one of the best rookies in MLS this season.
Alex Morgan became the second player in Women’s World Cup history to score five times in one game. Morgan led the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) to a historic 13-0 routing of Thailand in the team’s first game of the group stage of the tournament.
Not even 24 hours after Mike Burns was fired as GM, the New England Revolution have announced their new sporting director and head coach. The 5-Time MLS Cup champion, and winningest coach in U.S. Men’s National Team history, Bruce Arena has earned the spot. Arena, who most recently coached the L.A. Galaxy in 2016, will now headman a Revs team that lost to an Arena-lead Galaxy squad in 2014. Arena’s tenure as a head coach has been stellar outside of his second stint with the U.S. Men’s National Team that saw his squad fail to qualify for the World Cup, although the were able to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The New England Revolution have formally announced that they have parted ways with longtime General Manager Mike Burns.
It seems like the shift at head coach may have ended up paying off much more than we expected, after last night’s match. The New England Revolution welcomed the surging San Jose Earthquakes to Foxboro, as the Revs looked to continue their undefeated run against San Jose, dating back to 2013. An above-average crowd showed up to support the home side, and what a perfect night for it, as the supporter’s groups came together to begin their #BurnsOut campaign, calling for change in the upper management. Members of The Fort unfurled a sign shortly after kick off that read, “N.E. Deserves Better”, a clear message to Mike Burns, Brian Bilello, and the Krafts.