Saturday night the Revs seemed to finally solve their early season defensive woes as they held the visiting New York Red Bulls to no goals as Cristian Penilla’s late goal secured a win for Brad Friedel’s side. While the win wasn’t the prettiest thanks to the massive amounts of rain heaped on both the players and fans in attendance, 3 points are always better than none. Looking at the game again, it’s apparent what changes were instituted, and what truly lead to the play on the pitch by the Revs, and it really starts with one man, Jalil Anibaba.
The Revolution thankfully were able to escape Fortress Foxboro with three points this past weekend, after welcoming Minnesota United to 1 Patriot Place. Minnesota sat in 5th place in the Western Conference heading into the day and looked to surpass Houston and Dallas in order to move into the Top 3 and rebounding nicely following a 10th place Western Conference finish in 2018. Adrian Heath’s squad had progressed massively this offseason, with MLS veterans Ozzie Alonso and Ike Opara joining the fray, as well as former Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, and Slovakian midfielder Jan Gregus who looked to provide a true spine for the struggling Loons. The Revs came into the day, sat nearly in last place in the Eastern table, still looking for their elusive first victory of the 2019 season, this time with 2017 starter Cody Cropper starting in between the pipes for the first time since a 6-1 loss against Orlando City that very same season.
Today, the Revolution announced that they have resigned defensive midfielder Scott Caldwell to a multi-year contract, extending his tenure with the Revs beyond the 7 years he’s already been on the first team. No salary numbers or exact length are available yet, but look for a 3-year contract with Scotty earning around $250,000 a season. Caldwell, who is currently 28, has been a mainstay in the middle of the field for the team since 2014 where he earned his first full time role alongside Jermaine Jones, has been an example of what many coaches would call, the perfect player. “If you ever went into coaching, you’d want 28 Scotty Caldwells.”, said one Revs coach, in a tweet posted by Jeff Lemieux earlier today. His dominance between 2013-2016 caused many pundits to consider Scott one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, and he was able to produce mightily for his Revs teammates and co.
I’m beginning to get this strange feeling that Carles Gil is gonna be the only goal scorer for the Revs this season, if the team’s play keeps up at this rate. Sunday night, with St. Paddy’s day celebrations underway across the United States and Canada, the Revs went North to BMO Field, as they took on Toronto FC. The Revs, who hadn’t won at Toronto since 2015, looked to win their first game of the 2019 season, and snap their drought at the same time. The new-look starting lineup for the team saw the reintroduction of Wilfried Zahibo and Luis Caicedo to the lineup, and Diego Fagundez starting on the wing in place of Juan Agudelo, the game kicked off and the Revs were surprisingly heavy on the attack, and looked to puncture the TFC defense early.
Yesterday, the USWNT played to a 2-2 draw against England in its second game of the SheBelievesCup in Nashville, Tenn. But despite the outcome of the game putting the U.S. in third place in the tournament, the SheBelievesCup movement grew stronger.
Frisco, TX-- The Revs opened up the 2019 season in comeback fashion, fighting back from a 1-0 first half deficit, to rally and escape Toyota Stadium with a hard fought draw. Points in general away from Gillette Stadium have been few and far in between, with the abysmal away record the team carried in 2017, and the “midsummer night’s collapse” of last season. The draw is certainly not the result the team had hoped for to start the season, however, it certainly is exponentially better than it could have, and gives the Revs just enough to build off of heading into this Saturday’s home opener at Gillette Stadium.
After what looked to be an incredibly promising showing overseas for the new-look Revs, their play as of late in the Orlando City Invitational has been nothing short of disgusting. A giveaway from keeper Brad Knighton in the tournaments opening game against Minnesota lead to a late winner by international stud Miguel Ibarra, in turn handing the Revs a 1-0 defeat in a game that should’ve ended 0-0. And then came the Orlando City game, a 6-2 thrashing that brought back flashbacks reminiscent of the Atlanta game in 2017 that saw United put 7 goals by Cody Cropper and in theory, end the season for the Revolution. So what’s wrong?
Marbella, ES-- Today, the Revolution announced the signing of Spanish midfielder Carles Gil from RCD Deportivo La Coruna. Gil, who is 26, has played for a multitude of clubs across Europe most notably his tenure with Aston Villa of the English Premier League in which he tallied 2 goals and 2 assists across 28 matches. In his career, Gil has raked in 10 goals over 168 appearances, and has proven a worthy offensive talent in his time overseas.
After months of speculation, and a mountain of reported interest from teams overseas, the New England Revolution have officially announced that they have signed two-time United Healthcare POTY Justin Rennicks to a Homegrown Player Contract. Rennicks becomes the 6th Homegrown player in Revolution history, and looks to find first team minutes, in a very competitive attacking front from the looks of it in this upcoming season.
The Revolution have announced the signing of 29-year-old Colombian forward Juan Fernando Caicedo from Independiente Medellin. The striker has amassed a career total of 72 goals in 214 regular season matches over 10 professional seasons across both Argentina’s and Colombia’s top flights of football. Caicedo will be officially listed as a designated player (DP), and can join the team following his acquisition of an official transfer certificate.