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Revolution Prevail With Teal Bunbury Leading The Charge

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New England Revolution Prevail With Teal Bunbury Leading The Charge

In their only home game in the month of August, the New England Revolution took on the Vancouver WhiteCaps under the lights at Gillette Stadium. This match happens to be the first Revolution home game where MLS Video Review was in use. New England’s first game with it in play was last weekend against the Chicago Fire in Toyota Park.

Saturday’s match with the WhiteCaps featured a back-and-forth game where the New England Revolution prevailed 1-0.

The match started with a back-and-forth with both sides trading opportunities. There was no clear scoring opportunity though for either side in the first 10+ minutes of action.

The Play-By-Play

The first real shot for the New England Revolution was a wide miss by Kei Kamara in the 16′. The impressive thing about the drive from Kamara was his ability to hold onto the ball over a great distance without losing possession.

New England’s next opportunity came in the 20′ with Teal Bunbury streaking towards the net but WhiteCaps goalkeeper, Stefan Marinovic was right there to snatch it up at the last second. Bunbury was active early for the Revolution and had another opportunity a minute later that turned into a routine save after a give-and-go.

In the 41′, a yellow card was handed out to  Andrew Jacobson after he slide tackled Gershon Koffie. Koffie was able to stay on the field after being looked at by the Rev’s training staff.

With all the injury stoppages in the first half, there were 4 minutes of stoppage time awarded before the end of the half.

In stoppage time, Lee Nguyen was handed a yellow card after sliding into a Whitecaps player. The first half ended in a 0-0 score.

2nd Half Push Lead By Bunbury

In the 53′ the stalemate was broken by Bunbury who slammed home a ball up the middle with the assist coming from Kelyn Rowe to make it 1-0 in favor of the Revolution. Bunbury’s effectiveness and playmaking for New England was stellar throughout the entire match.

The WhiteCaps in an attempt to net the equalizer picked up the pressure. Vancouver for several minutes put up high pressure and had multiple shots on net including a few close calls.

Kamara received a 63′ yellow card after a slide tackle. This match was filled with players rolling around on the turf and at points created some tense moments between the two teams.

Vancouver was the prime suspect for diving.

In the 65′, Coach Jay Heaps sent in his first substitution, Juan Agudelo, who came in for Bunbury. Fans were clamoring to see Agudelo with the match being Juan Agudelo Bobble head night at Gillette.

The draw contact and roll around on the ground continued for Vancouver. This time it came in the 69′ with Je-Vaughn Watson being handed a yellow card.

On the penalty kick, Cody Cropper made a layout save but hit his head hard on the post. He was run through the concussion protocol but was ruled eligible to play.

New England pressured a few more times as New England slowed their game down to maintain possession to chew some clock. Vancouver in an effort to stay relevant continued to try and draw contact by flopping around. To New England’s credit, they were able to preserve despite the flopping that took place.

You could visibly see the frustration in the faces of the Revolution players as the officials continued to bite on Vancouver’s blatant flopping.

There was a 6 minute stoppage time to end the game with Vancouver applying immense pressure. New England’s defense stood strong and was able to hold and maintain their 1-0 win.

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Scoring Summary

Time of Game Player Play Score
 53′  Teal Bunbury  Assisted by Kelyn Rowe  1-0

Impact game, overall thoughts, and what is up next for the New England Revolution

New England wins a vitally important game and continue their home winning streak with their last home loss coming on July 5th. Their record at Gillette now moves to 8-2-2 on the MLS season.

Up next, the New England Revolution will head to Yankee Stadium on August 20th to take on NYC FC.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Kei Kamara Traded To Vancouver Whitecaps For SuperDraft Picks

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During the half day trade window between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM ET on December 10th, the New England Revolution traded star striker Kei Kamara to Vancouver Whitecaps FC. In exchange for Kamara the Revolution have acquired Vancouver’s 2019 natural first round pick and a conditional second round pick in those years’ respective MLS SuperDrafts. If Kamara is re-assigned before the 2018 roster freeze, the Revolution will get Vanouver’s natural 2020 first round pick as well. If Kamara is transferred outside Major League Soccer before the roster freeze, Vancouver and New England will share the money earned from the transfer.

Rumors of the Whitecaps interest in Kamara dates back to 2016 when the Revolution first acquired him in a trade from Columbus Crew SC. There was reportedly a deal set for Kamara to join Vancouver in exchange for Octavio Rivero but it fell through. When Kamara joined the Revolution he was coming of the best year of his career. He had lead Coulmbus to an MLS Cup Final scored 22 goals and narrowly lost MVP to Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco. Yet with the Revolution Kamara never had the same consistency. After arriving in New England he had 7 goals and 2 assisits in 21 games in 2016 and 12 goals and 5 assists in 2017.

Kamara voiced is desire for a trade in a meeting with the organization earlier this year. “I feel bad for myself and for the club because I haven’t really produced for the club,” Kamara said. “They brought me here to score goals and do stuff and I haven’t had that impact, you know. [The meeting] was really about what’s best for both of us. I want to play here, I want to move forward.” Although Kamara is leaving, the Revs have attacking depth in their roster including Juan Agudelo and Krisztian Nemeth. It is clear that this offseason will be one of much change for the Revolution.

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Defensive Overhaul Highlights New England Revolution Contract Deadline Day

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This Monday, November 27, was the deadline for all teams currently not in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs to notify the League Office in writing of players whose options they are exercising and/or players who are receiving bona fide offers. The New England Revolution’s new head coach Brad Friedel called for a change in the club’s defense saying in a podcast interview earlier this month “I think you can look at stats, and stats don’t lie. Over 60 goals conceded is too much. That’s something we’ll need to address. We know what we need to address, and we’ll work very hard to address those issues.” The commitment to overhaul the defense was apparent when the Revolution announced their new roster on contract deadline day. Most of the players whose contracts were declined were defenders or defensive minded players. Those who are eligible for the re-entry draft may still be signed before December 14.

Nine players had their contract options exercised. Forwards Juan Agudelo, Femi Holliger-Janzen and Kei Kamara, midfielders Scott Caldwell, Zachary Herivaux and Kelyn Rowe, defender Chris Tierney, and goalkeepers Cody Cropper and Matt Turner.

Five players were already under contract for 2018. Forward Kriztian Nemeth, midfielders Diego Fagundez and Lee Nguyen, and defenders Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna.

Seven Players did not have their contract options exercised. Forward Brian Wright, midfielder Xavier Kouassi, and defenders Benjamin Angoua, Donnie Smith, Josh Smith, Je-Vaughn Watson and London Woodberry.

Four players will be out of contract at the end of the calendar year. Forward Teal Bunbury, midfielder Daigo Kobayashi, defender Andrew Farrell, and goalkeeper Brad Knighton. Knighton is the only player who will be eligible for free agency.

Midfielder Gershon Koffie, who was with the Revolution on loan, will return to Swedish club Hammarby IF.

As of November 27th, 14 players will be returning to the Revolution in 2018.

GOALKEEPERS

Cody Cropper, Matt Turner

DEFENDERS

Antonio Delamea, Claude Dielna, Chris Tierney

MIDFIELDERS

Scott Caldwell, Diego Fagundez, Zachary Herivaux, Lee Nguyen, Kelyn Rowe

FORWARDS

Juan Agudelo, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Kei Kamara, Krisztian Nemeth

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Is The Risk Worth The Reward With Brad Friedel?

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On Monday, November 13th, New England President Brian Bilello and General Manager Michael Burns sat down at press Conference with Brad Friedel to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Revolution to the media. Friedel’s opening statement was as expected predictable, but had hints of honesty. “We have a lot of work ahead” Friedel said in his unique mix of a British and American accent “but we do have a lot of good players here and a lot of good pieces to this club.” He continued by making a promise to the club. “One thing that we can guarantee you – because you never want to guarantee too much in sport – is that you’ll get 100 percent commitment from myself and my staff, as well as the players.”

Since the hiring, many soccer pundits and Revs fans have been quick to point out that the risk with Friedel. Like Jay Heaps before him, he has very little coaching experience. His only head coaching experience was at the youth level meaning he has no senior experience. But if you followed coach Friedel’s introduction to the club in Foxborough, there were plenty of signs of hope.

Brad Friedel is a legend on the field and made a name for himself playing for top Premier League sides like Tottenham and Aston Villa. In a sit down interview with Jeff Lemieux, Friedel talked about how he had not only gained experience on the pitch in England but also got a head start on his coaching. “When I was 40 I signed a contract to play on with Tottenham and I was contemplating retiring.” Friedel said “And part of the reason I didn’t was because I was able to go through my coaching while I was also playing.” Friedel help in the youth system at Tottenham and got to know and mold future stars like Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.

After being in Europe for almost two decades, some wonder if Friedel will be able to adjust to the nuances of Major League Soccer. But Friedel has confidence that he is prepared for the transition. When asked about it he said “That won’t be hard to adjust to at all. Not every team over in Europe or England, for that matter, has these enormous budgets. Working at clubs like Blackburn as a player, but then at Tottenham, I know it’s a big club, but they work under a strict budget at Tottenham. You learn to work under whatever restrictions or not there may or may not be.” Friedel also has been has been studying the way American soccer is run. “The last two and a half years, I’ve been engulfed in the U.S. system the whole time. I understand the salary cap, I understand the TAM [Targeted Allocation Money] arrangements, I understand the DP [Designated Player] process, I understand how certain clubs operate under those budgets and certain clubs want to operate over those budgets.”

And when it comes to the hypothetical DP signing, coach Friedel will use his connections in the European soccer world to his advantage. “If – and im saying this is a big if – we want to sign a big name Designated Player, the likelihood is that I’ll know them personally.” Those kind of connections can only come from someone who has experience in the UEFA system.

Is Brad Friedel a risk? Yes. He is technically still brand new to being a head coach and has little experience in MLS other than playing. But the Revolution need to take that risk if they want any hope of staying relevant in a growing league like MLS. There is a lot to be excited about come next March, when the Revs get back on the Gillette Stadium pitch.

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